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Buster: Captcha Solver for Humans (github.com)
61 points by luu 8 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 18 comments

The modern implementation of reCaptcha is quite possibly the worst plague of the internet. If you're using Tor or any non chrom*-based browser, you're out of luck. Piece of garbage really should have been decommissioned by now.

Exactly, when I'm on firefox with PRF on it won't even allow me to attempt the audio captcha. I don't see how this add-on works for anyone with even the most basic tracking protection.

I have the full tracking protection on Firefox and it works perfectly.

Before I found the extension on HN a few months ago, I hated recaptcha. Every site using cloudflare was pain in the ass.

Not only does it make 1-click validations possible, it slashes the number of recaptcha requests (for me).

It's only failed me once. Google said I was using automates captcha solvers. Went offline for a while and voila.

> I don't see how this add-on works for anyone with even the most basic tracking protection.

I believe I have pretty good tracking protection and it's been working fine for me.

Hi, I'm the author of the extension. If you have some experience with machine learning and you'd like to contribute to the project, please get in touch by opening an issue.

The long-term goal is to sample the user's behavior and maintain an offline model for mouse movements and keyboard navigation. Highlighting likely matches in the visual challenge should also be possible to aid people with disabilities, when they are blocked from accessing the audio challenge [1].

[1] https://github.com/w3c/apa/issues/25

As a long term user I really don't want this to become popular and inevitably crushed. Let it flourish in the shadows.

Shhh.... don't upvote this submission ;)

Doesn't that mean that Captcha as a concept has run its course? Original idea was that humans are better at this kind of tasks than machines, but it seems it's other way around now.

Not really, this only uses speech recognition but it can't do images.

> Not really, this only uses speech recognition but it can't do images.

Neither can blind people. I think there would be legal repercussions (in the US at least) if Google effectively walled off the internet to visually impaired people.

This might be so huge for accessibility. I know, that's what audio captchas are for, but, dear Google, not everyone speaks English, you know?

I think this is based on paper by University of Maryland [1] It uses the same concept to solve recaptcha[2]

[1] http://uncaptcha.cs.umd.edu/papers/uncaptcha_woot17.pdf

[2] https://github.com/ecthros/uncaptcha2/blob/master/README.md

My take on this: The only thing this will do is make Google either remove the audio captchas or make them super difficult to solve, even for us humans.

Is there some ADA regulation that requires them to include audio captcha for users with disability?

Thanks for this! I am also very irritated when they disable paste in password fields. Enough to drive me batty.

There’s an extension called “don’t fuck with paste” on chrome for that.

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