White House Makes It Impossible For The Blind To Sign Petition Supporting Copyright Treaty For The Blind

from the well-isn't-that-convenient? dept

Last week, we discussed a recent We The People petition at the White House, asking the administration to support the treaty for the blind, which would make it easier to access creative works for the blind by creating a few small "exceptions" to copyright law (i.e., returning rights to the public) for the sake of sharing formats that are accessible to the blind across borders. However, some blind advocacy groups have discovered that, if you happen to be blind/visually impaired, it's basically impossible to sign the petition.
The glitch, the group says, is in those often annoying tests that require users to type in a set of numbers and letters to prove they are human. On the White House web site, blind users can select an audio version of the test, but the audio is incomprehensible, according to federation spokesman Chris Danielsen.

And if users want to send email notifying the White House about the problem, well, that also requires a computer-human test with garbled audio, too, he said.
That's certainly convenient for an administration that has increasingly moved away from its earlier stance that it supported this treaty. Now, making it almost impossible for the actual stakeholders to express their opinion really should drive home why increased accessibility is important. Hopefully the White House will quickly fix this bug, but more importantly, it would be nice if they actually supported the damn treaty.


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1.  
    icon
    silverscarcat (profile), May 29th, 2013 @ 2:09pm

    Hmm...

    Don't the blind usually have someone around them that helps them read things that they can't feel through braille?

    I mean, don't get me wrong, this is a dick move by the administration, but shouldn't the blind people get their friends who can see to help them out in this?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 29th, 2013 @ 2:44pm

    Re: Hmm...

    Because they shouldn't have to.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 29th, 2013 @ 2:49pm

    given the way this administration has backed tracked on other things that it was so in favor of, whilst trying to get elected, i wouldn't count on it. as soon as it was elected, this administration proved to be an even bigger liar than those that went before it. to openly do something like this shows the lack of respect it has for a section of the population that is severely disabled . if that were not the case, the idiot that put the website together would have checked that it worked for those it was supposed to be trying to support!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    icon
    Nigel (profile), May 29th, 2013 @ 2:51pm

    The Law

    I could be nuts but didn't Clinton sign Section 508 making this a mandatory requirement?

    http://www.access-board.gov/508.htm

    Nigel

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5.  
    identicon
    ADM, May 29th, 2013 @ 2:52pm

    Re: Hmm...

    Interesting idea. Maybe people in wheelchairs should make sure to have friends around to help carry them up stairs, too! Who needs the ADA?!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6.  
    icon
    mudlock (profile), May 29th, 2013 @ 3:29pm

    e-mail address filter is broken too

    Whitehouse.gov (and, actually, a lot of other places too) uses a broken regex to "check" email addresses for "validity."

    It disregards any email address with a hyphen ('-') in it. Both my primary email addresses (work and personal) include my last name... which includes a hyphen.

    (It turns out, determining valid email addresses is really hard. For instance: ValidEmail?"Yes it is!"@AB:CD:EF:00:01:02:03:04 is a valid email address. Really people, other than checking for a '@', it's easier to not filter at all.)

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7.  
    icon
    silverscarcat (profile), May 29th, 2013 @ 3:39pm

    Re: Re: Hmm...

    I don't disagree, at all. They shouldn't have to, but I'm pointing out that there could be ways to help them.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8.  
    icon
    silverscarcat (profile), May 29th, 2013 @ 3:39pm

    Re: Re: Hmm...

    You totally missed my point, didn't you?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9.  
    icon
    mudlock (profile), May 29th, 2013 @ 3:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: Hmm...

    ...like adhering to the federal standards for website accessibility.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 29th, 2013 @ 4:14pm

    Captcha

    Captchas are awful even for "normal" people.

    Ironically, the only people visual captchas do not bother are spammers. You can buy 1000 captcha solutions for US$ 2 or less.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11.  
    icon
    special-interesting (profile), May 29th, 2013 @ 4:16pm

    Yes it callous and unthoughtful of the White House staff/support-team for allowing this to happen. Its tempting to go off on another rant on how the Blind are left out of normal life but this type of behavior is quite normal. Who cares about such a small group? Not many.

    Its logical that anyone posing a question about the Blind would actually make the process available/functional/easy to use. Such an effort when done successfully looks very good and adds a professional level of good execution that few can do.

    Technology has come quite a long way but with patent and copyright law the way they are now don't expect any growth in the Blind adaptive devices/services industry for about 18 years or more. Like many medical breakthroughs the patent term delay diminishes the lives of the ill and handicapped alike.

