50 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 28 Ratings

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.

    3×32: Trigger’s Broom

    3×32: Trigger’s Broom

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which God is not our co-pilot. Instead, Github Copilot is. What’s the deal with this thing?

    Copilot is “an AI pair programmer that helps you write better code”, according to Github themselves. “GitHub Copilot draws context from the code you’re working on, suggesting whole lines or entire functions.” Is this useful? Is it good? Is it good for open source?

    Matthew Garrett wrote a thing about Copilot which is worth reading, especially if your basic feeling is that it takes our open source code against the licence and that’s bad.

    And what about the bigger picture? Github — well, Microsoft — are one of the biggest players in the world; is this what they should be doing? And if it isn’t… what is?



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



    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×32-triggers-broom/12429

    News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

    Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    3×31: Weaponised Death Roomba

    3×31: Weaponised Death Roomba

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which there is much news from all over the tech industry, including:


    [00:02:15] Anom app from FBI yanked in a huge amount of criminals
    [00:08:45] FaceTime is coming to Android and Windows via the web, plus: how Apple’s rise to be the richest company on earth is wholly due to Airdrop
    [00:15:50] Our Jeff Bezos News Special: Bald very rich guy whose company makes a Linux OS is going to space. I feel like we’ve heard this story before, but there is a petition for Bezos to stay in space once he gets there and it’s up to 80,000 sigs… and in more Bezos petition news, another one demands that Jeff Bezos buys and eats the Mona Lisa…
    [00:21:30] Hyundair completes their acquisition of Boston Dynamics, makers of BigDog
    [00:28:00] OnlyFans moving to more non-adult content (and gets valued at $1b), plus also WordPress, which you wouldn’t think was connected to this, but hey, that’s the Bad Voltage vibe right there
    [00:37:00] Airbus designs in-flight quarantine tent
    [00:45:45] Amazon websites are blocking FLoC (with a side order of disturbing but important musings on how new standards get made from mnot)
    [00:56:20] Peloton start charging monthly money to existing customers of a treadmill that already cost three grand, in accordance with the prophecy (via @jimmysjolund on twitter)


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    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×31-weaponised-death-roomba/12428

    News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

    Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    3×30: Reduced Amplitude

    3×30: Reduced Amplitude

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which it is all the news all the time, including:


    [00:03:30] The results of our (flagrantly biased) Room 101 polls from the last episode!
    [00:10:29] The biggest GDPR fines so far
    [00:16:45] Charlie Bit My Finger becomes an NFT
    [00:31:50] Tesla (arguably) throttle older cars (at least according to Norway)
    [00:36:50] Internet Explorer 11 is to finally be retired on June 15, 2022
    [00:44:45] AMP pages are no longer being prioritised in Google Search
    [00:59:15] People are taking UFOs seriously (!)


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





    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×30-reduced-amplitude/12426

    News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

    Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    3×29: Down With The Peeps 101

    3×29: Down With The Peeps 101

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we emulate the old British talk/game show Room 101 by nominating our pet hates and consigning those hates to oblivion in Room 101, the ultimate destination for all rubbish things. Assuming, that is, that our explanations convince our colleagues, which is not as easy as one might think.


    [00:02:20] Jeremy: reality TV
    [00:08:05] Stuart: Pepe the frog
    [00:15:45] Jono: overly cartoony company mascots
    [00:24:20] Jeremy: Facebook
    [00:35:30] Stuart: peppers
    [00:40:30] Jono: new features that slow down devices, um, because they prioritise new features over the operational modality of a device
    [00:48:35] Jeremy: Peeps
    [00:55:10] Stuart: websites and apps that demand your phone number
    [01:00:05] Jono: cats


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





    News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

    Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    3×28: Eat The Show

    3×28: Eat The Show

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the subject of artificial intelligence is discussed. We’ve walked around the outside of this topic a few times on the show, and now it’s time to dig in; is AI actually real, or are the jokes about reclassifying a Python script as “AI” to get funding founded in reality? Is AI useful, or is it mostly for parlour tricks? What’s going on that provides genuine use to normal people? And… what does the future look like? Should there be legislation; are AI and ML two sides of the same coin or two fundamentally different things… there’s lots to get into.

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





    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×28-eat-the-show/12421

    News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

    Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    3×27: Bargle-floop the podcast

    3×27: Bargle-floop the podcast

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which horrible neologisms are proposed, things are both funny and also sad, and there is ooh gosh loads of news:


    [00:04:10] The BBC’s coverage of the life and death of Prince Philip breaks the UK TV complaints record, and the National Rail make their website greyscale, breaking it for visually impaired users
    [00:10:30] Sharding is called sharding because of the shards of the Gem of Immortality in Ultima Online
    [00:13:00] Researchers asked 100 people whether “a reasonable person” would unlock their phone and allow someone to look through it, and most of them said: no, definitely not. Then the researchers tried it, and 100 out of 103 people absolutely allowed it
    [00:18:00] Microsoft buy speech recognition firm Nuance for $16 billion
    [00:26:50] Oracle vs Google: an end at last as the US Supreme Court rules that Google’s use of Java APIs is fair use (but gives no ruling on whether APIs are copyrightable)
    [00:36:20] Jono thinks it is important that you learn that the world’s biggest rabbit has been stolen. We think: mess with the hoppo, bomb gonna droppo
    [00:38:50] In the last couple of years, the last couple of puzzles from Perplex City, an ARG from 2005, have finally been solved, the last in December 2020
    [00:44:44] China Creates Its Own Digital Currency, which seems like an alarmingly big deal for the future
    [00:49:10] Apple changes ‘subscribe’ to ‘follow’ on Podcasts because people think subscribing means paying. We’re not sure we agree, but then we’re not sure we don’t agree either. Maybe we need a new word


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





    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×27-bargle-floop-the-podcast/12420

    News music: Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero, used with attribution.

    Thank you to Marius Quabeck and NerdZoom Media for being our audio producers!

    • 58 min

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