Asirra, and the end of another term

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.