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The Engineered Network

Pragmatic is a discussion show contemplating the practical application of technology. Exploring the real world trade offs we look at how great ideas are transformed into products and services that can change our lives. Nothing is as simple as it seem...Show More
92: Espresso

1:41:25 | Mar 21st

Following on the Pragmatic Coffee journey, Miha joins to discuss every detail behind the Espresso coffee and how to make the best shot you can.
91: Zelda

2:06:34 | Feb 24th

John Siracusa returns to Pragmatic to discuss everything Zelda related, with a focus on Breath of the Wild and how so many established Zelda gameplay rules were thrown out the window with resounding success.
90: Agile

1:43:50 | Jan 24th

Waterfall development is being overtaken Agile and in only two decades its popularity continues to grow. Casey Liss weighs in on the pros and cons of Agile while we look at where it's best to use it and what can help to make Agile work.
89: The Problem Is Us

2:11:13 | Dec 5th, 2018

Social Media has taken the world by storm but recent history has shown all that glitters isn't gold and has many people wondering if the technology is the problem, or if the problem is us?
88: Trust, Faith and the Cloud

56:59 | Oct 4th, 2018

With Cloud Storage becoming a staple of modern computing, we deep dive into the history of how cloud storage came about, what features it has or should have and ultimately who can you trust?
87: Static vs Dynamic

1:01:30 | Aug 16th, 2018

From the retronymous Web 1.0 through 2.0 and beyond, we look at how web development is coming full circle and when Static, Dynamic or Statically Generated sites make the most sense.
84A: Space X Follow-up 1

12:30 | Aug 12th, 2018

Follow up (Part A) to Space X where we address the outcome of the first Falcon Heavy launch and Falcon 9 booster relanding outcome, SpaceMan and we don't panic.
86: Segway Evolution

1:37:02 | May 3rd, 2018

Self-balancing vehicles started with the Segway in 2001, but since then they've evolved, losing their handle bars and even losing a wheel. We look at how they've evolved over time, how safe they are and how potentially crazy John is, since he's start...Show More
85: Uncommon Transportation

1:43:11 | Apr 1st, 2018

When you're trying to optimise a daily commute, there are lots of options to choose from. Balancing physical effort, cost, speed, safety, storage and more we deep dive into how the concept of multi-modal transportation can make your commute more effi...Show More
84: Space X

1:59:29 | Dec 7th, 2017

Elon Musk is considered by many to be a technological visionary. In this, the third in a series of shows about Elons projects, we look at Space X, its history, its rockets, capsules and Elon's dreams of going to Mars.
83: Tesla Part Two

1:25:21 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Elon Musk is considered by many to be a technological visionary. In this, the third in a series of shows about Elons projects, we look at Tesla, its history, its cars the practicalities of what Elon's trying to achieve.
82: Tesla Part One

1:41:20 | Oct 5th, 2017

Elon Musk is considered by many to be a technological visionary. In this, the second in a series of shows about Elons projects, we look at Tesla, its history, its cars the practicalities of what Elon's trying to achieve.
81: Boring Loops

54:27 | Jun 29th, 2017

Elon Musk is considered by many to be a technological visionary. In this, the first in a series of shows about Elons projects, we look at Hyperloop and The Boring Company and the practicalities of what Elon's trying to achieve.
80: Mastodon

1:10:12 | Jun 8th, 2017

GNU Social is gaining momentum recently with Mastodon leading the charge. It's a different way to micro-blog and it's not perfect, but it shouldn't be dismissed out of hand. Vic joins John to walk through where it stands today.
79: Diluted My Metric Goodness

1:06:07 | Mar 23rd, 2017

The history of measurements has a few surprises. Casey Liss joins John to discuss once and for all Metric and Imperial measurements.
78: Full Term Surface Pro

42:34 | Jan 19th, 2017

For 9 months now John has been using a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for work purposes, and Vic's son uses a Pro 3 at College. We go back and forth on the device as both a laptop and a tablet.
77: Look Before You Touch

52:46 | Dec 10th, 2016

The new MacBook Pros come with a new feature Apple call the Touch Bar. We look at whether blending direct and indirect interactions make sense and try to figure out if the Touch Bar is actually a good idea.
76: Banned

1:21:58 | Oct 20th, 2016

Marco and I discuss how the Apple Watch brought us both back to wearing watches and the search for the ideal Watch Band for every use case.
75: Rollercoasters

