Almost every Internet user has come across a CAPTCHA security check — you know, the thing where you have to enter in a jumbled set of letters and numbers, often with lines drawn through them — and had absolutely no idea how to decipher it. This is frustrating and it’s not actually effective, so Google’s reCAPTCHA folks have come up with a new idea: Just asking if you’re a robot. [More]
We all did a little jig of glee upon the news that Ticketmaster would no longer be inflicting garbled, incredibly difficult phrases on its customers, who were left trying to decipher if kyrshztosiglormp was right or not. But is this new, CAPTCHA-less future better if it means having products and services from Ticketmaster and its partners thrown at customers? [More]
The glow of the computer screen flickers against a slumped, exhausted form. If you listen carefully, you can hear, “But… I… am… a… human…” It’s called Captcha Fatigue and if you’ve ever used Ticketmaster you might have felt like the entire system is gamed to result in the most frustrating, unintelligible bits of smushed together letters, designed to keep you from purchasing anything. And now it’s going away. [More]
If you’ve ever been faced with a CAPTCHA sullenly asking you to type the words in a box below a mishmash of crossed out and jumbled letters, you know how frustrating it can be when you’re inevitably told to try again with another set of just as flurbled letters. A new company says it has an easier way to prove you’re not a robot, just a regular old flustered human.