We’re sorry… but we ran out of CAPTCHAs

Sometimes I want to check the exact number of pages indexed in Google for some query. You know how it goes – you enter a query, it says “Results 1 – 10 of about 2468 gazillions“, then when you page forward enough, the number goes slightly down to, say, 37 results. Trouble is, very quickly Google thinks I’m a bot and blocks me:

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Now, it’s quite clear Google has to fight tons of spammers and SEO people who bomb them with automatic queries. But that’s what CAPTCHAs are for, isn’t it? well, for some reason Google often saves on them, and instead provides you with the excellent service of referral to CNET to get some antivirus software. Dumb.

The amazing part is that you can get this from a single, well-defined, world-peace-disrupting query, for allintitle:”design”. Booh!

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4 responses to “We’re sorry… but we ran out of CAPTCHAs

  1. This is a very nice fish you caught here Mr. Egozi… But may I ask why did you look for ‘design’ all in title from the beginning? ha??

  2. And in quotes, mind you! without quotes it works well, but with quotes? how dare I!?

  3. Those captchas suck! I hope lots of pelope read your blog and agree to give it a try because I feel like I spend half my life trying to decipher captchas.I’ve always combated spam by requiring approval on comments on any blog over a day old. I’ve found most spam happens after you’ve stopped paying attention to a blog — the next day or even weeks later. But yeah, I’ve noticed very little spam lately. It’s gone WAYYYY down.

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