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And the Winner Is......
Posted by CLC on Feb 15, 2008
It was kind of a trick question because my understanding (remember, I'm just a boatbuilder) was that "HT4K" was gibberish made up by the webmaster.
Anyway, we have a tie for the CLC cap. "Camper" gets one because his answer made me laugh the hardest:
"As for the acronym, I did some research, and it actually dates back to the days before precise curing times were known. The old-timers would say that you could add another coat of epoxy without sanding, unless the first coat had reached the stage where it couldn't be easily dented by a sharp piece of dinnerware. This was called the "hard to fork" stage, and later it was abbreviated as "HT4K". "
Techies can fight over whether Ron Paro's explanation is correct, but it sure SOUNDS right, so he gets a cap, too:
""HT4K" is a value found in Public Key servers, and is used as a lightweight deterrant to 'spam-bots'. By making the verification code field required, and naming it 'captcha', most spam-bots will read the form code page, and just keep moving along to find a totally unprotected web form to submit spam.
CAPTCHA stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart.” "
Ron and Mark, please get in touch so we can send your caps.
In Response to: Re: Sorry 'bout that-- by Ron Paro on Feb 6, 2008