Bad Voltage Episode 50 Has Been Released

Jono Bacon, Bryan Lunduke, Stuart Langridge and myself bring you the wonderful world of Bad Voltage, in which you get a mat underfoot because your feet hurt, there is a small Lunduke on the scene, and:

  • 00:04:48 Mycroft, the open source “AI for everyone” home automation thing that you can put in your house and speak commands to, has achieved its Kickstarter goals and will happen. We like it. Here’s why
  • 00:24:48 Chris Waid from Thinkpenguin and savewifi.org speaks about the American FCC’s consultation which requires restricting wireless devices from using unapproved frequencies. Understandably, the SaveWiFi team are very concerned this will result in outright banning of open source router firmware and possibly open source wireless drivers generally. Today we discuss the issue with Chris, whether it’s quite as big a problem as is suggested, and what can be done about it
  • 00:48:17 Hack Voltage: Jeremy spends a minute recommending a cool thing. In this episode, a bathroom mirror which runs Android
  • 00:49:24 Unbiasedly leading on from Mycroft, one of the things it touts itself as is integrating with your home automation; Internet-of-Things things around your house, whether thermometers or Dropcams or smart fridges. We’ve been getting into home automation to varying degrees, and it’s a big area; here we talk about it and open standards
  • 01:08:14 Jono reviews the LIFT standing desk conversion kit, and the idea of standing desks generally

We’re doing a live show, and you can be in the audience! See details of Bad Voltage Live, in Fulda, Germany on September 30th 2015, at badvoltage.org/live!

Listen to 1×50: Automated

From the Bad Voltage site: 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. Do note that Bad Voltage is in no way related to LinuxQuestions.org, and unlike LQ it will be decidedly NSFW. That said, head over to the Bad Voltage website, take a listen and let us know what you think.

–jeremy

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2 Responses to Bad Voltage Episode 50 Has Been Released

  1. Otro Pogo says:

    The android forum cited in your linuxorg email of Oct. 13

    http://www.androidquestions.org/forum.php

    may be infested with malware. I tried to register for the forum in order to post a question, and found myself confronted with a video question which demanded that I enable Flash, which, ironically, I had just disabled in all of my browsers, following an online suggestion that only 9.9% of websites required it. Since I couldn’t read the question, I couldn’t answer the pseudo capshaw, which required me not to listen to an audio, or to decipher a scambled text, but to answer the question I couldn’t read.

    I carelessly clicked on a “help” link on the page, and immediately found my screen filled with a message saying my PC is infested by numerous viruses, and a load voice instructing me to call the number presented on screen immediately. The screen display claimed the message was generated by Windows MSE. I had shut down my browser and restart my system to get rid of this annoying intrusion.

    • Jeremy says:

      I’ve verified that there is no malware on AQ. Can you try registering again and see if you still have the above issue? Have you had an issue with any other sites?

      –jeremy

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