Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 09:24:46 +0200
Bye bye vpsadjust
It's quite obvious that Dreamhost noticed there were some tools around there using smart decisions on server usage, and that wasn't helping their incomes, and adding this human-detection system was the easiest way to stop those tools. In my opinion, there are other solutions, like avoiding changing settings with certain frecuency, or even offering an API to use Vserver calls funcionality.
That captcha it's not that hard to defeat with some programming, as the text always appear in the same location, same number of chars, no rotation,... but it's not a matter of defeating the captcha to run again the scripts, it's a matter of wasting the time to do it, as changing the captcha format or design it's just a matter of a few lines of code and minutes. So Dreamhost in any case would readapt their captcha to avoid any circumvention of it.
Dreamhost must consider his customers are not happy with wasting resources (and serious money) and nor are happy with offering nasty "500 Internal Server Error" to their visitors.
But as always, we'll have to take what Dreamhost allows us and let us do.
The good news it's vpsreboot still works, no captcha (yet).
Time to create other tools...