Interesting article on CAPTCHA. This is the bit where you have to type the characters that you see in an image which has become popular as a security method for websites where you have to prove that you are human and not some computer bot…to be honest it’s a pain in the arse but this article has changed my mind about it.
Look at World stats for national opinions on this one question. Then become part of it by voting yourself
Thr current overall World vote is: Yes – 47% No – 53% out of a total of 134,503 votes…and the African continent appears to be the most religious.
“Perhaps you have wondered how predictable machines like computers can generate randomness. In reality, most random numbers used in computer programs are pseudo-random, which means they are a generated in a predictable fashion using a mathematical formula. This is fine for many purposes, but it may not be random in the way you expect if you’re used to dice rolls and lottery draws.
RANDOM.ORG offers true random numbers to anyone on the Internet. The randomness comes from atmospheric noise, which
for many purposes is better than the pseudo-random number algorithms typically used in computer programs. People use RANDOM.ORG for holding draws, lotteries and sweepstakes, to drive games and
gambling sites, for scientific applications and for art and music.”
This is a pretty big site with a lot of content.
This article was first posted on October 13th 2007
Structures made out of pennies – i think it’s an American site so pennies mean cents – or are they also called pennies over there?
Wonderful pictures of animals from all parts of the World taken in their natural habitat. These are well worth a look.
All pictures by Steve Bloom
Listen to clips of various people reciting quotes and then guess where these people come from based on their accent.
and the Stable Kaye Effect…this is for real
“Insect Lab is an artist studio that customizes real insects with antique watch parts and electronic components. My only question is “Why?”.
“Want to dazzle your friends with your technical powers while checking out the profitability of a vending machine route? Read on. Most Coke machines built since the late 1990s can be hacked with a simple access
code. Once you enter the code, you can find out all kinds of information about the machine’s sales.”
Please note that this article does not teach you how to steal drinks from drink machines”.
“The following techniques to telling if someone is lying are often used by police, and security experts. This knowledge is also useful for managers, employers and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions.”
Good 3 page article with tips on how to deal with being in prison. There’s some words of wisdom here…
Don’t watch this unless you’re either 16 or know all the swearwords already!
Ruthless pics of the aftermath of parties…
“Some of them are photographs of real objects or scenes, others are created by computer graphics (CG) artists. Test your ability to tell which among the array of images are real, and which are CG.”
I got 6/12…surely you can do better than that
Nicely done photoshop work with the theme being……..donuts. There’s one for everyone in here.
I wish my pills looked this tasty
“Have you ever had a medical question that you were too embarrassed to ask a friend, family member, or even your doctor? Are you tired of the establishment medical sites that sugar coat their information and won’t show you the pictures you need to see?
Unlike most healthcare web sites, afraidtoask.com offers in-depth information and graphic photographs that will give you a better understanding of highly personal health issues.“