• moz (unregistered)
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  • Tachyov (unregistered)

    FIIIIIST!

    Got to love facebook :)

  • Helix (cs) in reply to Tachyov

    where is the WTF? Shakespeare had to do something with the unwanted output of all those typing monkeys.

  • MiquelFire (unregistered)

    I love how Facebook completely hides who is providing the captcha images. Yet, if you visit enough sites that use captcha images, you'll know who provided these.

  • Nick (unregistered)

    Haha! reCaptcha supplied an untranslateable second word for the captcha! I'm sure that has never happened before!

    Certainly anyone who knows what recaptcha does wouldn't hesitate to put this down as a WTF, would they?

  • Migala (unregistered) in reply to Tachyov
    Tachyov:
    FIIIIIST!

    in uranus?

  • frits (cs)

    DerStruwwelpeter makes for some good reading, and an interesting look at German culture.

  • frits (cs) in reply to Migala
    Migala:
    Tachyov:
    FIIIIIST!

    in uranus?

    Watch out for Klingons!

  • ACOLYTE (unregistered)

    ALL HAIL THE MIGHTLY LORD INGLIP

  • Meep (unregistered) in reply to MiquelFire
    MiquelFire:
    I love how Facebook completely hides who is providing the captcha images. Yet, if you visit enough sites that use captcha images, you'll know who provided these.

    They'll have to get up pretty early in the morning before Zuckerberg's captcha-stealing goons can pull one over on you, that's for sure!

  • operagost (cs) in reply to Nick
    Nick:
    Haha! reCaptcha supplied an untranslateable second word for the captcha! I'm sure that has never happened before!

    Certainly anyone who knows what recaptcha does wouldn't hesitate to put this down as a WTF, would they?

    I know what it does, and what it does is confuse and agitate users who don't understand why they're being given mangled gibberish. I know I've gotten recaptchas with TWO totally unreadable words.
  • airdrik (unregistered) in reply to MiquelFire
    MiquelFire:
    I love how Facebook completely hides who is providing the captcha images. Yet, if you visit enough sites that use captcha images, you'll know who provided these.
    I see what's going on there - facebook is forwarding captcha images to its users so that their automated crawlers can break through the captcha test on some system that they are trying to crack. It all makes sense now.

    That's it, I'm moving back to geocities.

  • BlueCollarAstronaut (unregistered)

    Was Erika T. eating a fortune cookie when she got that captcha?

    (is it ironic that no one's included their captcha yet?)

  • boog (cs) in reply to frits
    frits:
    Migala:
    Tachyov:
    FIIIIIST!
    in uranus?
    Watch out for Klingons!
    Hey, be careful with that joke - it's an antique.
  • Quicksilver (cs)

    Whats the WTF?

    Google uses recaptcha to digitalize books.

    i.e. you get one word that was detected before an one yet undetected.

    You provide first class OCR for the second word and are let in if you get the already OCRed word correct.

    So don't worry if you mistype the harder to read word .. you will still be let in!

    If you feel instrumentalized by robots? Don't feel bad its only training for the sunny Skynet future!

  • Timewarp (unregistered) in reply to Meep
    Meep:
    MiquelFire:
    I love how Facebook completely hides who is providing the captcha images. Yet, if you visit enough sites that use captcha images, you'll know who provided these.

    They'll have to get up pretty early in the morning before Zuckerberg's captcha-stealing goons can pull one over on you, that's for sure!

    What time?

  • Kempeth (unregistered)

    I love it when reCaptcha gives me words with strange symbols in it. Greek or Cyrillic letters are one thing but some time ago they must have fed their system a number of science papers which introduced the internet users to the joys of entering mathematical symbols in textboxes. It never worked for me. Maybe I should have entered it as LaTeX formula...

  • jdw (unregistered) in reply to operagost
    operagost:
    Nick:
    Haha! reCaptcha supplied an untranslateable second word for the captcha! I'm sure that has never happened before!

    Certainly anyone who knows what recaptcha does wouldn't hesitate to put this down as a WTF, would they?

