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Kernelpanic wrote 3 months ago 1 point

so far I have enjoyed these puzzles, but I don't have mincraft. I am not happy that I need MC to solve the rest of the puzzles. I don't have MC.

From the image for Transmission 4 we have an ip and port number: 50.112.128.47 25565 which is a minecraft server. no surprise given the minecraft skin found in transmission 3.

From inside the game Major Tom sends some diary mesages (I guess). Someone helpfully posted these. One is: "ex appiars i hazi s{exchih xdi xderh anh joyrxd hexa leni" I solved it as a cryptoquote (simple substituion cipher) but it can also be solved by swapping two of the bits in each ascii letter.

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Sy Bernot wrote 3 months ago null point

Ditto here. I saw a spreadsheet of resistor values and locations and that really got my imagination going....you know what they say about Violet :)
Sounds like its probably a big schematic.
Pics?

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Kernelpanic wrote 3 months ago 2 points

@Sy Bernot: perhaps a schematic of Bob Widlar's u709? as referenced in one of Major Tom's diary/journal entries.

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Hackaday wrote 3 months ago null point

We might be able to help with getting access to the MC. Just send an email to projects-contact@hackaday.com.

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Kernelpanic wrote 3 months ago null point

Once I had access to MC all was forgiven. It was pretty impressive.

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mikeneiderhauser wrote 3 months ago 1 point

We found you!

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gamaral wrote 3 months ago 1 point

text binary to hex with vim, hex to raw binary using xxd, raw binary to qr code using the gimp.

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fl@C@ wrote 3 months ago 1 point

text to ascii to qr and scanned with phone.. :)

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cbaket wrote 4 months ago null point

1- hex to ascii
2- simple notepad++ edit to get the qr

1- I'm floating in a most peculiar way
2- Planet earth is blue and there's nothing i can do

?¿?

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cbaket wrote 4 months ago null point

David Bowie Space oddity

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webkris wrote 4 months ago null point


http://imgur.com/a/Bxvhr

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scott wrote 4 months ago null point

What the original image above is supposed to look like
http://www.absurda.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/destaque-400x416.jpg

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Blue Ice wrote 4 months ago null point

Does anyone here have a pair of Red/Blue 3D glasses?

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x41 wrote 4 months ago null point

i do and i checked. nothing suspicious

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Blue Ice wrote 4 months ago null point

Noticed it was a QR code after a simple highlight in Leafpad. Replaced all 0s with box characters, removed spaces, replaced all 1s with spaces. Scaled image to be square, put in online QR code tester. Nice little puzzle :)

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Deviza wrote 4 months ago null point

Spotted the QR fairly fast (been looking at alot of ASCII art lately). Using VIM removed spaces, turned '0' into 2 spaces and '1' into 2 U+2588 characters. Scanned with QR reader.

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Firefly wrote 4 months ago null point

This puzzle has been driving me CRAZY!
Excel Conditional Formatting to QR Reader

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kline wrote 4 months ago 1 point

##hackaday @ chat.freenode.net :6667

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kline wrote 4 months ago null point

I'm mostly scared that there's a 01 on the badge

surely not >9 transmissions to come!

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tfx2 wrote 4 months ago null point

I'm thinking that the 01 on the badge is linked to the '1.' hidden in the profile picture. I think this is supposed to be a clue / way to verify that we discovered the answer to the current transmission.

Given the number of days before the deadline, and that a new transmission is expected only six days before, we're probably not going to get into the double digits.

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sriram wrote 4 months ago null point

The Javascript file contains the vector 3D animation code from http://threejs.org/

Documentation:
http://threejs.org/docs/
https://threejsdoc.appspot.com/doc/index.html

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Servo wrote 4 months ago null point

so HAD is launching

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sriram wrote 4 months ago null point

Possible keys:
1. I'm floating around here in a most peculiar way
2. Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do

Question: Which algorithm to use?

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richardginus wrote 4 months ago null point

This is a better formatted version of the javascript file:
https://gist.github.com/anonymous/9941966

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Mathieu Stephan wrote 4 months ago null point

qrcode for the win!

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andyhull wrote 4 months ago 1 point

Is there some sort of Red Shift - Blue Shift reference going on here... we have stars shifted by different amounts in the different colour channels, the amount varies across the image...

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sriram wrote 4 months ago null point

I am sure that there is some information hidden (Steganography) in those pixels. But, a PNG file should not show such shifts. I have seen color degradation in BMP images though.

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kline wrote 4 months ago null point

sriram: I don't think the degradation is degradation per se. I think it's both on purpose and the method behind the data encoded in it.

