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Sleeves

Sleeves

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I'm thinking next weekend. At least I'm hoping for next weekend.

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January 4, 2009 7:11 pm
WhiteFang

WhiteFang

Dirigible Captain

from a cliff in the arctic ocean.
2,847 posts

Person1229 wrote:
hias wrote:

4228/65/03

Most creative guess so far.

4228/65 = 65.046

65.046/3 = 21.68205128

=> Jan 21st + .68205128

*24 = 16 + 0.36923076923

*60 = 22 + 0.15384615385

*60 = 9 + 0.23076923076

=> Jan 21st at 16:22:09.2307

That's a pretty accurate guess, I guess tongue

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January 4, 2009 8:02 pm
LordZog

LordZog

Automaton Tech

264 posts

WhiteFang wrote:

That's a pretty accurate guess, I guess tongue

Wouldn't that be year zero, though? Throw it into OOo Calc or Excel, for example, and it's 1900-01-21 16:22:09 (trimmed to the second to allow of a little crud in the tubes). tongue

Why do people seem to think they have the right to not be offended?

January 4, 2009 8:08 pm
WhiteFang

WhiteFang

Dirigible Captain

from a cliff in the arctic ocean.
2,847 posts

It would, but then years are ambiguous smile

The "western hemisphere" calculates years A.D.

But the Bahá'í calendar year is 163 (164 in march, approx.)

The Buddhist calendar year is one of 2699, 2553, 1935 or 1370 depending on calendar (approx)

In Ethiopia it's 2001 since sept. 11th 2008

The muslim calendar year would then be 1438 or 1439 depending on sects

And the jewish year looks to me like a rubber-band - it depends on when and how much you stretch it, when you are. (no offence meant, but the Wikipedia article isn't very clear on the subject smile )

So, who are we to say that the poster doesn't count from 0 - that is now is the year zero from MacHeist III ? wink

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January 4, 2009 9:05 pm
blazedragon555

blazedragon555

Sky Pirate

from NYC
1,030 posts

FYI, the current Jewish year is 5769. smile

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January 4, 2009 11:29 pm
alloutmacstoday

alloutmacstoday

Big Game Hunter

from The Dark Side of Oz
615 posts

It's gonna begin tomorrow... The Woz told me

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January 4, 2009 11:39 pm
hazz

hazz

Automaton Tech

from London, UK
202 posts

My guess is..

It will have started by the 15th of January.
It will not start before the 6th.
It will start between 5 and 5:30 PM (in whatever time zone MH uses)
It will begin with a large and blatantly obvious announcement or event of some kind.
It will be more in depth than the previous heists by a factor of at least 2.2
It will not involve any non-internet based encounters (excepting answerphones).
It will be announced by at least 12 third-party websites within an hour of it beginning.
It will involve DDOS in some way.

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January 4, 2009 11:53 pm
Sleeves

Sleeves

Sky Pirate

1,497 posts

alloutmacstoday wrote:

It's gonna begin tomorrow... The Woz told me

I hope so.

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January 4, 2009 11:57 pm
LordZog

LordZog

Automaton Tech

264 posts

WhiteFang wrote:

So, who are we to say that the poster doesn't count from 0 - that is now is the year zero from MacHeist III ? wink

Time has no meaning. There is only now.

Omm...  wink

Why do people seem to think they have the right to not be offended?

January 5, 2009 3:41 am
spyker3292

spyker3292

Sky Pirate

from WI
1,728 posts

NothngUpMySleeve wrote:
alloutmacstoday wrote:

It's gonna begin tomorrow... The Woz told me

I hope so.

Stop stealing my crappy guess! It's based off of the last two start dates, and it's also Macworld. Of course... it's probably wrong. So many dates, one real answer.

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January 5, 2009 3:47 am
epifany

epifany

Big Game Hunter

from Dallas, Texas
554 posts

jdhoss wrote:
epifany wrote:
spyker3292 wrote:

I'm still guessing 1/5

For some reason I'm having a hard time with that date with MacWorld.  I'm betting on 1/16 because I have this weird feeling the Directorates are going to be busy during Macworld and need some time to come off of it???  Just a hunch. My 2¢.

If that's the case we may not see anything until next week since MacWorld runs Monday, January 5 to Friday, January 9th.

yeah, that's why I think the 16th.  More because it's the weekend and they'll likely get more traffic because of it.  Also, if the Heist start before Macworld, imho it wouldn't be good marketing.  Reasoning: that the participating developer's may potentially loose new paying customers at Macworld due to the bundle availability through Macheist.  Waiting till after Macworld would be in the developer's best interest.  But who knows, they've done it before MW before.  However, this is one of the reason's that Apple is pulling out of MW in the first place. http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/16/ap … bout-time/

Just some reasoning for my ¢2.

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January 5, 2009 6:53 am
hias

hias

Big Game Hunter

from Palermo
634 posts

STOP THE DRAMA AND BRING IT ON  NOW!

