Google hid MENSA puzzle in Chrome OS video geek wins Cr48 figuring

first_imgThis morning we posted a marketing video Google had released to promote Chrome OS and the Cr-48 netbook. What we didn’t spot at the time was that Google has been sneaky and hid an equation in plain sight. Of course, one geek did, and set about solving it.A software engineer named Sylvain Zimmer, working at Jamendo, noticed the equation while watching the video. He freeze-framed the video and noted down the whole thing even though some of the characters are quite fuzzy. Then he set about trying to figure it out with fellow geeks at Jamendo.AdChoices广告This was a tough equation, and their first attempt at solving just returned:X = 90091/191605050401140404051920181525 ~= 4.7*10^-27 After spending a full day on the puzzle, and having a few “aha!” moments, Sylvain finally figured it out while travelling home. We’ll let him explain as it’s a bit complicated:I tried to convert the 30 numbers into 4 characters, like all URLs. Didn’t have much luck, I was trying to prepend “00″ at the beginning to have 32 characters, but couldn’t make sense of the resulting sequence “00191605 05040114 04040519 20181525″.That was when I noticed there were far too many zeroes in that sequence, even without the ones I added So I tried different splits, and ended up with “19 16 05 05 04 01 14 04 04 05 19 20 18 15 25″. There, any geek would have known what to do I translated it to letters and got “s p e e d a n d d e s t r o y”. Obviously, at this point my fingers were very shaky but I managed to type in my browser and got to a form telling me that I was the “first to figure out our MENSA-certified puzzle” and would receive a Cr-48. WIN ! Here’s the original video with the equation clear to see (2:24 mark) now you know what to look for:Congratulations to Sylvain, he clearly deserves that Cr-48.Read more at Sylvain Zimmer’s website (Google cache version), via HNlast_img read more

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