50:40 | Sep 13th, 2016

A lot of people love Rollercoasters including the hosts of the show. We look at the history, evolution and revolution of these amazing thrill rides.
74: Vics 20

1:29:18 | Jul 21st, 2016

It's all about Vic! He takes us through his history of programming for slightly more than 20 minutes.
73: Everything Is Cyclic

1:12:48 | May 29th, 2016

Weighing up the cycles of driving vs public transport and Windows to Mac and back again.
72: So Much Noise

42:41 | Apr 10th, 2016

Noise as a term is widely misused and misunderstood. Carmen joins John to sort out the signal from the noise.
71: Off The Rails

49:07 | Mar 17th, 2016

Trains and roads look like they have lots in common but the trade-offs in signalling and network design are completely different, and horrendously inconsistent.
70: The Seas Will Rise

38:47 | Feb 27th, 2016

The cause of global warming may be hotly debated, but rising sea levels are a fact. Vic joins John to talk about how fast it's happening and how our cities will need to adapt.
69: It's Complicated

1:04:03 | Jan 22nd, 2016

Smart Watches support dynamic, configurable complications but not all are created equal. Russell Ivanovic from Shifty Jelly joins John to see just how complicated it can be.
68: Paperless

1:31:03 | Jan 8th, 2016

We are closer than ever to a paperless office, and for John with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil it's time to actually try and see if it's possible.
67: Iron Man

46:39 | Nov 29th, 2015

What if the superhero Iron Man was real? We look at some of his tech and assess how possible it is.
66: Haptic Taptic Tactic

46:10 | Nov 5th, 2015

Apple are pushing Haptics in more of their devices each release. We look at why they are and how they're doing it differently.
65: Everything is Analogue

43:41 | Oct 22nd, 2015

We tackle the subtle differences between analogue and digital data transmission and why frequency changes everything.
64: Software Radios

1:00:23 | Oct 9th, 2015

Pragmatic returns to talk about a recent melding of traditional radio technology and software that are now dominating the telecommunications world.
63: Making Up Lines Then Reading Between Them

3:10:13 | Apr 5th, 2015

In this final episode John talks about the making of Pragmatic, highlights, lowlights, criticisms and advice on whether you should have listened to it or any podcasts at all. Then Vic grills John for information.
62: Send It Into The Void Baby

2:51:10 | Mar 21st, 2015

John tackles how the internet works - the most requested topic as voted by Pragmatic listeners in this, the penultimate episode of the show.
61: You Never Really Owned It

1:24:03 | Mar 14th, 2015

Seth Clifford returns to discuss DRM and the value of entertainment content. We also explore if DRM will someday end.
60: Or Was That Doctor Sbaitso

1:37:41 | Mar 6th, 2015

With four episodes to go Vic chose a topic that was never on the list - the history of programming. We look at five key people in the evolution of programming.
59: Roll With The Seasons

1:11:03 | Feb 26th, 2015

Erik Hess of Technical Difficulties and Dawn Patrol joins me to talk about the things that motivate and demotivate us, and turning hobbies into jobs and then back into hobbies again.
58: I Want My Hovercar

1:51:28 | Feb 20th, 2015

The next disruption in transportation is coming to a car near you soon. We walk through the history and evolution of personal transportation and look to the future.
57: Lap Band Bypass Gastric Sleeve

2:09:43 | Feb 15th, 2015

My wife joins me as we discuss our recent experiences with being obese and undergoing weight-loss surgery. It's extreme but it works though it's not without serious risks.
56: Lovely Platitudes Don't Help Me

1:13:47 | Feb 6th, 2015

Brianna Wu is the CEO of GSX and is one of the women behind Revolution 60. Join us as we talk about gender imbalance in Engineering and Technology, and how we can help bring balance to the force.
55: Cautiously Concerned

1:45:45 | Jan 31st, 2015

Privacy online is becoming a bigger issue with more servers hacked every week our personal data has never been at more risk. Seth Clifford joins me to talk strategies to reduce your exposure on the internet.
54: Stop Rubbing Your Reader Against My Butt

1:08:37 | Jan 23rd, 2015

The Apple Watch promises to make Apple Pay even easier and safer than traditional credit card transactions. We look at the history of Credit Card data transactions and consider the practicalities. Of course.
53: Overlapping Signals

1:26:19 | Jan 16th, 2015

There is a growing trend to eliminate the wires and go wireless for data and for power. Can it work? Is it practical? Dive in.
52: Your Mileage May Vary

