Archive - 2005

May 23rd

captchas and racism

From #drupal:
arnab: and the fact that captchas are, well, stupid
chx: yes, visual captchas are stupid
chx: I think the textual ones are better
chx: if you REALLY want some captcha then something textual
UnConeD: Welcome to my site! To register, please answer the following captcha!
UnConeD: What is the 312455th digit of Pi, in base 42?
chx: UnConeD: LOL
arnab: heh
arnab: exactly my point.
chx: rather “what is the eleventh letter in this sentence?”
UnConeD: well
UnConeD: that sort of stuff is easily cracked with regexps
UnConeD: some guy once made a math expression captcha in text form
UnConeD: in a patch to the module
chx: yes yes
UnConeD: i followed up the issue with a PHP script to break his code ;)
chx: I liked that one
chx: Well I think I can rather easily make a textual captcha you won’t be able to script
arnab: chx: make one, I’ll crack it :D
UnConeD: you are no match for my dangerous RegExping skills
***UnConeD casts Capturing Parentheses (opponent’s movement reduced by 50%)
chx: UnConeD: beware, I’ll grep the CIA World Facts book and ask questions based on that and you can eat your regexps.
UnConeD: err
UnConeD: but grep is itself regexp based :P
chx: I mean, I’ll compile a huge list of facts based on World Facts wikipedia whatever
arnab: chx: I have an indexed, parsed dump of Wikipedia on my HDD, will break your CIA thingy in 2 minutes with it
chx: and questions like “Is Ghana in Africa?”
UnConeD: i’ll hire an indian fellow with an encyclopedia
arnab: UnConeD: I AM an Indian fellow with an encyclopedia
arnab: rofl
UnConeD: ;)

May 22nd

Welcome to the Notes section

This is some description.

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April 7th

Fast Frequent Phrase Extraction for AutoComplete Applications

[article here]

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moving over... finally

I've been meaning to do this for ages, but never had the time or energy to migrate my site over to Drupal. This is only a temporary template, I'm working on the structure of the site right now. There's all the nitty gritties that need to be tended to. Anyway, it would be a great help if you email me if you find anything amiss.

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April 6th

evacuate!!

Aadisht is in Mumbai.

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April 5th

drOOPal

Drupal Programming from an Object-Oriented Perspective by JonBob:

: Drupal often gets criticized by newcomers who believe that object-oriented programming (OOP) is always the best way to design software architecture, and since they do not see the word "class" in the Drupal code, it must be inferior to other solutions. In fact, it is true that Drupal does not use many of the OOP features of PHP, but it is a mistake to think that the use of classes is synonymous with object-oriented design.

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April 2nd

gime fool gimme fire!

From the Google Gulp FAQ:

11. When will you take Google Gulp out of beta?

Man, if you pressure us, you just drive us away. We'll commit when we're ready, okay? Besides, what's so great about taking things out of beta? It ruins all the romance, the challenge, the possibilities, the right to explore. Carpe diem, ya know? Maybe we're jaded, but we've seen all these other companies leap headlong into 1.0, thinking their product is exactly what they've been dreaming of all their lives, that everything is perfect and hunky-dory

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April 1st

PWNtcha!

Captchas, especially visual ones that rely on image recognition have always been a controversial idea; but the truth is that we're in a pretty bad situation with comment spam, and other forms of automated bot attacks, and this looks like the only trick in the book that's (somewhat) effective. I have a tiny hand in this mess, I'm the author of the quickly and dirtily written, ill maintained captcha module for Drupal. It sounds like a war cry in a HongKong action flick, but PWNtcha - captcha decoder, stands for "Pretend We

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chatterati

To inaugurate the day, a chat transcript:


Arnab: did you know that a boy here was eaten up waist down?

Victim 23: sending one-liner messages

Arnab: here at iit...

Victim 23: what?????????

Arnab: by a panther

Victim 23: when?????????

Victim 23: oh no

Arnab: evening

Arnab: ya

Arnab: so we're all on high alert and stuff

Victim 23: thats horribleeee

Victim 23: okayy

Victim 23: who was this boy?

Arnab: AF Baba,,,, Btech 3rd year Civil

Arnab: you know anyone in iit?

Victim 23: okay

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