• nimis (unregistered)

    cue the jokes about TDWTF captchas.

  • Cbuttius (cs)

    At least they're all legible.

    Have you ever seen google's totally undecipherable ones?

  • Cbuttius (cs) in reply to nimis
    nimis:
    cue the jokes about TDWTF captchas.

    At least we don't get stupid messages about UGG boots anymore.

  • Anon (unregistered)

    TRWTF is that the Avast! one is barely concealed at all. I'm sure most OCR would have no problem with it. Not very encouraging for security software.

  • Someone You Know (cs)
    Alex Papadimoulis:
    What's that, you say? We should have an entire Error'd dedicated to CAPTCHA images? Sure, why not!

    I'm pretty sure no one has ever said that seriously.

  • plaga (unregistered) in reply to Anon
    Anon:
    TRWTF is that the Avast! one is barely concealed at all. I'm sure most OCR would have no problem with it. Not very encouraging for security software.
    screw you
  • anon (unregistered) in reply to Cbuttius
    Cbuttius:
    At least they're all legible.

    Have you ever seen google's totally undecipherable ones?

    Um, the vast majority of these are from reCAPTCHA, which is what Google uses. When there are two words, and one is totally undecipherable, you can put anything for the one you can't read, it's the "re" in reCAPTCHA.

  • Larry (unregistered)

    TRWTF is readable CAPTCHAs.

  • Toni (unregistered)
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  • Mike (unregistered)

    Go Marlins! We may not be able to beat your team, but we can certainly BEAT your team!!!

    Captcha: plaga. Sounds like resident evil 4 has infected this system.

  • Sigh (unregistered)

    I think the last time I confused "but" with "butt" was in 2nd grade...lame.

  • Bob (unregistered) in reply to anon
    At least they're all legible.

    Have you ever seen google's totally undecipherable ones?

    Um, the vast majority of these are from reCAPTCHA, which is what Google uses. When there are two words, and one is totally undecipherable, you can put anything for the one you can't read, it's the "re" in reCAPTCHA.

    I don't know where you get your info, but Google does not use recaptcha. recaptcha always comes with two words, and it is usually (maybe always) in a box that says "recaptcha" somewhere on it.

    To see an example of Google's CAPTCHA, go to Gmail or Google Voice or something like that and click on "Create an Account". Google's CAPTCHAs are undecipherable by humans. They are random strings of letters that are elongated, swirled, and scrunched together.

  • frits (cs)

    It's been a while since I took algebra, but I don't remember any answers that were a single captcha.

  • Alex (unregistered)

    Loved it!

  • Scott Lewis (unregistered) in reply to Bob

    Google's captcha is horrendous. It's the only one I consistently have to try two-three times before finally correctly guessing the indecipherable letters.

    PS: I'd just like to go on record that I am a Phillies fan living in South Florida. The ONLY reason I had that Marlins screenshot to upload, is because they were playing the Phillies at home. I just hate to see my name next to that team. :) And for the record, that was the game that Halladay pitched a perfect game!

  • bob (unregistered) in reply to Cbuttius

    Google uses (runs?) recaptcha. A lot of those were recaptcha. One word is known, the other not. If it's obvious one word is unreadable, you know which is which. If you're nice you can click the button to generate another. If you're not, you can type anything.

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  • Anonymous Brave (unregistered) in reply to Alex
    Alex:
    Loved it!

    You win the best comment contest! 1,000,000 Internets for you! /s

  • frits (cs) in reply to bob
    bob:
    Bob:
    At least they're all legible.

    Have you ever seen google's totally undecipherable ones?

    Um, the vast majority of these are from reCAPTCHA, which is what Google uses. When there are two words, and one is totally undecipherable, you can put anything for the one you can't read, it's the "re" in reCAPTCHA.

    I don't know where you get your info, but Google does not use recaptcha. recaptcha always comes with two words, and it is usually (maybe always) in a box that says "recaptcha" somewhere on it.

    To see an example of Google's CAPTCHA, go to Gmail or Google Voice or something like that and click on "Create an Account". Google's CAPTCHAs are undecipherable by humans. They are random strings of letters that are elongated, swirled, and scrunched together.

    http://www.google.com/recaptcha maybe?

    You guys are my uncle. Funny that Google doesn't eat their own dog food, even though they probably should.

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  • Skilldrick (unregistered)

    I take it Dan entered the last one in LaTeX...

  • Markp (cs)

    About a week ago i was trying to help my Mom submit a hotel booking "protected" by a captcha. She filled out the form and tried to enter the 7-character captcha to find that the text field accepted a maximum of 6 characters. After trying a few times to guess which character it wanted her to leave out, getting it wrong, and losing all the data in her form, she brought it to my attention.

    I refreshed the page a few times to see if it would give us a 6-character captcha. But it was always 7 characters. "No problem" I said, and after about 15 seconds of installing Firebug I overrode the field to allow 7 characters. Of course this time when she submitted the form with the full captcha, we were greeted with a database error having to do with "mysql_captcha_answers"...

    At this point I thought it was pretty unlikely that this hotel was accustomed to receiving requests over their website (they may have been confused as to how unpopular their website was!) I suggested she give up and book by phone. She moved onto another hotel website, to be greeted with another form and an alphabetical captcha. Of course, when she submitted the form she received an error saying "the verification code must contain at least one numeric digit."

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  • moz (unregistered) in reply to Someone You Know
    Someone You Know:
    Alex Papadimoulis:
    What's that, you say? We should have an entire Error'd dedicated to CAPTCHA images? Sure, why not!

    I'm pretty sure no one has ever said that seriously.

