Credit card signatures

I recently lost a credit card and was sent a replacement. I called to authorize the card and was told to sign the back. That little white strip they give you on the back of credit cards to sign your name? Totally inadequate. Not only is the strip not tall enough to accomodate my John Hancock, but they also print the credit card number and 3 digit CCV in that same space, giving you even less room. Frankly, I don't know how any clerk could even read my signature considering how much of it is obscured by the printed numbers.
And does anyone really care how you sign your credit card receipts? One man took it upon himself to see how far he could go, and he went a lot further than you'd expect. Ever since I saw this, I've been reducing my signature at lunch time more and more. Pretty soon it will just be a straight line.