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1) Message boards : Announcements : One fewer among us (Message 9035)
Posted 3401 days ago by Profile Scott Brown
Argh...been traveling of late and far from port. So sad to hear that news of our fallen mate. A belated "To Rusty" for tonight's bottle of grog.

2) Message boards : Announcements : New member of the Crew (Message 8970)
Posted 3666 days ago by Profile Scott Brown

Ahoy Cap'n and thanks for the news. Very glad to hear that things seem to be progressing well. I hope your new year is indeed a very happy one.

--Scott

3) Message boards : Announcements : Mechanical Turk (Message 8790)
Posted 4015 days ago by Profile Scott Brown
Wormholio wrote:
Scott Brown wrote:

Not sure about that...but unfortunately, it seems that there may be two patterns to correctly solve the reCAPTCHA's without completing the entire word set:

1) Numbers appear to always be the unknown element. When a word and numeric (or monetary) figure appear together as the two items, typing the word will always be correct.

2) Typing only the longer (i.e., most letters) word appears to yield the correct entry most if not all of the time.

Anyone else notice this (or other) pattern(s)?

In the spirit of testing things, this is great. The reCAPTCHA is one of the strongest CAPTCHA's but if it has a 'tell' then it would be good to know. Can any body confirm these observations? Has anybody noticed any other patterns that represent a weakness in the CAPTCHA?


Okay...done some follow-up on this and I am almost certain of the following:

1) I have had continued success for #1 above--numbers are always the unknown element. I have never had this fail.

2) The longer word scenario noted in #2 above isn't exactly true (or at least universal). The more specific pattern is that words with 2 or 3 letters are never the correct answer. I have tested this by both ignoring the 2-/3-letter words, and typing only the longer word always yields a correct solution. Likewise, typing only the 2-/3-letter word while ignoring the other entry always yields an incorrect solution. Also, I never encountered a matched pair (i.e., the 2-/3-letter words never appear in tandem).

3) Although quite rare to encounter, it appears that entries with punctuation may also be the unknown elements (not completely sure about these).

4) Message boards : Announcements : Mechanical Turk (Message 8784)
Posted 4024 days ago by Profile Scott Brown

Not sure about that...but unfortunately, it seems that there may be two patterns to correctly solve the reCAPTCHA's without completing the entire word set:

1) Numbers appear to always be the unknown element. When a word and numeric (or monetary) figure appear together as the two items, typing the word will always be correct.

2) Typing only the longer (i.e., most letters) word appears to yield the correct entry most if not all of the time.

Anyone else notice this (or other) pattern(s)?



5) Message boards : Announcements : New member of the Crew (Message 8765)
Posted 4063 days ago by Profile Scott Brown

Well, I thought I'd add my very belated comments to this post. Very sorry they are delayed, but I have a fairly good excuse...at about the time of the original post, both myself and my daughter were quite ill with pneumonia (no small matter for an Asthma sufferer like me). Both of us are fully recovered now, so we had our own very meaningful Thanksgiving.

So,
Welcome aboard to Amanda! And indeed, sounds like a true Thanksgiving!



6) Message boards : Announcements : Mechanical Turk (Message 8305)
Posted 4383 days ago by Profile Scott Brown



I am truly humbled by your accomplishment...and your fingers must really hurt at this point! :)
7) Message boards : Announcements : Question of color in part of the forum (Message 8302)
Posted 4383 days ago by Profile Scott Brown


Verified...my color changed from red to green once e-mail was re-verified. Nice job DrBob!

8) Message boards : Announcements : Question of color in part of the forum (Message 8298)
Posted 4384 days ago by Profile Scott Brown

Still trying...

Subscribed to the RSS feed an added the UOTD google gadget, but I am still red so those aren't the answer.
9) Questions and Answers : Pirates@Home Problems : Norton Internet Security & Pirates@Home (Message 8255)
Posted 4396 days ago by Profile Scott Brown

See recent malware/virus notification problems here:

http://pirates.spy-hill.net/forum_thread.php?id=1008
10) Message boards : Announcements : Question of color in part of the forum (Message 8149)
Posted 4419 days ago by Profile Scott Brown

Add to the Green list:

[B^S] Torok Tames
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[SG-SPEG] Puzzle-Peter



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