Stop Spam, Read Books, Waste Time.

I hate Captcha challenges, I wasted five minutes trying to sign up to a website[1] to try out a piece of software because the damn ReCaptcha system was spitting out gibberish. Human-powered OCR only works because we don’t need to see every letter when reading words; we treat the words as “lumps” of meaning rather than collections of letters, and the odd scrambled or badly scanned letter won’t throw us. This only works when recognising words in our vocabularies.

The following lumps of gibberish are not in my vocabulary…

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