Captcha'd - Beware of OmenCat

  • Doo-doo Facial Hair 2012-11-16 06:05
    The funny thing about captchas is that there's nothing funny about them. Ever. Especially when posters here try to make puns out of them.
  • Creature Pro 2012-11-16 06:07
    Frist Creature Pro comment!
  • Honnza 2012-11-16 06:08
    The last one is easy. Just compare the relative sizes of each letter.

    Captcha: populus - belonging to the Pope
  • F 2012-11-16 06:24
    Honnza:
    The last one is easy. Just compare the relative sizes of each letter.

    Captcha: populus - belonging to the Pope


    ... and the small ones are obviously small caps, whereas the large ones are lowercase but in a larger font.
  • 50% Opacity 2012-11-16 06:37
    I have no idea what the problem with the "səɯoɔəq ntsimi" captcha is.
  • Sehe 2012-11-16 06:38
    Missed opportunity to ROCK by typing

    sǝɯoɔǝq ntsimi

    in response to that captcha
  • 50% Opacity 2012-11-16 06:42
    Sehe:
    Missed opportunity to ROCK by typing

    sǝɯoɔǝq ntsimi

    in response to that captcha


    Missed opportunity to be the first with that joke. ;-P
  • alexgieg 2012-11-16 06:46
    Omencat is, of course, Lord Inglip's pet. He'll come forth after the fall of both Longcat and Tacgnol, arising from the ashes of the Catnarok to hunt down the few remaining unbelievers and set forth the arrival of his master.
  • Justsomedudette 2012-11-16 07:26
    I can't believe the first comment wasn't Oneth
  • TheSHEEEP 2012-11-16 07:31
    The funniest captchas are those that actually do make sense.
  • Wody 2012-11-16 07:39
    Okay, I filled out all the captcha's but I didn't see or get any dailywtf for today, what's up with that?
    Also, why so many? I thought one was enough

    captcha: praesent. the present you get at christmas and don't know what to do with.
  • turist 2012-11-16 07:46
    The first one should be solved just by typing "omencat". The way recaptcha works, it's enough to type the generated word.

    (The other one is some "unreadable by OCR" scanned sample and well, it happens it's unreadable for a human, too)
  • Rodnas 2012-11-16 07:49
    a captcha is essentially a challenge for programmers to build better bots, to annoy their peers who are on the receiving end of spam. :P
  • steenbergh 2012-11-16 07:56
    Why would a site promoting eye surgery have such a hazy Captcha? Not much revenue from the web forms, I'll wager...
  • James 2012-11-16 08:06
    Captcha: Allowing you to inform your users that you care more about avoiding a few spam emails than you do about their sanity.

    If you want to stop spam there are far less inconvenient methods, ones that don't actually exclude a reasonable percentage of internet browsers who aren't even able to interact with captchas.

    Whoever came up with these satan cakes deserves a whipping. At least W3C agrees.

    Oh look, I have to fill in a captcha to print this comment! If I were a mechanic turk spammer that would have slowed me down at least a few seconds.
  • Bart-Jan Vrielink 2012-11-16 08:13
    I'm not sure if I have a Doppelgänger or not, but I don't remember submitting the captcha about being ready...

    FYI, this post's captcha is conventio
  • MrBester 2012-11-16 08:20
    50% Opacity:
    I have no idea what the problem with the "səɯoɔəq ntsimi" captcha is.

    If you're having difficulty reading it, that's what the "rotate the image" arrow on the right is for.

    As for the "ready icumnu" being incorrect presumably too may people have written "icumonu" for the correct answer to be accepted.

    Captcha: commoveo Commoveo to my place. Hey hey, we're having a party!
  • DonaldK 2012-11-16 09:02
    Oh come on it's not hard to read umop apisdn!

    ingenium ... I thought so too
  • BobB 2012-11-16 09:05
    OmenCat, it's all in the Nekonomicon. Read up on it guys, sheesh.
  • 50% Opacity 2012-11-16 09:18
    DonaldK:
    Oh come on it's not hard to read umop apisdn!


