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tempored

tempored

Automaton Tech

from California
150 posts

For discussion of the CosmicHeist:

DO NOT POST CODE IN THIS FORUM: THAT IS CHEATING!

I'll start. There is purple stuff (I don't know if that matters) at the coordinates 76.6, 103.3

-Z

edit: yelling about cheating

October 31, 2009 4:06 am

benjamingeiger

Urchin

1 posts

The patterns of the blinking of the "abnormal" light gives:
2 6 2 8 (long pause) 2 8 5 5 (long pause) (repeat)

I've tried entering "26.28" and "262.8" in the first box; neither works (the first rounds it down, the second gets clipped to 200 degrees).

October 31, 2009 4:11 am
iamthestig

iamthestig

Tinkerer

from Louisiana
28 posts

Flashing might be morse code.

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October 31, 2009 4:11 am
tempored

tempored

Automaton Tech

from California
150 posts

For morse code check out cypher http://www.macmage.com/cypher.php

October 31, 2009 4:16 am

Pappy74

Urchin

4 posts

The delta for each axis when pressing the d-pad is different.
Left/Right - 2.7
Up/Down - 3.8

October 31, 2009 4:17 am
roos

roos

Automaton Tech

from Minnesota
287 posts

That's what I'm getting out of the sounds too. I was originally thinking IP address, but 262.8.285.5 isn't a valid one. There's a little short pause sound where those 2  periods are.

Phone, perhaps?

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October 31, 2009 4:17 am
tempored

tempored

Automaton Tech

from California
150 posts

thanks to BSBarrows and the macheist chatroom: (151.7,174.4) gets you a free copy of daisydisk


-Z

October 31, 2009 4:22 am
imfrog2002

imfrog2002

Automaton Tech

from Mesa, AZ
203 posts

The secret has been found. Look on Twitter ya'll. It's out there. :

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October 31, 2009 4:24 am
surphaze

surphaze

Automaton Tech

386 posts

Two different sounds are used for the blinking light. coded as h for the one with the higher frequency and l for the lower frequency, - for long pause, the pattern is:

hl hlhhllhl hlhhl hlhhl - hl hlhhll hl hlhhllhl -

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October 31, 2009 4:24 am
jemi

jemi

Urchin

from Germany
8 posts

October 31, 2009 4:25 am
orangehat

orangehat

Gearhead

from Maryland
70 posts

Thanks Z and BSBarrows! smile

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October 31, 2009 4:26 am
edbrenner

edbrenner

Tinkerer

from Texas
43 posts

Safari won't load the entire image. Then it crashed Safari. And Firefox isn't fairing any better.

Go Team Orange!!!!

October 31, 2009 4:29 am

General Oreius

Gearhead

from Texas
79 posts

We think we have figured out that the lights give the coordinates. They give 3 numbers then make a odd scratch noise then one more number (hence coordinates). We scrolled through the whole picture and didn"t see anything abnormal

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October 31, 2009 4:31 am
jfm429

jfm429

Sky Pirate

from Behind You
2,196 posts

I can't see the whole thing.  The buttons get cut off at the bottom and I can't see the zoom buttons.

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October 31, 2009 4:31 am
davedelong

davedelong

Tinkerer

29 posts

Explanation:  The yellow lights flash with these counts:

2628 2855

Digits only go from 0-9.  However, you can't just not flash in order to represent a 0, so the numbers are all off by 1.  In other words:
1 flash = 0
2 flashes = 1
3 flashes = 2
etc

Therefore, you get this:
1517 1744

The coordinate system only accepts input with one decimal point, with each coordinate being less than 200.  The logical division of the numbers is therefor:  151.7, 174.4.

Enter those coordinates and claim DaisyDisk as a prize.

By reading this, you have given me brief control of your mind.

October 31, 2009 4:32 am
edbrenner

edbrenner

Tinkerer

from Texas
43 posts

@jfm429

Same here.

Go Team Orange!!!!

October 31, 2009 4:32 am
kelekona

kelekona

Urchin

from Hawaii
8 posts

Confirmed on the countdown.  But what's up with the 'tweet for a treat' link that takes me to:  h t t p://twitter.com/11513887835634706393

October 31, 2009 4:36 am
Firestar

Firestar

Big Game Hunter

from Wellington, New Zealand
609 posts

davedelong wrote:

Explanation:  The yellow lights flash with these counts:

2628 2855

Digits only go from 0-9.  However, you can't just not flash in order to represent a 0, so the numbers are all off by 1.  In other words:
1 flash = 0
2 flashes = 1
3 flashes = 2
etc

Therefore, you get this:
1517 1744

The coordinate system only accepts input with one decimal point, with each coordinate being less than 200.  The logical division of the numbers is therefor:  151.7, 174.4.

Enter those coordinates and claim DaisyDisk as a prize.