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tfx2 wrote 4 months ago null point

Interesting coincidence, though I don't believe it's related to the ARG. http://russianspacenews.com/kosmos-1242-satellite-to-enter-the-atmosphere-on-april-28-2014/

More information on the Tselina-D ELINT satellites: http://www.astronautix.com/craft/tselinad.htm

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rawe wrote 4 months ago null point

http://static.projects.hackaday.com/images/7723601396308753606.png
Last-Modified:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:32:36 GMT

http://static.projects.hackaday.com/images/6963351396308047173.jpg
Last-Modified:Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:20:49 GMT

so per last-modified this seems to be planned as part of the puzzle ;)

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tfx2 wrote 4 months ago null point

There is definitely information hidden in the profile image. SickSad's modified - original diff (http://i.imgur.com/XGf26kb.png) clearly shows a "1." at the bottom of the diff.

I have a feeling we're going to be seeing a sequence of images that can be ordered by a number embedded in them.

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Milan wrote 4 months ago null point

cool ... the console thing got my nerdy-nerves tingling, and then my OCD kicked in ... and 20 minutes later I'm floating around here in a most peculiar way :)

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rawe wrote 4 months ago null point

the profile image changed (compare the current one to the one linked by /Overwatch/). Imgs are same resolution, plus the new profile image is png (=lossless), maybe substracting the original image and doing some Gimp-voodoo, shifting binary values of the different RGB channels until the original image cancels out etc. etc. will lead to new hints? T-518400 is 8.4.'14, 9AM (CET / GMT + 2:00)

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tfx2 wrote 4 months ago 1 point

Check out SickSad's reply to my post about possible Steganography below. They did some quick diffs on the image.

Good catch on the original JPEG showing up in the "Feed" timeline. That's was a good sanity check that the Awesomer 600x625 image was the source. (md5sums are the same.)

As for T-518400 being 2014-04-08 07:00 UTC (I'm using ISO 8601 and UTC to make it easier for everyone) that's not what I've calculated.

From space.min.js linked in your earlier post, the deadline is 2014-04-28 09:00 UTC. (Javascript is annoyingly zero indexed for months in the method Date.UTC().)

Assuming 518400 is in units of seconds, that converted to days is 6 days. So Ground Control's next transmission will come at 2014-04-22 09:00 UTC which does seem like a rather long time to wait for the next piece of the puzzle.

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Ground Control wrote 4 months ago 3 points

This is ground control.
Tom your transmission was received in the clear.

Crew selection is in progress.
Expect further transmission at T-518400.
Over.

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Tyler Anderson wrote 4 months ago 1 point

Assuming launch is at 0900 UTC April 28 2014, then T-518400s (6 days) is at the same time on April 22.

Just for fun, that’s stardate (MJD) 56775.375 and 56769.375, respectively.

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Austin wrote 4 months ago null point

Opened that java-script file with the hex / binary data, used Photoshop to recreate the QR code then scanned it. Well done, you should have more of these challenges!

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Overwatch wrote 4 months ago 1 point

I saw the terminal output on my tablet between classes today. At the time I only had my tablet, phone, and my school books. I also had 90 minutes and when I saw Block 1 I knew there was a puzzle to be solved. I did not have my laptop or other full computer, but I gave it a try.

(Note: I have 1 link to a map and 3 links to images in the post below. I used the goo.gl to shorten them since the URL is enormous, I was not willing to post an album to my almost completely unused Google+ account, and Google STILL has not added a good way to share an individual image without having to back-door it. If you are uncomfortable with URL shorteners you should not click those links. That is all.)

The "input sources" confused me until I realized they were GPS coordinates. The 3rd input is WAY down the road from the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Science. The 5th coordinate is far enough away that I would consider it simply wrong. Assuming you were trying to give the coordinates to Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope, Zwiggelte, Nederland it should be 52.915341 6.594980. The telescope is over 20km from the coordinates listed. http://goo.gl/5TMBXd

Block 1 was obviously hex. I took the lazy route and pasted it into a converter. David Bowie lyrics. "I'm floating in a most peculiar way"

Block 2 totally threw me. I was looking at it on my tablet so I only saw 15ish rows at a time. I spent the rest of my break trying to figure out what a 25bit binary word could possibly be. It was infuriating me. http://goo.gl/mVDVAs

I transcribed the numbers into my notebook to see if I could manipulate them in any way. I noticed the squares because I was copying it using patterns instead of trying to memorize 25 characters at a time. I was also sitting FAR too close to the notebook because I was sitting in the corner of a hallway. Then I realized I was 5 minutes late for class and in my haste to pack up, I dropped the book on the floor and then I saw it...