    It would be interesting to see how many Blind actually sign the petition. Don't expect a lot because of many issues that often overwhelm Blind people.

    Reactionary,

    silverscarcat. Yes there is almost always one or more 'helpers' for every Blind person. However its normal that the blind person has several other medical problems (often the cause of blindness) which keep them so busy that outside world/concerns/important-issues seem almost irrelevant.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 29th, 2013 @ 4:19pm

    Re: Captcha

    Captchas are not only awful, they have zero security value. ZERO. Anyone still using them in 2013 should be fired on the spot and blacklisted for a decade, so that they can use their time off to undertake remedial education in security basics.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 29th, 2013 @ 4:29pm

    Re: e-mail address filter is broken too

    determining a valid email adress programaticaly: not too hard

    figuring out how (?:[a-z0-9!#$%&'*+/=?^_`{|}~-]+(?:\.[a-z0-9!#$%&'*+/=?^_`{|}~-]+)*|"(?:[\x01-\x08\x0b\x0c\x0 e-\x1f\x21\x23-\x5b\x5d-\x7f]|\\[\x01-\x09\x0b\x0c\x0e-\x7f])*")@(?:(?:[a-z0-9](?:[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9] )?\.)+[a-z0-9](?:[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9])?|\[(?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.){3}(?:25[0-5]| 2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?|[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9]:(?:[\x01-\x08\x0b\x0c\x0e-\x1f\x21-\x5a\x53-\x7f]|\\ [\x01-\x09\x0b\x0c\x0e-\x7f])+)\]) works will however cause permanent damage

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  14.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 29th, 2013 @ 4:39pm

    I've never heard CAPTCHA audio work right. Usually the words have a number in them or are nonsense words, making them unintelligible to hear.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  15.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 29th, 2013 @ 4:41pm

    isn't this illegal?

    section 508, Americans with Disabilities Act, etc...?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  16.  
    icon
    silverscarcat (profile), May 29th, 2013 @ 5:04pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Hmm...

    You'd think there would be something like that, wouldn't you.

    Maybe someone can convince the government to come up with something like that and implement it.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  17.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 29th, 2013 @ 8:22pm

    Re: Hmm...

    of course. All blind people need to have their handlers. We can't let them you know, "be on their own".

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  18.  
    icon
    SkUrRiEr (profile), May 29th, 2013 @ 9:11pm

    I signed it

    As I see it, there's two issues here:
    1. whitehouse.gov isn't 508 compliant / usable by blind people. A technical issue that must be fixed. I believe there are captcha implementations that are blind accessible, surely it'd be an afternoon's work to swap their current implementation out for a better one.

    2. Because of 1, it's not getting the signatures it should.

    I'm sure they're aware of #1 - and promoting this piece and others like it will help raise awareness of the issue and prompt them to action.

    As for #2, solving that is simple: you've already signed the partition, right?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  19.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 29th, 2013 @ 11:20pm

    Re: Re: e-mail address filter is broken too

    I can't even tell if that captures IPv6 addresses or not.

    Either way, well done.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  20.  
    icon
    Anonymous Howard (profile), May 30th, 2013 @ 12:32am

    Re: Hmm...

    What's so difficult to understand in silverscarcat's comment?

    He said blind people should employ the help of others to overcome this fuck-up and report it to the government.

    No one implied that "It's good as is, because others can help them out"

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  21.  
    identicon
    Mirjam Eikelboom, May 30th, 2013 @ 12:54am

    Caphta's for the blind

    The companies that produce the audio-caphta's are to blame- not the White House.
    If they buy a product that is supposedly an alternative for people who cannot read, doesn't function, but is used nevertheless everywhere - they cannot be blamed for not knowing that is doesn't function.
    I think the Society for the Blind and the White House should join forces and go after the producers of badly tested audio-caphta's together.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  22.  
    icon
    Sheogorath (profile), May 30th, 2013 @ 1:13am

    Cynical hat on

    I think that this is a deliberate ploy by the White House administration. After all, if the people this law will be so important to can't sign the petition to get it considered, then the US government don't have to take an action that will surely anger the corporarions that keep them in office.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  23.  
    icon
    RyanNerd (profile), May 30th, 2013 @ 4:40am

    Re: Re: e-mail address filter is broken too

    How can anything that looks like that be called Regular?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  24.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 30th, 2013 @ 6:45am

    Re: Re: e-mail address filter is broken too

    That regex is obviously incomplete. See http://www.ex-parrot.com/pdw/Mail-RFC822-Address.html for a better one.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  25.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 30th, 2013 @ 8:51am

    This is the government's friendly reminder to not be a sight pirate, kids.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  26.  
    icon
    art guerrilla (profile), May 30th, 2013 @ 8:51am

    Re: Hmm...

    yes, whenever you go blind, you get a seeing-eye person assigned to you...

