The Inspector is the last of the Space Masters, the race of people who lived on his home planet of Kayaclasch. They once policed the Universe with their advanced space-time technological inventions, such as the DARSIT, but grew arrogant and corrupt in their twilight. They were destroyed by their war with the Blogons, and the Inspector is the lone survivor… or is he?
Now, to ease his solitude and pass on his knowledge, the Inspector takes associates along for adventures as he travels the Universe, inspecting the root of all its problems. He is a man who must often make tough decisions to meet his ends. The Associates bring something new to the cast with each new addition with old favorites like the math and english teachers Irma and Bart, the old Gaelic Aiden, the female barbarian Layla, fellow Space Master Lunda, and the long-runner Mary Sue. More recent companions include Lily Taylor, Captain James Haggard, Constable Wigglesworth, Angelica “Angie” Lake, and Rory Williams.
A long runner that might cause some Archive Panic with the sheer AMOUNT of canon there is to go through, but it’s well worth the hours you’ll spend watching it.
If you have signed in to basically anything on the Internet these days, then you’re most likely familiar with the whole CAPTCHA program. That’s the thing where you have to prove you’re not a spambot by typing some nearly unreadable words into a box:
What you may not know is that by using it, you’ve most likely contributed to the translation of thousands of old documents.
In 2009, Google and a couple of other companies had a problem. They wanted to digitize years of old newspapers and books, using software that can “read” the print it’s scanning and then convert it into actual text. But even the most advanced computers had problems reading some of the poor quality scans, because the text was smudged or crooked, or in a font that has been out of use for years.
So, they simply placed those unreadable words in between you and your porn, and told you that you’d need to translate them before going any further. Spambots can’t read them because reCAPTCHA uses only the words that the computers already said they couldn’t read. It’s as brilliant as it is simplistic. The program is called reCAPTCHA, and you’ve probably seen it this week, if not today. It’s currently used by Facebook, Ticketmaster, Twitter, 4chan, CNN.com, StumbleUpon, Craigslist, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration and thousands of other smaller sites.
And the project is a huge success, managing to digitize 20 years of The New York Times daily newspaper in just a few months, by letting Web surfers decode the hard bits. It is estimated that websites display 200 million reCAPTCHAs a day.
Can’t believe I didn’t know this before now… It’s making me hate captcha codes less. Even though they’re still annoying. Maybe more bearable though. Actually, you should just read the whole article. It’s all pretty cool.
they actually give you one known word and one unknown word. that’s how they can tell you’re not a robot, when you get the known word right. they use your input to determine the unknown word. so you can type one word correctly and something completely different for the other and still pass it. good thing the internet is more than 4chan because then the computers would translate everything as obscenities.