Captchas?

What is this all about?

Attempting to access this:
https://boingboing.net/2021/04/05/every-cardigan-color-worn-by-mr-rogers-in-chronological-order.html

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I’d really like it if the site didn’t break itself for w3m by using this captcha stuff when otherwise it works fine without JavaScript.

Kinda hard to see some of these on mobile.

I think there may be a schooner in there

Perhaps a spinnaker? Definitely a yacht.

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I am disappointed that BoingBoing is now discriminating against AIs.

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It’s here:

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It must have just started? I watched the Randy Rainbow video through main site about 30 min ago and I didn’t get this, but I tried other topics just seconds ago and got the captchas. Hmm.

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The weird thing is it makes no sense, its not like you can interact with the main site at all. A Captcha thing on the forums, well maybe, tho I haven’t noticed any upticks in spam or bot posting, but on the front page? WTF? What conceivable purpose does this serve?

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Yup, got one e few minutes ago when I wanted to go from the bbs to the main article.

AIKZ

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Finally, a chance to use all that trivia gleaned from youtube!

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The issue seems to be fixed now? At least the ones I just looked at, including the Fred Roger cardigans.

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maybe we can weigh in then on why the site continuously prompts me to approve all the options for following me.

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Yeah, it’s not popping up for me anymore.

At least it seems to save my preferences. :man_shrugging:t2:

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Oh wow so these are like, anti-bot captchas for the mere act of viewing the Boing Boing webpage?

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hCapcha happens to be the Capcha service used by CloudFlare. I wonder if people are running into a DDoS check?

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I haven’t seen this in the wilds of BB as yet even though my captcha viewership has increased since using a VPN especially. When i have had to use hCaptcha it’s often far less obnoxious than the G alternative that usually takes several attempts to work.

My problem with Google’s image caphcas is that they are verified based off the lazy choices of other humans in a hurry, so sometimes you have to give the wrong answer to pass as human. I’ve had to identify a black mailbox on a post as a parking meter, and a semi-tractor trailer as a bus, and identify roads with no cross walk as marked cross walks, etc.

This makes me doubtful about the reliability of some of Google’s reliance on Capchas to help it correctly identify traffic features. Good, but definitely not 100%

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It’s been pointed out before that captchas are very US-centric with a good example being what a fire hydrant is depending on where you live in the world.

Also another good opportunity to roll out falsehoods programmers believe in!

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The last one I had to fill out forced me to identify a rumblestrip as a crosswalk. AI is going to kill all humans any day now…

(Edit: most likely with self driving cars that don’t understand the rules of the road…)

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show places you would run

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It is interesting how Captchas have evolved from the old “wiggly letters” kind to these odd object-in-image identification tasks.

Roblox has an even weirder one (which makes sense because everything about Roblox is profoundly weird) where you rotate a 3d representation of an animal to the “normal” orientation.

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and the dice one…

They actually use Discourse for their dev forum (self-hosted, we don’t host them), some good examples in this topic.

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