Thursday, November 01, 2007

Strip Tease

Virtual stripper programs have been around for a while, which operate on the same chatbot-type protocols of simulated interactivity at work in The Subservient President, Subservient Chicken, or other "Horses of Eberfeld" programs. Now the BBC reports in "PC stripper helps spam to spread" that voyeuristic computer-users are actually helping the bots of spammers get by visual recognition tests or CAPTCHAs, if the user is running Internet Explorer on a machine with malware. Of course, some note that these kinds of programs that distribute tasks to multiple users and machines can have good uses, such as the Folding project at Stanford, and stupid-human-tricks or ("Human Intelligence Tasks") are already a part of marketplace exchanges at Amazon's Mechanical Turk.

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