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December 25, 2010
News - Free Day 2012 is Under Wa…
about 4 years ago
Very possible, actually. I never said it took me 2 seconds to do each one. I clocked myself on the typing website as doing about 60 words per minute, or about one word a second (I don’t remember the exact wpm value the site gave me.) Also, take into account the fact that you only need to type one of the captcha words, and just leave a single letter for the OCR word, and that shaves off a few fractions of a second per captcha. Also, so there’s no confusion, I was entering the captchas using the return key, not my mouse, so that makes it even faster. Finally, take into account the fact that I was here for the entire 6 hours, or 360 minutes, and you get 21,600 captcha attempts. Granted, that’s an estimation, so it could have been more like 20,000 or so, but still… :)
Using my average words per minute, found via a typing website, and the total amount of time that I spent doing this, I have estimated that I made 21,600 attempts at winning, and not one made it through. Disappointing, but as always, thank you SparkFun for doing something awesome for the community! There’s always next year for me!
I estimated the number of attempts I’ve made using my typing speed in words per minute and the number of minutes I’ve been sitting here trying this: 11,160 attempts and counting. I comprise approximately 0.265% of the total number of attempts.
I really wish I knew just how many captchas I’ve entered so far. It easily reaches into the thousands.
about 4 years ago
The datasheet listed here is out of date, as of this posting. Here’s a link to the latest version, which includes a register map and register descriptions: http://www.st.com/internet/com/TECHNICAL_RESOURCES/TECHNICAL_LITERATURE/DATASHEET/CD00265057.pdf
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