CAPTHCAs are a terrible, terrible solution to a technological problem. But at least these CAPTCHAs acknowledge that the person typing is not only not-a-bot, but a human being.
Friday, October 19th, 2012
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Yes, yes, yes! This article does an excellent job of explaining what Captchas are attempting to do and why, therefore, they are so utterly shit.
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
Every now and then I come across a site that reminds of just why I love this sad and beautiful world wide web: a site with that certain intangible
Wikipedia has it. That’s a project that’s not just on the web, it’s of the web. It’s a terrible idea in theory, but an amazing achievement in practice. It restores my faith in humanity.
Kickstarter has it. The word
distruptive is over-used in the world of technology, but I can’t think of a better adjective to describe Kickstarter …except, perhaps, for
empowering. There’s something incredibly satisfying about contributing directly to someone’s creative output.
Old Weather is another collaborative project. Everyone who takes part is presented with a scanned-in page from a ship’s logbook from the early 20th Century. The annotations on the pages aren’t machine-readable but the human brain does an amazing job of discerning the meaning in the patterns of markings made with pen on paper (and if you need help, there are video tutorials available).
Converting this data from analogue paper-based databases into a digital database online would in itself be a worthy goal, but in this case, the data is especially valuable:
These transcriptions will contribute to climate model projections and improve a database of weather extremes. Historians will use your work to track past ship movements and the stories of the people on board.
I’d much rather have people prove their species credentials with a more rewarding task. Want to leave a comment? First you must calculate the optimum trajectory for a Jupiter flyby, categorise a crater on the moon spot a coronal mass ejection or tell me if you live in fucking Dalston.
Saturday, August 7th, 2010
Captchas reinterpreted into art.
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
An API for Turing test questions.
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
If you do insist on having a captcha, why not make it a bit more interesting? Also: best blog post title ever.
Monday, February 9th, 2009
There's no such thing as a good CAPTCHA but if there were, these would be ...Best. CAPTCHAs. Ever!
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
Brothercake looks at the problems, issues, and alternatives to requiring a human to prove that they're not a bot.
Saturday, April 28th, 2007
Now this is what I call a captcha. You want to know about my mother? I'll tell you about my mother.