Movable Type 3.2 was installed successfully. Their upgrade process is getting better and better. Rebuilding the site takes much less time, so they worked on that for this update.
TypeKey authentication has been turned on. This means you cannot comment on Breaking Windows without first logging in. If this does not stop the comment spam, then I will have to get creative.
For those people who are going to bitch and moan about registered comments, think of it this way: your comments will not have to go through an approval process. I am NOT requiring your email address (an optional TypeKey feature) and I am NOT requiring you be on the "Trusted" list. If you have a TypeKey account, you can comment.
Signing up is simple, and signing into Breaking Windows is simple. If you are using a personal, and not lab, computer, then I even suggest saving your password. That way you rarely if ever need to see the TypeKey authentication page.
If this detours you from posting comments here, then that is your call. But that must mean you do not want to participate in the discussion badly enough. That is perfectly fine. But when spam comments start eating up precious hours in a day, the line must be drawn. And as LKM mentioned, [registered comments will] kill comments from stupid people, too.
There are plenty of other methods to combat comment spam, but the Movable Type comments CGI is a well documented and fiercely targeted script. Hardly a reason to hate the software. I just hate the spammers.
And quite frankly, I like the idea of registered comments.