Indiegala.com uses the new reCAPTCHA from Google.
If I login there using Safari (for the first time on that site) I get the ‘Click to show you are not a robot” and when I do I get logged in straight away.
If I login using Chromium when I tick the box I get shown an image matching task as I posted about here.
If I login using Firefox I don’t even get the chance to click anything and I am shown a very distorted couple of words and everything I enter is always wrong. So then I get shown some code to copy as I posted about here.
I clear cookies and all saved data in each browser when it closes so this behaviour by Google has to come down to 2 options as I see it.
- Google are using some sort of super cookie / evercookie.
- Google have fingerprinted my browser.
According to Panopticlick
Your browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 5,186,229 tested so far.
Currently, we estimate that your browser has a fingerprint that conveys at least 22.31 bits of identifying information
Will also try blocking Google fonts/ajax.
And this is on top of uBlock, Privacy Badger and Ghostery.
Google are part of the problem. They are not part of any solution.
A long time ago there was a comment spam plugin which showed images. It was something like “Click the kittens to prove you are not a spambot”. It failed.
I think Google missed that bit. The failure bit.
There is a particular feminist whose views irritate the hell out of me. I don’t now read anything she writes but I do have to see her name when using certain sites I frequent. That alone irritates me. So I was delighted to find this Firefox extension – FoxReplace – because now instead of her name I see the term I have chosen to display. She would hate it but I love it. Makes my browsing so much nicer.
Reading this article on Google’s new CAPTCHA – and it’s associated privacy concerns and I see that very sadly it is now a required element to register at wordpress.org.
Since it started it has set me as a spammer. How so? I just tried to register a new account at wordpress.org and I entered the captcha text perfectly. It should have said I was not a robot but instead it shows me this:
It’s been the same since last December and I wait to see what happens when BT cycle my IP address. I am 100% sure Google will still say I am a spammer.
A really good article on why blogging is not dead and for me this line is really important:
… it is the only communications tool, in contrast to every other social service, that is owned by the author; to say someone follows a blog is to say someone follows a person (This applies both for amateur and professional bloggers; most of the rest of this post is concerned with the latter).
All your posts and pictures on all those other services are not owned by you. If it important to you, shouldn’t you have more control?
And I though BBM would be okay.
and I have just requested a refund through the MAS.
Blogo was also at 50% off but it has so many “Coming Soon” features and “Coming Soon” = vaporware.
Desk looks nice but hell it’s confusing to use and I swear at some point the copied text looked like I’d just pasted from Microsoft Word.
I’ll be sticking with Marsedit.
Industry analyst Mark Mulligan, a strong supporter of music streaming services, thinks Google has become corrupted by absolute power. The Register
This was my blog header some years ago – it is more true today than ever.