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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.

    2×63: 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…

    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!





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

    • 1h
    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




    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!

    • 1h 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


    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!





    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?


    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!





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

    • 1h 10 min
    2×59: Inciteful

    2×59: Inciteful

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which Jono and Jeremy are coming to you direct from the Open Source Summit in France, the word for “full of incitement” is not “inciteful”, Stuart, and:


    [00:01:55] Facebook News and what it should include and what not: what responsibility, if any, does Facebook’s newly-proposed News tab have to choose the journalistic contributions that go into it?
    [00:25:05] Using “AI” in job interviews and whether this is a good idea
    [00:33:30] Disney seem to be stopping good older films from going into cinemas


    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!





    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×59-inciteful/12308

    • 42 min
    2×58: Fat For Purpose

    2×58: Fat For Purpose

    Stuart Langridge and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the summer break is over except that Jono is temporarily away, free software has some problems, and:


    [00:01:45] Is the definition of free software still fit for purpose? We’ve got companies trying to solve the problem of “we pay to build a thing then AWS get paid for it” and people trying to solve the problem of “we sweat to build a thing then ICE get to use it”, and both groups are doing so by looking at what the goals of free software are today, and whether current free software licences are still a good way of achieving those current goals. Matthew Garrett wrote some thoughts about this, and we have Opinions too, as we suspect will you. Give us your ideas on this topic at community.badvoltage.org.
    [00:23:02] There is speculation that the UK government are offering up quotes to the media which use the key words from negative stories in a new context, in an attempt to push those negative stories down the search rankings for those words. Real life SEO to get bad stories out of the news. Andy Maturin flags this for a search for “boris johnson model” (attempting to push this story down the rankings in favour of this story)
    [00:30:50] Gnome are being sued over a software patent (“a method that involves capturing a bunch of images, filtering them based on a topic, theme or individual, and wirelessly transmitting the filtered images to another device”) which Shotwell allegedly violates
    [00:40:08] The dating app maker, Match, are being sued by the US FTC for fraud for allegedly knowingly profiting from and sometimes augmenting the flood of fake profiles on their dating sites
    [00:45:45] More on Google’s determination to have a robot voice ring up restaurants and make bookings by talking to a real person: “Reserve With Google” seems to be the latest iteration of this plan, and it doesn’t seem to work all that well




    Come chat with us and the community in our Slack channel via https://badvoltage-slack.herokuapp.com/!



    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/2×58-fat-for-purpose/12300

    • 58 min

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