CAPTCHAs are a time-worn way for humans to tell computers that we are human. They are those little boxes filled with distorted text that we’ve been told humans can decipher, but computers—the bad guys’ computers—cannot. So, Watson-be-damned, we enter the letters and gain access to whatever is behind the veil, leaving the bad bots steaming outside the pearly, CAPTCHA’d gates. As Google’s ReCAPTCHA website puts it: “Tough on bots, easy on humans.”
It is a satisfying display of human superiority built into the daily experience of the web. And, BONUS, you’re often helping do optical character recognition on old books at the same time. Take that, Machines, you don’t even have any books.
But then along comes Google today noting, in a showily short and breezy blog post, that their machines can beat ReCAPTCHAs 99% of the time.
JUCO | http://jucophoto.com
"Personal shoot by JUCO - backgrounds hand painted by Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud. Make up by Nicole Servin Models - Eric F Johnson and Julia Bama with FORD."
JUCO represents the collaborative work of Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud. They first met at The San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 where Cody received his MFA in photography and Julia her BFA. Their first projects together were actually class assignments. Team JUCO is based in Los Angeles, CA. They enjoy plants (on many levels), thrift stores (deeply) and the beach (when the time is right).
The Selfish Giant.
Promotional film posters are a dime a dozen in most major cities – plastered over walls and on electronic billboards as far as the eye can see – but few know how to nail them quite like Agatha A. Nitecka. The film photographer has shot posters and promotional materials for films from Wuthering Heights to For Those in Peril, and unusually for her profession, she works entirely on film.
She explains: “I work in quite an unusual way – not very commercially friendly, perhaps. I shoot on 35mm film, walking around film sets with two cameras, and prime lenses only, one loaded with a colour roll and the other one with black and white film. I work very closely with directors and bring a fine art approach to film stills.”
We were especially enamoured by her work for The Selfish Giant. Directed and written by Clio Barnard, the film was met with huge success, and has been described by critics as something of a contemporary fable, focusing as the story does on the plight of two young boys from a working class background. Agatha captured the film’s characters and atmosphere in her own inimitable way, trailing around the set with the cast to shoot them with a kind of integrity that promotional images rarely encapsulate.
what would Apple be without Foxconn … in China where hundreds of thousands assemble iPads
After the eleventh worker had jumped to his death, the company [is] compelling workers to sign contracts promising not to kill themselves
No wonder Terry Gou, the chairman of Hon Hai [the parent company of Foxconn was] … complaining that “to manage one million animals gives me a headache.”
Gou added that he wanted to learn from … the director of the Taipei Zoo, exactly how animals should be “managed,” and invited the zoo director to speak at Hon Hai’s annual review meeting, urging his general managers to listen carefully.
- S. Zizek