    ?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  27.  
    icon
    art guerrilla (profile), May 30th, 2013 @ 8:55am

    Re: Captcha

    yes, i DESPISE them...

    relatively normal vision, with above-average ability to puzzle stuff out, but those dog damn captchas are insane...

    at some levels, it is IMPOSSIBLE to make out what looks like a tenth generation copy from a bad machine that is overlaid with obscuring crap, and you have to re-try a dozen before you get one readable...

    grrrr...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  28.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 30th, 2013 @ 10:24am

    Re: Re: Captcha

    In soviet Russia, capcha complete you!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  29.  
    identicon
    Brandon Rinebold, May 30th, 2013 @ 10:49am

    Re: e-mail address filter is broken too

    Actually, it i remarkably easy to do. All you have to do is check for an @ symbol and if it has one, look up MX records via DNS. If there isn't a mail server for that lookup, you refuse to take the address because obviously it isn't going anywhere.

    It's not rocket surgery and it's actually easier than trying to parse the address based on a set of static rules but nobody does it.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  30.  
    identicon
    logic warrior, May 30th, 2013 @ 10:52am

    Re: Hmm...

    Or maybe that software can't read it since, you know, captcha are designed in such a way that c computer can't read them.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  31.  
    icon
    Brandon Rinebold (profile), May 30th, 2013 @ 10:55am

    Equality

    The White House only placed the blind on par with the sighted by making audio capchas an unintelligible mess too.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  32.  
    identicon
    BlindEnthusiasm, May 30th, 2013 @ 12:04pm

    Re: Re: Hmm...

    I think what people are asking for here is empathy. How would you like it if you had to get someone to help you every time you had to fill in a form? Inconvenienced, even disenfranchised? People are getting mad at you because you're implying blind people shouldn't expect to have independence. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but that is because you aren't blind. Imagine you had to put up with this stuff every day.

    Imagine how you would feel if someone on here said "I don't get why we have to explain it to him, couldn't he just get a less ignorant friend just write his comments for him?"

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  33.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 30th, 2013 @ 12:19pm

    Re: Hmm...

    most blind people use text to speech technology which reads out text and allows efficient navigation of the internet, captchas however aren't recognised in the software.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  34.  
    identicon
    Shaun, May 30th, 2013 @ 12:20pm

    Re: Hmm...

    They typically use screen reader software to read things on a computer screen, not have someone read the screen for them. As captchas are image based screen reader software cannot read the screen to the blind user and if the audio is garbled the only fallback for a blind user is also useless.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  35.  
    identicon
    David Sanftenberg, May 30th, 2013 @ 12:20pm

    This article makes me angry.

    Implying that a technical problem is some kind of deliberate act on the part of the administration to undercut the blind is exactly the sort of ridiculous intellectual dishonesty that's ruined political debate in the United States.

    Shame on you.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  36.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 30th, 2013 @ 12:32pm

    Re: Hmm...

    No. Would you want someone constantly by your side reading things to you? What if the person is alone? And what about that persons independence and the equitable treatment they deserve? So no. No all around.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  37.  
    identicon
    BryanR, May 30th, 2013 @ 12:38pm

    Audio

    To all the people complaining that the Captcha's audio is distorted-it's for the same reason as the image itself being distorted. So the computer can't read it for you, similar to Siri, if the letters were easily understandable in the audio, the computer could just listen to the recording and fill in the captcha using text to speech.

    Atleast they used a captcha that supports audio.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  38.  
    identicon
    thefeatheredcap, May 30th, 2013 @ 12:39pm

    Re: Hmm...

    The blind shouldn't need to have someone they must rely on at all times. One can be blind and independent. And there should be measures in place that insures this.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  39.  
    icon
    jake andrews (profile), May 30th, 2013 @ 1:37pm

    ⠃⠥⠇⠇⠎⠓⠊⠞

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  40.  
    identicon
    124, May 30th, 2013 @ 2:04pm

    Re: Hmm...