    I know what it does, and what it does is confuse and agitate users who don't understand why they're being given mangled gibberish. I know I've gotten recaptchas with TWO totally unreadable words.
    So you're worse at OCR than a digitization project? That's pretty impressive.
  • RandomUser423708 (unregistered) in reply to Kempeth
    Kempeth:
    I love it when reCaptcha gives me words with strange symbols in it. Greek or Cyrillic letters are one thing but some time ago they must have fed their system a number of science papers which introduced the internet users to the joys of entering mathematical symbols in textboxes. It never worked for me. Maybe I should have entered it as LaTeX formula...
    Yes, this is where reCAPTCHA is annoying. When encountering a symbol or non-native character, pretty much every user types in whatever keyboard character they think it looks most like. Which means you get sucky "keyboard" encoding of text that could (and arguably should) have been Unicode encoded.
  • Power Troll (cs)

    Is TRWTF that people actually use Facebook? Otherwise I'm in the dark on this one.

  • bar (unregistered) in reply to operagost
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  • boog (unregistered) in reply to boog
    boog:
    frits:
    Migala:
    Tachyov:
    FIIIIIST!
    in uranus?
    Watch out for Klingons!
    Hey, be careful with that joke - it's an antique.
    Who cares?
  • frits (unregistered) in reply to boog
    boog:
    frits:
    Migala:
    Tachyov:
    FIIIIIST!
    in uranus?
    Watch out for Klingons!
    Hey, be careful with that joke - it's an antique.

    Yeah, but who hasn't told a joke like this?

  • Anonymous (unregistered)
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  • morbiusreader (unregistered)
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  • Mark S. (unregistered) in reply to RandomUser423708
    RandomUser423708:
    Yes, this is where reCAPTCHA is annoying. When encountering a symbol or non-native character, pretty much every user types in whatever keyboard character they think it looks most like. Which means you get sucky "keyboard" encoding of text that could (and arguably should) have been Unicode encoded.

    Well, of course they do. I don't even recognize all those weird little squiggles you guys use on your letters. How do you expect me to type them when 1) I don't know what they are, and 2) they are not on my keyboard?

    Of course, the alternative option (of not having any re-captcha data at all to work with) remains available to you. But if you want to use the idea of re-captcha, the problem is unavoidable. NOBODY recognizes all the characters represented in unicode, and unicode contain at least one pair of characters that NOBODY can distinguish (U+03A9 and U+2126; capital omega and ohms) because the glyphs are identical.

    b.t.w. When your nationality is the one indicated by the A in ASCII, unicode often looks like TRWTF.

  • fubarsnafu (cs) in reply to frits

    That is sooooooo lubricious. There are Rings Around Uranus.

  • boog (cs) in reply to boog
    boog (trainee):
    boog:
    frits:
    Migala:
    Tachyov:
    FIIIIIST!
    in uranus?
    Watch out for Klingons!
    Hey, be careful with that joke - it's an antique.
    Who cares?
    Obviously I was advising frits to care. I'm not sure why that escaped you.

    Maybe you should try reading more slowly. It's okay, take your time.

  • frits (cs) in reply to boog
    boog:
    boog (trainee):
    boog:
    frits:
    Migala:
    Tachyov:
    FIIIIIST!
    in uranus?
    Watch out for Klingons!
    Hey, be careful with that joke - it's an antique.
    Who cares?
    Obviously I was advising frits to care. I'm not sure why that escaped you.

    Maybe you should try reading more slowly. It's okay, take your time.

    I did exercise proper care. I cushioned it with a modified subject line.

  • Jay (unregistered)

    Hey, the discussion of recaptcha gives me a thought. The whole idea is that the recaptcha folks harness millions of Internet users to do their OCR work for them, right? Well, why stop there? We should create web pages where in order to submit a forum post, you have to type in a portion of a program that the site owner needs written, or add a paragraph to a Wikipedia article on a subject that you are knowledgeable about. A student web site could require you to write a brief essay comparing and contrasting the ideals of Jacksonian Democracy and Hamiltonian Democracy. Etc.

  • moog (unregistered)

    It clearly says "possibly moving, probable". The submitter was obviously a robot.

  • Alfred (unregistered) in reply to morbiusreader
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  • River Tam (unregistered) in reply to Alfred

    If reCaptcha data is being used to train OCR software, doesn't that mean that its days as a spam filter are numbered?

    Captcha: praesent - Bloody praesant!

    Help, Help, I'm being repressed!

