Web Security Words Help Digitize Old Books

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93605988

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.

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Randomize!

http://www.random.org/

“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.”

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This is a pretty big site with a lot of content.

How to Hack a Coke Machine

http://www.wikihow.com/Hack-a-Coke-Machine

“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.”

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Please note that this article does not teach you how to steal drinks from drink machines”.

Afraid to Ask?

http://www.afraidtoask.com/

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.

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