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kresh

kresh

Gearhead

from Asheboro, NC
79 posts

I was playing around with the stuff in the box.zip file and opened up the RFD.pdf file with a hex editor.

I found a reference to an author tag of "Ian Bradford"

pic link:  http://tinyurl.com/2g78gs


So I googled this Ian Bradford and found a musician link.  On this webpage is a link named "Puzzled"

It brings up this puzzle:

pic link:  http://tinyurl.com/yqfjuz


The musician's website is:  http://tinyurl.com/2xb69h

The puzzle addy is:  http://tinyurl.com/yu826u



Is this all a coincidence?

EDIT: Mod fixed up the links for you.  PM us if you need help again, and thanks for the contributions.
Sorry my account is too new to post addresses.  Replace the (DOT) with a . and place the h t t p : / / in front of the tinyurls.

edit:  I focused on the musician because of the guitars in the 2nd mission.

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December 15, 2007 10:49 am
metfuel

metfuel

Tinkerer

from Elmira, NY
16 posts

I cant get the friggin puzzle to come out right. this is frustrating. Of course it is 6 in the morning >:-o  haha

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December 15, 2007 11:17 am
ola_h

ola_h

Tinkerer

from Sweden
10 posts

Nothing happens when you solve the puzzle!

Just a option to play it again!

http://tinyurl.com/2me4bo

EDIT: Mod fixed link.

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December 15, 2007 11:51 am
tbsingleton73

tbsingleton73

Tinkerer

from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
18 posts

I get the same thing. Only the option to try again.

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December 15, 2007 12:05 pm
JPDyson

JPDyson

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I've attempted the puzzle twice, and found it unsolvable. Before you call me stupid, I worked it into the following position to prove that it is in fact unsolvable.

http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb193/jpdyson/nosolution.png

This is a famous puzzle... which cannot be solved.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifteen_pu … een_Puzzle

edit: refreshed, and got one that is in fact solvable. his code for generating the puzzle must not check for unsolvable starting positions (which is about half of the starting positions physically possible).

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December 15, 2007 1:07 pm
AriX

AriX

Automaton Tech

from Pennsylvania
213 posts

My memory is failing me... Do mini heists normally happen during full heists? If not, this probably isn't one.

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December 15, 2007 2:30 pm
metfuel

metfuel

Tinkerer

from Elmira, NY
16 posts

I think that the mini heist kicked off whenever the main one was solved. Also I think they were harder than the regular ones.

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December 15, 2007 2:59 pm
spyker3292

spyker3292

Sky Pirate

from WI
1,728 posts

I don't know... all the Macheist related pages look so nice. But maybe

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December 15, 2007 3:46 pm

wee_ag

Urchin

9 posts

December 15, 2007 4:08 pm
kresh

kresh

Gearhead

from Asheboro, NC
79 posts

I don't know that this is a mini heist.  I was just poking around with a hex editor and thought it strange that I found a name in only this file.

It still could be nothing.

No I am not uploading a silly purple avatar.  Stop PM'ing me about it!

December 15, 2007 5:08 pm
newsdork

newsdork

Sky Pirate

from Tennessee
1,477 posts

I to was able to solve the puzzle...provided an amusing distraction, but nothing to do with MacHeist as far as I can tell. Thanks for fixing the links, mod!

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December 15, 2007 7:01 pm
Nauset

Nauset

Tinkerer

from NYC
11 posts

yeah, pretty sure it's just a puzzle smile

your words keep me where i belong. all strung out in song.

December 15, 2007 7:20 pm
kresh

kresh

Gearhead

from Asheboro, NC
79 posts

Sorry for sending you guys off on a rabbit chase.

Thank you Mods for fixing my links smile  even though it was all to no avail.

No I am not uploading a silly purple avatar.  Stop PM'ing me about it!

December 15, 2007 7:30 pm
step

step

Sky Pirate

from Georgia, US
1,787 posts

That musician's site has apparently been around since 2003 - so yeah, a rabbit trail.  Doesn't mean there's not a MH version Ian out there though...

Whistle while you work.  Patience is key.

December 15, 2007 7:36 pm
kresh

kresh

Gearhead

from Asheboro, NC
79 posts

hehe So should I email Ian Bradford, the musician, and apologize for blowing up his bandwidth by starting this rabbit chase?  I hope everyone that read this thread didn't load his site 10 or 15 times.

Mods:  Can you delete the links in my original post removing the link to this guy's page?

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December 15, 2007 7:41 pm

CP1091

Urchin

5 posts

It also says that that page was last updated in June.. quite awhile ago.

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December 15, 2007 9:13 pm
99

99

Automaton Tech

from lacolhost
115 posts

Old versions of the Macintosh System Software came with that game included on the Apple menu, but it used to have a big Apple logo instead of the numbers.

#include <unistd.h>
#include <netinet/in.h>
void main(){int p=ntohl(0x6E696E65);int q[]={p,ntohl(0x7479),p,0xA};write(1,&q,0x10);}

December 16, 2007 5:51 pm
AriX

AriX

Automaton Tech

from Pennsylvania
213 posts

spyker3292 wrote:

I don't know... all the Macheist related pages look so nice. But maybe

Yeah, really... They're all really cool looking, except for that heist a while back where that guy's website had origami on it and we printed the origami to find the next step or whatever...

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December 16, 2007 7:48 pm
rampancy

rampancy

Moderator

from Denial.
3,889 posts

AriX wrote:
spyker3292 wrote:

I don't know... all the Macheist related pages look so nice. But maybe

Yeah, really... They're all really cool looking, except for that heist a while back where that guy's website had origami on it and we printed the origami to find the next step or whatever...

I don't remember what prizes we got for that one, but I remember that - where we had to make our own paper balloon with the numbers on it for the code to the vault. smile

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December 16, 2007 9:56 pm
kresh

kresh

Gearhead

from Asheboro, NC
79 posts

leondunkleyc wrote:

The other ian bradford site, (ianbradford.com) was posted in  the backroom during mission 2, although I can't remember what it was connected to. Anyway, I checked the internet archive and it's been up since 2002, so another wild goose chase :-)

EDIT: I did a forum search, and it actually turned up after the heist. Ian Bradford, according to the box pdf, is the designer of the distortion field.

That's what struck me funny, why would the inventor of the RDF mentioned in the pdf be the author of the pdf clue.

This was my first step down the rabbit trail

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December 16, 2007 10:30 pm
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