We are working through a problem with comments being posted to our news articles. We hope to have comments turned back on and with a new spam filtering service without captcha very soon.
UPDATE: We have reenabled comments and are using a new comment spam filtering service. The good news is that captcha images and the weird timeout issues will be gone. We are also monitoring some fixes regarding comment problems on the dasBlog developers forum.
If you see / experience problems, please let us know.