Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Test 7: Integrity, Honor, and Honesty Assessment 175

Test 7 is The Integrity, Honor, and Honesty Assessment. Hans, in his latest video, is happy to tell us that we have already completed this most challenging exam. He goes on to explain the who and why of Black Swan. I don't want to spoil it here, so check out the video yourself, or head over to Dharmawantsyou.com. It's not good news for those who cheated though. Hans has a lot of raw data to look over and our results are going to the Dharma Initiative Recruiting Evaluation Panel for review to determine our rolls in the Dharma Initiative's current project. Results will be released AFTER DECEMBER 15th.

There are two groups after Test 7 (as of 11:15 EST); Black Swan and White Swan. CodysMom reports that her "non-cheater" account is in the White Swan group.

Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet. ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

*Thank-you CodysMom for the White Swan image.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Test 6 Email - Recruit Evaluation Panel 154

Hans Van Eeghen has sent a notification about test 6 being available. Read the email contents here

Interestingly the email says that assessment data is being analysed in order to determine which recruits may have exploited confidential information. Recruits found to have benefited illegally from this material will be dealt with appropriately by the Dharma Initiative's Recruit Evaluation Panel.

The email also says the following DharmaWantsYou users have been promoted to instructor status : Bboepple, DanyWho, Ellenh, Iseibert, Lost4evr, Mattabramson, Orangemoonbeam, Sawyer78, Wrinkledogs

*Thanks to Maven for notifying us of the email's arrival.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Test 6: Specialized Department Evaluation 151

Test 6 is up, and in it we are being assessed on our expertise in a specific departmental skill set based on the results of the preceding evaluations. It's a multiple choice exam, only our first attempts will be counted, and you must be logged in to take the test!

There's a cheat for Test 6, posted by Unseenpresence in the comments at Dark UFO.

Click here to see the cheat.
1. Start taking Test 6.
2. As soon as the question comes up, hold down the 'C' button then press right-click.
3. The normal Flash Settings menu will pop up--but with a 'Black Swan' option at the top.
4. Click that option and the correct answer will blink. It works on every question.
(Posted by Unseenpresence at Dark UFO)

There are six groups reported so far: Demeter, Apollo, Ares, Hestia, Poseidon, and Athena, who are six of the Twelve Olympians.

*Thanks to Codysmom for e-mailing about the cheat.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Voices in the Drone 114

This morning when logging on there appears to be extra sounds in the "drone" noise that plays in the background of the DWY site

has provided a sample of the voice. This voice when played backwards appears to be saying: she/cheat, resembles, more, a, right, man, nothing, click, ?? (Inaudable), and, honest, see (C)

has told us that this is a french proverb: "Nothing resembles an honest man more than a cheat"

Listen to the voices:
Listen now:

posted in the comments with a cleaned up and rearranged audio. You can read Olsivia's Russian blog here
Listen to the voices redux:

*UPDATE: At Dark UFO poster Sohini reports getting an e-mail from Hans Van Eegen announcing Promotion to Instructor Status (with an attached ABC release form) . You can view the e-mail HERE .

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Test 5 Email - The end .....? then say Hi to Hans 155

As usual a day after the test is published, Hans has sent an e-mail telling us about test 5, he says that he has "devised a number of particularly challenging questions "

The email also tells us that the recruitment programme will end at 12:00pm (PDT) on October 7th.

(view the email here)

There is a hidden message in the source code for the email on the website version :-

The number in the message is a phone number in the US 1-323-7438573, when you ring it you get through to Hans Van Eeghen's voicemail and you can leave a message for him. Listen to Zort70 leaving a voice mail for Hans below.

Listen now:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Test 5: Numeric Projection Evaluation and a Security Breach 150

A new video announcement with the subject, Security Breach appears on the home page of DWY. In it Hans seems very irritated. He wants to drive home the gravity of his message. He's upset that we've been exposed to cheat codes, and they are investigating the situation. He feels these are per Black Swan and have come from within the Dharma Initative. He urges all recruits to avoid contact with the material Black Swan is releasing. During the video there is a small blinking square in the bottom right hand corner which is Morse code (click below for the translation).

Test 5 is called Numeric Projection Evaluation. In it we need to complete 10 number sequences within 5 minutes. You can skip through if you become stuck but will get a zero for that question.

Sayid'sGirl has told us that someone over at Unifiction has translated the Morse code it gives us a cryptic clue to the cheat :

Click here to read test 5’s cheat hint.

Click here to read test 5’s cheat.

There appear to be two types of sequence, ordinary numerical ones which use standard mathematics.

There are also a sequence, seemingly always in question 7, that seems impossible. This is a Conway Sequence like 31 1311 111321 - you have to say what you see in these sequences -

31 = one 3 and one one = 1311

111321 = Three 1, one three, one two and one one = 31131211

At SpoilerTV, Random_Lostie_01 (LINK HERE) explains how to use the question #7 cheat to score a 100% on Test 5.

There are 6 groups; Chronos, Nyx, Chaos, Aether, Hemera, and Oranos

*Thanks to Sayid'sGirl for e-mailing about the update, and blinking square in the video, and thanks to EmeraldIsLost for posting the SpoilerTV link.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Lost ARGs Podcast #6 - Do Or Die Cast 110

Join hosts David A. Dein and Steve 'The Goog' Guglich as they unlock the latest scoop on the LOST ARG at DharmaWantsYou.com.

Listen now:

Download (right-click, save as)

You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, by clicking the iTunes logo, or searching for "Lost ARGs" in the iTunes store.

