I think it’s weird whenever I come across one of those CAPTCHAs designed to thwart spam and I am asked to check a box stating that I’m not a robot. Because inevitably I click the box and a few seconds later, my comment has posted. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the process is so easy, but should the process really be so easy? Robots are supposed to be a million times smarter than humans, right? If a robot has the ability to solve a complex quadratic equation in nanoseconds, don’t you think he’d be artificially intelligent enough to check the box indicating he wasn’t a robot in order to bypass the system and spam the shit out of somebody? I’m pretty sure it would be easy enough to program “subterfuge” into his operating system.
Is it really wise to rely on the honor system when it comes to network security, folks?
But what do I know. I’m just a human.
Apparently, I am now in the wholesale egg distribution business.
Now that we found an egg guy who will deliver, I decided to let the entire office in on the opportunity and sent out a company-wide email yesterday. I told my coworkers we found a local guy, his eggs are great, and we’d be placing a regular order with him every two weeks. Anybody interested on getting in on the action could pay us $4 a dozen in advance. We got orders for 10 dozen this first go-around, which isn’t terrible. I actually thought there’d be more takers – I mean, who can resist farm fresh eggs, delivered for free to your workplace?
Maybe they just aren’t aware of how much better fresh eggs are compared to what you can buy in the grocery store. Oh, well. They’ll come around.
And if they do, I might need to consider a new line of work. Deb said we should be charging $5 a dozen and splitting the extra dollar as profit for our hard work in engineering this whole thing, collecting the money, placing the order, etc. It IS quite a bit of effort – I started a spreadsheet, for crying out loud! – but I’m too damn nice to try to actually profit from this. I just like the idea of supporting a local farmer.
A couple of friends expressed concern over the fact that he’s got “hundreds of chickens” and were afraid he might be cooping them up to mass produce, but that is not the case. Our egg guy promises they are, and I quote,
Farm fresh free range eggs from hens of many different breeds, so there is a good mix of colored eggs. The chickens are fed produce, germinated grain from local farmers, germinated sunflower seeds, egg and oyster shells, alfalfa hay and mealworms that I raise.
It doesn’t get any more humane or organic than that, folks.
We’re going to schedule our next delivery for the end of this week. Good thing too, as Tara and I already used up our last couple of dozen.
So, my parents are in Florida for a few weeks.
My parents have a nice gas grill. We live in an apartment complex that does not allow grills. Do you see where I’m going with this?
Tonight, we are taking advantage of their grill to cook us up some nice ribeye steaks. And we’ll take advantage of their empty sunroom to eat them in.
Might even take advantage of the chilled bottle of wine in their fridge, too. If there is one.
Mom and dad, you have been warned.
8 thoughts on “I’m Not a Robot”
I’m always amused by the I’m not a robot honor system too.
At least the one where you have to “select the tree” requires some intelligence! Enough to fool a robot, anyway.
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Oh darn, I don’t think there is any chilled wine.There are a couple bottles of IPA. Enjoy.
Au contraire, the Cupcake was delicious! As was the Atlas cider.
Yes, it’s either the overly simple I’m not a Robot, or it’s the complex word number combo that’s hidden behind floating letters. WTH?
I hate those! Nine times out of ten I can’t read the number correctly and have to end up inputting it multiple times. Either that or I’m locked out after so many failed attempts.
Yes, I totally agree with you about this robot thing …
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I had a similar question about CAPTCHA. I looked it up and apparently 99% of robots could make it through the original version that makes you read and enter a distorted line of text. But a lot of humans with poor eyesight couldn’t pass the test. So we’d created a robot gatekeeper test that approved all robots but blocked some humans.
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