I have a friend — let’s call him Dmitri — who got addicted to the Wikipedia. It served, I think, as the ultimate procrastination tool. And he was in deep, to the point where he got involved in the internecine battles that necessarily accompany any endeavour that involves both freedom and authority. I think he’s gone cold turkey now. So if you’re reading this, “Dmirtri,” don’t click on the link below.

Others, however, may wish to explore the definition of Captcha, a concept I’ve encountered often of late, and the name of which I only found here on the Drupal website.


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oliver on August 13, 2004 - 19:43 Permalink

Every time I encounter one of those camouflaged code words—which usually come with a “FYI this to fool bots” I feel a little better about myself. “Man, computers are stupid,” I think.

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oliver on August 13, 2004 - 20:03 Permalink

Actually, given how good computer-based artificial vision systems have gotten at recognizing faces, and what with the growing financial incentive Web commerce is creating to capture those captchaed codes, I suppose it’s only a matter of time before optical character recognition can cope with those lame streaks and squiggles.