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Just in time for stolen password database month. I am trying to reset my Comcast password and I’m having a remarkably hard time typing the same password twice. Over and over, the two passwords never match. I’m a fairly decent typist, this shouldn’t be happening. Eventually I notice the second password is always one (obscured) character longer. WTF?

Comcast has some javascripty overlay box that tells you all the rules (min length, a-z, 0-9, etc.) that hovers around until your password conforms. It appears to work by watching the input box and disappearing when you have a winner. And by work, I mean not work. When your password finally passes muster, whatever keystroke you hit gets eaten entirely and never makes it into the box. No wonder the second password never matched.

Finally solved this by typing my password one letter at a time, waiting for a character to disappear into the abyss, typing that character again, and then finishing the password. I don’t understand how this happens. You actually have to go out of your way to be this incompetent.

Posted 21 Nov 2013 05:45 by tedu Updated: 21 Nov 2013 05:45