[thelist] CAPTCHA

Chris Price chris.price at choctaw.co.uk
Fri Aug 7 11:14:35 CDT 2009

Barney Carroll wrote:
> reCAPTCHA often gives me grief — I often end up in the same situation as
> Stephen. And each time, I'm wondering why it is that these words have to be
> so obscurely distorted to evade automated recognition, yet I can't find any
> decent free OCR software to operate on screen caps.
I've been pleasantly surprised when I've been offered a series of 
characters that form 2 real (if unconnected) words so that if I can't 
make out one of the characters at least I can guess what it is.

I know you're not supposed to use real words for passwords but I can't 
see that doing so in a captcha could pose any real threat.

We read words as pictures rather than spelling them out. Could spambots 
attempt this?

Kind Regards

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