that's me in the corner

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt
We just finished watching Rockstar [msn] and I thought I’d take a look-see on the website and perhaps maybe vote for someone like a good little reality tv junkie. After the fancy little tattoo-looking site loads, I click on my fave performer of the night and up pops a message box with a request for authentication.

You’ll find these on forms all over the internet, from Ticketmaster to Blogger commenting, basically to make sure a real person is entering the information.

Now, is it just me or are some of these codes getting pretty tricky to replicate? Please don’t laugh :p. I always forget to capitalize, always wonder if that squiggle could be a Y or C or something… and before you know it, I’ve locked myself out of the process due to too many incorrect attempts.

I suppose I should follow a little more closely, wear some glasses or just pay better attention. meh. I’m a real person. they should know that.

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  1. SameerTuesday, August 1st, 2006 — 11:35pm PDT

    I totally know what you mean. It’s getting really annoying sometimes. Especially because of squiglies, like the one above the M, which could technically be a T, but who knows? I’ve done that several times where the system keeps on rebooting the same authentification sequence over and over again, and I try it out a gazillion times, before I eventually give up and accept the fact that someone else will win the ballot instead of me, lol 🙂

  2. Miss 604Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 — 6:25pm PDT

    I’m not so much scared of people hacking my passwords and identity on some sites… I’m just scared of forgetting my password/user name and being locked out – then of course I make my password hint questions completely impossible… I only end up hurting myself *sniff sniff* hehe :p

  3. KeithWednesday, August 2nd, 2006 — 8:23pm PDT

    I wonder if perhaps they’ll try something like putting in pictures of things, dogs, cats, bunny rabbits… we could rely on the human brain’s ability to analyze images instead of trying to figure out which squiggle is a lower-case “w”.

    Then again, maybe it would be that much easier for the “bots” too…

  4. Jenny (sis604)Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 — 10:11pm PDT

    For awhile the ones ticketmaster was using were illegible. It took my ages to ‘guess’ what it was and would usually get it wrong. Maybe they had complaints because it’s much easier now.

  5. breeThursday, August 3rd, 2006 — 7:21pm PDT

    I get them wrong all the time, especially when they mix upper and lower-case letters. I and l look alike in many fonts …

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