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Every two weeks Bad Voltage delivers an amusing take on technology, Open Source, politics, music, and anything else we think is interesting, as well as interviews and reviews. The show is presented by Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Stuart Langridge.

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Every two weeks Bad Voltage delivers an amusing take on technology, Open Source, politics, music, and anything else we think is interesting, as well as interviews and reviews. The show is presented by Jono Bacon, Jeremy Garcia, and Stuart Langridge.

    2×65: Email Avengers Assemble

    2×65: Email Avengers Assemble

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we are all waaaaay more invested in email than certain companies would like us to be, and:


    In this episode we discuss Superhuman, a new email app. Jono, the email power user’s email power user, has been getting to grips with it and is frankly a bit of a fan. Jeremy and Stuart are perhaps a bit more sceptical of some of the claims that it makes. So, we drill down into it; what does it do, how does it work, who needs it… and what does this mean for the development of design-led apps as a whole? Is this a move in a good direction? All the people trying to claim that email is dead so you use their proprietary system instead… are they wrong? Is this the way to prove that? And why didn’t Gmail do it already?


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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×65-email-avengers-assemble/12332

    • 1 hr 15 min
    2×64: Nobrac

    2×64: Nobrac

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which is discussed the prodigal’s opinions of what we got up to while he was prodigaling, the Wurzels get a second look-in, and:


    [00:01:40] People who have fled Wuhan, site of the largest outbreak of coronavirus, are reputedly being “digitally” quarantined; cut off from WeChat, which renders them unable to pay for rather a lot of things such as hotels, petrol, and so on, and the Chinese computerised ID system. Relatedly, Uber in Australia are suspending drivers and passengers as risk of spreading the virus. Is this sort of “digital quarantine” an acceptable response to contagious medical crises? We have some surprisingly nuanced and undecided thoughts on the matter
    [00:24:04] Microsoft have pledged to be carbon negative by 2030, meaning that they remove more carbon from the atmosphere than they create, to the point where by 2050 they’ve removed more carbon than the company have ever put into the atmosphere. Is this… plausible? Is it a good idea? Will others follow where MS lead? And do we believe them?


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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×64-nobrac/12330

    • 56 min
    2×63: Give You The Key

    2×63: Give You The Key

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and special guest Jorge Castro present Bad Voltage, in which the nature of purchasing goods is discussed.

    There seem to have recently been various examples of companies selling a thing and then exerting control over it after they’ve sold it. Sonos speakers have “recycle mode”, HP printer cartridges in their “Instant Ink” programme stop working if you unsubscribe, and farmers buy 30-year-old tractors rather than new ones because they’re still fixable in the field. But are these actually examples of a trend for the worse, or is this not actually the problem that it’s being painted as? Is this just how capitalism works, and is this how we want it to work? We’ll dive into this, from a few different perspectives, and see where we end up…

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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×63-give-you-the-key/12326

    • 1 hr
    2×62: Hey Eckhardt

    2×62: Hey Eckhardt

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which what will happen in 2020 is laid out for your consideration with perfect precision. Yes, it’s the predictions episode! This is what will happen in the next year:

    Stuart


    Slack will be purchased by either Microsoft, WebEx (Cisco) or Zoom. (Jeremy thinks the same, but by Salesforce, Google, or Amazon, in that order)
    There will have been no convictions under the CCPA by the end of 2020
    It’s the end of cookie warnings, as the EU ePrivacy stuff actually starts to kick in
    Bonuses: Epic store releases on Linux; it’ll be common to have drone displays instead of fireworks


    Jono


    Benioff leaves as CEO at Salesforce
    Microsoft, Amazon, and Google will all offer quantum computing services for their clouds, which will not be in preview but will actually be in beta or final
    Amazon will release a color kindle
    Bonuses: Canonical will get acquired; Playstation 5 will launch to very positive press reviews; Facebook Spaces will continue to be something people don’t care about; Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO


    Jeremy


    Disney acquires EA, or Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard
    Just a few short years after Ubuntu pulled the cord on convergence, a phone of that nature is released by a major manufacturer
    Uber shutters Uber Eats
    Bonuses: There will be no level 5 autonomous cars in 2020




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    • 1 hr 4 min
    2×61: Frankly Much Smarter

    2×61: Frankly Much Smarter

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which a tenth of a point is more important than one might think it is, Mother Shipton is turning in her grave, and:


    [00:02:10] A year ago we predicted everything that would happen in technology in 2019. Now… we revisit those predictions and see how we did. No spoilers, but we will say: when we return in 2020 and give new predictions for the upcoming year… we’ll probably do better. In advance of us doing so in the New Year, why not hop over to community.badvoltage.org to tell us what you think will happen?
    [00:50:30] And it’s goodbye from us for 2019! With some brief diversions into Craigslist getting its first official app after 24 years and a brief check in on the Ubports Ubuntu phone project


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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×61-frankly-much-smarter/12321

    • 59 min
    2×60: Thanks Given

    2×60: Thanks Given

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we are very different on flights, Jono knows about the Bills, and:


    [00:01:30] The .org registry has been sold to a private equity firm, and there is a whole lot of suspicion about how that deal went down. We’ll unpack it a bit.
    [00:15:00] Google release Stadia, their streaming gaming platform, to early adopters. Reception was… mixed. Here are some thoughts.
    [00:33:30] Lex Luthor Elon Musk invents a low-poly truck. What’s the market for the Cybertruck? Are we going to buy one?
    [00:49:25] The launch of Disney+, and their market. Disney now own rather a lot of video — their own films, but Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Hulu, Touchstone — and will this make Disney+ the thing that people buy instead of Netflix?


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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×60-thanks-given/12313

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

mattjcliffe ,

10/10 would listen to again

10/10 would listen to again

Paddy_NI ,

Quality

Fantastic show with four equally awesome hosts. This should be issued with every iDevice rather than that annoying U2 nonsense. 😛

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