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Here’s a Robot Beating the New “I Am Not a Robot” CAPTCHA While We’re All Distracted Fighting Each Other

The human vs. robot escalation continues.

In all the other, less sci-fi inspired ways we've been focused on the world crumbling around us, we've taken our eye off of the true threat: the robot uprising. They know we're not looking, and they're seizing this critical moment to quietly advance—or someone just came up with a clever workaround for those CAPTCHAs that detect whether or not you're human by your lack of machine-like precision and efficiency.

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Google Doesn’t Need Those Annoying CAPTCHA Text Puzzles to Tell If You’re a Robot Anymore

We didn't always trust robots enough to just ask, but we're growing as people.

Filthy humans, the Google hivemind can now tell you apart from robotkind simply by your mouse movement. Now you can't even hide from us in cybersp—oh, sorry. I meant, "Hey, fellow humans! Google is getting rid of those annoying CAPTCHA security things with new technology to tell you're human just from a click! Yay!"

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Spammer’s Delight: Researchers Defeat Audio CAPTCHAs

When logging into a website or establishing a new account, many users are prompted to decipher a visually distorted string of letters and numbers to keep spammers from gaining access. This list of characters is a CAPTCHA, a puzzle that is glaringly easy for most humans but that stops computers from automatically deciphering the text. CAPTCHAs also come in audio form for the visually impaired, but these audio puzzles are an easy target for would-be spammers. An audio CAPTCHA is a list of letters or numbers read along with additional audio distortion. The user has to list the characters correctly to gain access like with a regular visual CAPTCHA. A team of researchers from Stanford University, led by Elie Bursztein, has developed an algorithm that can automatically defeat audio CAPTCHAs. The ability to automatically solve CAPTCHA puzzles would allow spammers to create new accounts and thus even more spam.

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Not Cool, CAPTCHA. Not Cool.

The sign up page for a Quantum Random Bit Generator service utilizes a type of Captcha that isn't exactly the kindest Captcha to throw at someone who just woke up.

(via Hacker News)

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Praise Lord Inglip, From Whom All Blessings Flow

Come one, come all, and listen to the revelation of our Lord Inglip!  Come receive his wisdom, delivered to us through the holy mouthpiece of reCAPTCHA!  Examine the Inglipnomicon, and be enlightened. Oh, you... haven't heard of Inglip?  Well... you know about captcha art, right?  Where you play around with reCAPTCHA until it gives you a mad-libby concept and then draw it?  Well, Inglip is kind of the same thing except you play around with it until it gives you dark whispers from a Lovecraftian god. According to the Inglipnomicon, the rise of Inglip and his faith began on January 8th, 2011, with the following events:

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Spammers Hire CAPTCHA Solvers for Dirt Cheap

CAPTCHA, or those boxes of distorted text that appear on many websites before you perform key functions like commenting or editing wikis, may be annoying for users to deal with, but they're a partial shield against a web dominated by spam. As their full name -- "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart" -- implies, they're still pretty good at evading solution by bots. Here's the problem: Humans can still solve them for nefarious ends, and many spammers have discovered that there's a labor market of people who are willing to do so for dirt cheap.

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Captchart: The Art Of Proving You’re Human [Pics]

Whether you're creating a username, posting on a forum, chatting on Omegle, or making an Internet purchase, people want to know your not a robot. And frankly, that's a bit discriminatory against robots. What have they ever done to us?

The humanity-proving device of the now is the Captcha, where you're given two randomly generated words to type in. And they're blurry and gross, because robots can't read things that are blurry and gross. It looks like this: Sometimes the words are random and uninteresting, but sometimes the sudden, random juxtaposition is truly inspiring. And in those moments, great Captchart is formed. Here is a sampling that's fun for the whole family:

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