Fight Spam and Save Shakespeare

reCAPTCHA is a free CAPTCHA service that helps to digitize books, newspapers and old time radio shows. Check out our paper in Science about it (or read more below).

CAPTCHA is a program that can tell whether its user is a human or a computer. You’ve probably seen them — colorful images with distorted text at the bottom of Web registration forms. CAPTCHAs are used by many websites to prevent abuse from “bots,” or automated programs usually written to generate spam. No computer program can read distorted text as well as humans can, so bots cannot navigate sites protected by CAPTCHAs.

About 200 million CAPTCHAs are solved by humans around the world every day. In each case, roughly ten seconds of human time are being spent. Individually, that’s not a lot of time, but in aggregate these little puzzles consume more than 150,000 hours of work each day. What if we could make positive use of this human effort? reCAPTCHA does exactly that by channeling the effort spent solving CAPTCHAs online into “reading” books.

To archive human knowledge and to make information more accessible to the world, multiple projects are currently digitizing physical books that were written before the computer age. The book pages are being photographically scanned, and then transformed into text using “Optical Character Recognition” (OCR). The transformation into text is useful because scanning a book produces images, which are difficult to store on small devices, expensive to download, and cannot be searched. The problem is that OCR is not perfect.

Security

reCAPTCHA has the highest security standards. Many other implementations of CAPTCHAs use undistorted text, or text with only minor distortions. These implementations are vulnerable to simple automated attacks. Others, such as MAPTCHA, consist of asking text-based arithmetic questions like “what is 1+1”. These can be trivially broken by an attacker.

To protect your site, reCAPTCHA uses two layers of security when generating images. It starts with images that can’t be read by computers, and then distorts them even more:

security diagram
 

Adaptive Security

reCAPTCHA is a Web service. That means that all the images are generated and graded by our servers. In addition to the convenience that this provides (you don’t have to run costly image generation scripts on your own servers), this also provides an extra level of protection: our CAPTCHAs can be automatically updated whenever a security vulnerability is found. For example, if somebody writes a program that can read our distorted images, we can add more distortions in very little time, and without Web masters having to change anything on their side. This is significantly more secure (and convenient) than having to re-install a CAPTCHA every time a vulnerability is found.

IP Address Detection

Our service also includes IP address filtering and detection. If we determine that a given IP address is successfully solving too many CAPTCHAs in a certain period of time, the address is immediately flagged for review. In addition, by providing CAPTCHA services to many customers we obtain a global view of spamming attacks, allowing us to react quickly to security threats.

Article source:http://www.google.com/recaptcha/learnmore

How To Get Rid Of Negative Thoughts And Stop Complaining

How To Get Rid Of Negative Thoughts And Stop Complaining

Stop Complaining

Anybody who complains more than average will have a great deal of negative thoughts in their heads. Often, they voice these negative thoughts, and are seen as moaners and complainers. Here’s how to stop yourself being seen in such a negative light.

Thinking negatively can be addictive – just as addictive as nicotine, caffeine or junk food. Once you start, it’s difficult to stop, but not impossible.

Here are two methods you can use to stop yourself from complaining so much:

  1. If there’s anything in your life which makes you complain or moan, take charge and stop it from happening.
  2. Control your negative thoughts so you don’t feel the need to voice them.

It takes hard work to stop being negative – you’ll need to work hard, and be patient if you’re to improve.

Try the following to help you stop complaining and thinking negatively.

  1. Make up your mind that you’re going to change for the better and that you will reduce the amount of negative thinking that you do. Negative thinking does nothing for you except make you and those around you feel bad.
  2. You may still feel negative from time to time, but learn to recognize the feelings you have when a negative thought appears, and stop yourself before you let it go any further. If you don’t stop yourself as soon as you feel it, then your old habits may kick in, and you’ll end up complaining again.
  3. Find a solution. Every problem has a solution. If you look around you and think that your living room looks bad, instead of complaining about how bad your living room is, find some ways to make your living room look better. Once you’ve solved your problem, you’ve got nothing left to feel negative about.

Now I know this is easier said than done, but once you start to focus on solutions and not problems, your mind will switch to a whole new way of thinking, and you’ll develop a much more positive attitude.

