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(News.com.au)   Can you crack this code to reveal the phone number of your new job ?   (news.com.au) divider line 131
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2013-10-02 10:19:37 PM
80113871
 
2013-10-02 10:25:30 PM
BR5-49
 
2013-10-02 10:35:11 PM
867-5309.
 
2013-10-02 10:39:51 PM
My phone number hasn't changed.

/5551212
 
2013-10-02 10:56:21 PM
Don't forget to drink your Ovaltine.
 
2013-10-02 11:17:16 PM
(973) BUT-TSEX?
 
2013-10-02 11:51:27 PM

Marcus Aurelius: My phone number hasn't changed.

/5551212


Wow, you have the same number I do! You must live in a different area code.
 
2013-10-02 11:51:42 PM
07700 900461
 
2013-10-02 11:52:44 PM
800-8135
 
2013-10-03 12:18:37 AM
12345

/same as my luggage combination
 
2013-10-03 12:26:52 AM
Well it starts with 11 61 4

Math people, what do the little sub numbers mean?
 
2013-10-03 01:32:08 AM

Secret Agent X23: 867-5309.


I got it.
 
2013-10-03 01:39:56 AM
...base 36. I think I got the number but I don't have a calling card to call those kangaroo humpers.
 
2013-10-03 02:53:02 AM
8011-3871, enjoy
 
2013-10-03 02:53:43 AM

jasonvatch: 80113871


I should really read the comments before posting...
 
2013-10-03 02:56:13 AM
That's "so hard that no one has managed to crack it yet"?

My god, but Australians must be farking stupid
 
2013-10-03 03:05:21 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: That's "so hard that no one has managed to crack it yet"?

My god, but Australians must be farking stupid


It's not even a "code", it's just a number with an annotation to denote the base.
 
2013-10-03 03:46:23 AM
DANCE MONKEY, DANCE!

thought maybe you aussies were better than us
 
2013-10-03 03:49:25 AM
1-800-EAT-SHI . . .
 
2013-10-03 03:50:50 AM
The answer is 'N Sync.
 
2013-10-03 03:51:23 AM
It's too far away to commute, and I'm not moving to Europe.
imageshack.us
 
2013-10-03 03:51:29 AM
1-800-SPANK ME
 
2013-10-03 03:57:31 AM
 
2013-10-03 04:00:48 AM
News.com.au is the Australian equivalent of ... well, think of the worst newspaper in your respective country and you might come close.  These are the guys who posted a story about a record breaking diamond ring sale on eBay and used "carrots" instead of "carats."

But anyway, you are correct:  (02) 8011 3871

Phone rings once and the answering machine tells you to leave your name and number and to email your details to a specific email addy.

They really lowered the bar on that one if that's all they could come up with.
 
2013-10-03 04:02:09 AM
guess my math is wrong--I keep getting 8016-0527
 
2013-10-03 04:02:24 AM
Pi. The answer is always pi.

img2.timeinc.net
 
2013-10-03 04:03:14 AM
Drink your Ovaltine?
 
2013-10-03 04:03:39 AM
I hope whoever cracks it first just posts the solution prominently online to teach these jabronis a lesson about overthinking things and getting too cute with their shiat.
 
2013-10-03 04:09:06 AM
rofl. figured it out in 5 seconds.
 
2013-10-03 04:11:51 AM
I let other people figure it out in seconds for me without paying them

/next steve jobs right here.
// don't have a turtleneck though
/// yes that's a circumcision joke
 
2013-10-03 04:11:55 AM
867-5309
 
2013-10-03 04:12:03 AM
867-5309?
 
2013-10-03 04:12:43 AM
Won't mean a thing at hiring time.  All they'll find are people willing to spend a few mental amperes goofing around with a puzzle.  At best, they'll get someone who will skive off all day surfing crossword puzzle sites and luminosity.com.  More likely, they'll find someone with an autism spectrum disorder who will insist he's a good driver and make precipitous exits from meetings because it's ten minutes to wapner.
 
2013-10-03 04:23:45 AM

yusyusyus: rofl. figured it out in 5 seconds.


Yeah, me too.  lets check our answers.  What did you get?
 
