• BradC (cs)

    Whew! Been leaning on my F5 key all day! Congrats, Stephen!!!!

    Not my pick, but when 2 out of 3 programming nerds agree, who can argue with that??

    (... he says casually as every subsequent post proceeds to disagree... :)

  • Welbog (cs)

    :'( I didn't even get a mention...

    Congratulations to the winners!

  • Cyrus (unregistered)

    My pick actually won...does this make me in line with 2/3 of the geek population?

  • (unregistered) (unregistered)

    Can we see judges' comments for all the finalists? There's got to be some awesome snarkiness in there!

  • stupid old me (unregistered)

    Any chance that Mr. 156.34.232.142 is actually a lot of people through a NAT'd connection?

  • Welbog (cs) in reply to stupid old me

    Actually, I think that's my friend. I wrote on my blog "vote early, vote once, vote often" as a joke and he took me a bit too seriously. He told me this morning that he voted for me lots and lots of times. Sorry about that...

  • Charles Nadolski (cs)

    I'd like to thank everybody involved for putting effort into this competition. It was a lot of fun participating, your writeups are absolutely hilarious. (Heh, I was least favorite in the online poll :) - Rube Goldberg's calculator). I'm looking forward to putting in some more evil code into the next contest!

    PS: do finalists still get a WTF sticker? PPS: will the winner's laptop get all the calculator submissions installed by default?

  • BradC (cs) in reply to Charles Nadolski
    Charles Nadolski:
    PS: do finalists still get a WTF sticker? PPS: will the winner's laptop get all the calculator submissions installed by default?
    Randomly selected when you click on the Calculator app. :)
  • Mark (unregistered)

    You know, Ugly Betty really is not all that ugly.

  • Djigy lrgy (unregistered)
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  • danfiru (cs)

    tenth

  • rbowes (cs) in reply to danfiru

    So when do we find out that the winner is an actual real rotting codebase from 1995?

  • Mike (unregistered)

    So... who's getting barbecue?

  • Daniel Lehmann (unregistered)

    The real WTF is the first entry won. They only looked at that one I think

  • capnPedro (cs) in reply to Daniel Lehmann
    Daniel Lehmann:
    The real WTF is the first entry won. They only looked at that one I think
    The first finalist, not the first entry!
  • Dennis Ferron (unregistered)

    Drat! Now I'll have to buy my own MacBook, instead of getting one for free.

    Am I the only person who goes around looking for contests to enter when they want something, instead of paying for things honestly?

  • IMil (cs) in reply to Dennis Ferron
    Dennis Ferron:
    Drat! Now I'll have to buy my own MacBook, instead of getting one for free.

    Am I the only person who goes around looking for contests to enter when they want something, instead of paying for things honestly?

    Well, the prize did stimulate me a bit. A pity that judges' conception of WTF differed from users' :) Anyhow, on the 1 to 10 scale of code elegance my entry would make around -100, so no big surprise.

    PS: I don't even know who the hell is Ugly Betty and not sure that I want to learn it.

  • Devil N (cs) in reply to Dennis Ferron
    Dennis Ferron:
    Am I the only person who goes around looking for contests to enter when they want something, instead of paying for things honestly?
    Well, I sometimes do that, sort of, yeah. I did win an Xbox 360 that way though, so it does work.
  • shinobu (cs)

    My entry didn't even made it to the list of valid entries. Maybe I should have checked it within netbsd too. Shame on me.

  • NiceWTF (unregistered)

    So, can we see a low-res picture, taken on a wooden table, of a printed version of the high-quality OMGWTF trophee JPEG?

  • Tom (unregistered)

    Where did this extra T spring from? OMGTWTF

  • Oliver Klozoff (cs) in reply to IMil
    IMil:
    Dennis Ferron:
    Drat! Now I'll have to buy my own MacBook, instead of getting one for free.

    Am I the only person who goes around looking for contests to enter when they want something, instead of paying for things honestly?