A square in 3 corners of a larger square. QR code. http://goo.gl/z2wDiY

My class was canceled anyway so I decided that, since my notebooks are all graph paper, I would just fill the squares while I waited for my last class to start. It took FOREVER to finish it well enough that my phone would scan it. I could have SWORN my bar-code scanner app was able to take an image from my phone as a source instead of REQUIRING the camera. Annoyingly the latest version seems to have removed this feature so I couldn't even play around with the contrast and colors to give the app an easier time. http://goo.gl/SC3cnQ

Eventually I did manage to get it right, and made it here.

The image on this page is a crop (and edit) of a children's book illustrated by Andrew Kolb. The book WAS available for download at some point, but it looks like Kolb never got permission to make it and was forced to take it down. The page now has a few select images, with the lyrics blurred out. I was able to find an article on another site that shows the content of the whole book with clean, high resolution images. http://goo.gl/5KRNcP

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Tyler Anderson wrote 4 months ago null point

Site #5 confused me for a bit too until I found this sign in street view: https://www.google.com/maps/@52.909452,6.871086,3a,72.3y,224.79h,64.15t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sXeJaigkpzUrw9RWgk5eBhg!2e0
Looks like its part of LOFAR (http://www.lofar.org/).

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Azdle wrote 4 months ago 1 point

By far the easiest way, paste the text into a Portable Bitmap format image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netpbm_format

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royeverettnc wrote 4 months ago null point

I took a screenshot of the QR code text and pasted it into GIMP. Gaussian Blur -> Threshold -> Scale to correct size. Online QR code reader.

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e wrote 4 months ago null point

I didn't find you. You found me.

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keithmc wrote 4 months ago null point

All in Notepad. Paste "binary text" into Notepad - noticed QR code markers, replace all 'space' with 'nothing', replace all '1's with '.', replace all '0's with '█' - shoot with reader.

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dalbyman wrote 4 months ago null point

Booom! Found you. Thanks for the ride HaD team!

Google mapped the Longitude & Latitude. Hex converter on the Hex.
A cunning combination of MS Word Find & Replace and Photoshop to get a readable QR code. =D

Images/clues etc here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BP1F_ZVHVHRyz9SvFRM3BEPgH3qqbLgdbvLxKziF91c/edit?usp=sharing

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andyhull wrote 4 months ago null point

Gedit - select 0, replace with space - highlight spaces - snapshot - gimp - select yellow (highlighted) - copy - paste as new image - add white layer - fill yellow layer with black - online qr code decoder.

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andyhull wrote 4 months ago null point

I'm impressed with how quickly some people managed to decode this.. the hex was the easy bit, the co-ordinates were a bit trickier, but the qr code was possibly the most interesting in the sense of how many different ways people figured out what to do with it.

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kamnxt wrote 4 months ago null point

1. copy
2. paste to vim
3. :%s/ //g
4. :%s/0/██/g
5. :%s/1/ /g
6. set terminal colors to black on white
7. scan QR

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mikeneiderhauser wrote 4 months ago null point

Notepad ++ + Excel formatting + snipping tool + qr reader

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ahwagner22 wrote 4 months ago null point

Notepad++ conditional marking.

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Emerica wrote 4 months ago null point

http://pastebin.com/hmPSA2s3
I used php (yar) and gd with a copy of the code as is.

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tfx2 wrote 4 months ago 1 point

Has anyone determined if there is any steganography in the profile image?

It looks like Photoshop was used to convert this image http://theawesomer.com/photos/2011/08/083111_space_oddity_book_4.jpg but I can't determine if the growth in file size is simply due to the image alteration and format conversion. I'm starting to think that I'm chasing a ghost.

Method used to get here: Saved QR data in plain PBM, used IrFanView to negate the image and zoom, cellphone to scan.

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mattrcampbell wrote 4 months ago 1 point

I've tried a few different steno tools with no luck, including one featured in a hackaday article in 2012. Of course, I may not be guessing the correct password.

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SickSad wrote 4 months ago 2 points

For what it's worth here's the photoshop metadata from the png http://pastebin.com/cYqR2g4n and here's the original minus the modified image http://imgur.com/C9Q3myk and the modified minus the original http://i.imgur.com/XGf26kb.png

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orange wrote 4 months ago null point

I coded this up in LISP (DrRacket)

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B5wCUrns9FcJYmR3OVUtRmFhbkE&usp=sharing

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nburn42 wrote 4 months ago null point

Notepad to change the text to a csv, import into a google sheet, conditional formatting

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daniel wrote 4 months ago null point

Excel + Cel phone photo to monitor. Too lazy...