1:49:22 | Jan 8th, 2015

Are electric cars going to save you money? We look at all electric and plugin hybrids, charging habits and being energy independent.
51: Psst Come Here I Want To Tell You Something

1:01:17 | Dec 30th, 2014

Automation in OSX, iOS and the PC can save lots of time for users prepared to invest some time up-front. We delve into the history on these platforms, where it can be useful and when you should use it.
50: Accidental Clicking

1:55:15 | Dec 23rd, 2014

John Siracusa joins me to discuss RSI in depth, drawing on both of our experiences we look at what works, what doesn't and why you should care. Keyboards, trackpads, trackballs, mice, chairs, we cover it all.
49: A Bow On The Handlebars

1:00:48 | Dec 12th, 2014

With holiday cheer Vic and John dive into some of the finer details of Christmas and the Holiday season looking at wrapping paper and sticky tape, what to wrap, what you shouldn't and why, and a bit about Santa (warning for young kids POSSIBLE SPOILE...Show More
36A: Prevailing Wind Direction Follow-up 1

17:55 | Dec 6th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Prevailing Wind Direction where we address different personality types and how they cope with remote work, safety cultures around the world and recent FIFO suicides.
48: You Say Data, I Say Daaa-taaa

1:27:22 | Dec 4th, 2014

SCADA User Interface design has many things in common with other graphical design methodologies. We look at how SCADA works, what it does, the limitations of the human eye and colour perception, buttons as buttons, indicators as indicators and more.
38A: Watch This Time and Space Follow-up 1

24:00 | Nov 29th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Watch This Time and Space where we address durability of mechanical watches vs quartz watches, accuracy, using the band as a charging point, batteries and cameras and whether a smartwatch without an always-on face is a failure.
47: Interrogation Signal

1:15:05 | Nov 27th, 2014

We delve into Barcodes and RFID tracing their history and dissecting exactly how they work and where the future of identification technology is headed specifically for shopping experiences.
46: Out of Steam About Steam

1:32:38 | Nov 20th, 2014

We delve into energy conversion efficiencies of solar photovoltaics, fuel cells, the Hydrogen Economy, steam and hydro-turbines and ways you can conserve energy in your home.
45: Not Part of the Plan

1:15:01 | Nov 13th, 2014

Managing features and requirements on your project is difficult and scope creep is your constant enemy. John and Seth explore classifying features, dealing with client requests and making it all work to a plan for internal and external projects.
42A: Hopefully They Don't Burn It Follow-up 1

31:20 | Nov 10th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Hopefully They Don't Burn It where Vic and John touch briefly on DRM, looking at kill switches and when it's right/wrong to use them confirm that Chapters is still open, touch on libraries already lending books via Kindles and m...Show More
44: Order a Steak and Get a Piece of Rat

1:19:50 | Nov 7th, 2014

Working in retail and in customer facing roles comes with its own set of challenges. We dive into coping mechanisms, closing a sale and identifying when you're being worked over, Apple's Genius Training manual and the effectiveness of tipping.
30A: Coffee Follow-up 1

1:22:25 | Nov 3rd, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Coffee where Marco and John revisit Johns coffee setup, oxalates, different milk warmer/frothers, portafilters, cold-brew coffee, reasons why grounds are left behind when you pop an AeroPress filter off and lots and lots more.
43: It's The Best Thing For Everybody

56:31 | Nov 1st, 2014

When you create a product the time inevitably comes when you have to either hand it over or shut it down. Marco Arment joins John to look at how they have approached the problem of letting projects go.
42: Hopefully They Don't Burn It

1:15:56 | Oct 24th, 2014

eReaders have many advantages over paperbacks and although Amazon would have you believe that eBooks are leading the way, the paperback is far from dead and we look at both sides of the debate.
41: Meaningless Token Award

1:15:08 | Oct 17th, 2014

Independence and job satisfaction is a consideration whether you work for yourself or for a large corporation. Understanding what matters to us the most we consider how recognition plays a role and the differences between whichever path you choose.
40: Productivitus Interruptus

57:18 | Oct 9th, 2014

Remaining productive in your projects with limited time and constant interruptions can lead to giving up. John delves into strategies for being productive in a real world situation and it's not about the tools but about how you set your time and goal...Show More
13A: Safety, Safety Everywhere Follow-up 1