  • Non-A (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous
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  • Laſt (unregistered) in reply to RandomUser423708
    RandomUser423708:
    Kempeth:
    I love it when reCaptcha gives me words with strange symbols in it. Greek or Cyrillic letters are one thing but some time ago they must have fed their system a number of science papers which introduced the internet users to the joys of entering mathematical symbols in textboxes. It never worked for me. Maybe I should have entered it as LaTeX formula...
    Yes, this is where reCAPTCHA is annoying. When encountering a symbol or non-native character, pretty much every user types in whatever keyboard character they think it looks most like. Which means you get sucky "keyboard" encoding of text that could (and arguably should) have been Unicode encoded.

    I got a reCAPTCHA that used the old ſ=s. I debated over if I should have typed "outermost" instead of "outermoſt"

  • jcsalomon (cs) in reply to morbiusreader
    morbiusreader:
    TRWTF are voice captchaes on GMail. Go here and press the disabled symbol.
    That’s…. Wow. I have no idea how anyone can possibly make that out.
  • Mick (unregistered) in reply to morbiusreader
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  • You Don't Want To Know (unregistered) in reply to morbiusreader
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  • boog (unregistered) in reply to boog
    boog:
    boog:
    boog:
    frits:
    Migala:
    Tachyov:
    FIIIIIST!
    in uranus?
    Watch out for Klingons!
    Hey, be careful with that joke - it's an antique.
    Who cares? That's extremely unlikely.
  • juliane (unregistered) in reply to Kempeth

    Given how reCaptcha works, it's enough to get one word right. Or just enter asdfasdf and you'll get a fresh one. But you know what, switching keyboard layouts or typing Unicode key combos is fun and a good memory exercise. Knowing how to type in Cyrillic or Hebrew and memorizing the codepoints for the most frequent Latin-extended letters is a good skill to have if you care about any language other than English.

  • boog (unregistered) in reply to You Don't Want To Know
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  • boog (unregistered) in reply to boog
    boog:
    boog:
    boog:
    boog:
    boog:
    boog:
    boog:
    FIIIIIST!
    in uranus?
    Watch out for Klingons!
    Hey, be careful with that joke - it's an antique.
    Who cares? That's extremely unlikely.
  • Dick Mango (unregistered) in reply to morbiusreader
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  • boog (unregistered) in reply to boog
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  • Kuba (cs) in reply to morbiusreader

    For real? WTF were they thinking?! How would that help anyone?

  • RandomUser423708 (unregistered) in reply to Laſt
    Laſt:
    RandomUser423708:
    Kempeth:
    ...
    Yes, this is where reCAPTCHA is annoying. When encountering a symbol or non-native character, pretty much every user types in whatever keyboard character they think it looks most like. Which means you get sucky "keyboard" encoding of text that could (and arguably should) have been Unicode encoded.
    I got a reCAPTCHA that used the old ſ=s. I debated over if I should have typed "outermost" instead of "outermoſt"
    I will grant your point, insomuch as reCAPTCHA's goal is likely not encoding for historical accuracy, but rather readability. However, in the example you provided, the use of a long S (in English) is largely a stylistic choice.

    Compare a different example: "4⇐y". There was naturally little other context, but I doubt this meant the same when "corrected" to "4<=y", or "4<-y", or whatever else users came up with.

  • Kuba (cs) in reply to Dick Mango
    Dick Mango:
    morbiusreader:
    TRWTF are voice captchaes on GMail. Go here and press the disabled symbol.

    I don't have sound - what does it sound like?

    You're hearing seemingly up to a dozen audio streams at a time, distorted with some multi-tap reverb. It's very much illegible and useless. How would it help anyone is beyond my imagination. It's a slap in the face for disabled people more than anything.

  • Konstantin Lopyrev (unregistered) in reply to morbiusreader

    Wow... there are aliens at Google.

  • C-Octothorpe (cs) in reply to boog
    boog (same unregistered retard):
    boog (same unregistered retard):
    You Don't Want To Know:
    morbiusreader:
    TRWTF are voice captchaes on GMail. Go here and press the disabled symbol.
    Disabled in what way? Blind? How do they click the button?
    #include <sense_of_humor.h>

    Ok, you should be good now. Try reading it again.

    It's a big, wtf-filled world out there. How do you know it's a joke?

    So you've either multiplied or you're just talking to yourself... again...

  • C-Octothorpe (cs) in reply to morbiusreader
    morbiusreader:
    TRWTF are voice captchaes on GMail. Go here and press the disabled symbol.

    How did you guys fit the mic in my brain to record all of my vioces telling me to set things on fire?!

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