Nowadays I just follow Spotify's, or Napter's, or Deezer's or Apple's. They do all the work for me already. For $9/month that's a lot of time that I save.
From the video, I think they used mathematical optimization. Multiobjective vectorial optimization if I had to guess. The big breakthrough here is that instead of OCR'ing the image they tried to rerun the captcha construction algorithm controlling the random choices the algorithm makes. Each choice is a variable here. Them you implement a function that measures how close this variables get to the CAPTCHA image. Now you use optimization to get to the global minimum of this function.
At least that is how I would have done it.
Please! It is perfect just the way it is
It doesn't count if you work for Google. That is the only people I really see there.
Both my grammas are on Facebook, I didn't hear them saying they are thinking about opening a Google+ account.
Here on my ISP we get the same problem from time to time. We have a very strong antispam policy regarding our own users (about 40k) and they usually understand it. Our main problem right now are hijacked user accounts. So we have systems in place the blocks users/passwords after they start sending spam, but only after a few hundred were already sent (we are improving on that shortly). While this has led to a much lower RBL block rate, we still get one from time to time. In that case we remove that mail server from our cluster for a week. You only get ASN blocked if there are too many IPs sending spams on your network. There is no other way: watch your users, specially the web hosting users (PHP's mail() should be deactivated). RBLs works on the premise that they should block any spam regardless of any other traffic you might have. Reputation systems knows better. In any case, no one will like your network as long as your users keep sending spams. Your only complaint about UCE is because they charge to unblock your IP. The others don't charge and will just not unblock it.
CEO: Listen everyone, today we will create a service that will charge a hundred times more to send only a few bytes, less than 200 bytes.
Board: But anyone can do it almost for free through the Internet!
CEO: So our true cost here will be to keep the internet from the users as much as possible. We have to use every weapon available: charge too much, give them horrible smartphones, have phone makers in our hands, etc.
Board: Hey, Apple and Google released smartphones allowing anyone to write an app for it.
CEO: Crap! Well, at least we could hold the world on our hands for almost ten years... Shame we lost it...
Look, when the best they can do is this it means that they are not doing anything else good. Really, someone inside though: "Finally something for me to work on!".
I dont like Venezuela because there is a guy there that if you piss him off then you are in trouble, you know, like a dictator. I guess the US is not going a path that is so different. Someone doesn't like your twitter joke and you are in trouble? Oh man... It is really bad.
But I think that the DOJ is even worse than the DHS. They don't seem to work by any law, and they think of no other consequence in name of stopping piracy. So, the DOJ is really the record labels, a small group of people in power of the whole population. Another sign of dictatorship. I really wish the US will get more democratic soon...