(please)

January 5, 2009 12:10 pm
BigMark

BigMark

Sky Pirate

from Kent, UK.
1,553 posts

epifany wrote:

Reasoning: that the participating developer's may potentially loose new paying customers at Macworld due to the bundle availability through Macheist.

That's really good reasoning there, I hope you're not correct though smile

Macworld tends to be about pimping that latest, freshest products and I'm not sure developers who have released a MAJOR update in recent weeks/months would allow them to be included them in a Heist.  There would be bad PR/customer feeling from people who just bought at MW and a limited possibility of upgrade revenue in the near future from everyone else.

Just an opinion from someone who hopes you are wrong smile

Mark.

January 5, 2009 1:26 pm
newsdork

newsdork

Sky Pirate

from Tennessee
1,477 posts

epifany wrote:

Reasoning: that the participating developer's may potentially loose new paying customers at Macworld due to the bundle availability through Macheist.

Actually, the bundle comes out after the heists are completed. So there's not a problem with the developers. The heists usually take 3 weeks to a month. I would think it'd be more of a problem having the directorate at MacWorld trying to network and enjoy the environment (as well as the adult beverage environment!), rather than a problem with the developers. The website is going to get pummeled once the heists start, and I doubt they want any distractions.

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January 5, 2009 2:31 pm
Bloake

Bloake

Automaton Tech

from Long Island, NY
269 posts

I'm getting really antsy here :-p

Hi smile

January 5, 2009 4:35 pm
Lokodude

Lokodude

Automaton Tech

from Norway
125 posts

Me too! I'm in here several hours every day now.... big_smile

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January 5, 2009 5:15 pm
epifany

epifany

Big Game Hunter

from Dallas, Texas
554 posts

newsdork wrote:

I would think it'd be more of a problem having the directorate at MacWorld trying to network and enjoy the environment (as well as the adult beverage environment!)

Good Point!  I agree.

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January 5, 2009 6:26 pm
johnrust128

johnrust128

Tinkerer

from Leesburg, VA
28 posts

mjweb wrote:
definetheline wrote:

When reading something I prefer mm/dd/yyyy. When sorting something, I prefer yyyy/mm/dd.

+1

+2

Though I actually prefer dd month yyyy even better.

Well, it's Monday, January 5th - the day many people predicted, and nothing yet. Then again, the day's not quite over yet. Let's hope it's today.

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January 5, 2009 9:03 pm
BigMark

BigMark

Sky Pirate

from Kent, UK.
1,553 posts

johnrust128 wrote:
mjweb wrote:
definetheline wrote:

When reading something I prefer mm/dd/yyyy. When sorting something, I prefer yyyy/mm/dd.

+1

+2

Though I actually prefer dd month yyyy even better.

Well, it's Monday, January 5th - the day many people predicted, and nothing yet. Then again, the day's not quite over yet. Let's hope it's today.

+3

I have a Macro I wrote at work years ago and still use daily that autosaves my documents in folder based on the Template name with the filename "YYYY-MM-DD DocumentTemplateNameN.doc" where N is the number of instances of this document there have been today.

It makes the sort order really simple.

I use the same strategy for nameing scanned in bills at home.

It's one of the first thing I want to learn how to do when I finally get around to learning AppleScript.

Mark.

January 5, 2009 9:20 pm
t5tr

t5tr

Automaton Tech

270 posts

Adrammelech wrote:
mjweb wrote:
WhiteFang wrote:

Actually, from the viewpoint of a computer scientist (i.e. my viewpoint), the only date format that really makes sense is the swedish one (YYYY-MM-DD). It's perfectly understandable, unabigious and sorts perfectly in any database or flat-file.

I agree! That's how I sort and batch name my digital photos -- (YYYY-MM-DD).

Same here...
Any other way would be making a mess...

Actually I use (YYJJJ-HHMM) like 09005-1837, where JJJ is the day of the year as returned by 'date +%j' from the terminal. Anything different would be making a mess when sorting and moving around a lot of small text files. Since I'm used to work from the command line, I prefer a more compact presentation.

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January 5, 2009 10:59 pm
hurrikenux

hurrikenux

Automaton Tech

from Atlanta, GA
209 posts

My guess is that the MH3 start date is _____!

(Remember to come back and edit post so that it looks like I was right wink)

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January 5, 2009 11:20 pm
OverHaze

OverHaze

Automaton Tech

107 posts

I would of thought it would start before the macworld keynote so they could advertise on the live blogs. Looking less likely now though.

January 6, 2009 12:06 am
johnrust128

johnrust128

Tinkerer

from Leesburg, VA
28 posts

OverHaze wrote:

I would of thought it would start before the macworld keynote so they could advertise on the live blogs. Looking less likely now though.

That's an interesting idea - don't know why they're not doing it. My guess is that they're waiting for new software to get released during Macworld that they can include as freebies or part of the bundle.

