How a Group of Spam-Fighting Kittens Are Saving the Web
Even spammers probably don’t much care for spam. Unsolicited advertising is the bane of the Internet; humans have been fighting it in our email, on our message boards, even in our instant messaging chats for decades. And in our never-ending struggle to fight against the rising tide of spam, we’ve unleashed another of the Internet’s most hated creatures: CAPTCHAs. You know, those annoying squiggly words that some web sites force you to decipher to prove you’re not a robot. We hate those almost as much as the spam.
But in an attempt to rid the world of both spam and CAPTCHAs, a new force has arisen: cats. Calling themselves the “Catchas,” this elite squadron of spam-fighting kitties has taken to the web in an effort to thwart spam bots and save us from the evils of distorted text. The concept is simple, in place of a CAPTCHA, web sites can now deploy the Catcha kitten force. Users will no longer be asked to decipher unreadable blocks of letters, instead they’ll be shown a series of images and asked a simple question, “Which one is the cat?”
Doesn’t that sound better?
Via The Next Web.