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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    • 4.5, 18 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.

    3×08: Petrichoronavirus

    3×08: Petrichoronavirus

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the word “content” gets used a lot, Stuart steals a double-bass joke from Dirk Gently, and:


    [00:03:20] In the second part of our speculation on how the tech world and the coronavirus pandemic intersect, we’re looking at how the world might be changed after the pandemic is over. What’s going to be the role of tech and the future state once we come out the other side of all this? We’ll look at when a vaccine might arrive and whether there’ll be systemic change. Then some thoughts on events: will tech events stay online even after life returns to mostly normality? What have we learned as a community about how to run an event online, and is that something that will alter how events work, or allow for new and different events even after that? And this plays into “content” more generally; when famous actors can entertain us with selfie videos from their sofas, and everyone is one decent camera away from becoming a YouTube personality, is there a place for high production values or have we decided that they aren’t important? Finally, we want to look a little at remote work: have corporate attitudes changed, and how many people might stay remote working when they aren’t forced to by the virus? What does this mean for cities and for companies?


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





    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×08-petrichoronavirus/12371

    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 3 min
    3×07: My Heart Went Boom

    3×07: My Heart Went Boom

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which there is much argument about technology choices and:


    [00:02:00] New York City Health discourages orgies, instead advocating “sexy Zoom parties”, and also in NYC apparently driving into protesters does not violate use-of-force policy, and on the morning of Juneteenth, Tesla tells employees they can take the day off. Unpaid
    [00:12:10] The USA’s tax collection agency, the IRS, used cell phone data to try to track potential suspects, and following on from the last show Apple do indeed go ARM while never mentioning the word. We’ll quickly summarise some of the things from Apple’s WWDC event, including seeing the Gnome desktop on an Apple stage, blimey
    [00:34:55] Our main topic is the coronavirus. More specifically, technology and the lockdown. We’ll look at contact tracing apps and why hardly any country is building something correctly, and why there’s such reduced takeup by people of these apps, and then at technology more broadly: what ways can tech help everyone deal with the current situation? There are big sweeping changes, but maybe there’s room at the margins for small but effective ways that tech can alleviate the crisis?


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





    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×07-my-heart-went-boom/12370

    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 5 min
    3×06: Earballs

    3×06: Earballs

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which 286s make a comeback, we might be on Spotify, and:


    [00:01:50] The BBC search desperately for a way to describe “anti-racism critics” while describing tea condemning racists, Burger King start selling the Social Distancing Whopper” in Italy which has three times the onions, and a hidden treasure chest filled with gold and gems was found in the Rocky mountains.
    [00:07:30] In more serious news, IBM stop doing facial recognition technology because it’s used “for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms,” saying that tech “must not promote discrimination or racial injustice.” Privacy International call it cynical.
    [00:12:06] Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian announced his resignation from his role on the board of directors and asked to be replaced with a black candidate. He has also donated one million dollars to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights campaign, and said he will funnel all future gains on his Reddit stock to benefit the black community.
    [00:13:55] Apple seem to be going ARM for laptops
    [00:21:16] Our main topic this week: exclusivity. With console games constantly being announced as “exclusives” to one platform or another, TV programmes only being available on one streaming service, and Joe Rogen moving exclusively to Spotify for a hundred million dollars, we look more deeply into the idea of exclusivity. What do the creators get out of it? What do the publishers get out of it? And can it ever be good for the audience?


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





    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×06-earballs/12367

    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
    3×05: This Podcast Will Self Destruct

    3×05: This Podcast Will Self Destruct

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we are rendered with one meelion triangles. Also:


    [00:02:20] Three Bolivian brothers deliberately get bitten by a black widow spider in an attempt to get Spider-Man powers, while North Korea finally admit that Kim Il Sung wasn't a wizard, you should go feed messages into thiswebsitewillselfdestruct.com before it, er, self-destructs, and Elon Musk and Grimes's child is renamed to something else Unicodely-challenging, although that's still not as good as Dave's mate Obvious Lee
    [00:09:30] Gitlab spear-phish their own employees and then tell us the results, demonstrating their commendable commitment to openness and also that technically-savvy people are just as vulnerable to this as others, although what is to be learned from this is still in question; Facebook have bought Giphy (that's Giphy, not Giphy), and in preparation for next episode's discussion of exclusivity, Joe Rogan moves exclusively to Spotify
    [00:20:30] Did you see the new Unreal Engine demo? Looks pretty amazing. We're going to look a little into this, movie-quality source art, the upcoming PS5, gaming PCs running this, whizzy new SSD technology, and whether this will radically change gaming


