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Breaking Rapidshare's Annoying Captcha the Easy Way

Like many others, I got stuck in front of Rapidshare’s captcha. After more than five attempts at reading different letters with kittens and other critters hidden behind them, I was thinking of giving up. Especially because each time I failed I had to wait a half a minute again. However, in one instance I went *back* via my browser, and tried solving the same captcha again. Turns out this works, and I got the file.

I know I could probably have solved it in a smarter fashion, but it wasn’t worth the effort.

My lesson:

When someone writes crappy software, their software is probably crappy in more than one way.

This is not the first time I’ve seen this happen.