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Bad Voltage 54 is out now - listen to it right now at or get it from

Jeremy Garcia, Jono Bacon, Bryan Lunduke, and Stuart Langridge bring you Bad Voltage, in which we are curmudgeonly, we are ethical philosophers, and:

 * 00:02:00 Are developers learning libraries and not learning the actual programmnig languages they’ve chosen? And is this a problem? Are JavaScript hackers just using jQuery or PHP hackers just using Laravel when they shouldn’t? Or is this greybeards complaining about the kids today?

 * 00:16:47 Review: the Blue Yeti USB microphone. Almost by coincidence, the whole Bad Voltage team have purchased the Yeti USB mic from Blue Microphones, and so we all review it together

 * 00:27:20 The rise of self-driving cars brings up the question of algorithmic morality; how should the car be programmed in the event of an unavoidable accident? Protect the driver at all costs; reduce loss of life overall even if the owner gets the short end of that stick; what? This is a big decision that needs to be made: how do we think this should be handled?

 * 00:39:50 THe UK government have recently started making more noises about banning encryption from being used by ordinary people, to prevent terrorists from being able to communicate without security services reading it. It’s the Crypto Wars and the Clipper chip, all over again. Meanwhile, Apple have made a big point of how they work hard to protect their customers’ privacy by ensuring that iMessages are end-to-end encrypted and so forth. Clearly, these proposals are in opposition. The question is this: if Apple declared that these government proposals were incompatible with their customers’ privacy and so threatened to pull out of the UK market… who would blink first? And would Apple do this? And is it OK that they might have this level of power?

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I finally got round to publishing the +Bad Voltage channel in the +Roku. See the topic below for details.

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+Jono Bacon, +Jeremy Garcia, +Stuart Langridge, and +Bryan Lunduke bring you Bad Voltage, in which we are all Satoshi Nakamoto, quoting the dictionary at people does not help because it never ever helps, and:

- 00:02:00 Is activism actually effective? A continuation of a previous discussion; does activism actually work? Although a more fundamental question seems to be: what is it?

- 00:52:38 Google Hangouts allows you to send pictures in your conversations, and it works with existing XMPP/Jabber clients such as Pidgin or Psi as well as its own web-based front end. But it won't do both at the same time; there's an XMPP-ish way to send images, but Google aren't using it. Is this Google's job to fix, or Pidgin's? And what should open projects do when confronted with this choice: stand tall for open standards, or provide their users with the best experience?

- 00:31:28 Jeremy reviews the +Withings Aura Smart Sleep System, an Internet of Things Thing which acts as sleep monitor and alarm clock

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+Jono Bacon, +Jeremy Garcia, +Bryan Lunduke, and +Stuart Langridge bring you Bad Voltage episode 65, in which we have now basically become a show about guitars, there is a great deal of argument and fighting about whether companies screw us because they're incompetent or because they're evil, and also:

- 00:02:20 +Nest decide to remotely shut down purchasers' Revolv home hubs with minimal notice. The internet gets very cross. Nest begrudingly decide to give refunds. Is this a harbinger of bad things to come, where devices we buy require an online service for no reason and stop working because the company get bored? Or is this just the price we pay for having new stuff which can be controlled from anywhere and update on the fly? Where's the consortium awarding "this doesn't shut down if the company does" brand marks?

- 00:31:55 Jono reviews the MOD Duo stompbox, a multi-effect guitar pedal funded on Kickstarter and based on Linux and open source software

- 00:45:19 To answer our questions about the MOD Duo, we talk to company founder Gianfranco Ceccolini about the software and hardware inside the box and their views on openness

- 01:02:15 How do we attract the next generation of open source enthusiasts? Do we need to, or are we beyond that now? What's stopping this happening?

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We take strong, controversial stances in the latest episode of Bad Voltage.

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+Jono Bacon, +Jeremy Garcia, +Bryan Lunduke, and +Stuart Langridge bring you Bad Voltage, in which there is a great deal of disagreement about +Microsoft Corporation's motives and +Canonical's motives and our motives, and some of us mock other podcasters because we hate the community, and also:

- Microsoft and Canonical release the "Windows Subsystem for Linux" at MS's Build developer conference to provide the Ubuntu command line on Windows. What's that all about, then? Bash in cmd.exe? This sounds like a good idea, right? What does it mean?

- Jono reviews the +ikmultimedia iRig Pro "all-in-one audio/MIDI interface for Apple products that fits in your pocket"

- The +OpenShot Video Editor project have just released the latest version of in +Appimage format; a single downloadable file which runs on every Linux OS and doesn't need to be unpacked or installed. With tools like this and Gnome's xdg-app in the wings, whither the old Linux model of "distributions" and packaging every app half a dozen times? Can this discussion get beyond complaints about static linking or the difficulty of releasing Linux software?

Also, Bryan is speaking at +LinuxFest Northwest in Bellingham, USA on April 23rd/24th 2016, and Stuart is at FOSSTalk in London, UK on August 6th with other Linux podcasters, if you want to buy them drinks or expensive laptops or something!

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+Jono Bacon, +Jeremy Garcia, +Bryan Lunduke and +Stuart Langridge bring you Bad Voltage, in which we knock over our equipment, workstations can have a terabyte of RAM in, and:

- 00:02:16 What's going on with the United States;s upcoming presidential elections? Do the prospective candidates have decent policies on technology? Since the US's political leadership affects pretty much anybody, we examine how we feel about the upcoming elections, what it might mean for the world of technology, and who we'd be voting for

- 00:37:20 Review: the +Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Aria wristband and scales, whether fitness equipment with batteries in is a good idea, and what the deal is with having to store your health in their cloud

- 00:53:28 Interview: we speak to CEO of +Pogo Linux and Pogo Storage, +Erik Logan, about their hardware, where they see server vendors in the age of the cloud, and their brutally powerful workstations

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Which hat should +Stuart Langridge wear to the +Southern California Linux Expo and +Bad Voltage Live next week?

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Abort!  *Abort*!  Stuart has selected the Mississippi hat.  This was clearly the correct choice anyway.
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+Jono Bacon, +Jeremy Garcia and +Stuart Langridge bring you Bad Voltage, in which +Bryan Lunduke has no voice and is thus not with us, Jono has a cold and yet manfully overcomes this to be with us, the future is made of steel-sheathed blockchain-based arguments about the GPL, and:

- 00:03:17 We review the predictions we made a year ago in shows 33 and 34, and see how we did in our role as Cassandras. The tl;dr here is, don’t give up your day job, Nostradamus, although the world would look a lot nicer if it was what we predicted

- 00:35:17 +The Linux Foundation is shepherding a new collaborative effort to advance blockchain technology between lots of major tech and financial firms: +Cisco, Deutsche Borse, JP Morgan, +Intel , +IBM, Accenture, and the like. Is this going to actually accomplish anything? Is a distributed ledger going to provide any benefits to we consumers?

- 00:49:05 Stuart reviews Titan: “the toughest cable on earth”, a steel-sheathed phone charging cable and asks: is this useful?

- 00:59:22 There’s a love triangle, except without much love, going on between the +Software Freedom Conservancy, the Linux Foundation, and +VMware around alleged VMWare GPL violations and Linux Foundation accusations of conflict of interest; what’s it all about? What’s going on here?

Have a good New Year, everybody. We’ll see you in 2016 (possibly at Live Voltage at the end of January at the +Southern California Linux Expo!)

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