Word Verification Software

21 Jan

You know what I’m talking about, right? When you look something up online, and the site has some sort of crapola technology in place to make sure you’re not a bot. Wavy letters and numbers that you have to type into a box OVER AND OVER AND OVER until you get lucky and hit the right combination. Safe cracking, internet style.

Small wonder that the likes of Ticketmaster are in business anymore, thinking about it. Then again, they gouge you so badly on the tickets they do manage to sell that I guess they can afford it. Just imagine how reasonable the ‘convenience charge’ would be if that bloody word verification gubbins worked better.

I’d really love to know how many attempts it takes people to get the right word, on average. I’m going to guess around three or so.

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2 Responses to “Word Verification Software”

  1. DanD February 9, 2007 at 12:18 pm #

    That annoying technology is called a “captcha”, but they should call it a “gotcha”. How hard does it have to be to fool a computer anyways? My guess: Not that hard.

  2. kaimac February 12, 2007 at 10:44 pm #

    There has to be a better way, surely? Maybe my hatred of ticketmaster colors my thoughts somewhat….

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