Archive for September 14th, 2012

Spammers vs. Turing Test: Inching Along

Most of the dozen or so spam comments I delete every day consist of little more than gibberish. At best, a spam comment will have a poorly worded paragraph or two touting pharmaceuticals, handbags, shoes, or other junk, with absolutely no relation to the post. It’s easy to tell they’re generated by a script: keyword-heavy verbiage, bogus usernames, junk websites, and so forth and so on. Boring, is what they are.

Recently an interesting comment appeared in response to that post on KG-UV3D audio levels which Akismet tagged as spam:

The microphone and radio matching capabilities are terrific. Adjust the wide-range input level for optimum drive to the built-in microphone amplifier […]

Fluent, idiomatic English that started out pretty nearly on-point for the post! The rest of the comment sounded like advertising copy, though. Well written ad copy, but ad copy nonetheless. Feeding a representative chunk into Google produced a link to the description of the W2IHY Two-band Audio Equalizer on the Official Website.

Now, as it turns out, Julius lives up the river from here and I’ve met him several times. I also know he’s not spamming me, because the URL associated with the post points to some weird-ass Angola gold mining fraud that’s all too familiar from previous spammage. Oh, and the IP address resolves to a Tor server.

As I observed there, eventually the spammers will become bright enough to hold an intelligent conversation and then they’ll be provisionally human. Depending on what they want to talk about …

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