    I'm pretty sure that at least 7 people thought Recaptcha phrases were funny enough to share. It takes all sorts, I suppose.

  • anon (unregistered)

    I once got a CAPTCHA from TicketMaster that had the character ⅜ (U+215C, VULGAR FRACTION THREE EIGHTHS) in it. I typed that in and it even accepted it, although that may have been a recaptcha in which case I could have typed anything.

  • Plato (unregistered)

    Let no man ignorant of arithmetic enter here!"

    Captcha: tego - uh, how boring!

  • BadFellas.org (unregistered)

    What's the problem with the "screw" one? Is the word not considered clean? It's just a carpenting tool... or is the image itself not clean (i.e. noisy, dirty)? The others are great though :)

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  • frits (cs)

    What, you can't make jokes about the fact that "crappie" is a fish?

  • ymous (unregistered) in reply to Anon

    what you DONT know is that the word is really 12 characters long and only the first 3 are visible.

  • Maurits (cs) in reply to anon
    anon:
    ⅜ (U+215C, VULGAR FRACTION THREE EIGHTHS)

    Nothing vulgar about three-eighths. Two-thirds, sure. At least, if you multiply top and bottom by three.

  • Mr. Jackson (unregistered)

    I have had it with these muthuh-****ing memes in these muthuh-****ing comments!

  • frits (cs) in reply to Maurits
    Maurits:
    anon:
    ⅜ (U+215C, VULGAR FRACTION THREE EIGHTHS)

    Nothing vulgar about three-eighths. Two-thirds, sure. At least, if you multiply top and bottom by three.

    It's also cheap and dirty, seeing that there is a shilling being exchanged between the two.

  • RBoy (unregistered) in reply to nimis
    nimis:
    cue the jokes about TDWTF captchas.

    I'm an honest guy without any decet.

  • dubbreak (cs) in reply to Someone You Know
    Someone You Know:

    I'm pretty sure no one has ever said that seriously.

    I'm pretty sure no one has ever said that jokingly.

    This ruined my Friday. The morning Error'd and coffee is the only thing that gets me through the day. Now I'm going to have to go search for other internets to lift my mood.

  • DaveK (cs) in reply to nimis
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  • frits (cs) in reply to DaveK
    DaveK:

    Awesome! +1e99

    Addendum (2010-09-03 13:40): The "whitespace" was a nice touch.

  • Fred (unregistered) in reply to BadFellas.org
    BadFellas.org:
    What's the problem with the "screw" one? Is the word not considered clean? It's just a carpenting tool... or is the image itself not clean (i.e. noisy, dirty)? The others are great though :)
    Next time you carpent, consider using a hammer and nails instead of screwing.
  • Jason (unregistered) in reply to Ignacio

    The language is the that of Mordor, which I will not utter here.

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  • Captain Normal Form (unregistered)

    Hey guys... those "butt" ones didn't say "butt". They said "but". You know, the English conjunction, with one 't'.

  • Beavis and Butthead (unregistered) in reply to Captain Normal Form
    Captain Normal Form:
    Hey guys... those "butt" ones didn't say "butt". They said "but". You know, the English conjunction, with one 't'.
    Heh heh, hrr, hrr, heh, heh.
  • da Doctah (cs) in reply to Fred
    Fred:
    BadFellas.org:
    What's the problem with the "screw" one? Is the word not considered clean? It's just a carpenting tool... or is the image itself not clean (i.e. noisy, dirty)? The others are great though :)
    Next time you carpent, consider using a hammer and nails instead of screwing.

    ObOldPlayboyPartyJoke:

    First Sweet Young Thing: "What's the difference between a nail, a bolt, and a screw?"

    Second Sweet Young Thing: "I've never been bolted. Tee hee."

    (Our Unabashed Dictionary defines captcha as something that sounds suggestive but is actually quite innocent.)

  • Darth Under the Radar (unregistered) in reply to Captain Normal Form
    Captain Normal Form:
    Hey guys... those "butt" ones didn't say "butt". They said "but". You know, the English conjunction, with one 't'.
    I have truncated your "t"...pray I don't truncate it anymore. Yeah, but some folks can't tell the difference.
  • kastein (unregistered) in reply to Markp
    Markp:
    About a week ago i was trying to help my Mom submit a hotel booking "protected" by a captcha. She filled out the form and tried to enter the 7-character captcha to find that the text field accepted a maximum of 6 characters. After trying a few times to guess which character it wanted her to leave out, getting it wrong, and losing all the data in her form, she brought it to my attention.

    I refreshed the page a few times to see if it would give us a 6-character captcha. But it was always 7 characters. "No problem" I said, and after about 15 seconds of installing Firebug I overrode the field to allow 7 characters. Of course this time when she submitted the form with the full captcha, we were greeted with a database error having to do with "mysql_captcha_answers"...

    At this point I thought it was pretty unlikely that this hotel was accustomed to receiving requests over their website (they may have been confused as to how unpopular their website was!) I suggested she give up and book by phone. She moved onto another hotel website, to be greeted with another form and an alphabetical captcha. Of course, when she submitted the form she received an error saying "the verification code must contain at least one numeric digit."

    One of my friends in college had a forum that kept being spammed by bots even with a captcha in place.

    He finally gave up on the crappy captcha, put the text TO PROVE YOU ARE A HUMAN, TYPE THE ANSWER TO: 1+3 = ? IN THE CAPTCHA BOX. in huge red font over the captcha, and left the captcha generator active but changed the code to just check if the captcha answer was 4.

    Worked perfectly, no more bots (they kept trying the captcha!) and only smart people with a modicum of reading comprehension managed to figure out how to sign up...

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