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There seem to be plenty of seemingly unsolvable challenges that, once published openly, are completed successfully in an amazingly short amount of time. Clearly there are still a lot of unsolved mysteries left, but the strategy of publicizing problems as a way to get them solved faster is a fascinating phenomenon. Here are just a few more examples of some challenges that have been made open to the public. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.


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    Jake, Dec 5th, 2011 @ 5:19pm

    Am I the only person here who feels that particular DARPA challenge only really called for an old oil drum with the top cut off and a lit match?

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Dec 5th, 2011 @ 5:38pm

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    yes, DARPA may have inadvertently made it much more difficult to gather intelligence by letting the entire world know that shredders are useless for destroying sensitive information (if someone really wants to reconstruct the chads).

    But if DARPA has any old shredded documents lying around that might be important.. all that evidence will probably be looked at again to see if they contain any more info.

     

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    Falindraun (profile), Dec 5th, 2011 @ 5:48pm

    the code cracking one is done in hexadecimal, but it does not directly translate to any useful on the ASCII table.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2011 @ 6:24pm

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    It's x86 machine code.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2011 @ 6:26pm

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    thegreatsemaj, Dec 5th, 2011 @ 7:04pm

    An even tougher challange

    What about Kryptos? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kryptos

    I guess it could just be old news.

     

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    Atkray (profile), Dec 5th, 2011 @ 8:29pm

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    I hope more people look at this than comment on the daily sites, because that is very funny.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 5th, 2011 @ 8:43pm

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    Yeah, they don't seem to know how to put together a site. If you're really interested, here's the code you put into the first site to get there:

    Pr0t3ct!on#cyber_security@12*12.2011+

     

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    Richard (profile), Dec 6th, 2011 @ 4:57am

    Long history

    This stuff has a long history - during the war the British government recruited codebreakers by setting a competition to solve a crossword in 12 minutes

     

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