Accept responsibility for your life.

This is difficult, as nobody wants to believe that the bad things that happen to them are their own fault – it must be somebody else’s fault – right? However, you can turn your thinking around and look on it as a challenge – you created it, so you can solve it. If you just go on blaming other people, you’ll never solve your own problems.

Getting rid of negativity, like all addictive behaviors, can take a great deal of work, but by learning to control your feelings, you’ll find your life will improve immensely.

Learn how to stop negative thoughts before they start – you’ll feel better for it.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Helen_Kightley

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My Reiki Journey started…

My Reiki Journey started…

Recently I attended Reiki workshop organised by Reiki healing foundation. . I did my First and Second Level Reiki class in May and 3rd level in August. I also learned Dowsing and crystal ball gazing. I want to share my experience

Course content

In May 2012 I have attended 2 days workshop which covered Reiki first and level workshop.

In that great workshop I learned following

  1. Self Reiki healing
  2. Reiki healing to others which include distance healing, Reiki healing to living and non living
  3. Aura Cleaning and Aura feeling
  4. Vastu Cleaning
  5. Mind Power which include Telepathy, intuition etc
  6. Food Habit
  7. Meditation
  8. Chakra balancing

After that workshop I attended workshop on dowsing where I learned various technique of Dowsing.

In August I attended workshop for Reiki 3rd level. In 3rd level I leaned more powerful healing technique of healing, kinesiology, psychic surgery and meditation.

Healing Experience

I started giving Reiki to person around me and found a great response of healing. As I forgot while cleaning process I may suffer some issue. While 21 days self heeling session I found that I have problem of pilonidal cyst. That’s give me a very painful experience.  All night I am not able to sleep, sit and walk. Smell of that abscess was very bad.

Lots of friend suggests me to go to doctor take pain killer and antibiotics but I have not given up, I keep giving Reiki to myself and meditate. Doing meditation is so difficult, as I am not able to concentrate due to pain.

By using natural remedies and help of other Reiki channels I cured my pilonidal cyst within 10 days.

After that I have heeled lots of successful case, all who believed in Reiki got healed properly.

Conclusion

I have given a short experience. I will suggest all readers to learn Reiki and change your life and others life around you. From June 2012 not a single medicine I bought for me of any of my family members.

My life is totally transformed due to meditation and Reiki.

Importance of Personal Branding and How to Build Your Personal Brand

It was in 1996  that Steve Jobs was reinstated as the CEO of Apple which was on the brink of bankruptcy. The rest as they say is history. The man not only saved the company from bankruptcy but ensured that it is counted amongst the top 10 best companies around the world. What’s even fascinating to note in the saga of Steve Jobs is that brand Steve Jobs was stronger than brand Apple.

In fact, after his sad demise recently, many were seen talking in hushed tones about the fate of Apple now. Would the company be able to sustain itself or would it again crash in the absence of its captain. That’s the power of personal branding. Whether you are the CEO of a company or an employee in a large organization, if you have a powerful personal brand, it adds immense value to the business you are in.

In the globalized world of today, where almost everything is on the internet, personal branding is both an easy as well as difficult task. It easy because you have plenty of avenues to project yourself as an expert in your field; it is difficult because you can easily be found out there and even slightest of mistakes can ruin the brand called You. Talking of avenues online, here are some important mediums which can make or break your personal brand in this fiercely competitive world.

Importance of Facebook Branding

FaceBook is the new internet, quite literally. With 800 million users and growing, almost everybody with an internet connection is one FaceBook today. Recently, FaceBook has also launched the subscribe feature which lets users subscribe to interesting pages and people without being friends. That means if you are the CEO of a company or at the helm of things, people will definitely check out your page on FaceBook.

It is the leader of an organization which determines the value of brand in the eyes of the customers. Thus, you need to make sure that your FaceBook page projects a positive personal image.

