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Right, does anybody else have an enormously hard time figuring out what the HELL those boxes say on encrypted sites that try to make sure you are not a robot spam monster????

It's like every single font ever created used to make a few short words featuring numbers and italics and bold and every other computer based tilt on words they could come up with.

I hate them.

I always get it wrong and they say 'No that is WRONG! Try again with this other word that's even more difficult to read!'

'Simply type the text you see in the image below' ... Simply?! Try making it SIMPLE and then I'll do it!

I hate these things, they blow,
 
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They are a bit rubbish, true. Most of them have a "speak the letters" facility, mind you.

On the other hand, I'd rather type in a few characters to validate myself every now and again, to avoid putting up with spam coming out of my ears.

But I do get where you're coming from, Darren. One would imagine it's not beyond the wit of man to invent something a little more "human user" friendly, and even less "robot user" friendly at the same time.

You have your next challenge, Darren... Off you go, mate. Clock's ticking.

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Yeah, what they could do is this: Have an image of the word backwards or something, I could read backwards alot easier than I can decipher that mad shyte they have me attempt to read.
 
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I couldn't read any of the above but I'm sure it was freakin funny



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The sound bite doesn't help It's part of someone's sentence so you get to listen to the same strange garbled nonsense instead of read it.

I think Cheryl Cole should do all the listen options
 
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They are ridiculously annoying. However, sadly it's a needed evil. Anything too easy to read would also be easy for an automated program to read, defying the purpose. If only there were no spammers in the world...
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Most of the time I don't have a problem with them - but every now and again there's one that is completely and utterly undecipherable or uses such a stupid font that you can't tell the S from a 5, etc.
I believe Google recently bought the main company that runs them and is using it as character recognition research for its books service.
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The one on the AlfaDiag site is very difficult to read the number/letters on.
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