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(Independent)   Ticketmaster dumps hard-to-read Captchas. "It is generally speaking one of the most hated pieces of user interaction on the web" say experts. Yes, and their Captchas are pretty annoying too   (independent.co.uk) divider line 80
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2013-01-30 06:18:47 PM  
HERO tag trumps INTERESTING.

Seriously, fark Captcha. Fark it long and hard.
 
2013-01-30 06:26:49 PM  
it requires customers to enter in order to prove that they are human.

I'm honestly not sure why Ticketmaster would care.


whidbey: HERO tag trumps INTERESTING.

Seriously, fark Captcha. Fark it long and hard.


I'll reserve my hate for Ticketmaster, thanks.
 
2013-01-30 06:35:00 PM  
The ones that just stick random letters, numbers, symbols, heiroglyphics, alienese, etc. in there are farking annoying.
 
2013-01-30 06:40:04 PM  
Funny how people bemoan captchas on a site with flood protection.
 
2013-01-30 06:40:57 PM  
I thought they were dropping human verification altogether - as anyone who's run a forum can tell you there's no way around it. Anything left open on The Grid will be torn apart faster than you can say

thecomicking.net
 
2013-01-30 06:42:00 PM  

whidbey: HERO tag trumps INTERESTING.

Seriously, fark Captcha. Fark it long and hard.




Here's a fun fact: If you gave Ticketmaster the HERO tag, the universe would implode.
 
2013-01-30 06:54:43 PM  

fusillade762: it requires customers to enter in order to prove that they are human.


I'm honestly not sure why Ticketmaster would care.

Because you don't want robots flooding the servers buying all the tickets before a human has a chance to enter their first name.

The time is 7:59 and the robot polls are now opening ... and the robot vote is in. Nixon has won!

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2013-01-30 06:57:23 PM  
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2013-01-30 07:38:35 PM  
That's the best news I've heard all day.
 
2013-01-30 08:10:58 PM  
i hate captchas cause they're always calling me gay and shiat like that
 
2013-01-30 08:11:17 PM  
Dirty Pillows
 
2013-01-30 08:11:23 PM  
craptcha?


And fark Ticketmaster
 
2013-01-30 08:13:32 PM  
If only they did it on porn sites so it will be easier to download gigs and gigs of Mexican donkey porn.
 
2013-01-30 08:14:59 PM  
i758.photobucket.com

/Shamelessly stolen from another thread
 
2013-01-30 08:17:21 PM  
Some of the Captchas were extra random text to digitize old books through crowdsourcing, and the next X characters actually didn't matter when it came to validation.

The problem would be if it was Chinese or an inkblot the technology may not have known better.
 
2013-01-30 08:19:09 PM  
fark. Ticketbastard. fark them with a red hot sword.
 
2013-01-30 08:22:29 PM  
Some captchas as so bad that I get it wrong even when it looks like I've gotten it absolutely right. I like the idea behind the captchas designed to help decipher books and what not, but it gets ridiculous.
 
2013-01-30 08:23:32 PM  
This is just so they can make more money showing you captcha ads instead of captchas. Ticketmaster does not otherwise give one fark whether it annoys users.
 
2013-01-30 08:25:31 PM  
I bought tickets from Ticketmaster.

Once.
 
2013-01-30 08:28:07 PM  
Never understood the necessity for extremely complex captchas. Are there spambots roaming the internet capable of reading randomly generated letters or a phrase that's written in size 12 arial?
 
2013-01-30 08:28:07 PM  
How about lowering the fees they charge now that they're saving money by killing Captcha? Worst service ever.
 
2013-01-30 08:33:23 PM  
Fark some of the captchas out there today. I get real farking tired of the ones where they make the font blurry and letters so close to each other that you can't tell whats what, or the ones that have a word then a picture of a number that's so small and blurry you can't read it .
 
2013-01-30 08:34:19 PM  

jdamaral: Never understood the necessity for extremely complex captchas. Are there spambots roaming the internet capable of reading randomly generated letters or a phrase that's written in size 12 arial?


Maybe, all it takes is good OCR software.  But, what they'll also do is snapshot the captcha and hash it to remember it then on one of their shady business sites they'll reuse the same image as their own captcha and have some hapless viagra pill seeker decipher it for them...then remember their answer for the next encounter.
 
2013-01-30 08:34:35 PM  

jdamaral: Never understood the necessity for extremely complex captchas. Are there spambots roaming the internet capable of reading randomly generated letters or a phrase that's written in size 12 arial?


Friend of mine wrote code to break simple captchas. So the answer is, "yes".
 
2013-01-30 08:36:16 PM  
Never thought their site was particularly bad, the problem is their insanely high fees.
 
2013-01-30 08:36:49 PM  
static.happyplace.com
 
2013-01-30 08:37:20 PM  

BumpInTheNight: jdamaral: Never understood the necessity for extremely complex captchas. Are there spambots roaming the internet capable of reading randomly generated letters or a phrase that's written in size 12 arial?

Maybe, all it takes is good OCR software.  But, what they'll also do is snapshot the captcha and hash it to remember it then on one of their shady business sites they'll reuse the same image as their own captcha and have some hapless viagra pill seeker decipher it for them...then remember their answer for the next encounter.


Or just hire some Indians or Chinese on the cheap to solve them en masse.
 
2013-01-30 08:39:40 PM  

oldtaku: Ticketmaster does not otherwise give one fark whether it annoys users.




Of course they do. All other things being equal, they would prefer to annoy their users.
 
