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I really hate the style of form captcha where one must demonstrate that one is a human being by choosing all the photos that contain cars, or all the photos that contain street signs, for example.

I don't know how people with vision impairments get past them at all.  You have nine poor quality fuzzy images, some of which show part of an item that might, or might not, be a car or a street sign.  And then there is the 'is this a car /  street sign?' question.  I just failed a captcha because an image showed me a thing that I would call a bus.  But apparently to a captcha, it's a car.   And if the 'street sign' shows a different language or indeed alphabet, sometimes you can't work out exactly what it is.  Or it shows you a photo with what are probably cars, but they are tiny and far away!

Aaaaaaaaaaa!   Come back, mental arithmetic captchas, all is forgiven! 


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26th Jun, 2017 15:12 (UTC)
I had trouble with that very same captcha! That kind of thing annoys me to an extreme degree! I'm always in a big hurry.
26th Jun, 2017 21:50 (UTC)
I'm seeing that style more and more, and it makes my heart sink every time.
26th Jun, 2017 15:41 (UTC)
I came across it last week - not the best thing. I prefer the box I just have to tick to say I'm not a robot (although I do consider the possibility every time!)
26th Jun, 2017 21:50 (UTC)
I'd prefer those too, if only we could just have those!

It does make you start to wonder.
26th Jun, 2017 15:52 (UTC)
I'm glad you said this. I thought it was just me, being easily confused.
26th Jun, 2017 21:49 (UTC)
It definitely isn't you. I encounter them a lot. They are definitely getting worse.
26th Jun, 2017 21:35 (UTC)
They are getting worse--the pictures are getting fuzzier and more confusing all the time.
I think the way we're heading eventually we will end up with captchas that demonstrate that anyone who can handle them is a true AI.
26th Jun, 2017 21:48 (UTC)
They are awful. I used to think them only mildly annoying, but the latest iteration can be really hard to get through if you are unlucky with the photos they give you. I now submit them only if they are on something absolutely crucial I can't get round any other way.
26th Jun, 2017 22:14 (UTC)
It is clear that you might be a robot.
27th Jun, 2017 08:32 (UTC)
Or possibly, that AI has got to the point where it's easier for a spambot to be human than for a human...

I look forward in terror to the day when captchas will ask us to write a haiku, or tell it a joke, and will judge our humanity on how telling is the haiku, or how funny is the joke :-D
27th Jun, 2017 09:14 (UTC)
26th Jun, 2017 23:24 (UTC)
I know eh!? How stupid can they get? I hate that. Like? Do I look like a fucking robot? Annoying to the core. :-(
27th Jun, 2017 08:33 (UTC)
The worst is the one where you do the first set of 9 and then it presents you with nine more fuzzy images to peer at in annoyance and bafflement.

27th Jun, 2017 09:13 (UTC)
I hate the ones that after you click them they give you another picture to click? I mean, c'mon now! =(
27th Jun, 2017 07:46 (UTC)
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.

Still not a robot.
27th Jun, 2017 08:35 (UTC)
I came across one the other day that demanded a captcha in order to buy something. WTF? Why would it care if someone is human if they are trying to sell you a thing, does it matter??? Surely the key thing in that situation is 'does this thing have money'.
27th Jun, 2017 08:48 (UTC)
There's also the problem with them using US English. I can't remember what the word was, but I had to guess which objects qualified and which didn't.
27th Jun, 2017 09:14 (UTC)
Oh god, yes this. I'm guessing that's why the bus I was shown counted somehow as a car.
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