    Don't you mean "uʍop əpısdn"?
  • golddog 2012-11-16 09:29
    steenbergh:
    Why would a site promoting eye surgery have such a hazy Captcha? Not much revenue from the web forms, I'll wager...


    Nah, probably increased revenue..."Crap, my eyes must be really bad. I can barely read this captcha, I better get in to have lasik right away."
  • foo 2012-11-16 09:34
    James:
    Oh look, I have to fill in a captcha to print this comment! If I were a mechanic turk spammer that would have slowed me down at least a few seconds.
    No, it wouldn't. This site uses a very small list of words, unchanged for years. If you were a spambot, you'd have the list. In fact, my browser has this list (inadvertently): I just have to type the first 1 or 2 letters and it offers autocompletion. :)
  • Kasper 2012-11-16 10:05
    The surgery captcha reminded me of an ad I saw on Google once. I needed to make a doctors appointment, but I didn't have the phone number. I did however remember roughly where it was, so I started looking for the address using Google Maps.

    As soon as I got the address right, Google immediately showed me an ad saying "We know when you are going to die".

    I was expecting that when commenting on this thread there would be some imaginative captchas. But all I am asked to enter is "usitas", which BTW has been used so frequently, that I just have to type the u, then my browser can autocomplete the entire captcha.
  • Peter 2012-11-16 10:07
    foo:
    James:
    Oh look, I have to fill in a captcha to print this comment! If I were a mechanic turk spammer that would have slowed me down at least a few seconds.
    No, it wouldn't. This site uses a very small list of words, unchanged for years. If you were a spambot, you'd have the list. In fact, my browser has this list (inadvertently): I just have to type the first 1 or 2 letters and it offers autocompletion. :)
    Yet I vey rarely see spam here. Does no-one think it worthwhile trying to sell us fake watches, handbags, boots or medicines?
  • sambot 2012-11-16 10:16
    There may be some appreciation for this:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/captchaart
  • Rodnas 2012-11-16 10:18
    foo:
    James:
    Oh look, I have to fill in a captcha to print this comment! If I were a mechanic turk spammer that would have slowed me down at least a few seconds.
    No, it wouldn't. This site uses a very small list of words, unchanged for years. If you were a spambot, you'd have the list. In fact, my browser has this list (inadvertently): I just have to type the first 1 or 2 letters and it offers autocompletion. :)


    So you are actually the spammer :D
  • foo 2012-11-16 10:28
    Rodnas:
    foo:
    James:
    Oh look, I have to fill in a captcha to print this comment! If I were a mechanic turk spammer that would have slowed me down at least a few seconds.
    No, it wouldn't. This site uses a very small list of words, unchanged for years. If you were a spambot, you'd have the list. In fact, my browser has this list (inadvertently): I just have to type the first 1 or 2 letters and it offers autocompletion. :)


    So you are actually the spammer :D
    Logic fail!
  • Mizchief 2012-11-16 11:01
    turist:
    The first one should be solved just by typing "omencat". The way recaptcha works, it's enough to type the generated word.

    (The other one is some "unreadable by OCR" scanned sample and well, it happens it's unreadable for a human, too)


    Yea reCaptcha was great at first, but now the OCR's have gotten so good that the one's they can't pickup most humans can't either.
  • Anonymouse 2012-11-16 11:14
    OmenCat - The first harbinger of Basement Cat
  • Solved That For You 2012-11-16 11:53
    asd omencat
    asd ntsimi
    asd alloyA
    asd iestes
    death66
    asd icumnu
    asd creature
    ZOCPWXOX
    iusto
  • neminem 2012-11-16 12:15
    I'm impressed it's been almost a whole page and nobody's posted the obligatory captcha-related xkcd. Especially after this:
    Rodnas:
    a captcha is essentially a challenge for programmers to build better bots, to annoy their peers who are on the receiving end of spam. :P