Even if you are not the leader of an organization, your FaceBook page matters a lot. Recent study has suggested that social media is influencing the way HR personnel are hiring the world over. Here are some complete no-no’s when it comes to FaceBook as a medium for your personal branding:

  • Keep the pics from that wild night out last night out personal. Make sure only your closest friends get to see such pics. You can always tweak the settings in your FaceBook account.
  • Make meaningful updates. In order to come across as a serious individual, don’t just update your status for the heck of it. Keep it interesting and if possible, related to your skills and expertise. For example, if you are a copywriter, you can always post new slogans that you coin every now and then. If you are a techie, posting links to interesting bits of news in the world of technology is a good idea.
  • Let the world know about important happenings. It is important to use FaceBook about important happenings in your professional life. It could be success in a project or simply thinking about new ideas to grow your business.

Importance of personal website

While FaceBook is about connecting with the world out there, a personal website is about blowing your own trumpet. A personal website not only ensures that people have a chance to know the real you, it also means better visibility on search engines. Unless you are a Steve Jobs whose life has been an open book, you do need good visibility to create a buzz around your personal brand. A personal website can help you do that.

Importance of Twitter

If you thought people only follow celebs on Twitter, you are wrong. Ever since twitter came on the horizon, the task of discovering new things has become that much easier for people. Twitter users follow all kinds of interesting people- bloggers, experts in various fields and even the sarcastically humorous ones out there. Twitter is the perfect example of what viral marketing is. If you have interesting enough content to share, you can quickly become popular on Twitter Sphere. And if you commit an embarrassing mistake, you can still become popular on Twitter, albeit the wrong way. Need I say more about the importance of Twitter for personal branding?

Twitter also holds fantastic importance for top business honchos out there. People love to know about brands they are part of. Twitter gives CEOs the opportunity to engage their consumers directly and ensure good branding for their organization. A perfect example of the above is the CEO of Mahindra and Mahindra Anand Mahindra. He makes it a point to answer his followers’ questions and keep them updated about the latest happenings. It definitely has had a positive impact on the branding of Mahindra and Mahindra.

Importance of  LinkedIn

LinkedIn is social media for the professional world. Whether you are a freelancer, an executive or a top honcho, trust your business associates, partners and colleagues to glance at your LinkedIn profile at some point or the other. To use LinkedIn as an effective tool for personal branding, make sure you have spent enough time to make a professional looking profile on the site.

Highlight your strengths and make sure your LinkedIn profile is search engine optimized too. And avoid a very common mistake people commit with their LinkedIn profiles- linking it with their Twitter account and tweeting all kinds of stuff.

If you have linked your LinkedIn profile with twitter, make sure you tweet only important stuff which projects a positive image for yourself. If you use Twitter for personal interactions, linking your Twitter account with your LinkedIn profile is never a good idea. It can corrode your personal brand quicker than you think.

Importance of YouTube

Videos are one of the best mediums for viral marketing. The recent online rage Kolavei Di vindicates that point. If you really want your personal brand to go viral, there is no better platform than You Tube. People love to follow YouTube channels that are informative or those with interesting content. As an individual, you can tap the potential of You Tube to give your personal brand the extra mileage.

Importance of Personalized e-mails

Almost everyone either has a Yahoo account or a Gmail account these days. Branding, whether personal or otherwise, is about standing out from the rest out there. If you want to come across as a dedicated individual who has the required professionalism, a personalized e-mail address can leave that impact. Getting a personalized e-mail address is easy with Google Apps and it is available for free. A personalized e-mail address ensures you have a unique e-mail address and thus, a high recall value.

Pankaj Pandey’s expertise as an online marketing consultant and his prowess in custom website development has helped him reach the pinnacle of success, helping various web based businesses achieve success along the way.

Pre censorship of Social Media-Debate and facts

New Delhi, Dec 6: Telecom minister Kapil sibal asked The social websites like Google and Facebook, to ensure that uploading of derogatory material is stopped. This was the outcome as a controversy raged over monitoring offensive content on internet platforms.

Maintaining that the government does not want to interfere with the press, he said if the social networking sites are not willing to cooperate with the government on stopping incendiary material “then it is the duty of the government to think of steps that we need.” “This government does not believe in sensation and does not believe either directly or indirectly interefering in the freedom of the press. We have demonstrated that time and again,” he said.

