Quick anecdote from 27C3: After an incredibly cool talk
on taking down cell phones via text messages, we wanted to see the next
one in that category, but the lecture hall was hopelessly too full. On the way downstairs, however, we had spotted a sign that
announced a code golf challenge. We decided to do the
easy one. Soon enough, I had a reasonable Python script together:
a,b=' '+' ##'*k+'\n ','# '*~-k+'#\n'
Toby quickly beat me with some Perl that was shorter, but I didn't really mind. We really started to mind when later that evening,
we checked back with the challenge homepage and realized that we had been utterly beaten by our competitors. For almost two hours
we sat at the table, refusing to socialize with our hosts, trying to settle the score. Toby did quite a good job
and managed to pull level - me on the other hand, I was totally lost.
Now, what do you do when you cannot win? You cheat.
I will leave you to enjoy those pictures. Oh yea, and here's my trophy shot.
I kindof hope that we get a bottle of club mate for original thinking rather than a lawsuit. Of course, in the end, Toby
still had the shorter script ... using our little hack, of course.
The admin was very cool about the whole thing and told me he'd fix the problem asap. We got 3 bottles of club mate
since regardless of the cheat, we also had the best legit solutions (out of the people at 27c3). Apart from the fact
that I think club mate tastes like piss, this was a sparkling experience!
*We had to do this more than once without result and some faith in caching. Eventually, our faith was rewarded.