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MagneticMonopole



Joined: 07 Nov 2008
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Anyone who would like to talk about the Blizzard challenge?
I sincerely hope it is ok to mention things that do not work. For me, that includes:

- interpreting the black and white pixels as a bit stream of 7-bit or 8-bit ascii characters, be it lsb or msb first, be black "1" and white "0" or vice versa

- xoring the bitmap over itself, with any horizontal, vertical or combined offset (C is so much faster than perl)

- interpreting the 415x329 pixels as 83x47 fields of 5x7 pixels, each of which would present the statically encoded bitmap of a single character. This seems to be not the case, as there are 3901 different bit patterns in the 3901 fields.

- looking hard at the PNG file itself. It seems to be clean. No message in the comment, no additional data after the END chunk, nothing.

- googling "blizzard code", which always returns to cheat codes for world of warcraft.

- superimposing horizontal stripes of 7 or 47 pixels (and vertical stripes of 5 or 83 pixels) and xoring the bits

I am still suspicious of the somewhat unusual image dimensions. 415=5 * 83, 329 = 7 * 47, both products of only two primes. Coincidence? Any other idea about what to do with 5x7 subfields?

This seems to be a rather old challenge (number 56!), so I know you have at least tried.
Pray tell us: Question What did you do? Question
Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:23 pm View user's profile Send private message
gfoot



Joined: 05 Sep 2007
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I tried various stride adjustments as well, to no avail, but I might not have tried hard enough. It's been solved by a good handful of people though so it must be fairly accessible. That said, it took six months before it was solved.
Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:35 pm View user's profile Send private message
Broker



Joined: 28 Oct 2008
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Letīs add one additional try that did no work:

Itīs not an ASCII-Art-Challenge.
Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:48 pm View user's profile Send private message
MerickOWA



Joined: 07 Apr 2008
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This was a pretty fun challenge. Its method of "encryption" is not complicated. Theres no complicated dictionary/key/ or other external information needed.
Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:33 pm View user's profile Send private message
MagneticMonopole



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MerickOWA wrote:
This was a pretty fun challenge. Its method of "encryption" is not complicated. Theres no complicated dictionary/key/ or other external information needed.


Sigh. That is what I feared most.
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:19 pm View user's profile Send private message
gfoot



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I actually solved it last night, finally. Smile Something that was revealing for me was applying randomness tests to the data. Hopefully that's not too specific a hint.
Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:20 pm View user's profile Send private message
teebee



Joined: 10 Nov 2008
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The hints given in this discussion are sufficient as I could determine just now... Smile
Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:41 pm View user's profile Send private message
horst



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Not for me Wink Changing the width/height doesn't seem to be the trick Sad
Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:34 pm View user's profile Send private message
horst



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*bump*
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redcrown



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I tried interpreting groups of ff ff ff or 00 00 00 (it seems like black and white pixels come in groups of 3) in the file when viewed in a hex editor as either 0 or 1 bits but no luck. Any hints?
Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:41 am View user's profile Send private message
Kikifax



Joined: 18 Nov 2008
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Did anyone try the Game of Life?

I'm too lazy to actually try it out,
so I thought I'd post it and see if it gets removed. Twisted Evil
Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:38 pm View user's profile Send private message
ShadowWidow



Joined: 09 Nov 2010
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Its not a Game of Life state.
But nice try Very Happy
Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:48 pm View user's profile Send private message
compudemon



Joined: 13 Aug 2011
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someone hinted there is no key, but if 1=a, 2=b, 3=c ... that is still a key of a sort even if a simple one. the binary data represented by the 2 color image, i double checked there is no 01 or fe intensity colors hiding a faint image Sad though the binary might still make an image of some sort with no key. right now i am looking for 7 bit per character words with a simple direct coding of a=97... so far no luck
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dangermouse



Joined: 05 Jun 2011
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Following gfoot hint i found an asymmetry in the image. Still I can't find how to decode it. Do you know if the whole picture contains data, or if most of the picture is white noise and only a part of it contains the answer?
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meis



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I thought the image could not only be an image, i opened w/ VLC, i converted to a zip, i looked at it in the notepad, maybe in the code of the image there was a "your answer is: blahblahblah"... but nothing...
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