    I'm not posting it either. But I am impressed. :p

    (Strictly speaking, there a couple captcha-related xkcds, but one is directly relevant to that post.)
  • Bill Frist 2012-11-16 12:21
    Peter:
    foo:
    James:
    Oh look, I have to fill in a captcha to print this comment! If I were a mechanic turk spammer that would have slowed me down at least a few seconds.
    No, it wouldn't. This site uses a very small list of words, unchanged for years. If you were a spambot, you'd have the list. In fact, my browser has this list (inadvertently): I just have to type the first 1 or 2 letters and it offers autocompletion. :)
    Yet I vey rarely see spam here. Does no-one think it worthwhile trying to sell us fake watches, handbags, boots or medicines?

    Speak for yourself - I promote my name here three or four times a week and no-one does anything about it.
  • Asgeir 2012-11-16 14:00
    The second one may have been stealing his neighbor's wi-fi and viewing the Upside-Down-Ternet

    It is an iptables config that flips all images in the unauthenticated part of the network.
  • da Doctah 2012-11-16 14:22
    OmenCat is watching you exorcise!
  • OldPeter 2012-11-16 14:35
    For me as a german, that "icumnu" looks very much like an "icumnü" with umlaut dots.
  • tired of captcha 2012-11-16 14:43
    At first many years ago captcha was a good test.
    Most systems would generate something completely random and definitely not a real word. The "zocpwxox" captcha is a perfect example. Overtime captcha's have become less random and much harder to decipher, and plenty of software has been developed to solve them. At this point captcha's are a relic that needs to be replaced.
  • Cherry Treats 2012-11-16 15:54
    The upside-down one is kind of dumb. It's still easy to solve and is, I suppose an effect of the Captcha-system being an automated aid for digitizing books.

    Unless I, god forbid, missed some other joke.
  • Coyne 2012-11-16 16:33
    steenbergh:
    Why would a site promoting eye surgery have such a hazy Captcha? Not much revenue from the web forms, I'll wager...


    This captcha is really an advert: If you typo it, a page comes up that says, "That is incorrect. You really need and improvement in your eyewear: Make an appointment quick!"
  • Evan 2012-11-16 17:09
    50% Opacity:
    Sehe:
    Missed opportunity to ROCK by typing

    sǝɯoɔǝq ntsimi

    in response to that captcha


    Missed opportunity to be the first with that joke. ;-P

    And not only were you first, yours was funnier. I'd have featured it if it were up to me.
  • Silverhill 2012-11-16 18:43
    George B.'s CAPTCHA is not written in 8-bit -- the aliens have replied to the Arecibo message!

    Addendum (2012-11-19 18:52):
    (now that I've gotten the BBCode sorted out...)
    http://img.thedailywtf.com/images/12/q4/c03/img-03.png
    Arecibo message]


    Addendum (2012-11-19 18:54):
    (OK, sort-of sorted out...)

    Arecibo message
  • Kef Schecter 2012-11-16 19:42
    I once had "joder" as a captcha on some site or other. It's a swear word in Spanish -- a very severe one in many countries. Such a word doesn't seem to exist in any other language, either, so that's about the only thing it could mean...
  • Rester 2012-11-17 12:12
    OmenCat:

    "It's all for you, Fluffykins!"
  • dt 2012-11-17 22:53
    Case-sensitive captcha's are the devil's spawn.

    ullamcorper.
  • flutes 2012-11-18 15:48
    50% Opacity:
    I have no idea what the problem with the "səɯoɔəq ntsimi" captcha is.
    Derr...what sort of a word is ntsimi?
  • John 2012-11-18 15:58
    James:
    Captcha: Allowing you to inform your users that you care more about avoiding a few spam emails than you do about their sanity.

    If you want to stop spam there are far less inconvenient methods, ones that don't actually exclude a reasonable percentage of internet browsers who aren't even able to interact with captchas.

    Whoever came up with these satan cakes deserves a whipping. At least W3C agrees.

