Its that time of the year again, when WTC (we think code) pay MyBroadband to punt their recruitment drive. Except this year I find it pretty interesting. However before we go into this year's challenge, let's discuss a little about these people:
What We Think Code is?
In my opinion, they are what I would call a "finishing school" for DERIVCO, BBD and other body shops. This is clearly demonstrated on how they discriminate on age i.e. 17-35 year old people only. So basically that excludes a fuck-load of people in my age group who haven't had a chance to study IT, yet we're already fighting our way in the software development space. So basically, as I understand it, you get prepped for a role at one of the body shops, and probably with some kind of paper that doesn't hold nearly as much weight as the bona fide degree one would get from university.
I have actually spoken to them last year, when I was being banned by Spamcaster on MyBB, and while they seem to be a nice bunch, the whole business model is not clear. That is, however, not for me to judge, they obviously make money, but they are obviously trying to create a glut of software developers, pretty much like a glut of bean counters and lawyers. This is not good for any of us who code for a living, we will soon find ourselves being pushed out by these people.
So this year's challenge
In 2017 it appears people are looking for people who can hack. Considering all the crap that went down last year, its not surprising. Their challenge, which resembles the familiar Cicada3301 puzzles, are to be found here.
The challenge is a no-brainer actually, anyone who has even contemplated breaking, or made progress with Cicada3301, will find this a breeze.