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Vuen



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 7:40 pm    Post subject: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

I'm trying to sign up a new msn passport for my new gmail account. Check out this registration check:



I actually had to click on help and download the audio file they generate that reads it aloud to figure out some of the characters.

Doesn't anybody else think this is a bit ridiculous?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 7:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

Yes, I think is is completely ridiculous... I mean, I haven't even gotten a gmail account yet!!! Extremely ridiculous!
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Vuen



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

Worst of all, MSN opened up the registration page in Internet Explorer regardless of what default browser I had, and the [filtered] thing crashed on that very page. Isn't that just dandy?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 7:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

Rofl! What else would you expect from Microsoft? :tongue2:
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 7:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

To prevent GMail accounts from being used because they might put Microsoft in danger?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

Heh! I never really thought of it like that. I just figured if it's from Microsoft, expext flaws! :biggrin2:
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 11:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

Hehe. I guess they're doing that to prevent spammers from registering using bots or something..
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:50 am    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

could be just me but i have no problem reading it :smirk:
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 5:22 am    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

I'm quite familiar with that sort of stunt... of course, having an artist's brain (and a lot of experience looking at Salvador Dali paintings) helps for figuring those things out...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 6:55 am    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

? I've seen that a lot of times actually, and I think it is wuite normal nowadays. No problem reading it, and it prolly prevents the hacking by bots or something like that...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 7:09 am    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

Yeah, it's to prevent bot-registrations. However, Microsoft's is the weirdest font.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 7:15 am    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

That's not too bad. I can read it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 8:23 am    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

yahoo used to do that as well, I don't know if they still do. Believe me, it's really hard for optical character recognizers to work with bad data like that. I really don't know how to work around stuff like that, but I'm sure it's possible.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

I'm sure it seems obvious with the solution there, but I really couldn't for the life of me figure out what the first character was. The thought that it was a 7 hadn't even occured to me, because the line below it looks like it should be a 1 or an I or something. Anyway.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 10:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Okay, now they're just doing it on purpose... Reply with quote

Hmm.. It was easy for me because the lines are thin and the text is bolded so I can seperate them right away.
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