Spam. It’s not going away, and nor is my increasing annoyance at some of the things we need to do to avoid it. Like making a separate email forwarder for every service I sign up to. Or, like CAPTCHAs. I can see exactly why we need them, but deciphering squiggly letters against a low-contrast background isn’t easy on the eyes. I was intrigued to see a possible alternative solution called Asirra, which Microsoft Research have come up with. Who knows, I might give it a try myself to keep the bots away from my comments section – although Bad Behavior seems to be doing a good job at the moment.
In other news, I appear to have reached the end of another Oxford term with my sanity intact. The first six weeks were great, it just got a bit wearing for the last two. Some of the non-academic stuff, sadly, is going to have to take a back seat after Christmas, but ah well.