    Well, the prize did stimulate me a bit. A pity that judges' conception of WTF differed from users' :) Anyhow, on the 1 to 10 scale of code elegance my entry would make around -100, so no big surprise.

    PS: I don't even know who the hell is Ugly Betty and not sure that I want to learn it.

    It would seem to me, based on the winning entry, that being extremely unelegant would have helped you :-)

  • NeoMojo (unregistered) in reply to Tom
    Tom:
    Where did this extra T spring from? OMGTWTF

    I've been wondering the same thing.

    Congrats to guy who writes the most WTFed code :D

  • KattMan (cs) in reply to NeoMojo
    Tom:
    Where did this extra T spring from? OMGTWTF

    I think Alex double encoded it.

    OMGWTF = Oh My God What The F*** OMGWTF = Olympiad of Misguided Geeks at Worse Than Failure

    OMGTWTF = Actually reverting back to the original... Oh My God The What The F*** Winner

    So Alex does this mean we are going to get the name of the site changed back?

  • Kamil (unregistered)

    Damn shame that goplatcalc didn't make it... it was a thing of beauty.

    captcha: alarm

    Yes, yes I was alarmed by some of the code I saw in the competition.

  • a fan (unregistered) in reply to KattMan
    1. Congratulations to the winner!

    2. I already have a new laptop - can you please post the hi-res jpeg so we can use it as our new wallpaper?

  • Pol (unregistered)

    which calculator did they use to tot up the votes?

  • lgg_ (unregistered)
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  • mr_ed (cs) in reply to IMil
    IMil:
    PS: I don't even know who the hell is Ugly Betty and not sure that I want to learn it.

    Follow this link to see Ugly Betty.

  • themagni (cs)

    Congratulations.

    The finalists truly created works of art. In a way, I'm glad that my entry didn't really stand a chance against what I saw here. ;)

    Good work. Enjoy your new laptop.

  • joomama (unregistered) in reply to stupid old me
    stupid old me:
    Any chance that Mr. 156.34.232.142 is actually a lot of people through a NAT'd connection?
    Yeah, the real WTF is that someone would assume that a duplicate IP is one computer. That could have been all the votes from my university! I insist those votes be counted unless the MAC addresses fail to differ (yes you can fake or change your mac pretty easily, but who would go through that much effort for a little contest?).
  • rjnewton (cs) in reply to lgg_
    lgg_:
    You can even see 'Mr. 156.34.232.142's garden if you go to

    http://156.34.232.142

    So no, I DON'T think it was lots of users coming through one gateway :P

    Oh, really? I've been trying off and on over the course of the day since I saw your post, and so far, all I get is a hanging connection that seems to be waiting eternally for content. A hand-hacked Web server, perhaps? It could be that the wireless gateway I've been going through doesn't like raw IP requests, so I will try later through a different connection.

  • Anonymous Geek (unregistered)

    The real WTF is that the poll only comes up to 94.15%

  • AC (unregistered) in reply to Anonymous Geek
    Anonymous Geek:
    The real WTF is that the poll only comes up to 94.15%

    Maybe you shouldn't have written all those awful calculators then

  • Heinz Gorgon (unregistered)

    What? Do I understand correctly? Did Alex actually apply plurality voting (a.k.a first past the post) to decide the winner? That IS wtf! Why, that's an election method so stupid that they even us it in US presidental elections! (actually, they have added another layer of stupidity there, with the electoral college and all)

    Any geek worth his salt uses a Condorcet method or Approval voting!

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  • Carrie (unregistered)

    Phew. I'm safe.

    Three months ago I wrote my very first Java app - a simple calculator. I discovered that everyone else in the class used a completely different approach (based around split(..)) to me (lots of indexOf(..) and substring(..) and not a single array anywhere). But having recently revisited that little project and implemented a couple of missing features like handling of negative numbers that both works and isn't a horrible, horrible hack, I was pretty pleased with it.

    Then I found this and had a horrible panic that the winner would look just like mine.

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