Magid: Pet peeves about tech and life annoyances


I could probably write a series of columns on my pet peeves about little and big things that bug me about technology, but I’ll start with ones that have annoyed me in just the past few weeks.

One of my biggest pet peeves is to read CAPTCHAs, which stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.”

A screenshot of Google’s “I’m not a robot” verification system.

The concept is fine — they’re designed to make sure that a real person is behind the keyboard, but the implementation is often nearly impossible for real people to implement.

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My most hated CAPTCHAs are a series of letters and numbers that are obscured with lines or odd looking characters so much that neither machines nor humans can read them.

Sometimes they’ll let you hear a phrase but even those phrases are often spoken in ways that are hard to comprehend. There are much easier ways to prove a person’s humanness, including very simple math problems, asking people to identify common objects or text message verification.

Text message verification is also a great way to prove your identity. Before you can sign in you must simply respond to a text message, which means you need both your …read more

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