If you'd like to be a guest on the podcast, have any theories, or just want to say "Hi!", contact podcast@lostargs.com (mp3 comments are accepted as well), or leave a voice mail or fax at (206) 202-3512.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Test 4 Email - Thinking Outside the Octagon 283

Hans Van Eeghen has sent us another e-mail (view it here) telling us to go on over to DWY and take Test 4. There does not seem to be any hidden messages in the email source, but it does talk about how some of us have enthusiastically embraced the "Recruit Created Assessments" (RCA). It also says that some of us will be eligible for promotion to the position of "Instructor" in the recruitment programme.

*UPDATE: The Lost ARGers quizzes have been updated as of 9/14. You can view them in THIS POST.
Also, check out the latest poll and add which group you're in.
At Dark UFO they have a list of the questions from Test 4 with answers. You can view it HERE.

*Thanks to maven for e-mailing about the email

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Test 4: Tangential Judgment Analysis 131

Hans Van Eegen has been busy e-mailing to tell us to go take test 4 at DWY. You can view the mail here. Earlier today at that link, when trying to view the source code, a log in box would pop up and access was denied. As of now though, you can view the source and no log-in pops up.

Test 4 is another multiple choice quiz, and there is a cheat this time.

Click here to read test 4’s cheat.
The Test 4 cheat seems to be on question 10, if you type Mittelwerk the answer is revealed.
There are also new group placements which are all Titans.

*Thanks to takesavillage for e-mailing about the update, and to Zort70, for e-mailing the cheat, screenshots, and being awesome in general!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New Video and Quiz Creator 189

This morning there's a new video from Hans Van Eegen. In it he tells us that he's developed an opportunity for us to create our own multiple choice exams to challenge our colleagues. By doing this we can earn 50 extra Dharma points per registered user who takes our test, and we'll contribute to our overall results. Also, if our test is of a high enough quality they will consider using it in the recruitment program. Our participation in the final weeks will have a significant influence on our final results. The video prompts us to go to Our Progress page to view details about how to create our own tests. The page also cautions us to submit our tests by September 17th.

Click here to see Lost ARG-ers quizzes.

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At Dark UFO, they have a screencap of a frame from the video which apparently includes a barcode. When read it translates to reiwtletmk which anagrams to Mittelwerk.

*Thanks to ib4uc, inatrancer, emeraldislost, and KingLost for e-mailing, and to Sayid'sGirl for the glitch screencap.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fringe Series Premiere Tonight!

The series premiere of J.J. Abrams' new Sci-Fi Thriller Fringe is tonight at 8:00/7:00 C

Be sure to check out the FringeTelevision.com Episodes section for post-episode discussions, and their Screencaps section for Easter Eggs and hidden clues to the show.

Fringepedia.net - The original FRINGE WikiAlso, be sure to check out the Fringe Wiki Fringepedia.net. Fringepedia.net contains a wealth of information about the latest episode, characters, and "The Pattern". Just like Lostpedia or Wikipedia, any one can join and help contribute to the ultimate Fringe Encylopedia.

Are you planning on watching FRINGE?

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Lost ARGs Podcast #5 - Do Or Die Cast 39

Join hosts David A. Dein and Steve 'The Goog' Guglich as they tackle the last two weeks of the LOST ARG at DharmaWantsYou.com, and along the way they present more bad analogies, and more listener feedback.

Listen now:

Download (right-click, save as)

You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, by clicking the iTunes logo, or searching for "Lost ARGs" in the iTunes store.

If you'd like to be a guest on the podcast, have any theories, or just want to say "Hi!", contact podcast@lostargs.com (mp3 comments are accepted as well), or leave a voice mail or fax at (206) 202-3512.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Test 3 Email 55

Hans Van Eeghen has finally graced us with an e-mail (view it HERE) reminding us to go on over to DWY and take Test 3. It doesn't seem to contain anything of note in the source code, but it does commend our efforts, and mentions that Dharama is compiling Volunteer Assessment Dossiers for release at the end of the program. If you haven't taken Test 3 yet, give it a go, and while your at it vote in our poll in the previous post. Let us know which group you've been assigned to.

*Thanks to Zort70 and KingLost for Emailing.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Test 3: Dexterity and Attentiveness Evaluation 198

Test 3 is up, as well as a Video Announcement from Hans Van Eeghen outlining his pleasure with the testing results thus far. In it he throws out phrases like, "We are not yet half way through", "extremely encouraging", and "stunning" when discussing the progress we've made so far. Also he cautions us to, "Avoid contact with any insights distributed by this Black Swan." The video also contains several glitches and disturbances throughout.

The Dexterity and Attentiveness Evaluation test involves moving a Dharma logo around the screen, while trying to avoid bouncing balls. The longer it goes, the faster the balls move, making it very hard to get a perfect score of 100. Unless of course, you take the help of the Black Swan

Click here to read the "CHEAT" for Test 3
Hidden in the HVE video are the numbers and letters 40 60 B P M.

The "cheat" for test 3 seems to be related to the "40/60 BPM" that is part of the video corruption. In music, this speed is known as Lento. When the test has started, if you type the word lento, the blobs slow down. You can type it as many times as you want until the timer gets to 100.

Another way to cheat is more likely a glitch in Flash, than an actual cheat. Once the game starts, if you right-click the screen, the Flash menu will come up. Then you can left click anywhere else on the screen, and the Dharma logo will instantly move to that spot. While this arguably doesn't make the game any easier to play, if you left-click just outside of the playing field (see below), you Dharma logo can rest safely until the clock runs out.

After taking the test, you will be assigned into one of four groups: Otus, Antaeus, Tityos, or Enceladus - the names of Giants from Greek Mythology.

*Thanks to takes a village for pointing out the video on the home page of DWY, and to Ian for emailing about the cheat.

Click here to see STATIC SCREENSHOTS from the Hans Van Eeghan video