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Dr Zirgiss...

rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

Recently, Dr. Zirgiss, physics scientist from Cambridge, England, went missing. Just before his disappearance, he was rumoured to be conducting a top secret experiment. Although he had a government grant to investigate alternative fuels, further investigation shows that this experiment, codenamed ZESTER (Zirgiss Electro-Static Thermocurrent Electrogenesis Rotor), was in fact separate to his public research. What's more, the experiment's location wasn't documented. Unconfirmed reports from conspiracists and those close to the secretive professor claim that the experiment involved a large spinning rotor system, on the end of which was a pod containing human subjects; this experiment was secret for a reason. For this reason, it is important that we find Zirgiss as soon as possible. Here is the information we have:

A string of binary. This was found in a letter we intercepted; it was addressed to the last known location of Zirgiss's wife:

http://files.droplr.com/files/22954129/evibC.binary.txt

A screenshot of his laptop. This was found in an email sent to a chinese gmail address. We "intercepted" it. It is very important that you study every part of this image:

http://grab.by/1NxP

PS: [please email the current location of Zirgiss to: rishim [at] mac [dot] com]

PPS: [please don't take the ^china joke^ seriously tongue]

PPPS: [any page about "Isaac Leaver" is NOT part of this heist. Just ignore it]

January 17, 2010 8:34 pm
131919

131919

Gearhead

78 posts

Cs and Vs? What does that mean?

January 17, 2010 10:53 pm
klex269

klex269

Gearhead

59 posts

^^^ same Q

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January 18, 2010 6:42 pm
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

Think about the words on the list...

January 18, 2010 6:58 pm

strangetpwn

Automaton Tech

122 posts

I've read the article and I'm guessing he's not at Moss Landing, and I'm as far as the numbers. I've done what it says, but keep getting page not found. I can't work out if I need to combine them into a single string (in which case I've probably got a typo) or if there's some other conversion I need to do first.

Earn us both 5000MB extra space when signing up for Dropbox, thanks

January 19, 2010 6:48 am
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

Any takers? I know this is kind of grave digging, but I spent quite a long time on this heist, I'd like to see if anyone can manage to crack it smile

April 1, 2010 10:43 pm
Acmys

Acmys

Gearhead

from NJ
57 posts

Very confusing quest!

April 2, 2010 12:36 am
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

Acmys wrote:

Very confusing quest!

Yeah, you really need to think outside the box. Make sure to look at the screenshot in detail... especially the list...

April 2, 2010 1:01 pm
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

Still no takers? Incentive needed? I have invites for a few things...

May 22, 2010 8:59 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

hrm... which few things?

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 23, 2010 12:52 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

do the things in the menu bar of the window have any significance? or the page numbers?

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 23, 2010 12:59 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

I also assume that Cs and Vs refers to Copy(s) and Paste(s).
⌘-C and ⌘-V

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 23, 2010 1:09 pm
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

darkid wrote:

I also assume that Cs and Vs refers to Copy(s) and Paste(s).
⌘-C and ⌘-V

Nope, sorry, think a little harder...

May 23, 2010 1:55 pm
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

darkid wrote:

do the things in the menu bar of the window have any significance? or the page numbers?

The menu bar items have no significance, but the list on the right is very important...

darkid wrote:

hrm... which few things?

Well,I could offer Google wave, threadsy and flavors.me invites, but I think none of those three require an invite any more. I do have lockerz though wink

May 23, 2010 2:04 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

yeah... i guessed that. So, are the page numbers in hex or something?
and do the 1s and 0s even do anything at all?

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 23, 2010 3:18 pm
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

darkid wrote:

yeah... i guessed that. So, are the page numbers in hex or something?
and do the 1s and 0s even do anything at all?

Think about how the 1s and 0s may represent words...

May 23, 2010 5:30 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

Yes... i got the hopeless binary clue. I am asking if they have any use except to tell you, Hey, this is in binary!
Or maybe that Cs and Vs thing...

