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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 09:13:16 AM  

maram500: 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...


Since it involved math and computers, I automatically defaulted to my son-in-law. He's the tech wizard in this mob.

However, in spite of what mathematicians have been teaching all these years....

Pie are ROUND

Cobbler are SQUARE

Cakes can be either, or
 
2013-10-03 09:13:28 AM  
Should we ask for Jenny?
 
2013-10-03 09:15:46 AM  
www.roguesynapse.com
 
2013-10-03 09:31:46 AM  

Secret Agent X23: 867-5309.


Who can I turn to?
 
2013-10-03 09:41:30 AM  

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


I see some practical joke applications for this one.
 
2013-10-03 09:46:55 AM  
That's the first thing I thought of but I keep getting "invalid input" when I use the converter. WTF?
 
2013-10-03 09:49:05 AM  
0118 999 881 999 119 725 3
 
GBB
2013-10-03 10:01:38 AM  
www.wallsave.com
Sheldon: This is the algorithm I've come up with to solve the puzzle of the encrypted phone number to an Australian start-up.
Penny: Wouldn't it just be easier to Google it?
 
2013-10-03 10:10:25 AM  
Since I majored in Jazz Appreciation with a minor in Groovy Chicks In Far-out Miniskirts, would you accept a drawing of how the number I think it is makes me feel?
 
2013-10-03 10:14:44 AM  
The phone number +61(02)64577414

Took me about 40 seconds.

36^5 + 2*36^4 + 16*36^3 + 4*36^2 + 9*36 + 2

Child's play.
 
2013-10-03 10:30:27 AM  
I really hate when people say they are looking for a software engineer when they actually want a computer scientist.  Pretty sure I wouldn't want to work for a software shop that doesn't know the difference.
 
2013-10-03 10:52:29 AM  

GBB: [www.wallsave.com image 850x531]
Sheldon: This is the algorithm I've come up with to solve the puzzle of the encrypted phone number to an Australian start-up.
Penny: Wouldn't it just be easier to Google it?


So why would he need to use Feynman diagrams for that?
 
2013-10-03 10:54:42 AM  

Barnstormer: The phone number +61(02)64577414

Took me about 40 seconds.

36^5 + 2*36^4 + 16*36^3 + 4*36^2 + 9*36 + 2

Child's play.


Forgot to add 9 to your letter digits, dude. B36 = 11 (not 2) and P36 = 25 (not 16).

Child's play for kids with 36 fingers.
 
2013-10-03 11:28:36 AM  

Born to Die: Barnstormer: The phone number +61(02)64577414

Took me about 40 seconds.

36^5 + 2*36^4 + 16*36^3 + 4*36^2 + 9*36 + 2

Child's play.

Forgot to add 9 to your letter digits, dude. B36 = 11 (not 2) and P36 = 25 (not 16).

Child's play for kids with 36 fingers.



Knew I did something wrong. I was in a hurry to go to an Obamacare meeting.
 
2013-10-03 11:37:42 AM  
1 (800) ABU-SEME

simple. Toll Free, but they put you on hold forever.
 
2013-10-03 11:40:07 AM  
80113871
 
2013-10-03 12:38:50 PM  

GBB: [www.wallsave.com image 850x531]
Sheldon: This is the algorithm I've come up with to solve the puzzle of the encrypted phone number to an Australian start-up.
Penny: Wouldn't it just be easier to Google it?


yes.. an intelligent person who may not even be any good at math can probably figure this out in 5 seconds if he has internet and a smart phone LOL

80113871 decimal = 1BP49B base-36
 
2013-10-03 12:46:13 PM  
5318008
 
2013-10-03 01:15:54 PM  
OU812?
 
2013-10-03 01:32:17 PM  
Your mom?
 
2013-10-03 02:43:32 PM  

dittybopper: 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.


That was an awesome thread, and evidence that there are a lot of clever Farkers with all kinds of talents. And several of these talented individuals are seeking employment. I'd happily help some Farker get a job in exchange for a sixer of good beer. Or a good reference.

And yes, for an online test to work, the company would have to require individual registration, submission of a resume and some other safeguards rather that just throwing the entire quiz up on a publicly-viewable dot com.
 
2013-10-03 03:56:33 PM  

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.


It's not meant to be some Myst-quality puzzle. It's only to filter out the stupid people who only have a degree in burgerflipology.

Do you know how many people with barely a HS education try to apply for a job at IT firms?

A few years back, the small IT company I work for was looking to hire a new office manager. Half the people that applied didn't even have basic typing skills. Half of the ones that could type, had never used a computer for anything other than Facebook and email. This wasn't even tech-heavy position, and yet we had to scour 100+ applications just to find someone who'd even *heard* of basic office stuff like Quickbooks.
 
2013-10-03 04:06:09 PM  
+61 (02) 1847-5776

Enjoy your new job.

/base 36 FTW
 
2013-10-03 04:23:14 PM  

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

 
2013-10-03 04:25:34 PM  
More than likely this number just leads you to a setup for a mugging/murderer from Craigslist I bet!
 
2013-10-03 04:35:27 PM  
0118 999 881 999 119 725..... 3
 
2013-10-03 08:21:45 PM  

MarkEC:

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.

+61 02 8011 3871  Reached the answering machine with Skype.
 
2013-10-03 08:35:18 PM  
Okay, for the lulz, I phoned, and +61 02 8011 3871  Reached the answering machine (using Skype.)

Now, the hard part.  The message was a crappy robo-voice synth, giving me an additional e-mail address to which to send more information.   Has anybody decoded the e-mail address?
 
2013-10-03 10:10:55 PM  

Hagbardr: 0118 999 881 99 9119 725 3


Uzzah: 0118 999 881 999 119 725..... 3


It did have a catchy jingle, though.
 
2013-10-04 06:34:21 AM  

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

My god, but Australians must be farking stupid


Nope. We just wouldn't dream of working with tossers like these.
 
2013-10-04 06:54:06 AM  

cranium: guess my math is wrong--I keep getting 8016-0527


P = 25, not 26.
 
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