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RunnerPack wrote 4 months ago null point

I thought about adding a PBM header and zooming in, but I just replaced 0's with spaces, 1's with 'W's, PrtScrn'd and cleaned up in PSP...

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TheBestJohn wrote 4 months ago null point

I copy pasted into sublime text, replaces 0's with spaces and 1s with █ on a monotype font... Ta da!

Not scripty but isn't the simplest way the best?

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SickSad wrote 4 months ago null point

#!/usr/bin/env python

from PIL import Image
from PIL import ImageDraw

qr_code = "0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.\
0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.\
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.\
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.\
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.\
0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0.\
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.\
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.\
0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1.\
0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.\
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.\
1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0.\
1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0.\
0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1.\
0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0.\
0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0.\
0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1.\
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1.\
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0.\
0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1.\
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.\
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0.\
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0.\
0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.\
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0"

qr_code = [line.split(' ') for line in qr_code.split('.')]

img = Image.new("RGB",(len(qr_code[0])*10, len(qr_code)*10), "white")
draw = ImageDraw.Draw(img)

for y,row in enumerate(qr_code):
for x,pixel in enumerate(row):
if pixel == '0':
draw.rectangle([(x*10, y*10),(x*10+10, y*10+10)], "black")
img.show()

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scott.reece wrote 4 months ago null point

I threw it on a WPF canvas with C#. Copied original array from the javascript source code (space.min.js).

var lines = new[] {"0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0", "0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0", "0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0", "0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0", "0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0", "0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0", "0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0", "1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1", "0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1", "0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1", "0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0", "1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0", "1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0", "0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1", "0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0", "0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0", "0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1", "1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1", "0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0", "0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1", "0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1", "0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0", "0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0", "0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0", "0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0"};

var y = 0;
foreach (var line in lines.Select(x => x.Replace(" ", "").Trim()))
{
for (int x = 0; x < line.Length; x++)
{
var rect = new Rectangle {Width = 10, Height = 10};
Canvas.SetLeft(rect, x*10);
Canvas.SetTop(rect, y*10);

rect.Fill = line[x] == '0'?Brushes.Black:Brushes.White;
canvas.Children.Add(rect);
}
y++;
}

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load.nikon wrote 4 months ago null point

Excel conditional formatting

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drakesword wrote 4 months ago null point

Javascript + canvas. Replace spaces with nothing. Go line per line, char per char. If the character is '0' then draw a black square at its position.

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drakesword wrote 4 months ago null point

Make a canvas with id can. Make a text area with id input

var ctx = document.getElementById('can').getContext("2d");
var lines = document.getElementById('input').value.replace(/ /g,"").split("\n");
for(y = 0; y < lines.length; y++)
for(x = 0; x < lines[y].length; x++)
{
if(lines[y].charAt(x) == '0')
ctx.fillStyle="black";
else
ctx.fillStyle="white";
ctx.fillRect(x*10,y*10,10,10);
}

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Ahemagain wrote 4 months ago null point

Used binary for QR code in a 25 by 25 PGM file, then inverted the colours and scanned.

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tomaja wrote 4 months ago null point

1) Quick Ctrl+C after selecting binary message
2) Notepad++ set to use Terminal font
3) Replace 1s with space character and 0s with 0xDB
4) Ctrl+MouseWheel until gaps between 0xDB are gone
5) QR scanner :)

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Pac_72 wrote 4 months ago null point

Hi all!
The ASCII was easy, then I moved to the square of bits. It was not an even number of bits, surely not a multiple-of-8 number of bits. While looking at it, I came back to input sources and realized they were coordinates. After Arecibo I put a big smile on my face :-)
Back to the square of bits, when playing with it I saw the QR code. My phone did not recognize it from vi, so I tried to convert it in a bmp by hand ( :-/ ).
I built the bmp header and put the pixel data after it, but the file (produced with xxd) was messed up: I forgot to pad rows of pixel to multiple of 4 :-(
I gave up and searched online for a converter, found http://webspice.eu/ascii2png/ , zoomed in the ASCII square with vi magic power (converting each bit into a square of 10x10 chars), produced the png, edited it a bit with gimp and then, at last, my phone recognized the code.

