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Cracking the BBC's GCHQ Puzzlebook Challenge, Revisited
02 Jan 2017
image credit: quapona.com … just to show I can code badly in more than one language! This post is a follow up to my smash hit Cracking The BBC’S GCHQ Puzzlebook Challenge With Python I made an abortive attempt to learn Go / Golang last year but never really got anywhere with it. Mainly, I think, because I tried to do too much fancy stuff too soon and got right in over my head, in a morass of package imports and more syntax than I could take on board at once.... [ Read More ]
Cracking the BBC's GCHQ Puzzlebook Challenge With Python
03 Dec 2016
image credit: BBC NOTE: There’s now a follow-up to this post, wherein I recreate this bumbling incompetency in Go /Golang TOC The Challenge 1st Attempt: Pencil and Paper Enter Python Python: Failed Attempt 01 Python: Failed Attempt 02 Python: Success! The Solution The Challenge A week or so ago, to tie in with Radio4’s GCHQ: Minority Report documentary, the BBC published a code-breaking challenge set by GCHQ.... [ Read More ]
A Festive WTF?
30 Dec 2015
With the traditional burnt offerings of Hercules Poirot sadly missing from the BBC’s Christmas schedules this year [at least in the copy of the Radio Times I managed to smuggle through customs], it seemed like we might be left without a Yuletide mystery to keep our ‘leetle grey zells’ active. Or it did –until the folks and me sat down to Christmas dinner at my sister’s house and, in between post-prandial belching and farting, started to work our way through the mountain of Christmas Crackers.... [ Read More ]
This Is the Voice of Your Conscience Speaking...
18 Dec 2013
This morning as I stumbled bleary eyed from the shower, I spotted this tiny piece of paper on the bathroom floor and bent athletically to read it. Even allowing for the apparent ‘txt-speak’ of the ‘U’ it seemed to bear : “Infinity Will Speed You”. “What can it mean?” I thought, stylishly. “Who has carefully cut out this tiny missive and left it here on my bathroom floor? What are they trying to tell me?... [ Read More ]
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