Dragons in the Algorithm
Adventures in Programming
by Michael Chermside

CAPTCHAs

CAPCHAs are those odd little boxes that show some badly malformed letters and numbers and ask you to type them in. The idea is to check whether you are a human.

The problem is that CAPCHAs are pretty difficult for humans. And they're fairly easy for computers. There are the …

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Posted Mon 28 October 2013 by mcherm in Security, Technology

I dream of Satoshi Nakamoto

bitcoin license plate "Satoshi Nakamoto" is the alias of the anonymous person who invented and published the protocol for Bitcoin. So far, no one knows for sure who it is, although attempts have been made to unmask the person (or people) by an analysis of their writing style and similar indicators. Now, in …

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Posted Thu 18 April 2013 by mcherm in Programming, Security

Things my next phone should have

After looking at the iPhone 5, I see people saying that phones already have everything they need... nothing new will happen. That's completely absurd. There are tons of little things, for instance I want a browser that can do everything the PC browsers can do. But there are also HUGE …

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Posted Fri 21 September 2012 by mcherm in Technology