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Comments on Google Ebookstore - Great Expectations In The Cloud
A few glitches in the cloud not withstanding, Google's eBookstore is open for business. (Read the complete story)

"As you can see here, Google has been busy at the UM Graduate Library.

(Bill Christensen 12/6/2010 8:20:23 AM)

"I would like to comment on google's efforts with reCaptcha. Instead of just having a single word in a captcha for authentication google's recaptcha has two words - one which is known, the other which the ocr couldn't detect correctly. The user is required to type both into the input. Google checks the first word to make sure it is right, and then assumes that the other words that are not correctly interpreted by the machine are correctly interpreted by this human eye. Hopefully, therefore, your 1 will be converted back into an exclamation...whew."
(Peter VanNess 12/6/2010 9:49:47 AM)
"I didn't realize Google was doing that; however, I was aware of Carnegie Mellon's work in that area (see Humans! Tutor Computers And Robots In Your Spare Time). However, in this case, its not a single word, it is a word plus another symbol. I/m sure Google will figure it out. It's yet another example of the ways that humans can still help computers."
(Bill Christensen 12/6/2010 10:14:10 AM)
"Every time I read about Google's book efforts I'm reminded of Vernor Vinge's "Rainbows End". He had a...unique...method for digitizing books in that novel."
(Fred Kiesche 12/9/2010 8:31:22 AM)
"Fred, how right you are. I was in the UM Graduate Library just a week ago, and I'm relieved to report that I did not see a Navicloud Custom Debinder anywhere. (Fans of Rainbows End will understand.)"
(Bill Christensen 12/9/2010 9:46:08 AM)

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