    Yes they never go anywhere alone ever.


    They use a program that reads out whats on the page, so they can usually use computers independently and well. However it doesn't work on the tests because the letters are purposefully made so machines don't recognize them.

    Also the whole point is that blind people should not have to rely on anyone, everyone deserves independence.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  41.  
    identicon
    anon, May 30th, 2013 @ 2:11pm

    Re: Hmm...

    no, computers are accessible enough to be used by a blind person on their own. it takes a little while, as all navigation is done by the keyboard and the computer has to read out loud what the user has selected currently, but it's possible and there are professionals who are blind and use computers all day

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  42.  
    identicon
    krackajack, May 30th, 2013 @ 2:28pm

    Re: Re: Hmm...

    They should if they are on the computer.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  43.  
    identicon
    Megan, May 30th, 2013 @ 2:38pm

    Re: Hmm...

    Yes, they do. But the software cannot read text that is located on images, or that is obfuscated, which is the method that makes CAPTCHA effective against spammers and bots.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  44.  
    identicon
    Michael Tunnell, May 30th, 2013 @ 2:48pm

    This is absurd but quite common

    TL:DR
    this is a problem for CAPTCHA systems and should be corrected by them this has nothing to do with the decision of the White House to use a CAPTCHA system.
    ---------------

    Of course this is messed up for the White House to do but this article implies that it was some malicious act on behalf of the White House...that is absurd because EVERY CAPTCHA service that provides audio option is almost impossible to understand.

    reCAPTCHA by Google is one of the most used and best made CAPTCHA systems that I know of and it too suffers from this impossible to understand audio option. I have yet to find a CAPTCHA solution that has recognizable audio.

    This is unfortunate and needs to be fixed but to blame the White House site for it is absurd...EVERY site that allows user input MUST have some kind of anti-spam measure because Spammers are EVERYWHERE. Even small sites with only a handful of users will be bombarded with spam so OF COURSE the website for the White House will have an insane amount of spam.

    This sucks but it needs to be addressed by the CAPTCHA maintainers not the White House.

    Site Note- White House uses reCAPTCHA though the funny thing is they removed the copyright of reCAPTCHA which is against the TOS of reCAPTCHA.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  45.  
    identicon
    Laurent, May 30th, 2013 @ 2:49pm

    Re: Caphta's for the blind

    Not sure how procurement works in the US but it should be the government's responsibility to add Accessibility requirements in their procurement documents

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  46.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 30th, 2013 @ 3:23pm

    Re: Re: Captcha

    You clearly have no idea what you're talking about
    Captcha isn't about security it'd about a cat and mouse game of fighting off spammers and in a lot of cases is damn well effective

    To whoever created this site fuck you
    Being anonymous doesn't make you a coward just no one wants to sign up for another shitty blog/news site to make a post or two and never return

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  47.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 30th, 2013 @ 4:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: Captcha

    Hello there irony.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  48.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 30th, 2013 @ 4:48pm

    Re:

    "Hopefully the White House will quickly fix this bug"

    Reading is hard.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  49.  
    identicon
    Mike Gifford, May 30th, 2013 @ 6:12pm

    Spam is a Real Problem - As is Accessibility

    The petition site is using code like:
    https://www.google.com/recaptcha

    It's definitely got known accessibility problems. It's also worth stating that spam is still a real problem too.

    Ultimately though it's going to take active collaboration between people with disabilities and people who are developing anti-spam measures.

    The simplest ones are most easily hacked by computers, but still there are better approaches than simply sticking on reCaptcha.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  50.  
    identicon
    mark, May 30th, 2013 @ 7:53pm

    voice

    they have a button that speaks the words for you on the captcha for seeing impaired. this petition is stupid

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  51.  
    identicon
    Prathik Raj, May 30th, 2013 @ 8:50pm

    Intentions

    I don't think the government intended to prevent blind from signing the petition, spam bots are a big issue and they are getting as clever as the captcha technology itself, so they make it more and more difficult. Some captcha cannot be understood by people with normal sight too!

    Government websites, especially the ones with features like petition signing should make it especially difficult for spam bots to function.

    We have limited technology that separate human being from machine, OCR is one technology where we beat machine, also in speech recognition, so the use of the two to differentiate. It is a challenge that needs to be looked at, for now, I think better audio is the solution.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  52.  
    identicon
    josh, May 30th, 2013 @ 9:32pm

    Re: Hmm...

