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Originally posted by Infra_red
What should I be searching for? Strange mod posts or something like that?
Originally posted by torbjon
a) PLEASE don’t read anything negative into my ‘tone’, okay? ‘cause it ain’t there… my wife is in the hospital, been there for a week and ain’t comin’ home soon…. stress stress stress *sighs* So if I seem short, rude, snotty, snooty, itchy, arrogant or sphincter-like, I am indeed ALL of those things but it has Nothing to do with You personally, this game, or ATS in general, okay? thanks!
b) ALL the .jpg images have the word “Ducky” encoded in them… like this:
I doubt it means anything other than that’s the workstation the pictures were Photoshopped on or some other totally mundane thing like that…
.jpg images are numbered 0-8 and 31-39 (ie. 31.jpg, 32.jpg, 33.jpg etc.)
31-38 are the spiral galaxy image, which changes RANDOMLY every time you refresh the page.
c) the ‘homepage’ for alltheufoanswers is NOT an HTML document, it is a PHP script… (try typing in index.cgi, you’ll get a page not found, then try index.php , presto.)
(if you understand cgi/php stuff, skip the next section)
(For those of you who don’t know about scripts, they are the programs that process information on the web… like when you come here to AtS and type stuff in the box and click on the SUBMIT button? That information you typed is sent to a Script, which processes it (your post) and then generates a new web page (with your post on it) Scripts are everywhere these days… online shopping, forums, give us your email address, etc. You do NOT need a SUBMIT button to have a script do stuff. A script can be programmed to do stuff automatically, like, every time a visitor hits the pages (or reloads/refreshes the page) a ‘random’ image/text/mp3/midi or whatever can be pulled from a database, wrapped in the appropriate html tags, and sent back to your browser as a ‘web page’.
When your browser surfs the internet, it carries a lot of data along with it, things like “HI, I’m a Netscape Browser version number 4.7, I understand these languages, I have these plugins, etc. etc.” One of the bits of data it carries with it is Where it just came from… “I just came from ATS, I just came from Bobs House of Porn, I just came from a bookmark, etc.” Knowing where folks came from can be pretty cool, a script can look at that and say “okay, all you folks that came from ATS, I’m going to build you a web page with All The Answers on it, all you folks that came from Bobs House Of Porn, I’m going to build you a web page full of leather and latex goods, and all you folks that came from bookmarks, I’m going to build you something ‘special’ etc. etc. When we type our “answers.html” into the URL line, that becomes Where we just came from, the script is looking at Where we just came from and comparing it to a list in a database. If where we came from is in the database, the script generates a web page based upon where in that database our answer is… “oh” says the script, “rendlesham.html is in my database, but it is not the first item in the database, it is number blah de blah, so this is what I do when that happens, I say ‘your response is not correct’, then I say ‘your mission is active’ then I print out a 48 hour countdown clock… oh ya, I also shove a buncha cookies onto their computer so I can keep track of what all the silly humans are doing”)
d) I’m willing to wager that all the “answers.html” are already listed in the database, the scripts have been written and tested, all the needed clues are already out there, and the Three Amigos (after many many hours of hard work) are now sitting back and watching us bash our brains out.. I can’t imagine that, what with all the Normal crazy crap they have to put up with each and every day that they would create a game that Requires a lot of human (administrative) interaction.
e) I’m probably dead wrong about everything I just typed.
f) Thank you all (but especially the staff and management of ATS) for helping me to take my mind off of my woes for the past hour… you can’t imagine how helpful this has been.
and, as always,
(Addendum: This thread was on page 22 when I started typing this, forgive me for being so slow and redundant)
Originally posted by antipigopolist
How, Her Majesty's Fliers Reach the Stars
[edit on 6-8-2006 by antipigopolist]
How, Her Majesty's Fliers Reach the Stars