It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...
derspatchel

great going guys

There are a few cryptic advertising banners hanging in the Harvard Square station. The banners advertise a URL, the domain of which is comprised of "the first 10-digit prime found in consecutive digits of e" and I think that's pretty cool. I kinda figured it'd be to a website for really smart people and you'd be congratulated for being so smart and then maybe sold something just for smart people, or maybe be treated to pictures of puppies, I don't know.

The Boston Globe found out, though. A front-page story today mentions the domain goes to one owned by Google, which is hiring. Anybody smart enough to figure that problem out, they reason, might be smart enough for a shot at Google, and there's even a second puzzle they have to solve in order to get to the final "send in yer resume" site or whatever. Pretty cool, but not as cool as pictures of puppies in my opinion.

Now I won't spoil the whole thing behind that cut -- just who's behind it and why -- but the Globe tells all. It gives the 10-digit number, and more than that, also tells you how to solve the second puzzle as well as the final URL for the, uh, prize.

Way to go, guys. A company's looking to possibly reward smart people and you dilute that terribly by giving every Globe reader the express route to the goodies. As far as spoilers go, that's pretty rank. My only consolation is that it's the Globe what's reporting this. The Herald's readers still wouldn't know what to do with the 10-digit URL, except blame "the Dems", of course.
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