2013-01-30 08:40:16 PM  
I once spent half an hour being denied by a google captcha. I sent them a mail about how they were impossible to read and spent the next week unable to use google sevices of any sort fue to my being a bot.
Fark captcha over and over and leave it on the side of the road without a roll of quarters.
 
2013-01-30 08:40:45 PM  

jdamaral: Never understood the necessity for extremely complex captchas. Are there spambots inexpensive labour pools in China and India roaming the internet capable of reading randomly generated letters or a phrase that's written in size 12 arial?


FTFA and the answer is yes.
 
2013-01-30 08:47:49 PM  
The most farking annoying captchas ever...The infamous Rapidshare cats.

rgaucher.info
farm4.staticflickr.com

Took me ages to realise that only some of the 'animals' were cats...and even then....jeez...
 
2013-01-30 08:50:00 PM  
Lord Inglip will not be pleased.
 
2013-01-30 08:51:32 PM  
My favorite (in seriousness, not snarling) is one that said "click all the kittens" and featured pictures of various small fuzzy animals. You can extend that concept as far as you want: click the blondes, put a check next to cities...whatever.
 
2013-01-30 08:52:03 PM  
Interesting, but will this mean that their "Convenience Fees" will go down?
 
2013-01-30 08:52:58 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: My favorite (in seriousness, not snarling) is one that said "click all the kittens" and featured pictures of various small fuzzy animals. You can extend that concept as far as you want: click the blondes, put a check next to cities...whatever.


Snarking. Hey auto-correct, eat me!
 
2013-01-30 08:53:00 PM  
I can't remember what website I was on, but I recently had a captcha type of security measure that was a series of two or three very simple games. It was somewhat less annoying.
 
2013-01-30 08:54:59 PM  

GungFu: The most farking annoying captchas ever...The infamous Rapidshare cats.

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Took me ages to realise that only some of the 'animals' were cats...and even then....jeez

...

Clearly the other animals are fossas and civets... and most definitely not cats. It's obvious to me, at least.
 
2013-01-30 08:55:17 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: Snarking. Hey auto-correct, eat me!


Heh, auto-correct is like captcha's evil-universe doppelganger.
 
2013-01-30 08:59:10 PM  

Caller Number 5: Interesting, but will this mean that their "Convenience Fees" will go down?


Biggest misnomer in history.
 
2013-01-30 08:59:12 PM  
i gave up trying to get help from microsoft because i could not get past this
i had one simple question about updates
either i was really bad or no one is home
 
2013-01-30 09:00:48 PM  
I hate the ones where you can't tell if it's uppercase or lowercase (w, c, o, etc.) or if it's lowercase L or number 1.
 
2013-01-30 09:02:49 PM  

Earguy: I hate the ones where you can't tell if it's uppercase or lowercase (w, c, o, etc.) or if it's lowercase L or number 1.


I don't do any cases or punctuation marks when I solve catchpas and I don't seem to fail any more than when I was doing them.
 
2013-01-30 09:03:51 PM  
Well played, Subby. Well played.
 
2013-01-30 09:04:22 PM  

Caller Number 5: Interesting, but will this mean that their "Convenience Fees" will go down?


They're the only company that I've ever done business with that charges a delivery fee for an e-mail.  They must have needed that to subsidize all the junk e-mail they sent me for a month after clicking the "unsubscribe" button.
 
2013-01-30 09:07:17 PM  
cdn.smosh.com
 
2013-01-30 09:07:52 PM  
Tark Ficketmaster.   Seriously.  They wanted $12 in fees on top of a $21 ticket to see the Harlem Globetrotters.  That for literally doing nothing but pushing some ones and zeros to my email to print out.  No human being was involved, nor did they have to package and mail me a ticket.  I will no longer see any event that requires me to buy tickets through Ticketbastard.  If I cant buy them direct from the venue and cut out Ticketbastard, I dont go.

In fact, I'm probably going to refuse to support any big artist who books through Ticketbastard (or its subsidiary Livenation, yeah the two biggest ticket merchants in the US are one company), as it shows a lack of regard for the artist's fans.  Yeah, they control all the venues, etc, etc, fine.  If you're big enough, dont do business with them.  The most popular artists start their own record labels, ffs.  Surely they can negotiate directly with a few concert halls.  Its laziness, that their fans have to fund.  Cut out the middle bastard and save your fans half of their ticket prices.
 
2013-01-30 09:09:00 PM  

whidbey: Seriously, fark Captcha. Fark it long and hard.


AND Ticketmaster. And I guess I'll throw cancer in there too just for good measure.
 
2013-01-30 09:11:38 PM  

Krieghund: whidbey: HERO tag trumps INTERESTING.

Seriously, fark Captcha. Fark it long and hard.

Here's a fun fact: If you gave Ticketmaster the HERO tag, the universe would implode.


This times a million.  Ticketmaster is the scourge of concertgoing.  The buying experience is so bad it makes me think they're in league with the scalping community.
 
2013-01-30 09:14:44 PM  
I don't understand the rationale behind the ones with crammed, smeared letters. I'm literally baffled every time I encounter that crap.
 
2013-01-30 09:18:02 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com

LOL because when Sparkfun webstore had a "free day" of prizes, they decided to defeat the people hitting "reload" incessantly and scripting reloads with a ReCaptcha solution equaling an entry.  So, no scripting.  Just endless captchas, some hilariously being Greek letters with no interpretation, just to piss you off really.
 
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