Minteye: Bye Bye Captcha
    By Hank Campbell | December 15th 2012 06:00 PM | 3 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    Hate the captcha that Science 2.0 uses when you want to leave a comment?  So do we.

    But spammers make money spamming and there is no money at all in preventing it, so many media companies are a lot more annoying than us.  They make you create a proprietary account just to leave a comment, some allow third party general tools, like Disqus or Facebook. We don't want anonymous people here so we are stuck with captcha.

    Maybe not for long. The minteye startup has created a “no-type solution” which utilizes a slider that tasks users to straighten out a contorted image.

    Link: The Next Web

    Will it work?  Maybe, but probably not. The reason is because a whole lot of spam we get is not automated. Crazy, right?  Yes, but in Russia and China some poor little kid is being paid a penny every time they manually bypass captcha.  I can see everything that happens on this site and it is not automated spam. Minteye is impossible to bypass for a computer but even easier than captcha for a person.

    The part I think is clever for the company is that the image you have to solve with the slider is an ad.  We've raised an entire generation of Internet users on the notion that they are entitled to free everything, but those days are quickly coming to an end.  So this is a rather elegant way to keep the lights on for a company.

    But they have a technical hurdle to overcome. Adblock tools seem to cause it to not work at all.

    Minteye wants to put an end to the CAPTCHA as we know it - The Next Web


    Solve Media and Google Recaptcha are the 2 heavyweights in the space

    We use Recaptcha here (Google bought them, they didn't develop it), you used it to leave a comment. But does anyone like them?  No. That, and their ease of cracking are why so many sites have switched to making people register.  We tried Solve media for a little while but people get an annoying ad and it pays nothing.  If we want to be cheated, we'd use Google Adsense. I wouldn't call them a heavyweight.  

    I liken it to MP3 players.  Apple did not invent them, they were not the heavyweight when they released the iPod and I already had two MP3 players, but they were were not really good. Unless everyone is switching to mandatory registration, spam captcha needs an iPod.
    Confident CAPTCHA is the one I find least annoying; it simply asks you to click on a few pictures. No typing involved, which makes it easy to use on mobile phones too: