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(Business Insider)   Royal Australian Air Force runs clever recruiting advertisement, hiding recruitment phone number in complex mathematical problem. The "problem" being that it can't actually be solved   (au.businessinsider.com) divider line 57
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2013-06-27 12:43:35 AM
I was told there would be no math.
 
2013-06-27 01:28:28 AM
How can they be sure the caller isn't just a head with no appendages, suspended in jelly?
 
2013-06-27 02:19:02 AM
It certainly  is clever.  Shows how much they need engineers and mathematicians.
 
2013-06-27 02:31:52 AM
I just rang 36-24-36.
I did not get the job.
 
2013-06-27 02:35:27 AM
So, this is really just a proofreading test, not a math test? I guess the RAAF needs spell-checkers more than it needs mathematicians.
 
2013-06-27 02:41:56 AM
I blame the Kaiser.
 
2013-06-27 02:47:24 AM
So they gave the jobs to the gits who know how to use google?
 
2013-06-27 02:54:49 AM
What the RAAF is actually stating is that they need men who can do the impossible. Who, no matter the odds, no matter the statistics, no matter the math - can get the job done.
 
2013-06-27 02:56:14 AM

Elmo Jones: I just rang 36-24-36.
I did not get the job.


only if you're 5'1"
 
2013-06-27 02:57:07 AM

Public Savant: So they gave the jobs to the gits who know how to use google?


That's what they call "boffins."
 
2013-06-27 02:59:57 AM
Kewl ad, other than the typo. Or because of the typo. Mu-who-huh-ha-ha
 
2013-06-27 03:00:12 AM
I worked it out to equal 8765309. Some chick named Jenny who didn't even sound Australian.
 
2013-06-27 03:00:14 AM
Australian phone books must be nightmarishly complex and expensive to produce.
 
2013-06-27 03:02:25 AM
D´oh I meant 867. Probably why I could never get into the military.
 
2013-06-27 03:02:46 AM

symptomoftheuniverse: I worked it out to equal 8765309. Some chick named Jenny who didn't even sound Australian.


:(
 
2013-06-27 03:04:56 AM
starsrift: What the RAAF is actually stating is that they need men  people   who can do the impossible. Who, no matter the odds, no matter the statistics, no matter the math - can get the job done.

ftfy. And I really doubt they will fail to achieve levels.
 
2013-06-27 03:05:47 AM
It reminds me of my freshman engineering calculus class, where I had the honor of being taught by some Iranian dude named Saleh who I could not understand at all.

DFijrifj gijwjgw iweij wegfijh in the limit adifj sdifjwjef berry berry close to asdfh asdhgj gajsgjajg.
 
2013-06-27 03:08:34 AM

SevenizGud: It reminds me of my freshman engineering calculus class, where I had the honor of being taught by some Iranian dude named Saleh who I could not understand at all.

DFijrifj gijwjgw iweij wegfijh in the limit adifj sdifjwjef berry berry close to asdfh asdhgj gajsgjajg.


im not some math learning grl, but was that really the equations ?
 
2013-06-27 03:10:21 AM
www.mattfind.com
"You are a stranger."
 
2013-06-27 03:15:24 AM

alienated: im not some math learning grl, but was that really the equations ?


That was my impression of what I understood Professor Saleh to say.
 
2013-06-27 03:17:43 AM

SevenizGud: It reminds me of my freshman engineering calculus class, where I had the honor of being taught by some Iranian dude named Saleh who I could not understand at all.

DFijrifj gijwjgw iweij wegfijh in the limit adifj sdifjwjef berry berry close to asdfh asdhgj gajsgjajg.


Prof. Xu, my freshman calc professor, had a similar problem.

He would TAKE da wayu to da NIWI to get da debatib.
 
2013-06-27 03:18:07 AM

SevenizGud: alienated: im not some math learning grl, but was that really the equations ?

That was my impression of what I understood Professor Saleh to say.


fair enough . tc
 
2013-06-27 03:20:17 AM

alienated: SevenizGud: It reminds me of my freshman engineering calculus class, where I had the honor of being taught by some Iranian dude named Saleh who I could not understand at all.

DFijrifj gijwjgw iweij wegfijh in the limit adifj sdifjwjef berry berry close to asdfh asdhgj gajsgjajg.

im not some math learning grl, but was that really the equations ?


I see you're not a golfer.
 
2013-06-27 03:22:12 AM
www.bbc.co.uk
 
2013-06-27 03:24:19 AM

Elmo Jones: I just rang 36-24-36.
I did not get the job.


Did you get something else done dirt cheap?
 
2013-06-27 03:29:05 AM
Didn't go to math school.  So I'm not gonna do the math.
 