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January 6, 2009 12:21 am

glowingstar71

Urchin

2 posts

My guess is this Wednesday at 3pm PST. How do I know this? Cuz it says right on MacHeist's macworld info page:

It's the biggest Mac event of the year... and the best deal on the show floor. Get 10 of the hottest Mac apps for just $49. And be sure to drop by our booth at 3 PM on Wednesday for a real "bang"!

But maybe I'm wrong wink

January 6, 2009 12:24 am
jer2665

jer2665

Big Game Hunter

from South Windsor, CT
800 posts

that's been up there for years I believe, I think that was from MH2

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January 6, 2009 12:26 am

glowingstar71

Urchin

2 posts

oh? my bad! welp, i guess that's that.

January 6, 2009 12:30 am
identitylab

identitylab

Tinkerer

30 posts

Please start soon!!!!

The words...
MacHeist 3 is coming...

are REALLY starting to bug me now! hmm

...refresh
...refresh
...refresh
wink

January 6, 2009 12:39 am
squawky

squawky

Big Game Hunter

from Miskatonic University
775 posts

Something's coming... check out the sponsor link on Daring Fireball this week:

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January 6, 2009 1:45 am
jer2665

jer2665

Big Game Hunter

from South Windsor, CT
800 posts

http://twitter.com/Cocoia/status/1098500465 wrote:

To 'spoil' the fun, Daring Fireball's sponsor is MacHeist. If you hadn't figured that out yet.

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January 6, 2009 1:56 am
drtth

drtth

Tinkerer

from South Eastern PA
49 posts

Got to give the market place time to recover from the MacZot bundle which just ended this last weekend.  Who's got the money to buy two bundles in the same week.  :-)

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January 6, 2009 2:20 am
spyker3292

spyker3292

Sky Pirate

from WI
1,728 posts

I CALLED IT! tongue

1/5/09 I've been guessing it for at least a month.

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January 6, 2009 2:24 am
ethan.fortes

ethan.fortes

Urchin

from Vancouver, Canada
6 posts

The Sponsor reads: Keep an eye on MacHeist this week. Something's going down...

January 6, 2009 2:32 am

bgmccollum

Urchin

1 posts

So far, the translation table. Might be useful in the future.

w h
i t
e p
l w
b m
p a
r c
w h
t e
x i
h s
i t
d o
z k
c n
n y
v g
s d
January 6, 2009 3:44 am

dmdzine

Big Game Hunter

638 posts

bgmccollum wrote:

So far, the translation table. Might be useful in the future.

Basically, you take the number of the letter in the code, (p = 16, a = 1, etc.) add 10 to it, and that is the number of the decoded letter. if the result is greater than 26, you simply go from 26 to 1 (as if 26+1 = 1, 26+2 = 2, 24+4 = 2, etc...)

Here's the key:

EDIT: added alternate format for decoding key

code    p q r s t u v w x y z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o
decode  a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
coded = decoded
p = a
q = b
r = c
s = d
t = e
u = f
v = g
w = h
x = i
y = j
z = k
a = l
b = m
c = n
d = o
e = p
f = q
g = r
h = s
i = t
j = u
k = v
l = w
m = x
n = y
o = z
January 6, 2009 1:40 pm
JPDyson

JPDyson

Moderator

3,580 posts

spyker3292 wrote:

I CALLED IT! tongue

1/5/09 I've been guessing it for at least a month.

fail wink

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January 6, 2009 1:57 pm

dmdzine

Big Game Hunter

638 posts

spyker3292 wrote:

I CALLED IT! tongue

1/5/09 I've been guessing it for at least a month.

EPIC fail tongue

January 6, 2009 3:26 pm
BigMark

BigMark

Sky Pirate

from Kent, UK.
1,553 posts

I'm wondering.....First site starts at 9am Pacific today when none of us will notice?

That would be too cruel, but certainly would lessen the immediate impact on the MH servers.

Mark.

January 6, 2009 3:33 pm

dmdzine

Big Game Hunter

638 posts

BigMark wrote:

I'm wondering.....First site starts at 9am Pacific today when none of us will notice?

That would be too cruel, but certainly would lessen the immediate impact on the MH servers.

Mark.

Actually, I could definitely see them putting up the new Macheist website design that is supposedly coming for that reason. I doubt the 1st heist will start then though. Probably later this week for that.

January 6, 2009 3:44 pm
semicolons

semicolons

Big Game Hunter

from UK
729 posts

It's a Caesar shift of +15

January 6, 2009 4:16 pm

dmdzine

Big Game Hunter

638 posts

semicolons wrote:

It's a Caesar shift of +15

Thanks! I didn't know exactly what it was called.

January 6, 2009 4:17 pm

NickPhelan

Urchin

1 posts

so when it starts what exactly happens? are we all racing accross the web to solve puzzles? could it be completely different from last one? can ya solve it offline? what the frig do i do!!!!! im so excited. lol

January 6, 2009 6:04 pm
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