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Comment: Re:No workarounds? Really? (Score 1) 197

by MP3Chuck (#26585151) Attached to: Building a Better CAPTCHA

"Do they enter random text or put in URLs where they shouldn't?"

A (somewhat) common thing to do is have a form field hidden with CSS. Spam bots rarely, if ever, parse CSS ... so you hide a "Website" or "ICQ" form field (who uses ICQ anymore, anyway?) and if it's filled in you ignore the submission entirely.

Or, you have a form field labeled "Leave this field blank." Spam bots will usually fill in all available fields so, again, if it's got a value you just ignore it.

Comment: Re:Temporary boost in download speed? (Score 3, Informative) 515

by MP3Chuck (#26476229) Attached to: Ubuntu Download Speeds Beat Windows XP's

I'd mod you up, but I feel compelled to reply ... since I'm amazed nobody has mentioned this.

I just signed up for Time Warner 'net myself, and when the dude was checking the signal he mentioned something about how there's a 25Mbit "boost" that people get at random. I didn't get a chance to ask many questions about it, but he said that it wasn't just an ISP-level cache ... you're actually given 25Mbit of bandwidth for a breif amount of time. That could very well be what we're seeing here, as the numbers seem to align.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory

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