Cruelty in Transparency

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New Beta Quests

2 votes and 2 comments
Hey guys,&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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I just put out a couple new beta quests. To my knowledge, they don&amp;amp;#039;t give out any rewards yet or do anything else fancy when you finish. But I&amp;amp;#039;d love it if I could get some thoughts on how they look and what I could change.

Hackathon Begins

3 votes and 2 comments
&lt;b&gt;Let it begin!&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Just a few quick reminders before you start trying to get that golden firewall:&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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- The clues will be in the FTP section of the hosts&lt;br /&gt;<br />
- Honor rules: Do &lt;i&gt;not&lt;/i&gt; delete or modify the clues.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
- When you get to the end, don&amp;amp;#039;t forget to PM the pass phrase to me to be listed as a winner&lt;br /&gt;<br />
- I&amp;amp;#039;m not strongly enforcing this one, but please don&amp;amp;#039;t put virsues on these machines.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Well, without further delay, let the race begin!&lt;br /&gt;<br /><br />
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As of 6/4, still no winners.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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As of 6/6, still no winners. If you PM me or leave a comment here, I &lt;i&gt;may&lt;/i&gt; offer a couple hints for specific riddles.

Contest Update

5 votes and 1 comments
I&amp;amp;#039;ve had 5 replies for the contest, so it &lt;i&gt;is&lt;/i&gt; going to happen. So, some details:&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&lt;b&gt;When the contest will start:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
I plan on starting the contest on Sunday in my time zone. If you want to be the first to the starting line, I suggest subscribing so you&amp;amp;#039;ll know when I make the post.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&lt;b&gt;How the game will work:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
I will post an IP on the day of the contest. On that machine will be a file in the FTP section with a riddle/puzzle. The solution to that riddle/puzzle will reveal the next machine. The IP&amp;amp;#039;s of the machines will not be changed until the contest is over.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&lt;b&gt;Rules:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
The only rule is not to delete or alter the FTP file. I know it&amp;amp;#039;s easy to do and you&amp;amp;#039;ll probably buy yourself some time if you do. But I cannot be checking on each of these machines all day to make sure everything is still in place. So by the honor rule, please do not delete the clues. If you do find that the clues have been deleted, send me PM.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Also, I&amp;amp;#039;d &lt;i&gt;really&lt;/i&gt; appreciate it if you guys didn&amp;amp;#039;t load these machines with viruses, but I&amp;amp;#039;m willing to take that risk.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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&lt;b&gt;Prizes:&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
On the last machine, there will be some free software, including a golden firewall. That&amp;amp;#039;s for whoever gets to that machine first. But I would like to post a list of everyone who made it to the end of the maze to give credit to all competitors. So when you reach the end, there will be a file in the FTP section with the password. PM me the password, and I&amp;amp;#039;ll use the time stamp on it to determine what place you came in.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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I hope this will be fun for everyone involved and will add another challenge to TSR.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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P.S. &lt;i&gt;Please&lt;/i&gt; respect the rules. I&amp;amp;#039;m spending ~10k on hosting this event, and if everyone has fun and respects the rules, I&amp;amp;#039;ll be perfectly willing to spend just as much (if not more) to do this again.

A Contest

4 votes and 7 comments
I&amp;amp;#039;m thinking of sponsoring my own little competition, just for the fun of it. The prizes will be a golden firewall, and maybe some other pro-level software.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Participants will have to follow a trail of clues left in NPC machines to find the server with the free software. If you think this would be fun, let me know. If I can get 4-5 people to reply, I&amp;amp;#039;ll set everything for sometime in the next couple weeks.

Software Available

3 votes and 3 comments
Now that the NPC market has been removed, manufacturing software requires a fair amount of skill, time, and money. So to save you the skill and time, I&amp;amp;#039;ve been putting some high-end software on sale in the market. I think everyone should check it out, especially since I stole a fair amount of it from you guys...

Come and get it

3 votes and 1 comments
I have sent an army out into the web, scouring for IP addresses. Upon their return, I will have more computers than I know what to do with...&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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So I&amp;amp;#039;ve decided to share the wealth. When my team comes back, I will publish a new list of IP addresses every day that I come online.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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I hope this stirs some things up. Enjoy!
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