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Blog Posted:11/26/2012 8:25:00 AM
Hello soupers and TPS if you are reading this, I know I have touched on this subject before, but why do the captcha code thingy's have to merge so what looks like two letter 'C's is actually an 'O' and a 'C' sometimes I have to do it two or three times (I know I am thick)...I do understand they are needed for security I just don't understand why they have to merge....David
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Date: 11/28/2012 4:34:00 AM
I like captcha codes..rudie ones make me giggle (yes I am that easily amused lol ) xxx
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Date: 11/27/2012 1:13:00 AM
I am glad I am not on my own here...David
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Date: 11/26/2012 7:26:00 PM
you have a straight up point here. Sometimes when the m is touching n,,, i can't tell... I will simply change the captcha code.... xox~ TEX
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Date: 11/26/2012 2:15:00 PM
David, have you seen the ones at yahoogroups? they are even worse than the ones at THIS place. It took me like eight tries just getting myself enrolled in a yahoo group one time because I simply could not figure out the letters. It's ridiculous. I feel sorry for folks with dyslexia!! but hmmm, maybe they are the only ones able to understand it!!!
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Date: 11/26/2012 3:26:00 PM
Andrea you may well be right my friend....
Date: 11/26/2012 2:10:00 PM
it's happened three times since I posted this blog......
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Date: 11/26/2012 12:14:00 PM
Should have gone to spec savers lol xx
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Date: 11/26/2012 1:10:00 PM
ha , ha , ha
Date: 11/26/2012 10:26:00 AM
if you click the icon ( two circling arrows) next to the captcha code it gives you a different code, whenever I get a "c" that might really be an "o" i just hit the icon to get a different code
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Date: 11/26/2012 9:10:00 AM
David, this topic again lol. I hear ya buddy, captcha codes suck. After typing in the initial code when logging in(or timing-out), why should we have to enter a code for every single comment? There is the obvious concern of security, but really, a captcha script using a mix of of 4-6 letters and numbers, isn't a super defense anyway. Image recognition verification(anti-bot)codes are a rather unreliable, but popular way for a website to differentiate humans from machines. Most of them are solvable by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Artificial Intelligence programs. There are a lot of programs out there that can easily figure out captcha scripts like the one used on PS. Any yodel out there can run accessible programs to beat a captcha code. You could download programs that bypass having to punch in the codes, if you want. The codes are verified and entered for you....
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Date: 11/26/2012 10:19:00 AM
Chris always good to get your opinion, though I don't have a clue at half you are talking about, too technical for me, ...ha ha ha...David
Date: 11/26/2012 8:39:00 AM
I too have a pet peeve of my own! I sometimes type in the correct captcha and get a message telling me it is incorrect and to try again. I enter the new one shown correctly without any doubt and again it tells me it's incorrect and to try again! This sometimes happens up to 4 or 5 times before it accepts it. Grrrrrr! Has anyone else experience this? Jack
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Date: 11/26/2012 9:04:00 AM
we are in the same boat Jack,...
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Date: 11/26/2012 9:04:00 AM
Jack, I am sure most people have experienced this many times. The captcha image you're trying to gather is created dynamically by a script. Sometimes when a captcha program tries to gather the image from the cache, it ends up getting a newly generated image(mis-timed), and thus you send the wrong code to the CAPTCHA service, even if you are 100% certain that you typed in the proper captcha.

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