    Oh look, I have to fill in a captcha to print this comment! If I were a mechanic turk spammer that would have slowed me down at least a few seconds.
    I agree with this, a lot. It is easier to try to identify the spammer on the server and discard him silently than to annoy a large proportion of users in the hope you'll get rid of one or two spammers. Our friend Akismet is another example.

    One of the problems with overt anti-spam is that it makes the spammer aware your trying to stop them and so their efforts are increased to beat your measures.
    It's like forcing people to put in correct-looking email addresses - that's a sure way to make the spam harder to identify once it hits your system. "Don't wanna enter no stinkin address" is far easier to identify as not a real email address than "fakeman@somefakeplace.com".

    If we really do need captcha I saw an interesting gamification one on a streets (ice cream) competition site. Basically you are presented with a picture and some hovering icons, and are given a task such as "hydrate the athlete", or "put all drinks in the ice box" or "put the golf ball in the hole"...A lot harder for a bot to crack (I'd guess), reasonably easy for most humans to understand, a lot less annoying that traditional captchas - the biggest down side is that I think it requires you to use a mouse - but everyone does these days, right???
  • wreg 2012-11-18 16:00
    Peter:
    foo:
    James:
    Oh look, I have to fill in a captcha to print this comment! If I were a mechanic turk spammer that would have slowed me down at least a few seconds.
    No, it wouldn't. This site uses a very small list of words, unchanged for years. If you were a spambot, you'd have the list. In fact, my browser has this list (inadvertently): I just have to type the first 1 or 2 letters and it offers autocompletion. :)
    Yet I vey rarely see spam here. Does no-one think it worthwhile trying to sell us fake watches, handbags, boots or medicines?
    If you think AKISMET pisses you off, the SPAMMERS are going POSTAL!!!
  • Mitch? 2012-11-18 16:08
    neminem:
    I'm impressed it's been almost a whole page and nobody's posted the obligatory captcha-related xkcd. Especially after this:
    Rodnas:
    a captcha is essentially a challenge for programmers to build better bots, to annoy their peers who are on the receiving end of spam. :P


    I'm not posting it either. But I am impressed. :p

    (Strictly speaking, there a couple captcha-related xkcds, but one is directly relevant to that post.)

    Oh, you means this one
    http://xkcd.com/810/
  • hombre 2012-11-19 03:47
    "Confirm humanity".
    Now that's a test most humans would fail.
  • Arvind 2012-11-19 13:58
    turist:
    The first one should be solved just by typing "omencat". The way recaptcha works, it's enough to type the generated word.

    (The other one is some "unreadable by OCR" scanned sample and well, it happens it's unreadable for a human, too)


    I would have entered "omencat you are a douche"
    I always troll these recaptchas by writing some nonsense word in place of the "unreadable by OCR" word. Sweet revenge for trolling me with this nonsense.
  • Elmo 2012-11-19 19:17
    The purpose of recaptcha can be found from here:
    http://www.google.com/recaptcha/learnmore
    The reason some of the captchas are not that easily read is that only one of the recaptchas is a word known, the other is something that is scanned from an old document and needs to be digitalized! So filling inrecaptchas you are essentially functioning as an OCR...
  • Cam 2012-11-19 20:41
    So you think you'll need surgery imo.
  • ally 2012-11-22 06:55
    Hahahahah these are great! I particularly loved the really sensitive death medical form one!

    Can anyone seriously read most of this shit these days? I mean as funny as lots of these are i am not sure if they a representative of the CAPTCHA on the web today because i can actually read them! My experience is more of the 8 bit variety! So much so that I have started using a CAPTCHA bypass browser extension called RUMOLA to enter them for me! Its excellent, look Mum no hands!
  • Vlad 2012-11-29 19:11
    I've seen one captcha reading like "Anal fragments", whatever that means..
  • cousteau 2013-01-02 09:24
    Just a fun fact: reCaptcha has no idea what one of the two words means, it's just scanned from a book and uses user input to decide its meaning. So basically, you can write whatever you want there. (It's usually the one that is easy to read, but sometimes is upside down or makes no sense)