    Yes blind people should be dependent on someone else at all times to help them complete the most trivial of tasks. /s

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  53.  
    identicon
    Gabby, May 30th, 2013 @ 11:13pm

    Re: Re: Hmm...

    But if they are already needing a friend to surf the web, the friend would already be there too to read them the captcha. wouldn't they?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  54.  
    identicon
    Ian, May 31st, 2013 @ 2:26am

    Re: Hmm...

    No, Many blind people use screen readers. Many prefer to be independent.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  55.  
    icon
    Anonymous Howard (profile), May 31st, 2013 @ 3:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Hmm...

    because you're implying blind people shouldn't expect to have independence


    Oooookay, here's the plan:
    1. read silverscarcat's comment again.
    2. read my comment again.
    Because if you read it and understood it, you wouldn't wrote something THAT stupid.

    Here's some hint: "No one implied that "It's good as is, because others can help them out""

    In other words: it's not ok, to have this bug, not ok, to expect blinds to have help around them all the time. He said they should get help to report this bug to the govt, so it can be fixed. I can't explain more simple to you.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  56.  
    identicon
    Vipi, May 31st, 2013 @ 3:35am

    Re: Re: Hmm...

    Ya sometimes independent blind people will face the problems..

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  57.  
    identicon
    RevJJ, May 31st, 2013 @ 5:56am

    Re: Hmm...

    Yes the blind have the ability to have text to speech, but those "type in the word" things are a graphic, not text so the software cannot read it, just like that can't read a JPG picture of a sign.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  58.  
    identicon
    Alice, May 31st, 2013 @ 6:32am

    Ignorant

    This is the most ignorant comment I've seen. Don't assume that people who are blind or with any disability have people always around to help them with everything. Websites should be created so that they are accessible with screen readers - blind people shouldn't need friends to read everything for them!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  59.  
    icon
    James (profile), May 31st, 2013 @ 6:34am

    Re: Hmm...

    I LOVE THIS comment...

    In one sentence you say "... this is a dick move by the administration.." and with only a comma and 1 word between that and "... shouldn't blind people get their friends who can see to help them out..." DICK move indeed.

    I like where your head is at... while were at it...

    People in wheelchairs should have someone with them to carry them up stairs and you, should have someone smarter sitting with you when you comment on things like this.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  60.  
    icon
    Sheogorath (profile), May 31st, 2013 @ 11:11am

    What about a better anti-spam system?

    Something like, "Please check the box if you are not a robot." Sighted people, screen readers, and bots will all be able to read that sentence, but out of those three, which do you think will be the least likely to click on the box?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  61.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2013 @ 3:51pm

    Re: Re: Hmm...

    Now if we could only stop states from this ridiculous, discriminatory practice of denying drivers' licenses to the blind...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  62.  
    identicon
    DivideBy0, Jun 2nd, 2013 @ 7:50am

    techdirt article dirty

    Well, the political leanings of the author of this "article" are certainly obvious now, and that he will twist reality to try and force something to be a nefarious plot by the current administration at any cost, even truth.

    It is a shame that the editors of this site allowed such a blatant hack piece to be published.

    Why not just write the article to point out the deficiencies in the captcha system in general, letting everyone know that it sucks that such a thing happens, and it needs to be fixed.
    Oh, wait, we all know why... page views and political wingnuts spouting misinformation.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  63.  
    identicon
    Jason Bratcher, Sep 22nd, 2013 @ 7:50am

    Seriously Josh and others like you?

    I'm sitting here at a Win8 Home Premium 64-bit laptop, complete with Mozilla's FireFox and ThunderBird. Before I go a step further, I REALLY AM TOTALLY BLIND SINCE BIRTH due to six months prematurity. I'm using a screen reader known as NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) to read every last site I wanna surf.
    Quick question: How many of you think I've got zero addons for FireFox or ThunderBird?
    Probably most of you, right?Dead wrong! Try 33!
    And one for FireFox literally helps me solve CAPTCHAs.
    WebVisum?
    And for ThunderBird, Tonequilla adds a filter action to play a sound upon a single message/message cluster's arrival.
    Can't believe you all insist I have someone here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week just to read my laptop screen to me.
    Besides, wouldn't i've already had to establish a payment plan for their service since this'd be so regular, lol?
    I prefer to do ALL OF MY COMPUTER WORK AS SOLO as possible.
    Even my mom can't help me with everything!
    I write in all caps just so people like Josh can get the message.
    He's probably smirking at me in disbelief now, lol...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This