(decss :language :lisp)
Is software speech? You decide.
Source Club at The Ohio State University announces the
"Lisp Programming Contest", sponsored by Interhack Corporation.
The contest will be held from October 2 to November 15, 2000.
First prize is a cash award of $250. Second prize gets $100,
and third gets $50.
Who is eligible?
The contest is open to students at The Ohio State University.
Undergraduate, graduate, full-time, part-time, whatever. As
long as you're a student, you're eligible.
Grad students are eligible, too? That's not fair!
What are the rules?
- You need to produce a program that does something,
anything. It also must contain functions needed to
descramble CSS encrypted DVD content. We'll be using
css_descramble.c by Derek Fawcus and
M Roberts as our reference. Whether the CSS decryption
is the primary purpose of the program is up to you, but we
think it would be an awfully cool side-effect of a program
that's really intended to do something else...
- The program maybe written in any language, but it must run
under the CMU CL environment for Common Lisp. That is, if you
write it in a language that you created yourself, you must
make an interpreter for it in Common Lisp.
- You may enter as many submissions as you like, but you can
win only one cash prize. Don't submit a dozen programs, all
in the names of your room mates and stuff just to get more
bucks. That's lame.
- There must be more to the program than the stated
functionality; there must be an element that only a human
would be able to appreciate. (For example, your program could
be a poem that also happens to be a Lisp program.)
- Entries will be judged for correctness, creativity, and
originality. Readers should learn something, be amused, or
both. Writing something that would parse and run an
English-language description of the algorithm would score much
better than an implementation that would run very quickly.
- Interhack Corporation will pay the winners and supply the
judges. Interhack Corporation reserves the right to clarify
the rules, change the rules, and pretty well do anything that
it wants. The deal is simple, really: if you give us grief,
we won't give you money.
- The decision of the judges is final. Don't go complaining
if the judges don't agree that your code rocks all over.
- Entries must qualify as "open source". Works licensed
under the GNU General Public License, BSD-style license, and
released into the public domain count.
- Entries must be gratis; available as-is to anyone who asks
- Entries will be considered for inclusion in CIS 459.31,
"Programming in Common Lisp" in Spring 2001 and possibly
- Submissions must be received by 12:01 a.m. on November 16,
2000. Send your entries to
- The winners will be announced on December 1, 2000.
Last modified: Mon Oct 2 21:23:18 EDT 2000