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What the suck?

I think Telstra Clear’s Captcha for its Customer Zone is broken. I wish I took screen shots of each failed attempt now, since it’s kicked me off after five tries.
   But this one was intriguing. I never expected to see a quaint s, especially in a context as digital as a Captcha, in usage in 2011:

Telstra Clear Captcha

Who am I, Shakespeare?

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Filed under: humour, internet, New Zealand, typography—Jack Yan @ 03.57

4 Responses to ‘What the suck?’

  1. jaklumen says:

    Well, this is actual printed text scanned in, isn’t it? My understanding was these captchas functioned to improve computer recognition of print.

  2. Jack Yan says:

    I don’t think so, Jak. I have the feeling it’s still computer-generated.

  3. Jack Yan says:

    Your understanding seems more accurate than mine, Jak. I’ve been informed by Andrew that you are right: I stand corrected. I never would have guessed: I’ve designed fonts with the quaint s.

  4. jaklumen says:

    It’s considered one of my more annoying traits, that I tend to remember most anything I read. But yes, this is something that I read somewhere, and so I have often wondered why more captchas aren’t using it, as I think it is more useful and practical.

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