2013-06-27 03:32:08 AM
Multivarable calculus is complex and hard now?
 
2013-06-27 03:32:38 AM
You know who else was an Australian who didn't think their strategies through fully?
 
2013-06-27 03:33:16 AM

sephjnr: Did you get something else done dirt cheap?


Let's just say I'll keep that number handy.
 
2013-06-27 03:33:33 AM

dangelder: You know who else was an Australian who didn't think their strategies through fully?


Yahoo Serious's agent?
 
2013-06-27 03:33:38 AM

enad58: Multivarable calculus is complex and hard now?


WTF is a multivarable?

Typing words correctly is complex and hard now?
 
2013-06-27 03:42:34 AM

UsikFark: I see you're not a golfer.


correct . i do long to construct a rather large course, so i can rake in them bucks
 
2013-06-27 03:43:21 AM
13 km.
 
2013-06-27 03:50:55 AM

ModernLuddite: Australian phone books must be nightmarishly complex and expensive to produce.


I laughed way too hard at this. The folks at my local Starbucks now have probably added "weird/insane" to my title of "foreigner".
 
2013-06-27 03:57:59 AM

alienated: UsikFark: I see you're not a golfer.

correct . i do long to construct a rather large course, so i can rake in them bucks


relevant
 
2013-06-27 03:58:47 AM

angstycoder: ModernLuddite: Australian phone books must be nightmarishly complex and expensive to produce.

I laughed way too hard at this. The folks at my local Starbucks now have probably added "weird/insane" to my title of "foreigner".


Where the fark are you that Starbucks is open? I'm guessing "not Texas."
 
2013-06-27 04:06:33 AM

UsikFark: angstycoder: ModernLuddite: Australian phone books must be nightmarishly complex and expensive to produce.

I laughed way too hard at this. The folks at my local Starbucks now have probably added "weird/insane" to my title of "foreigner".

Where the fark are you that Starbucks is open? I'm guessing "not Texas."


Nope. Living on the NW side of Tokyo, Japan. There is a 24h Starbucks on Post Oak in Houston, though, IIRC.

Just having an iced tea before the bar opens; having a celebratory beer after a good interview.
 
2013-06-27 04:08:25 AM
GUESS THEY ARENT HIRING, LOL
 
2013-06-27 06:00:12 AM
I recently had a job interview where I pointed out a typo in their posting. I didn't get the job.
 
2013-06-27 06:03:21 AM
Had a prof in college who pronounced "Theta" as "Satan."  LOL!

/once watched a prof derive Kirchkoffs law from Mawell's equations.
//couldn't do it now if my life depended upon it.
///life does not depend upon it.
 
2013-06-27 06:53:08 AM
Or you could just ring the only six digit number in the whole equation.

Maybe that is the point - if you try to solve the equation instead of looking at what is in front of you, you don't get in.
 
2013-06-27 07:18:55 AM
Australia has an air force??!
 
2013-06-27 07:25:28 AM

Fano: Elmo Jones: I just rang 36-24-36.
I did not get the job.

only if you're 5'1"


5'3", you non lyric remembering bastard.

/table be round.
 
2013-06-27 07:55:55 AM

gameshowhost: How can they be sure the caller isn't just a head with no appendages, suspended in jelly?


Pretty sure the Face of Boe wouldn't bother applying

/well, maybe when he was younger
 
2013-06-27 08:05:49 AM

LostInTranslation: Australia has an air force??!


You mean in all those old WW2 movies you never saw the kangaroo in a circle?

www.airforce.gov.au
 
2013-06-27 08:26:47 AM
It looks like the Ozzie airship admirals have never heard of Wolfram.com or even copy pasta. Have fun with all those 13 year olds asking if your refrigerator is running.
 
2013-06-27 08:28:58 AM

LostInTranslation: Australia has an air force??!


this

nearly as weird as Canada having mafia (they do)
 
2013-06-27 09:21:01 AM
That add wouldn't work in the U.S., someone would claim discrimination.
 
2013-06-27 09:27:03 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: SevenizGud: It reminds me of my freshman engineering calculus class, where I had the honor of being taught by some Iranian dude named Saleh who I could not understand at all.

DFijrifj gijwjgw iweij wegfijh in the limit adifj sdifjwjef berry berry close to asdfh asdhgj gajsgjajg.

Prof. Xu, my freshman calc professor, had a similar problem.

He would TAKE da wayu to da NIWI to get da debatib.


For me is was a Russian teaching Differential Equations.  He'd get furious if we asked him to repeat himself in English.  Nothing quite so much fun as learning Russian and diffy q at the same time.
 
2013-06-27 09:27:34 AM
My uncle was in the RAAF. I was named after him. He was quite the magician. He disappeared over France during a war.
 
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