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Captchas on CarTalk

CATCH 22: Captchas before submission of email to CarTalk (as in Puzzler or “Help Captchas dont work” etc) end up saying you entered the wrong word even when it is totally right every time.I havee answered Puzllers for years, now cannot answer at all.

Could you try this again in standard English? I cannot interpret exactly what you are trying to communicate to us.

A captcha, for those who spend too much time under their cars, are those strange combinations of letters and numbers you have to copy correctly when submitting responses to prove you’re really a human, It is a contrived acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”, trademarked by Carnegie Mellon University.


I like to learn at least one new thing every day, and this allowed me to learn something that is most definitely not standard English. And, it’s nice to see that Carnegie Mellon has included Alan Turing’s name in this term/acronym, since this “father of the computer” is largely forgotten by the general public.

I have had trouble with these captchas when I use Firefox as my browser. I find I have to use Internet Explorer in order to read them, and then it works OK. The other problem is that you can’t save the page they are on - they change everytime the page refreshes or otherwise changes. Could this be your problem?

At least dilbert remembers; a couple of weeks ago he accused his pointy haired boss of being the only human ever to fail the Turing test. I wonder how many people got that joke?

Could it be that they don’t recognize you is because you are no longer human? Have you checked your positronic implant, recently?