09:14 | Oct 7th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Safety, Safety Everywhere with Fire Extinguishers being fitted to the wrong spot in a Nuclear Reactor and the dangers of Nitrogen purging.
39: Look Ma, No Wires

1:50:50 | Oct 3rd, 2014

Radio and Amateur/Ham Radio played a huge role in John's career in Engineering. We delve into EM Waves, Antennas, Transmission Lines as well as many of the facets of Amateur Radio including DX-peditions, Fox-hunting, Hamfests, Moonbounce and more.
38: Watch This Time and Space

1:48:01 | Sep 27th, 2014

The Apple Watch promises new functionality from a smartwatch. John dissects the detail behind the power demands of wristwatches, screen types, movement types, GPSs, super-capacitors, batteries and why the Taptic engine could be a big deal.
37: The Sledgehammer Solution

1:12:56 | Sep 15th, 2014

Cancer is the number two cause of death in the US and can affect anyone at any age. Federico Viticci joins John to talk about the history of the disease, what it is, how we fight it and Federicos first-hand experience with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
36: Prevailing Wind Direction

1:08:29 | Sep 8th, 2014

Working in Engineering construction sometimes requires working away from home and this comes with its own set of challenges. Vic Hudson joins John to talk about good and the bad and the issues no-one else seems to think or talk about.
35: Written by Kernel Hackers for Kernel Hackers

1:33:22 | Sep 1st, 2014

Why write open source code and when you should start. If you're interested in Python, John's found just the man, Nick Coghlan of Red Hat joins John to discuss open source, python and how a casual interest can turn into big part of your career and you...Show More
34: My Code's Nicer Than Your Code

1:54:12 | Aug 24th, 2014

Everyone thinks they know the best way to write code. Irrespective of the platform there's some common concepts that every programmer should try to follow. Guy English joins John to discuss everything from comments to object structures and more.
33: The Shopfront Window Is Still The Same Size

1:15:21 | Aug 19th, 2014

Loyalty to a single platform can be a risky business position for developers. Russell Ivanovic of Shifty Jelly joins John to discuss his experiences on Android vs iOS and shows that putting Android willingly in your blindspot may cause you to miss ou...Show More
32: A Slice Of A Physical Machine

1:32:37 | Aug 12th, 2014

Where does one host their site or service on the Internet? There are lots of choices, places and trade-offs to consider. David Smith joins John to walk through the options as we explore which is the right choice for different use cases.
31: It's Supposed To Be Raining

1:25:23 | Jul 30th, 2014

Since information could travel faster than the weather we've strived to predict the weather more accurately into the future. Joel Housman joins John to dig deep into just how hard weather prediction can be and why.
30: Coffee

1:41:31 | Jul 21st, 2014

On the day following the launch of his new app Overcast, Marco Arment joins John to talk about coffee. We cover the history from the 13th century to present with brewing techniques and a bit about our personal journeys with that wonderful brown liqu...Show More
26A: Gambling Machines Follow-up 1

07:21 | Jul 20th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Gambling Machines where I talk briefly about why I left Zero-Sum games out of the episode, how Italy is facing the similar problems with slot machines and insurance vs gambling. Thanks to Jordan, Nick, Andrew and Frank (from Ita...Show More
21A: Daylight Saving Follow-up 1

06:28 | Jul 20th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Daylight Saving where we quickly touch on Seasonal Affective Disorder and whether Daylight Saving _actually_ contributes to it. Thanks for the feedback Andrew McAuliffe.
29: You Can't Fight Physics

55:46 | Jul 15th, 2014

The Surface Pro 3 claims to be the best of both a laptop and tablet experience but in trying to compromise for both, new issues about its optimisation for either use case become evident. Myke Hurley joins John to dissect the Tablet Laptop category.
28: The Changing Face of Writing

1:33:28 | Jul 9th, 2014

Jason Snell has been writing for 25+ years - the most recent two decades in the Tech space. We dive into how writing styles for tech have evolved recently, how to structure and focus your writing, understanding editors and having passion when you wri...Show More
27: Military Software

1:07:16 | Jul 1st, 2014

Casey and John have done some development and engineering in a military environment that comes with its own set of unique restrictions and pressures. We explore the good, the bad and the downright annoying aspects but don't worry, it's not all bad.
26: Gambling Machines

57:08 | Jun 24th, 2014

Gambling is all about the odds of separating you from your money and todays gambling machines are making lots of it for the government. Ben Alexander returns to discuss the Pokies.
25: Software Entropy

