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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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2013-10-03 05:27:02 AM  
I'm not very smart, so it's probably for the best that I won't get the job.
 
2013-10-03 05:31:39 AM  
python
>>> int("1BP49B", base=36)
80113871

If that's a complex problem in their company, then I don't want to work there.
 
2013-10-03 05:47:07 AM  
3272153
 
2013-10-03 05:48:42 AM  
Of all the days for me to lose my decoder ring...
 
2013-10-03 05:48:56 AM  
Simple base conversion.  Kinda obvious.  They even put the base right there.

From the article:  "The only problem is it's so tough, no one has managed to crack it yet."

It's Australia, so I assume that all attempts at "cracking" the "code" involved punching the guy who put up the flier.
 
2013-10-03 05:51:23 AM  

ModernLuddite: I felt like a genius until I got to the comments here. 

Thanks for keeping my ego down, Fark.

//Not sarcasm.


There's a difference between intelligence and knowledge.  It's a completely brainless question for someone who knows what the subscript notation means, and a very hard question for someone who doesn't happen to know about number bases.
 
2013-10-03 05:58:20 AM  

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

[img2.timeinc.net image 400x400]


967-1111

s10.postimg.org
 
2013-10-03 05:59:03 AM  

Mugato:

...base 36. I think I got the number but I don't have a calling card to call those kangaroo humpers.
If you just converted from base 36, that's not it.  I called.
 
2013-10-03 06:12:08 AM  

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


Definitely, yeah. Still, I'm kinda surprised more companies don't use an online test to weed out or select applicants. It'd make more sense than the current practice of having software scan resumes for buzzwords.
 
2013-10-03 06:15:19 AM  

GeneralJim:

Mugato: ...base 36. I think I got the number but I don't have a calling card to call those kangaroo humpers.

If you just converted from base 36, that's not it.  I called.
Yeah, and I also mis-calculated it the first time.  RPN calculators are almost as quick as Googling a converter -- but there's more room for error, I discovered.
 
2013-10-03 06:19:44 AM  

dookdookdook: ModernLuddite: I felt like a genius until I got to the comments here. 

Thanks for keeping my ego down, Fark.

//Not sarcasm.

There's a difference between intelligence and knowledge.  It's a completely brainless question for someone who knows what the subscript notation means, and a very hard question for someone who doesn't happen to know about number bases.


Well, please explain me then.  I figured it was base 36, and then went straight to trying to figure the rest out, without immediately looking for an ON-LINE converter.  Just damn.  What a maroon.
 
2013-10-03 06:51:13 AM  

jasonvatch: 80113871


base 36 sure
but that looks to be too many digits?
 
2013-10-03 06:55:05 AM  

GeneralJim: Mugato: ...base 36. I think I got the number but I don't have a calling card to call those kangaroo humpers.If you just converted from base 36, that's not it.  I called.


The (02) in only used for in-country calls. From overseas you ignore the 0. From the US, 011 61 2 8011 3871 should be a Sidney phone number.
 
2013-10-03 06:58:17 AM  

bindlestiff2600: jasonvatch: 80113871

base 36 sure
but that looks to be too many digits?


Not for Australia. They have 8-digit phone numbers.

/9484-1080
 
2013-10-03 06:59:01 AM  

dookdookdook: ModernLuddite: I felt like a genius until I got to the comments here. 

Thanks for keeping my ego down, Fark.

//Not sarcasm.

There's a difference between intelligence and knowledge.  It's a completely brainless question for someone who knows what the subscript notation means, and a very hard question for someone who doesn't happen to know about number bases.


How about if you didn`t know it was base 36 but figured it out anyway?

I know what a power looks like and it wasn`t one of those so I figured it might be like Hex because it had letters and we needed numbers and there was a number 36 so I figures that must be how high the numbers go so I counted on my fingers...
hex is 123456789abcdef
36 might be 123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxz
B=11
P=25

1BP49B
1
11
25
4
9
11
is 11+(36*9)+(362*4)+(363*25)+(364*11)+(365*1)
which is 80113871

I must say I am not surprised no people from Oz have figured it out. They are another "we are the best country in the world" crowd. Stupid stupid stupid.
 
2013-10-03 06:59:03 AM  

bindlestiff2600: jasonvatch: 80113871

base 36 sure
but that looks to be too many digits?


never mind
oops
 
2013-10-03 07:00:12 AM  
I guess the question is "Are you smart enough to figure this out and still dumb enough to work for us"
 
2013-10-03 07:02:36 AM  

danielscissorhands: Rarely does an article manage to hurt my brain. Thank you, Subby.

/majored in English


No snark at all here but can I ask what you do for a living? Went to school as an English major but didn't finish. As I got older I realized I wanted to finish a degree but am questioning the career opportunities made available with an English major
 
2013-10-03 07:02:40 AM  
1/2 snark

im guessing that aus education system is very big on memorization
(in such an environment - comprehension can be a detriment)
 
2013-10-03 07:07:39 AM  

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

Definitely, yeah. Still, I'm kinda surprised more companies don't use an online test to weed out or select applicants. It'd make more sense than the current practice of having software scan resumes for buzzwords.


But this would require someone to know what the job involved, companies don't do that anymore
 
2013-10-03 07:10:49 AM  
I found posters on flickriver in Australia that have that number on them.
 
