Sunday, May 21, 2006

Student Rant: The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google: Final Challenge

Final Challenge on Google

27 Comments:

Anonymous said...

so who won ?

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the winner will be notified via the phone number provided on May 26.

Dan Dascalescu said...

I have also posted a video of solving the final challenge in ~5 minutes, using macro recording and accelerated playback. You cah finf the video on my blog, http://dandv.blogspot.com, along with some commentary about how I developed the 5-minute solution.

Anonymous said...

Kudos on the technique. I futzed around with something similar but ran out of time. Woulda, coulda, shoulda. You did it. I didn't. Congrats. Hope you win. I seriously doubt they care. If anything you might get a job offer from Google for being so resourceful.

Elizabeth said...

Wow. I had no idea you could even do something like that. I solved mine all "the hard way"-- so I had no chance at winning! That restoration challenge took me for ever, but even if it hadn't I couldn't compete with people who had dummy accounts, and all that other stuff. I'm torn between being kinda pissed off that people "cheated" and glad that there are people out there who have thank kind of knowledge. Maybe next time they should have 2 contests-- a "cheat" and "no-cheat" one?

Anonymous said...

Dan,

I commend you for your ingenuity! Good Luck

Anonymous said...

If google is smart, they are going to check the IP address of all participants and other things to look for cheating, including comparing the performance on the final test to the individual puzzles. If it took someone 2 minutes to do the first of the six sudoku-like puzzles, if that person did it in 30 seconds, he/she cheated.

Anonymous said...

The puzzles did not communicate with tghe google servers at all during the final challenge. Only at the beginning and at the end. So there's no way they could detect a "cheat" of any kind.

It kills me how people want to brand "cheaters" but have no problem with Google and Sony cheating people out of a cryptex. Remember all the people who finished puzzle 24 quickly and didn't get into the finals? How about the fundamental moral problem of a contest designed so that the big winner would probably NOT accept the prize (because of taxes)?

Anyway, I hope everyone concerned about cheating pays attention to what's going on with electronic voting machines in this country. LOL

Anonymous said...

well at least you guys get a cool final challenge. in australia we just had to do the 24 puzzles and then we all went into the draw. i think i would've preferred the second phase with the cryptex. i feel kinda jipped now.

Anonymous said...

so, who is the final winner? anything announced yet?

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Nothing yet. Rumor has it that they're having a hard time getting anyone to accept the grand prize because of the taxes, so they keep moving down the list trying to get someone who wants it.

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I'll take it.

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Nothing yet. Rumor has it that they're having a hard time getting anyone to accept the grand prize because of the taxes, so they keep moving down the list trying to get someone who wants it.

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i have just completed the second book of puzzles and have the little silver box where do i find the other puzzles to give me the code for this box? i dont care about winning i would just like to finish the game.

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