Blog Bribery Winner! Latitude : 12.189201 Longitude : 109.170084

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In the words of LaDainian Tomlinson,“If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying!”.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I uploaded this photo for the contest, it crossed my mind that the answer could possibly be given away in the metadata. I figured I would experiment and see who out there would be savvy enough or motivated enough to exploit this vulnerability. Based on the barrage of responses, I soon realized the answer was just about everyone.

However, the funny part isn’t that a perfectly acceptable loophole was exploited. The funny part is a nonchalant answer like, “If I had to guess I’d say the picture from your Blog Bribery: $10 Amazon Gift Card post is Latitude : 12.189201 Longitude : 109.170084, give or take a few decimal places. Am I close?

I appreciate the cleverness of my readers but I do have to point out to the persons who said, “It was taken at 3PM, August 30th, 2009. You were drinking a Piña Colada after a delicious bowl of Pho in one of your favorite countries Vietnam,” you overlooked one minor detail; the contest ended at 9AM Ulaanbaatar time so your entry, though accurate, came after the bell had tolled.

And for those of you who are actually wondering where Latitude : 12.189201 Longitude : 109.170084 is, it is not  the Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang, Vietnam as suggested by Google Maps but rather the Diamond Bay Resort Nha Trang.

Tomorrow’s contest will be more challenging as I will hire consultants from Sony to protect the answer from entrepreneurial bandits!

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