Month: July 2023

  • NFTs are unethical

    NFTs are unethical

    As an avid reader, you know my arguments that neither NFT nor smart contracts live up to their promises, and that the blockchain underneath is also more fragile and has a worse cost-benefit ratio than most believe. Similarly, I also claim the same for the metaverses built on top of them all. And that the…

  • Inefficiency is bliss (sometimes)

    Inefficiency is bliss (sometimes)

    Bureaucracy and inefficiency are frowned upon, often rightly so. But they also have their good sides: Properly applied, they ensure reliability and legal certainty. Blockchain disciples want to “improve” bureaucracy-ridden processes, but achieve the opposite. Two examples:

  • How to block AI crawlers with robots.txt

    How to block AI crawlers with robots.txt

    If you wanted your web page excluded from being crawled or indexed by search engines and other robots, robots.txt was your tool of choice, with some additional stuff like <meta name=”robots” value=”noindex” /> or <a href=”…” rel=”nofollow”> sprinkled in. It is getting more complicated with AI crawlers. Let’s have a look.