2013-10-03 07:20:16 AM  

Bill Evans at Mariposa: yusyusyus: it is a one liner in python.

Lisp also.


It ith a one liner in python.

/Also, concur on the solution.
 
2013-10-03 07:20:52 AM  
How hard could this be if the first farker in the Boobies got it?
 
2013-10-03 07:23:35 AM  
They have nerf guns! Ask a 5th grader.
 
2013-10-03 07:24:15 AM  

dittybopper: Bill Evans at Mariposa: yusyusyus: it is a one liner in python.

Lisp also.

It ith a one liner in python.

/Also, concur on the solution.


LOOOOL
 
2013-10-03 07:26:55 AM  
dittybopper
How hard could this be if the first farker in the Boobies got it?


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


"So far nobody has cracked our code" certainly works a lot better as a press release than "So far nobody has looked at our website".
 
2013-10-03 07:27:18 AM  

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

Definitely, yeah. Still, I'm kinda surprised more companies don't use an online test to weed out or select applicants. It'd make more sense than the current practice of having software scan resumes for buzzwords.


The problem with that approach, as this thread shows, is that as soon as you put something like that online, a bunch of people who have no interest whatsoever in the job are going to figure it out and post the answers.
 
2013-10-03 07:34:10 AM  

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

Definitely, yeah. Still, I'm kinda surprised more companies don't use an online test to weed out or select applicants. It'd make more sense than the current practice of having software scan resumes for buzzwords.

The problem with that approach, as this thread shows, is that as soon as you put something like that online, a bunch of people who have no interest whatsoever in the job are going to figure it out and post the answers.


Perfect example of that:   The GCHQ Contest Fark thread.
 
2013-10-03 07:40:36 AM  
I'm going to start leaving that number on the wall of the bathroom stall. Instead of 7147814636.
 
2013-10-03 07:40:41 AM  
You all suck. No hire!
6102111254911
 
2013-10-03 07:52:10 AM  
Canberra is a little too "middle of nowhere"for my tastes
 
2013-10-03 07:54:05 AM  
 
2013-10-03 08:11:02 AM  
Move to that land of perverts who lock their daughters up in the basement?

NO THANKS!
 
2013-10-03 08:11:46 AM  

Secret Agent X23: 867-5309.


Is that you Jenny?
 
2013-10-03 08:15:49 AM  

lobotomy survivor: python
>>> int("1BP49B", base=36)
80113871

If that's a complex problem in their company, then I don't want to work there.


 THIS.

//Goes back to my matrix math...
 
2013-10-03 08:16:07 AM  
fark you guys...

resources0.news.com.au

You can't even design a farking piece of paper so that there is a gap of blank on the end of each tab so that when people pull off the number, the first few characters don't become dissociated.

Idiots.
 
2013-10-03 08:25:12 AM  
tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com
Are you dialling every number in the area?
 
2013-10-03 08:29:39 AM  
At least this one is solvable.

The ADF did the same thing by advertising an equation that needed to be solved to reveal a phone number, only they printed the ads with a typo, making the equation impossible to solve.
 
2013-10-03 08:33:04 AM  

jasonvatch: 80113871


yep. Base36. Make sure you use proper international numbers.
 
2013-10-03 08:35:23 AM  
0118 999 881 99 9119 725 3
 
2013-10-03 08:35:47 AM  

Notabunny: 867-5309


real phone number in Antigonish. Buddy can't understand why he get's hundreds of calls every September

/StFX
 
2013-10-03 08:37:03 AM  

cajunns: Canberra is a little too "middle of nowhere"for my tastes


Well, technically, so is Australia.
 
2013-10-03 08:39:25 AM  
The number is 555-1239. Ask for "Amanda Huggankiss".
 
2013-10-03 08:43:33 AM  
212-736-5000
 
2013-10-03 08:45:44 AM  
Not as good as the air force one
 
2013-10-03 08:49:58 AM  

HailRobonia: The number is 555-1239. Ask for "Amanda Huggankiss".


images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-10-03 08:55:02 AM  

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

Definitely, yeah. Still, I'm kinda surprised more companies don't use an online test to weed out or select applicants. It'd make more sense than the current practice of having software scan resumes for buzzwords.


Q1) Why are manhole covers round?
A) Because manholes are round

Q2) How would you figure out how many gas stations there are in the USA?
A) Google "how many gas stations are there in the USA?" [First result- "There are 168,000 retail locations in the U.S. that sell fuel to the public."]

Q3) How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?
A) Um, does this situation come up often at this job? Because...

Q4) How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?
A) This is a tech job, not a window washing job.

Q5) Design an evacuation plan for San Francisco
A) ... and it's not a civil planning job, either.

Q6) You are shrunk to the height of a nickel...
A) ... nor is this creative writing class in high school. Call me if you want to discuss my actual qualifications for this job. Goodbye.
 
2013-10-03 08:55:05 AM  
Call the first 8 digits after the decimal period of the sum(p prime, 1/(p log(p)).
 
2013-10-03 08:59:18 AM  
I'm pretty sure this has already been solved by a telemarketer.
 
2013-10-03 09:00:48 AM  
paponerd.com
 
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