1:09:07 | Jun 16th, 2014

John and Guy English discuss software entropy as it relates to the User Interface and the code itself and explore if there's a way to stop it.
24A: Downloaded vs Streamed Follow-up 1

02:48 | Jun 13th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Downloaded vs Streamed where we look into another big reason why Australian internet is so expensive beyond the lack of economies of scale. Many thanks to Alex Garner for the detailed feedback.
23A: Maximum Erasability Follow-up 1

03:44 | Jun 13th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Maximum Erasability where we touch on the size of the whiteboards and colours used and how that relates to usability and also a handy tip on erasing permanent marker marks using a dry-erase marker. Thanks to Nick Radcliffe.
24: Downloaded vs Streamed

1:09:11 | Jun 9th, 2014

John is a proponent of downloading. Josh Centers is a proponent of streaming. Which is the one true, most efficient and economical solution?
23: Maximum Erasability

1:16:16 | Jun 2nd, 2014

What is it about WhiteBoards that makes them so invaluable as a collaborative design tool? John is joined by Seth Clifford of Nickelfish to explore the reasons why.
22: Core Business

1:30:39 | Jun 2nd, 2014

Understanding what is and isn't your core business is critical for success. Horace Dediu joins John Chidgey for a very special episode of Pragmatic where for once John doesn't do all the talking!
21: Daylight Saving

1:00:32 | May 20th, 2014

Daylight Saving was introduced as a means of conserving energy but does it achieve that in any way? Do the benefits truly outweigh the confusion and frustration it causes? John and Myke Hurley go through the history and draw their own conclusions.
20: The Critical Path

1:01:12 | Apr 18th, 2014

Many people bandy-around the expression The Critical Path but what does it mean? The truth is that it's a part of Project Management and this phrase carries negative connotations for a lot of people but it's a tool to help us get to where we need to ...Show More
19: I'll Take The Gold-free Extra-Oxygen Cable Please

56:16 | Apr 6th, 2014

Tackling two types of common cable, Speaker cable and HDMI cables. HDMI some obsess over gold plating; Speaker cable some obsess over OFC. Which is worth the extra money or are neither? Hardcore audiophiles may be upset by the contents of this episod...Show More
18: Mediocrity, Consensus and Perfectionism

50:11 | Mar 30th, 2014

John and Ben tackle design consensus and dictatorship/auteur styles of design development. Is the dictatorship model better and if so what makes a good dictator?
17: Stuxnet

1:05:31 | Mar 23rd, 2014

John tackles the Stuxnet virus intended to disrupt Uranium Enrichment in 2010 in Iran and in the process explores what SCADA is, how to purify Uranium and of course, the anatomy of the Stuxnet worm.
9A: The Internet Makes It Even Better Follow-up 1

07:32 | Mar 23rd, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to The Internet Makes It Even Better with a paid alternative to iFTTT Zapier; Replacing LogMeIn with TeamViewer (still has a free tier alternative); and DRM on Internet Connected Devices.
14A: The Worlds Most Popular Camera Follow-up 1

15:00 | Mar 23rd, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to The Worlds Most Popular Camera where we look into printing photos and when SLRs will still have the edge but are destined to still be a niche product.
11A: Cause And Effect Follow-up 1

05:36 | Mar 19th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Cause And Effect with more detail on the Aeroperu crash courtesy of listener Dean Lombard.
10A: Passion Over Academic Proof Follow-up 1

37:25 | Mar 19th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Passion Over Academic Proof where we clarify that yes we still need Universities and Colleges and discuss several readers comments.
16: One Mans Hopes And Dreams Of An RF Bubble

1:57:55 | Mar 16th, 2014

John critiques the Artemis pCell, a lengthy article about how pCell might work and walks through the key pieces to understanding if this is real life or is this just fantasy; and whether Steve Perlman is the right man to make this dream a reality.
15: Extend or Recode

48:44 | Mar 8th, 2014

When asked to, or need to use someone else’s software code in your project it’s not always a clear cut choice how to approach it. Do you extend or recode? John and Ben explore the pros-cons and put forward some practices to reduce the potential damag...Show More
14: The Worlds Most Popular Camera

1:06:03 | Feb 23rd, 2014

The iPhone has disrupted the consumer photography industry and is the most popular camera in the world. But is it the best camera? John explores the limitations of using the iPhone as your only camera, drawbacks of a DSLR and how accessories can help...Show More
13: Safety, Safety Everywhere

