Hm did Curse change the protection here at WowAce? Some days ago I could download the files without captcha (if I enabled the Flash object) and now I click the Flash download button but have to enter Captcha...
Working fine for me... did anything else change on your system?
IMO, bite the bullet and use flash... less problems, less headaches. The rest of it is just a tad-but on the bs side of things.
I am using Flash, and happily haven't seen a WoWAce/Curse CAPTCHA since the bug with Opera/Windows was fixed. I was speaking more generally though, about the problems with the small sizes of CAPTCHA images... it's like the first CAPTCHA implementation was designed for 640x480 resolution, and ever since then everyone else has just stuck with those image dimensions... :p
I wouldn't mind CAPTCHAs at all if they were higher-resolution images... even if you only show the image at 400x100 by using HTML or CSS height and width attributes, if the actual file's dimensions are 800x200, then it's still legible when you're using the web at 160% zoom.
No, I didn't know that. When I see a CAPTCHA, I generally don't do research into learning where their stuff comes from or what is done with my input beyond determining whether or not I pass the test. About the most thought I put into it is to consider how often the website will ask me to pass a CAPTCHA, and if the website is worth using in spite of the annoyance of having to squint at distorted letters that are almost always too small to see clearly and do not zoom well as a result of being low-resolution raster graphics.
Well, considering that they have to have a database of what the text actually is in order to verify that you're typing the right thing to pass the CAPTCHA, they should be able to filter out things with fraction characters in them. :p
I'd say that's a bug, as there is no simple way to enter fraction characters in Windows either. Asking users to know the ASCII codes for fractional characters, or open up the Windows Character Map tool and browse for them, sounds pretty unreasonable. Your best bet is probably to report the issue directly to reCaptcha.net... I think there is a link to their website on the CAPTCHA somewhere.
Too many sites/ads abuse Flash/Java, so they are disabled globally and only enabled for individual sites that need them for something I want to see/use. Non-Flash ads are free to load, but I do individually block ones that play sounds, jump all over the page, or have too much flashing/shaking/other motion to be easily ignored. The ads for the 3-D monitors on WoWI are very close to getting the ban stick, but otherwise I haven't had any issues with their ads.
At the same time I am wondering how WoWI managed to protect their downloads without this annoyances. I hope every author will be so kind to make their addons available through WoWI so that I could get rid of curse's "curse" ... I will ask them all with a pretty pretty please.