FoRK and Spam..

Dan Brickley danbri@w3.org
Tue, 19 Mar 2002 04:51:39 -0500 (EST)


On Tue, 19 Mar 2002, Shreyans Bhansali wrote:

> How would the GIF thing work? You said there's an image gen script - how
> does it generate the images?

There are any number of ways of generating images with text in. The GD
library, for example. It's a clever trick, but sucks for visually impaired
users, and for Web auotmation generally.

Dan

> - Shreyans
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> On Mon, 18 Mar 2002, Gary P wrote:
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> > At 03:57 PM 3/18/2002 -0800, you wrote:
> > >Why not just munge the addresses on the web in a format that is human
> > >readable but not easily harvested, using "bob/@/bobsworld.com" instead of
> > >"bob@bobsworld.com"?
> >
> > Another option is that it's now fairly trivial to set up an image gen
> > script to take 'bob@bobsworld.com' and convert it into a GIF.  I've noticed
> > that some of the free webspace providers, and a few merchants (I think I
> > saw it on PayPal?), are using this visual verification ("type the number
> > you see to the left") to avoid hosting warez, allowing bogus ecom accounts
> > and other automated service sign-ups.
> >
> > Advantage of this is it doesn't require Javascript.  Can't cut/paste though...
> >
> > -g
> >
> >
> >
> > http://xent.com/mailman/listinfo/fork
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