Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Huh?

Can someone please tell me the purpose of these things? I mean, the answers right there, so like, what's the f-kin point?!?

9 comments:

Aaron said...

its a feature on "log-in" sites that helps prevent "bots" from creating multiple accounts that would jeopardize the site security and logistics information.

yoshi said...

Its a challenge response system. They are called CAPTCHAs. They are used to prevent automated tools from posting comments, voting, buying tickets, etc since computers have a harder time determining what the image is.

Lynn and Horst said...

i hate them
but they are quite useful as naming tools, haha
a gift for a copywriter, hehe

Anonymous said...

I agree! Complete waste of time!

M said...

What the others have said, but also these things with two words are (often? always? not sure) called reCAPTCHAs. They help digitize books as well as being quite good at stopping spam (by ensuring the potential commenter/buyer/whatever is human). So, most definitely not a waste of time.

From the website: "reCAPTCHA improves the process of digitizing books by sending words that cannot be read by computers to the Web in the form of CAPTCHAs for humans to decipher."

"But if a computer can't read such a CAPTCHA, how does the system know the correct answer to the puzzle? Here's how: Each new word that cannot be read correctly by OCR is given to a user in conjunction with another word for which the answer is already known. The user is then asked to read both words. If they solve the one for which the answer is known, the system assumes their answer is correct for the new one. The system then gives the new image to a number of other people to determine, with higher confidence, whether the original answer was correct."

FABIO who ? said...

I hate those things with a passion.

Anonymous said...

what's that, from all your craigslist m4m postings?

Nic said...

whoa! common consciousness!

http://faggutz.blogspot.com/2008/11/capchas-gotcha.html

funny

Yvonne said...

I hate these things. Total waste of time. Shitty stuff