1:28:25 | Feb 16th, 2014

John and Ben discuss ways to take reasonable but meaningful safety precautions in the workplace, and around the home.
12: Pages Blocks Planes Die Bank Device

1:09:50 | Feb 9th, 2014

John and Ben discuss SSDs, data transfer bottlenecks and the evolution of PC data storage architectures.
2D: The Battery Problem Follow-up 4

26:22 | Feb 2nd, 2014

Follow up (Part D) to The Battery Problem where John addresses some more follow up about Flywheels as a form of energy storage, the challenge of disposing of or recycling dead solar panels in 40 years and realistic expectations of DC efficiency.
11: Cause And Effect

58:08 | Feb 2nd, 2014

John and Ben discuss the process of analyzing failure, from broken alternator belts to plane crashes. Starting with Toyota's five (sometimes six!) why's, John explains some different approaches including fault tree and root cause analysis.
10: Passion Over Academic Proof

1:00:20 | Jan 26th, 2014

John and Ben discuss the problems that arise when we rely on qualifications alone to gauge a person's potential. Just how valuable are degrees, certifications and tests in evaluating someone's passion, work ethic or dynamism?
9: The Internet Makes It Even Better

52:54 | Jan 18th, 2014

John and Ben discuss the practical risks associated with connecting every single device we own to the internet. What happens when ore functionality is tied to a remote server and the company changes or closes? Timely in light of Nest Labs acquisition...Show More
2C: The Battery Problem Follow-up 3

08:20 | Jan 11th, 2014

Follow up (Part C) to The Battery Problem with a discussion of Germany's forward-thinking approach to renewable energy.
7A: A Category Called General Follow-up 1

08:15 | Jan 11th, 2014

Follow up (Part A) to A Category Called General with some discussion about the expected lifespan of flash storage.
8: A Nice Quiet Serene Environment

1:07:31 | Jan 11th, 2014

In this episode John and Ben talk about noise. Noise is a big problem. A lot of people tend to overlook it. A lot of people tend to shrug it off like its no big deal. But you only get one set of ears, and once they're wrecked you're out of luck.
7: A Category Called General

1:13:38 | Jan 4th, 2014

John and Ben discuss the challenge of digital storage, filing, tagging and categorization as well as associated workflows and technology.
6: Design Reviews In Name Only

1:07:40 | Dec 29th, 2013

John and Ben discuss the importance of design reviews, personal experiences and suggestions for how to constructively approach a process often fraught with confusion and hidden danger.
5: The Next Ubiquitous Thing

1:13:08 | Dec 22nd, 2013

John and Ben discuss the convergence of wireless communication from radio telegraphy to analog mobile phones, then from analog to digital, and handover-transition-unified devices and the importance long awaited jump to 100% IP-based telephony.
3A: Turn The Damn Light Off Follow-up 1

58:44 | Dec 14th, 2013

Follow up (Part A) to Turn The Damn Light Off where we explore Multi-room Audio and Eco-home design as well as smart glass.
2B: The Battery Problem Follow-up 2

12:16 | Dec 14th, 2013

Follow up (Part B) to The Battery Problem where we explore the practicality and necessity of larger screens in relation to their power consumption.
4: The Morality Issue

31:07 | Dec 14th, 2013

John and Ben discuss the moral implications of an increasingly automated world. As we're living in the midst of the 4th industrial revolution, what can we learn from the past that will prepare us for the future?
3: Turn The Damn Light Off

1:21:44 | Dec 6th, 2013

Today's show focuses on the history of industrial control and automation systems, and the growing potential of automation in the home.
2A: The Battery Problem Follow-up 1

20:24 | Dec 6th, 2013

Follow up (Part A) to The Battery Problem where we explore proported fire risks associated with Wind Farms, Geothermal and Wave Power and whether Thorium is everything it's cracked up to be.
2: The Battery Problem

2:14:39 | Nov 30th, 2013

John and Ben discuss the past, present and future of energy generation, distribution, storage and consumption. We explore the future of conventional and alternative energy sources as well as the changing nature of the grid and our relationship to i...Show More
1: Faraday's Cage

1:46:10 | Nov 24th, 2013

In Pragmatic's first episode, John and Ben explore the evolution of the iPhone's hardware from the original model to today. Looking at mechanical design tradeoffs and improvements in wireless John presents a realistic reading of the iPhone myth.