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





    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×05-this-podcast-will-self-destruct/12362

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

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

    • 51 min
    3×04: They Call It Dot Egg

    3×04: They Call It Dot Egg

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which we like egg. Also:


    [00:02:38] And now, this: Famous rapper Jason Zed orders deepfake parodies of his voice off YouTube… Virginia spend time debating whether it’s ok to be drunk in your car while it’s in your driveway… a five-year-old steals a car to drive to LA to buy a Lamborghini, gets a free Lambo ride from Utah philanthropist… and Twitter think you’re interested in “egg” and a bunch of other stuff besides, so share your lists with us on the Slack channel…
    [00:15:35] The .org registry is being confirmed to not be being sold, Tim Bray, VP, quits Amazon over their firing of whistleblowers, and Facebook creates an oversight board, about which we are quietly pleased but a bit sceptical
    [00:26:20] Our main piece: health and posture and wellness, both digital and otherwise. Most of us in the technology community probably need to do better at sitting up straight, positioning monitors correctly, standing up, exercising more, and so on. We’ve been taking a look at some of the tools to help accomplish this, from standing desks and posture monitors to education and putting your screen on a pile of books. This also dovetails with the drive towards digital wellness: after the big initiative a couple of years ago to have OS vendors build tools into their systems to help us switch off, did it work? What do the tools do? And is anybody using them?




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



    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×04-they-call-it-dot-egg/12359

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

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

    • 57 min
    3×03: Massive Quantities of Potatoes

    3×03: Massive Quantities of Potatoes

    Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which apparently it is Coventry’s turn in the barrel, and:


    [00:02:20] And Now This: it is possible that the MMR vaccine helps protect you from coronavirus, game over antivaxxers, in cyberpunk dystopia news Microsoft want to use your body heat for mining cryptocurrency, Belgians have been urged to eat fries twice a week, and the FDA say: don’t eat or inject yourself with disinfectant, which is a relief…
    [00:09:10] News: 74% of UK IT pros are getting less than the recommended 7-8 hours’ shut-eye on a weeknight; a quarter of the sample said they got 3-4h (!); more than half of IT pros wake up still feeling tired, sleepy or groggy, leaving them less motivated, less productive, more error-prone and less happy. (65% of director/CIOs are satisfied with their work/life balance; only 36% less senior say the same.) The solution, apparently, is cloud technologies. “There’s a positive link between the adoption of cloud technologies and people’s work/life balance, with 57 per cent of those whose organisations have embraced cloud technologies feeling satisfied with their work/life balance”. And in more tech stuff, Britain’s NHS want to take centralized approach to COVID tracking, and seem to be disregarding that nobody trusts the government’s assurances that this will never be misused, at least partially because they expressed the secret desire to deanonymise users which is exactly what everyone’s afraid of…
    [00:19:27] What’s digital fiat currency? It’s not cryptocurrency, and it’s not just avoiding cash. China and Sweden are looking into changing to digital fiat currency and some smaller countries have already done so, but why? As promised, we dive into this world, with an explainer of what this concept is, what some of the motives for wanting it are, and how it might affect the populace, restaurants and cash businesses, crime, trust, the economy, Facebook, and cocktails to be made at home. (The detail document Jeremy mentions is The Case for Digital Legal Tender.)


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





    https://community.badvoltage.org/t/3×03-massive-quantities-of-potatoes/12354

    News music: [http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Robbero/59218](Long Live Blind Joe by Robbero), used with attribution.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

mousedownmike ,

Entertaining Open Source News

I love listening to these guys talk about technology and the open source community. They manage to be informative and entertaining at the same time. If you’re interested in open source technology give them a listen.

Ebrescia ,

Entertaining w diverse content

The chemistry is good, the guys are funny and the show flows well, with not too much time spent on any one topic. Impressive that they sound so natural together even though they are only a few episodes in.

Winefreak ,

Very Promising and Refreshing Approach

So far, this is very pleasant to listen to. A welcome change from so many established glib tech offerings, Bad Voltage has good chemistry and they're listening to listeners comments. Well worth checking out. You might find yourself coming for a drink and staying for the floor show!

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