Sibal cited an example of a religious place that turned out to be a pornographic site, and told them such content played with religious sentiments, the sources said.

A number of retweets and comments on Twitter came pouring in on the demand made by him saying “Kapil Sibal is an Idiot”.

Kafila.org has started a campaign asking people to write ‘Kapil Sibal’ is an idiot’ on their Facebook status message, to use the hashtag #IdiotKapilSibal on Twitter and write a blog post with titles censorship, Internet censorship in India, Kapil Sibal and It is so common to hear people going on and on and on about how somebody famous and/or powerful is a complete idiot for doing something. They don’t understand how someone can be so totally bone-headed.

Here are latest interesting Twitter Responses.
Full Twitter Feed on #idiotkapilsibal Live feed refresh automatically.  if not use refresh button  on right after twitter logo.

If you find yourself ever thinking like this (and I think this happens to all of us once in a while), stop and consider this question:

If that guy is such an idiot, and you can clearly see his faults, how come you are poor and unknown and that person is rich and famous?

Take, for example, the case of Kapil Sibal asking Google, Facebook, and co. to actively screen and filter all content before it is uploaded on their sites. Yes, on the face of it, it does seem rather an idiotic thing to say. However, my dear reader, I am willing to bet that Kapil Sibal is much smarter than you and me combined. He is a lawyer, he was the Solicitor-General of India, he had cleared the IAS exam (which is ridiculously difficult), and he has beaten Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thiin an election. So the best you and I can say is that we don’t really understand why Kapil Sibal is making such statements. There could be any number of reasons that you’ll never know. Maybe this is a move designed to win over rural voters. Maybe this is just a public stunt to soften up Google, Facebook for a backroom deal later on at terms very favorable to the Congress party. Maybe this is a way to make sure that Google, Facebook are very co-operative and pliable when police (or other government bodies) approach them with requests for private data.

Sources of  content

  • http://smritiweb.com/navin/introspection/if-everyone-else-is-such-an-idiot-how-come-youre-not-rich
  • http://www.newsreporter.in/derogatory-material-should-not-be-accepted-on-internet-platforms-kapil-sibal
  • http://www.indiandefence.com/forums/f118/indian-minister-kapil-sibal-wants-censor-user-content-india-13227/
  • http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2559/4088526925_be7b8ac3a4_z.jpg

 

 

Today’s Innovations -1st April 2011

I am amazed how fast this technology is moving. lots of technology and product there most of people thought its impossible.

Lets explore some of recent innovations and fact.

1 – Gmail Motion : A new way to communicate

The mouse and keyboard were invented before the Internet even existed. Since then, countless technological advancements have allowed for much more efficient human computer interaction. Why then do we continue to use outdated technology? Introducing Gmail Motion — now you can control Gmail with your body.

Read More: http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

2- Google is hiring Autocompleter

Google’s quality team is looking for talented, motivated, opinionated technologists to help us predict what users are looking for. If you’re eager to improve the search experience for millions of people and have a proven track record of excellence, this is a project for you!

This is the reason why Google is growing fast. Find more about this job detail at http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/uslocations/mountain-view/autocompleter/index.html

3 – A better web through faster fingers: Get ready to  Chromercise!

Want to increase your hands’ STRENGTH and DEXTERITY while browsing the web FASTER and fitting into sleeker, SEXIER gloves?Chromercise is the finger fitness program you’ve been drumming the table for. BUILD muscle tone and flexibility! ELIMINATE unsightlyupper-finger flab! Surf the Net like a speed-typing master! Put the world in your hands—GET CHROMERCISED!


April Fool

“Finally, somebody got it right…Chromercise elevates the emerging field of finger aerobics to extreme new heights…drawing equally from hard science and hard-rockin’ jams, it’s more than a daily workout—it’s a wrist-to-tip lifestyle transformation rooted as much in its adherents’ hearts and souls as their muscles and tendons. Are you Chromercised? Shouldn’t we all be, really?” — Digits Magazine, Page 27

4- LinkedIn – Connect with People you May know

I find a must have connection at people you may know. Please try yourself.

Looking for more innovations. please submit if you found any. I will update this post with more April fool Innovation. So keep Checking and commenting