While you were shouting obscenities at your screen, you were actually digitising the entire archive of the New York Times

While you were shouting obscenities at your screen, you were actually digitising the entire archive of the New York Times

The worst things on the internet are dying, writes Jane Ruffino

The worst things on the internet are dying. Or at least, reCAPTCHA, the worst thing for internet users, probably the second-worst if you count Verified By Visa, and the third-worst if you count the grossout pictures that illustrate spammy Outbrain content below a lot of news articles, has been killed off by Google. CAPTCHA (for Completely Automated Public Turing Test) is the “you must answer my questions three” bridge troll that, since the early 2000s, distinguished humans from robots by throwing a puzzle in your way whenever you were in a hurry to do something online.

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