Nice explanation. Sad it was over so fast.

iOS developer and student

October 31, 2009 4:36 am
jimjiminyjim

jimjiminyjim

Tinkerer

from Armena, Alberta
15 posts

davedelong wrote:

Explanation:  The yellow lights flash with these counts:

2628 2855

Digits only go from 0-9.  However, you can't just not flash in order to represent a 0, so the numbers are all off by 1.  In other words:
1 flash = 0
2 flashes = 1
3 flashes = 2
etc

Therefore, you get this:
1517 1744

The coordinate system only accepts input with one decimal point, with each coordinate being less than 200.  The logical division of the numbers is therefor:  151.7, 174.4.

Enter those coordinates and claim DaisyDisk as a prize.

Indeed - thanks for this info.  The answer, being tweeted out, was found before I even got as far as counting everything out!

Orange is the new Black.

October 31, 2009 4:40 am
tempored

tempored

Automaton Tech

from California
150 posts

REMEMBER!!! NO CODE!!!!

Sorry for the caps, but the directorate has already warned us about this. Using code to solve a heist doesn't count as solving it, but CHEATING...

October 31, 2009 4:40 am
T24G

T24G

Tinkerer

from Ohio
22 posts

Firestar wrote:
davedelong wrote:

Explanation:  The yellow lights flash with these counts:

2628 2855

Digits only go from 0-9.  However, you can't just not flash in order to represent a 0, so the numbers are all off by 1.  In other words:
1 flash = 0
2 flashes = 1
3 flashes = 2
etc

Therefore, you get this:
1517 1744

The coordinate system only accepts input with one decimal point, with each coordinate being less than 200.  The logical division of the numbers is therefor:  151.7, 174.4.

Enter those coordinates and claim DaisyDisk as a prize.

Nice explanation. Sad it was over so fast.

I agree... that was a brilliant explanation. Thanks!

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October 31, 2009 4:41 am
roos

roos

Automaton Tech

from Minnesota
287 posts

Thank you for getting that! I'd gone off down a morse code rabbit hole, despite the fact there were only pairs of sounds and not 3 (a long dash is 3 counts), and was getting complete gibberish, but then again gibberish has served us well in the past smile

Nice little break for the evening. Now it will undoubtedly be too long until the next one. I'm surprised we're seeing signs of life so early this year!

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October 31, 2009 4:43 am
edbrenner

edbrenner

Tinkerer

from Texas
43 posts

I wish the dang image would just load all the way!

Go Team Orange!!!!

October 31, 2009 4:44 am
megahy

megahy

Tinkerer

12 posts

Awesome! thanks for the guide davedelong! Already paid for daisydisk because its such an amazing app! glad its a prize here! Can't wait for the rest of MacHeist!

October 31, 2009 4:47 am
revjdg

revjdg

Automaton Tech

from Nampa, ID
232 posts

Nice one ladies and gentlemen! So I wonder what happens in 5 days, eh? Let the seemingly endless speculation begin. :-)

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October 31, 2009 4:48 am
imfrog2002

imfrog2002

Automaton Tech

from Mesa, AZ
203 posts

Countdown Widget has been made for impact! http://macheist.imfrogmedia.com/ Post it around, and enjoy. big_smile

Preview:
http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/9071/screenshot20091030at110.png

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October 31, 2009 5:08 am
mykol

mykol

Tinkerer

from Philippines
44 posts

same problem with me. the images won't load in safari at all sad have no idea what's happening

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October 31, 2009 5:30 am
Werty

Werty

Automaton Tech

172 posts

so we have just to wait 5 days? THere's nothing we can do? :S

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October 31, 2009 5:30 am
jferrett

jferrett

Tinkerer

from Cincinnati, OH
20 posts

Thanks for the Answer guys, would never have got it on my own

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October 31, 2009 5:37 am
roncioiu

roncioiu

Tinkerer

from Roundabout NY
13 posts

W00t got daisy disk , bring on the heist!

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

October 31, 2009 6:03 am
starstryder

starstryder

Urchin

from Illinois
2 posts

I'm quite sad that neither Firefox nor Safari were happy to fully load things and my iPhone didn't like the flash :-( Bad browser days happen though. Eventually sorted it.

As a geek I have to ask - Does anyone know what wavelength the images are? The format (degrees, degrees) is the same as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. I was comparing SDSS SkyServer images with the MacHeist images and it's clear they are the same sky bits, but different wavelengths.

I have my Daisy Disk and I'm happy, but still curious.

Inquiring nerds want to know image wavelength :-)

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October 31, 2009 6:37 am
abeckstrom

abeckstrom

Big Game Hunter

from Houston, TX
547 posts

Chrome on Mac seemed to handle this heist best.  It looked really bad and didn't load well in Safari.

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October 31, 2009 6:49 am
jonofriedman

jonofriedman

Gearhead

from Beverly Hills
79 posts

this... this is what I've been waiting for. Anyone wanna figure out the exact time the countdown is going too!

