Mission #18

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  1. dylanamite

    dylanamite Moderator

    Use this thread to discuss Mission 18 of Season 2.
    Feel free to post theories, clues, hints, or anything else, as long as you DO NOT POST THE ANSWER.

    I will keep this thread updated as more gets posted.
     
  2. Datagram

    Datagram Active Agent

    moar missions like this one plz
     
  3. Datagram

    Datagram Active Agent

    Pay close attention to the "what to do" text in the client.

    This part is multi step

    But not in the order you might think?

    What's the structure of the protocol in part 1?

    In other words, what does each bit represent?

    What's been the theme of this entire mission?
     
  4. Aquilas

    Aquilas Senior Agent

    Mission 18 seemed to be the easiest for me only taking 22 minutes. If you wish to follow along here to help you just be aware that I solved them decently fast.

     
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  5. berzerk0

    berzerk0 Active Agent

    Nudgery:

    Mission 18-1: Protocol
    Do you know what a prox card is? I can't say that term is in my vernacular. Make sure you find out about them.

    What do we know about our cards design? What is visible to us in its diagram? Is there something about the cards diagram that seems to make more sense in the context of the written clues?

    Bigger Nudge:
    Our diagram shows the card has little... features on it. These features are arrayed in what doesn't look like a random pattern. What can you find out about these little Bits arrayed out like this?

    Biggest Nudge:
    Is the term 'Bit' short for something? What type of circuit does our card use?
    How many lines are on the card? How many heights are the little heights placed in?

    Mission 18-2: Data Dump
    What, did you think it was going to be as easy as converting the binary into decimal at asci-to-hex.com?
    We didn't just go through the trouble of part 1 for that. What DID we learn about the protocol used?

    Slightly bigger nudge
    Did you figure out how the protocol from Part 1 handles information? If you were trying to translate a string 1's and 0's the same way a card reader that uses that protocol works, what would each bit mean to you?

    Less of a nudge, more of a bit of help for a potentially frustrating misinterpretation:
    In order ensure that data is being handled accurately, many binary information systems use error checking methods. The simplest of these is a parity bit that isn't considered part of the data packet being transmitted but exists to make sure information travels accurately. It is usually found at the beginning or end of a data packet.

    A possible Allegorical In-joke from the Devs in 18-2:
    Do Alice and Smith like to disco where you'll never get the more than three tons of glitter off of you?

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    Mission 18-3: Intrusion

    What key words does our document contain? What technologies or protocols should our device use?

    What are we trying to achieve the ability to do? Are there any devices out there that can achieve all these goals?

    Bigger Nudge
    We want to stay unnoticed and stuck to the device until we have what we need. But we can't stick to the device with adhesive, that'd go noticed. What force can we use to stick to the device without adhesive? Magnets would mess with the cards.

    Final Nudge
    There is a physicist who can tell us about such a Force. James Clerk Maxwell held him in very high regard - insisting "there can be no doubt that" his name "will soon be among the foremost in" the field.
     

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