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It's such a shame that this poor article is getting attention, given that reCAPTCHA v3 is actually a terrible privacy violation.

Sadly, I don't think the author knows the difference between v2 and v3. The article is definitely not talking about v3.




Yes, I thought the article would be about privacy concerns. Instead it was a rant about v2, not mentioning v3 at all (except for mistaking v2 for v3). Ultimately there was little substance here.


The article really should have focused on this, it's the only valid concern. There's no proof or references behind the later claims like "THE AVERAGE TIME IS OVER 30 SECONDS!" and " It doesn't matter if you're logged into your Google account and allowing all manner of cookies.", not even anecdotal or personal videos of trying to solve a recaptcha like this post[0] had from two months ago.

> I don't think the author knows the difference between v2 and v3

The author doesn't seem to have ever visited google.com/recaptcha to know what Google refers to as different versions of its service. The author instead is talking about "versions of bot detection", ie. The "detect human mouse movement" was v2, "scan your Google history to see how human-like your activities are" is v3, and the author envisions "v4" as doing the silly things from the latter half of the article.

0: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20158386


A lot of articles posted on hacker news are by people who don't really understand what they're talking about, but use a lot of emotionally charged language. A lot of times this is fine, because it's articulating something that bothers a lot of people and wastes their time. But in this case it's absurd. I don't think he understand just how much crap bots were/are putting out there, especially before we had good services like cloudflare and the whole web hosting cloud to filter it. It's not Google's fault every small/medium sized company decided to put important customer services on a web portal which could be easily abused, they just capitalized on it. Sys admins can't stop random executives from making crap decisions like having an inherently insecure system, but at least they can pitch on reCaptcha to fix it a tiny bit. But they wrote an article where they used a lot of CAPS LOCK, so they must be an authority.


> A lot of articles posted on hacker news are by people who don't really understand what they're talking about, but use a lot of emotionally charged language.

This seems to be the best strategy for getting to the top of the front page these days. Even better if the target of the emotionally charged language is Facebook, Google, or Amazon.




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