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October 31, 2009 6:54 am
desertdemocrat

desertdemocrat

Automaton Tech

from Phoenix, AZ
292 posts

Thanks for the info

I used Firefox and had no problems with images loading

Perhaps problem was fixed?

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October 31, 2009 7:26 am
gypsyheart

gypsyheart

Urchin

from Tarzana, CA
6 posts

kelekona, you click on the tweet for a treat link, then it should take you to your own Twitter page where it has a tweet filled in ready for you to send out. When you do (by clicking Update), go back to the macheist page and now you have a link for the license and download of Daisy Disk.

And thank you so much to davedelong for the detailed explanation!

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October 31, 2009 7:31 am

alonzo

Automaton Tech

from Austria
272 posts

jferrett wrote:

Thanks for the Answer guys, would never have got it on my own

me too... that was too complicated for me...

October 31, 2009 7:31 am
gnome06

gnome06

Tinkerer

from FRANCE
13 posts

I have my Daisy Disk and I'm happy, but still curious also !

--
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October 31, 2009 7:33 am
Balty.5

Balty.5

Urchin

from Canberra, Australia
3 posts

Cool. A free copy of Daisy Disk! big_smile

October 31, 2009 7:40 am
astudler

astudler

Tinkerer

from Switzerland
42 posts

Thanks MacHeist, you are getting better and better with every Heist! So sad that I had missed MacHeist 1

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October 31, 2009 8:01 am
Blesst

Blesst

Urchin

4 posts

Great! I'm very glad it started again and am also very happy about the explanation I found. I love those riddles but am sometimes simply unable to figure them out. Thanks!

October 31, 2009 8:41 am
ithink2ez

ithink2ez

Urchin

from Michigan
7 posts

Thanks for the free daisy disk and for the fun puzzle.

Don't take life to seriously, No one gets out alive anyway wink

October 31, 2009 9:00 am
BigMark

BigMark

Sky Pirate

from Kent, UK.
1,546 posts

abeckstrom wrote:

Chrome on Mac seemed to handle this heist best.  It looked really bad and didn't load well in Safari.

I'm still trying to solve it in Safari, I'm getting LOTS of crashes, in the end I just typed the answer that I already knew from Twitter and it crashed again... Over to Firefox I guess.

Mark.

October 31, 2009 9:31 am
Wupper

Wupper

Automaton Tech

119 posts

I was hoping to see the Dodgy Russian accented chick from the last heist ;-) shame, but Daisy Disk, nearly compensates :-)

You call it Purple I call it Magenta

October 31, 2009 9:51 am
hamm

hamm

Tinkerer

35 posts

yeah did the heist
i'm so happy that it is starting again.... but did it work?

I dont got daisy disk?! sad

Think Green!

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October 31, 2009 9:58 am
andys53

andys53

Sky Pirate

from a frog flu resistant land.
1,904 posts

Wupper wrote:

I was hoping to see the Dodgy Russian accented chick from the last heist ;-) shame, but Daisy Disk, nearly compensates :-)

No, it really doesn't. It's good, but not that good!

smile From a spam free, orange team, land smile

October 31, 2009 9:58 am
bichufo

bichufo

Tinkerer

from Colombia
12 posts

The ONLY browser this page displays well on is iCab.  The flash is screwed up on all other major browsers.  Man, this is for Mac users so it should at least display correctly in Safari!   Check the code.

October 31, 2009 10:25 am
dkraps

dkraps

Urchin

1 posts

davedelong wrote:

Explanation:  The yellow lights flash with these counts:

2628 2855

Digits only go from 0-9.  However, you can't just not flash in order to represent a 0, so the numbers are all off by 1.  In other words:
1 flash = 0
2 flashes = 1
3 flashes = 2
etc

Therefore, you get this:
1517 1744

The coordinate system only accepts input with one decimal point, with each coordinate being less than 200.  The logical division of the numbers is therefor:  151.7, 174.4.

Enter those coordinates and claim DaisyDisk as a prize.

Nice! That was really fast smile

October 31, 2009 10:28 am
wburger

wburger

Urchin

from Germany
1 posts

Cool Thing - Daisy Disk for Free - Eagerly waiting for the full package

October 31, 2009 10:43 am
Luzifer

Luzifer

Urchin

from Northern Germany
2 posts

For everyone who has problems loading the graphics in the new page there might be a solution. I used a very fast connected squid proxy on the net to load the graphics for me and got them without problems.

So if you get only half graphics you could try to search an open proxy out there (Maybe Tor?) and route your browser for the game to this. (Sorry but I can't open my proxy for everyone but there are some open proxies. Maybe they are fast enough.)

Greetings from Germany.

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October 31, 2009 11:07 am
hias

hias

Big Game Hunter

from Palermo
633 posts

I LOVE YOU MH!

October 31, 2009 11:11 am
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