Thursday, April 3, 2008

Another Public Service: CAPTCHA

There is a word for these things, and that word is CAPTCHA.

CAPTCHA. Use it early and often! Drop it into every conversation! Impress your friends and embitter your enemies! The wikipedia write-up on them shows all the signs of having been written by obsessive computer science geeks, exactly the kind of people who needed no urging to drop CAPTCHA into every conversation:

The term "CAPTCHA" was coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas J. Hopper (all of Carnegie Mellon University), and John Langford (then of IBM). It is a contrived acronym for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart", trademarked by Carnegie Mellon University.
"Contrived" isn't the half of it. That might be the single shittiest initialism ever.

Don't thank me. This precious, precious blog is all about the public service.

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