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PRNG-predicting bot ascends in Nethack in 7 minutes 15 seconds
This is a really amazing hack!
So, we could now go from starting inventory to RNG-seed in no time, but we still had to ascend. While we could write a simple “wish”-bot, get +127 Magicbane and then ascend by hand from there, achieving both fastest realtime and lowest turn count in the same game would not be easy.

First idea was to start a NAO game, fetch the seed, then saving and perfecting the seed offline. It was quickly ruled out though as the game is reseeded each time it is started (i.e. when you load your game).

Loooong story short, we wrote a bot. You had to play the first turns (offline) and move her to a non-magic fountain located next to a wall. If you died, no big deal, just retry on the same seed. This is why SWAGGINZZZ stood still for 6 minutes, we had absolutely horrible RNG when trying to get the specific fountain needed on dlvl2.

The fountain is required for wishes. The wall is required to be able to offset the random state without advancing the game state – every time the character attempts to walk into a wall, it calls random() without wasting any in-game time. From the fountain, the bot ascends completely on her own.
nethack  random  prng  games  hacks  cheats  nao  amazing 
january 2019 by jm
Donald Rumsfeld wrote the best memo ever: "Issues w/Various Countries"
Paraphrasing: "I have made a massive mess of US foreign policy and the whole world is falling apart. Have you fixed it for me yet?"

Right in the middle of the biggest Middle Eastern shitstorm ever created, April 7, 2003. Heck of a job, Rummie
donald-rumsfeld  inept  gobshites  korea  pakistan  issues  world-politics  funny  facepalm  george-w-bush  iraq  syria  libya  amazing 
april 2016 by jm
SNES Code Injection -- