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Alexa, Be an Idiot

There are a lot of reasons not to have an Alexa or any of the “smart” things. This is a new one, though.

I got a new TV, which was of course a “smart” TV. I simply refused to connect it to the Internet in any way. All these things are privacy bombs. Don’t have them. Don’t use them.

It’s Baa-aack!

Battlebots!

Sorry – this is just a trailer

Oh man oh man let me tell you: find the episode (Season 6 Episode 1) and just watch that first battle, between SawBlaze and Minotaur.

Oh man.

Blockchain

Still kind of a problem in search of a solution. But that won’t keep silicon valley types from jumping on the bandwagons

Click for the whole sordid tale

The latest craziness is NFTs – you buy a digital coupon that says you own something. Something that’s already online and freely available. Like, a .jpg that will render in anybody’s browser who bothers to click on it. But you have a coupon! That you paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for! Seems legit.

This is all an attempt to create scarcity where none really exists. That seldom ends well. The Internet has destroyed the scarcity of just about all information-based assets, and the old zero-sum games no longer play well.

Bonus Installment

Edited 2021-12-25 to add: The prize offer expires after 2022-02-28

Because I missed Thursday, here’s a bonus installment. It’s a series of five #cryptopuzzles. Increasingly difficult, so I suggest trying them in order.

#cryptopuzzles

1

Whfg n yvggyr pelcgb punyyratr, n snveyl fvzcyr bar. Vs nabgure bar fubhyq fubj hc, lbh zvtug jnag gb znxr n abgr bs tvenssr.

Vs lbh jnag gb fubj zr lbh unir fbyirq guvf lbh pna ercyl whfg bar jbeq: fgenjoreevrf

2

Gpr, st dsa AFLAJH zpv njcx rmmeq. Birt, khjd huv’k gjy etg vaxnix. Kiyuys rqbe ymmy, byay het jv wtwokl fn uftkz niym e vmecnq, aga zn zxi gb khj mmmpvsy qibmcs wnknb lp zsxot Nowqh Cii Osj. E rwmeqd Kkzdas hmvpvr sfqkl RDKLZD ers gfwkl fn utpejzux xyhakiyzxowe asi GUTLMSFV zzrnxusyqkits.

Xu ayob dsa aflajh zpzs tsi xmgld trrg fnj bsxl moqzqovfux.

3

VXAFXAFXXAFFDAAVFAVAFAGAGAAFGAGFGFAVFAVF
FFFFAGXVDAFFGGXFFVXDAFFFVFAXVGAVFFFDAGFV
VDAAFDVVGDVXFFFGXDAGAAGVGFFVGAAFGAAAFGXV
VXFAGXVGFXFVGAVAFVGAFXGAFAVDFAGGVVAFGDXX
XAAGXFAVADADADXDGAXXAGAFFFAAFDVXFVGAFDVV
XFGADDAFGGGFVAADGFFFDXDFFGDXFFDFFDDXVFAA
AVDXDXXAFDFFFAXAFAXDXFDVAGVGXAAADFVXAAFG
DFXADAADAFDFGGDDXDDFGXFXDDXVAGADXADDDDAV
GVDAFFXDDVGXXFGDGAVAXGGXDDADVGGVXXFXDDVX
GGVGGFFFAAGGFFGVGAFFAGDGXAAGFXVFVXGVGFAV
FFAFFXDADDXDDXAGAVXAAAAFGADADAXFAVVVAAFG
FFFFAGAFAFAGVFAFDGAVFVAAVFDVGXFGFFVAAVVG
AGFFAFAVXFFFXGFDAGAFVDGAXFAXGXGGFVXAXXFF
VAAVFAAAAAVAADFVXFDDVAADAFFXDFFFVVAAFFFF
DVGVAFVXDAXFGFVFGVFFDAAFDAAFGFDFFAGAVGAD
ADDXAFXFXXADXAAADFAAXXDFDGDFDFFXFVFAGAAF
XGAFFFDAXXFXVDVDDGAVXVAGAGGXFFXFAXDAVXXA
AAADDAXFDXAAVXGFAFGXAAAAADXDGXGXVXXVFVAX
FDGAAGFFVDAAGDFVAVADGAXXAXAVFGADAAGAGDFF
VAGAXFFVVVDVFDFAFVAGAFDXFVXDAVAADGXVFXVF
FFFGFFAFFAXVFFAXVGVVGVFFAXFGVVXFFVXAAFFF
GAFAGAAAFAVFGXFFFFFFFGGAFFAAXG

4

TNQADUKCPCYSCLAOCQYTPCILSUKCPKZXMTCTSIDQ
YGNVQFNVMPXZPTYTANDFORKCDGKMTGEKLIPOCKSP
BTAEITKBDTRZFOPALBFOSIKPDZTXPTSPDNZASUND
TWOUNDFCNVPAMHABUICFPNPOTITYDNORKCGKSTUD
LBFOYGSISIADMTUBDSCPKHLBYODBSXZBSULDSWTG
ZADQOWUCQWBUDWOYTUGOCUQDNLYGSXSIADTWOUMY
ABUBOPYGOSKCUBFQNPIQKCUSCLTHYOPOFQTUKUCA
RYCZCPLEUKQBOCUKSHFOBSZOYTCLIYKCNPEASMYM
QMITLFQUPNDQAEFQIMTGSIOGDASHTWOUOTOSNTIN
XZPTTNQAAESIHTPOBUKUOVPOOVPOBZMTEBNWNPOH
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5

TBYUGCGHVTVJLKBVPNYDNALWQSKLRKNDPHPXXFFO
MIXLQUWYMZYTRBNAUWKKOKDPCRLJVPDMWHOJAVTA
SQQRXWSRRWDUWUPZJYKTEONQZHMBBDDELRZBQURW
YVMSIMOWXXSWHUULOWUFEYYYZUZNVSLWHLXRSLFN
YIRZEZXGEHFRDAMVXSZVRBSPEVXSILXFDXCMBEEO
VRBQQBFIZFQPBNLLAVRFFQURWTYAKIBSQHAYZUBY
EJBYONCSWGMYFQLIUPXRKMMGDDFQQHCZTOOJHXQY
IWZBVDLLDTDAGVHABMKAOCGYJSQVDIFTYJTPLDUI
NWTCKHLFPQBDTJDTVSXONKHSKDSHCCXABHFWBGLK
RJXYJLQOGVSYOGTWGNSEXJOOLGBBMUMQKBBTKYYQ
PJUXKPOTPZOYNIWRTUQIAOUMIDLMYSMZRYZANKLQ
PPEOCYFYLSEUYSOGJCROYEKSDKHTOKAQHTSMGMMI
IFJIYQCYDGWAKWEWVJSKDEGKNCZKOAQHNLBJHFUL
ZUMQFYGIDFOUAUGWSGUSTHNFVQGJVZTFOWZEPJJS
URDUOQZEGKXUDAJLJCJHIZWELHFAUXUEERMUNDXH
UGDQTMRUSFFUDGIIYFAQEGDSJYAZGAAUHMTEKWFD
NBWPDNVEYNJYKLRRWWKNKWJFPETQTSHOUDOICPUC
HXEPSQCCUXGUFOXXVXKAOHKTFUIHMLXKGBPHRRZQ
ZWPEGLWSLTQNTUEWKIUACMBIORYURBQKZJCTCQAC
DLUWAIJDVHBVUSVNLOXJMRALBBBTJKQRBXKX

Coffee & Browser Tabs

Buckle your seat belts, it’s gonna be really random tonight.


I drink coffee I make at home in my grind&brew rig. To me, the best thing about coffee shop coffee is that they grind the beans immediately before brewing. Everything else is secondary. So, with a Capresso, I can do that. And I get away with very inexpensive supermarket coffee beans.

We had been drinking Wegmans Medium Roast for a while, but I wanted a tweak to a slightly darker roast flavor. But not all the way to Espresso roast beans. So I tried a mix — loading my bean hopper with a 50/50 blend of the two. It tastes great! Although, it’s no less filling.

Anyone else blend different beans to get just the coffee they want?


Another thing. I use (used to use? will someday use again?) an extension to Firefox called Simple Tab Groups (STG). Well, I accidentally updated my STG to version 4.7.1, from 4.7. Holy carp, what a mess!

See, 4.7.1 only runs in version 91 of Firefox. But the developers of Debian, my desktop OS, are in some kind of library-version p!ssing match with the developers of Firefox, and so they don’t want to advance Firefox on Debian beyond version 75 until they get their way. (75 is the version immediately prior to 91, the current version. Don’t ask.) STG 4.7 ran just fine in version 75. But STG 4.7.1 is incompatible and refuses to run on 75. Clearly the STG developers have taken Debian’s side.

So now I need a way to assemble into about 18 groups, all of the ~200 tabs I use regularly. Nothing else I have seen quite handles that volume the way STG does.

Any suggestions?

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