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psmay wrote 4 months ago null point

Simplified approximation: On the loading page, did ctrl+A ctrl+C fast enough for the redraw not to deselect it. In vim (with light-on-dark text), isolated the QR code, removed all spaces (:%s/ //g), surrounded the box with 1s to provide quiet space, replaced the 0s and 1s with spaces and marks (:%s/0/ /g then :%s/1/█/g), used barcode app on phone.

perl -e 'print chr hex for qw/[insert hex codes here]/; print "\n"' decodes the other message.

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Brandon wrote 4 months ago null point

Text editor + UTF-8 full block character.

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chris wrote 4 months ago null point

I was going to write some code.. but I did this - not sure if actually slower...
paste in to notepad, find & replace 0 = space, 1 = 8
Print Screen into Photoshop
Blur / Levels / Image size = 25 x 25 (Nearest Neighbour) / Invert
Recognised with Android QR app

Thanks for a really fun puzzle!

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dammitcoetzee wrote 4 months ago 1 point

Excel conditional formatting.

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olt wrote 4 months ago null point

‬█ and find and replace.

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gnif wrote 4 months ago null point

Wrote a PHP script to draw the data copied out from the javascript, scaled it up into a size my phone could decode using Google Goggles.

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billyfish96 wrote 4 months ago null point

Wrote a dodge VB script to convert the colours to pixels! Got thrown off at first as I got the colours the wrong way round....

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snikkt wrote 4 months ago null point

The sky is blue, and so is 255, and lo and behold I found a robot with diodes in pain - but it was probably all in vain.

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peter wrote 4 months ago null point

Excel, Conditional formatting!

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erick.cedeno wrote 4 months ago null point

The same way

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snikkt wrote 4 months ago null point

Squinted a bit at the binary and decided it was an image of some sorts. Wrote an xpm file by hand and converted it to png with graphicsmagick. The rest is history ...

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richardginus wrote 4 months ago null point

Thanks for introducing me to that file type! Its awesome!

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Vojtak wrote 4 months ago null point

Python and good old PIL.

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Servo wrote 4 months ago null point

Just gimped it to get here

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Bracken wrote 4 months ago null point

Nice riddle, QR code took some reading, doesn't like being represented as "▇▇" and " " in vi.

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Tof wrote 4 months ago null point

copy/paste, some Perl generating a html, a screenshot and an online qr code reader.

You did a great job!! Awesome April 1st

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rawe wrote 4 months ago null point

copy&pasted from http://hackaday.s3.amazonaws.com/space2/space.min.js to Notepad++: remove spaces and newlines (replace with ""), replace 0 and 1 with a and z, save as ".raw", open with IrfanView as image, increase contrast, save as jpg, upload to some qr-code-interpreter-web-thing. But what is that deadline=Date.UTC(2014,3,28,9,0,0,0) thing?

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Nippey wrote 4 months ago null point

I didn't found out either. Already tried to get into the google-docs thingy, but maybe it is open only after deatline+1month.

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UnFoundBug wrote 4 months ago null point

MS Excel and paint.net to format the thing nicely. This was a fun one!

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UnFoundBug wrote 4 months ago 1 point

Though I did spend a while as my first thought was the 5bit TTY, so much wasted time trying to decode it

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medix wrote 4 months ago null point

Matlab - already had a script written to take binary and convert it to pixels. ;)

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richardginus wrote 4 months ago null point

Libre office! Conditional formatting.

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sriram wrote 4 months ago null point

MS Excel :-)

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DaniCh wrote 4 months ago null point

mspaint

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kline wrote 4 months ago 2 points

The Story So Far:

Hex - Block 1:
"I'm floating in a most peculiar way"

Binary - Block 2:
This page

Input Sources:
18.344167, -66.752778 - Arecibo Observatory
34.078749, -107.618283 - NRAO Very Large Array
43.826167 41.586683 - RATAN-600
50.524722, 6.882778 - Radioteleskop Effelsberg
52.908889, 6.868889 - LOFAR

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dependent wrote 4 months ago null point

Nice place you're living in :)

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tehaxor69 wrote 4 months ago null point

With the QR code.

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Tyler Anderson wrote 4 months ago null point

this

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a.kosovs wrote 4 months ago null point

Nice riddle :)

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Nippey wrote 4 months ago null point

I love jigsaws ;)

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Nippey wrote 4 months ago null point

Effelsberg is quite close to where I live, maybe there's something to find..

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rbn wrote 4 months ago null point

You probably already did this: http://imgur.com/a/U28O2

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rbn wrote 4 months ago null point

"I'm floating in a most peculiar way"

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icanhazadd wrote 4 months ago null point

Ground Control to Major Tom. The gimp ate your QR anyways...

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