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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 26
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2013-10-03 08:16:07 AM  
3 votes:
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 04:00:48 AM  
3 votes:
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 07:00:12 AM  
2 votes:
I guess the question is "Are you smart enough to figure this out and still dumb enough to work for us"
2013-10-03 04:31:11 AM  
2 votes:

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 04:12:43 AM  
2 votes:
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 04:11:51 AM  
2 votes:
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 03:05:21 AM  
2 votes:

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 02:56:13 AM  
2 votes:
That's "so hard that no one has managed to crack it yet"?

My god, but Australians must be farking stupid
2013-10-03 07:26:55 AM  
1 votes:
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 06:59:01 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:51:23 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:31:39 AM  
1 votes:
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 05:15:21 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:11:30 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:05:01 AM  
1 votes:

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 04:43:49 AM  
1 votes:

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 04:23:56 AM  
1 votes:

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 04:03:39 AM  
1 votes:
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 04:03:14 AM  
1 votes:
Drink your Ovaltine?
2013-10-03 04:02:09 AM  
1 votes:
guess my math is wrong--I keep getting 8016-0527
2013-10-03 03:51:23 AM  
1 votes:
It's too far away to commute, and I'm not moving to Europe.
imageshack.us
2013-10-03 01:39:56 AM  
1 votes:
...base 36. I think I got the number but I don't have a calling card to call those kangaroo humpers.
2013-10-03 12:18:37 AM  
1 votes:
12345

/same as my luggage combination
2013-10-02 10:56:21 PM  
1 votes:
Don't forget to drink your Ovaltine.
2013-10-02 10:35:11 PM  
1 votes:
867-5309.
2013-10-02 10:19:37 PM  
1 votes:
80113871
 
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