2x42: The Book 2024


#1

Stuart Langridge, Jono Bacon, and Jeremy Garcia present Bad Voltage, in which the show was recorded in slightly unusual circumstances because people are travelling at our normal time, phones are now literally twice as big as they ought to be if you like tiny phones which apparently nobody does, and:

  • [00:02:15] Samsung unveil their new foldable phone, which we are, to be honest with you, not all that impressed with
  • [00:11:35] In an update on a previous segment, phone companies in the USA have been slammed by FCC for not doing more to handle robocalls, and a whole bunch of information about call screening and automatically routing scam calls to voicemail if you can manage it. How should such things be fixed, or regulated, if at all?
  • [00:22:25] Motorola are the first major phone manufacturers to sell official DIY phone repair kits, which is somewhat against previous phone vendors' approaches to who is allowed to repair their devices. Is this a good thing, or too little too late? And would you buy a Motorola just to get it?
  • [00:32:30] Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, says we need to regulate facial recognition tech before 'the year 2024 looks like the book "1984"', which prompts quite a lot of discussion about the role of companies and research in the 21st century and how societal norms may change and may have already changed

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#2

I’m about fifteen minutes into the episode and I’ve got to ask - why’s this recording so noisy? It’s like there’s a robot with an electrolarynx in the background auditioning for the role of fourth show host. I’d normally grumble a bit to myself but this time it’s actively unpleasant and making it hard to concentrate on what Jeremy is saying.


#3

I think that electrolarynx failed its audition. Way too annoying :wink:


#4

“electrolarynx”…hrmm…nya, not into Cronenberg :wink: Actually, I used to wheeze a bit like that on occasion myself. I used to think it was because I chain smoke like a French Canadian, turns out it was occasional allergies. Really hot coffee with a couple dashes of turmeric clears it right up in about a mug and a half.


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