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    an acronym which describes a program that protects websites from spammers by providing a test (e.g. a distorted text) which humans can do but computers cannot. It stands for 'Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart' and is a trademark of Carnegie Mellon University. There are visual as well as audio captchas in use.

    Recognising the kinds of characters used in CAPTCHAs remains a significant challenge in computer vision.

    Submitted on 28/09/2009

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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