Google, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

April 3rd, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Hmpf. Recently, apparently, Google added a captcha feature to their search engine to assure that it wasn’t being abused by bots. It looks like this. So, over the last few weeks, Google has been telling me (from time to time) that I am a bot, and that I must enter the captcha code to enter its great vaults. And so I do. And then right after that, I do it again. And then a third time, for good measure. No Google, no matter how often you tell me, I’m still not a bot, and that psychological trick (telling someone he’s a bot until he believes it) ain’t working on me! So usually after 2-3 codes entered, I get my search results. But not today. Today, my friends, I get nothing:

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As of now, I officially have no access to the wonders of Google. They won’t even let me have a captcha. To think of all of the fun I am missing out on, entering weird twisted numbers in a round-based battle of sorts. I wonder if they get harder each round. I even made it to level 6 last time. Is there a final boss? How, oh how, shall we ever find out, if I cannot even search for the answers? Oh great Google, why hast thou forsaken me?

3 Responses to “Google, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”

  1. felix says:

    I’ve never seen that. What search term are you using?

  2. Jerry says:

    Oh, plenty of stuff, nothing unusual. This time it was “jpeg 2000” that triggered it. It’s working again now, after trying an hour later and entering a few more fun codes. I’m also told other people in the company are having similar problems. Perhaps we just search so much (hey, we’re an internet agency) that Google thought our IP was suspicious, or someone here does have spyware. Shouldn’t block the site for a whole company, though, that’s bad practice and prevents work from getting done.

  3. joao says:

    they say spyware.. and virus… i understand this has google trying to keep other search engines from feeding from him.


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