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 24, 2010 11:02 am
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

darkid wrote:

Yes... i got the hopeless binary clue. I am asking if they have any use except to tell you, Hey, this is in binary!
Or maybe that Cs and Vs thing...

Yes. Yes they do.

May 24, 2010 11:13 am
andys53

andys53

Sky Pirate

from a frog flu resistant land.
1,904 posts

@rishim, most of us have got to the stage of the "Cs & Vs thing but that's where we all get stuck. Sorry, but this is the point where you have to give us something or your puzzle looks like it's going down the drain..

smile From a spam free, orange team, land smile

May 25, 2010 9:19 pm
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

Fair point andys53. Cs and Vs means Consonants and Vowels. Now look at the short bits of text on the list.

May 26, 2010 4:52 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

... what and run it into binary, taking Consonants as 1 and vowels as 0? or something like that?

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 26, 2010 9:21 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

Could you provide the list as a text file? N/o, but it'd be a pain to copy it out... and you've got it somewhere on your home computer, I'd guess.

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 26, 2010 9:25 pm
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

darkid wrote:

Could you provide the list as a text file? N/o, but it'd be a pain to copy it out... and you've got it somewhere on your home computer, I'd guess.

Nothing really needs to be copied out, just look at the words after the "pagexxx:" bit and correspond the binary into consonants and vowels ("1" represents one of them, "0" represents the other) to work out which one is correct. Then simply put the "pagexxx" bit for that phrase after "web.me.com/rishim/"

First step, done, just a few more to go smile

May 27, 2010 8:17 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

I'm sorry, what?
replace vowels with 1 (or 0) and consonants with 0 (or 1)? then oh...
ah...
got it.

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 27, 2010 9:10 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

Is y a vowel?

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 27, 2010 9:28 pm
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

darkid wrote:

Is y a vowel?

No, it's not. Here's the idea: only one phrase on that list will match the start of the binary code, find it and you've completed stage one smile

May 28, 2010 6:36 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

now how to order the pages? maybe numerical order...

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 28, 2010 10:17 pm
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

darkid wrote:

now how to order the pages? maybe numerical order...

I don't understand; this stage should be completed exactly as I've just said, there's no ordering of pages or anything tongue

May 28, 2010 11:23 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

well yeah, but where do i put the little flashing number in the image? it said refer to the list...

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 29, 2010 1:33 am
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

"this doesn't go there. look back at the list."

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 29, 2010 1:35 am
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

darkid wrote:

"this doesn't go there. look back at the list."

Ahh, I see. Read back over the phrases in the list, the flashing code goes into a URL, you just have to work out what URL.

May 29, 2010 11:49 am
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

oh. Crud.
not rishim.*u***e*.com/33a8ds?
fine.

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 29, 2010 2:35 pm

Dsimowitz@live.com

Urchin

2 posts

wtf just got a picture of a creepy guy. Now what?

May 29, 2010 11:48 pm

Dsimowitz@live.com

Urchin

2 posts

now I put in the text and got a long list of random #'s and letters

May 29, 2010 11:49 pm
darkid

darkid

Automaton Tech

419 posts

well that's good.
Have you ever heard of Base64 code? maybe it works there...

where'd you put the text? www.web.me.com/rishim/*********?

“Excuse me, I need to soak my brain in acid now.”
“I took Craft Disturbing Mental Image as my feat last level.”
“Maybe my ears, too.”
—Order of the Stick

May 30, 2010 1:26 am
rishim

rishim

Automaton Tech

from Gloucester
448 posts

darkid wrote:

well that's good.
Have you ever heard of Base64 code? maybe it works there...

where'd you put the text? www.web.me.com/rishim/*********?

Like I said, just re-read the phrases in the list, they give a huge hint as to where the code from the image goes smile

May 30, 2010 6:09 pm

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