2013-10-03 04:23:56 AM

tillerman35: Won't mean a thing at hiring time.  All they'll find are people willing to spend a few mental amperes goofing around with a puzzle.  At best, they'll get someone who will skive off all day surfing crossword puzzle sites and luminosity.com.  More likely, they'll find someone with an autism spectrum disorder who will insist he's a good driver and make precipitous exits from meetings because it's ten minutes to wapner.


This isn't much of a puzzle to anyone who understands the notation. And solving it is so simple that once you know what the subscript "36" means, it is a one liner in python.

Basically, if this is the "test", it is pathetic anyway and just a publicity stunt. Or maybe an indication of a really bad field in software engineering.
 
2013-10-03 04:31:11 AM

jasonvatch: 80113871


Yeah. It took me about 10 seconds to realise that the 36 subscript meant base-36 and another 20 seconds to google a base-36 converter.

I guess the reason that they believe "no one has managed to crack it yet." is that anyone with an IQ high enough (probably about 90) doesn't want to work for the type of twat who thinks that's a brain teaser.

Or maybe plenty of people have called and the business just wanted some free publicity. I guess none of the journalists could figure it out.
 
2013-10-03 04:34:08 AM
This has much more to do with marketing than HR.
 
2013-10-03 04:38:19 AM

spamdog: This has much more to do with marketing than HR.


media.tumblr.com

Puffinstuff??
 
2013-10-03 04:39:44 AM
base 36

converter here

http://www.translatorscafe.com/cafe/units-converter/numbers/calculato r /decimal-to-base-36/
 
2013-10-03 04:41:18 AM
Well, now that everyone knows the number, I think we should get everyone on Fark to call it and order a pizza.
 
2013-10-03 04:42:16 AM
I refuse to believe there is a single person even remotely qualified to work as a software engineer that didn't figure out that "code" in under a second and calculated the phone number in the 10 additional seconds it took to google a javascript base converter.
 
2013-10-03 04:43:49 AM

Ghryswald: News.com.au is the Australian equivalent of ... well, think of the worst newspaper in your respective country and you might come close.  These are the guys who posted a story about a record breaking diamond ring sale on eBay and used "carrots" instead of "carats."


It's a Murdoch website, so it is comparable to the worst news source(s) in my country.

/not a math person, still managed to figure out the number (had to use an online converter to decimal, because, well, not a math person)
//if the job's in Australia, what's the point of the country code? When I was living there I don't recall having to dial the country code when calling my ISP in Sydney from Perth...
 
2013-10-03 04:46:59 AM
Rarely does an article manage to hurt my brain. Thank you, Subby.

/majored in English
 
2013-10-03 04:56:26 AM
Well if these guys are so smart, they should have stopped Hitler when they had a chance
 
2013-10-03 05:05:01 AM

Paris1127: It's a Murdoch website, so it is comparable to the worst news source(s) in my country.


Murdoch websites are pretty much the worst new sources in any country.
 
2013-10-03 05:11:30 AM

Ghryswald: They really lowered the bar on that one if that's all they could come up with.


This isn't so much a filtering mechanism as a publicity stunt that looks like it worked spectacularly.
 
2013-10-03 05:15:21 AM

chrylis: Ghryswald: They really lowered the bar on that one if that's all they could come up with.

This isn't so much a filtering mechanism as a publicity stunt that looks like it worked spectacularly.


Or maybe this company owns several base converter websites and is, even now, raking in extra ad revenue.
 
2013-10-03 05:22:18 AM

yusyusyus: it is a one liner in python.


Lisp also.
 
2013-10-03 05:24:40 AM
I felt like a genius until I got to the comments here. 

Thanks for keeping my ego down, Fark.

//Not sarcasm.
 
2013-10-03 05:26:13 AM

Danger Avoid Death: Pi. The answer is always pi.


No, you moron--the answer is obviously always cheesecake...which is sort of like pie. A very large slice, drizzled with caramel and chocolate, with pecans and whipped cream.

/I sound fat
//Also a fan of chocolate cream pie, French silk pie, and meat pies
///From Louisiana, which explains the meat pies...
 
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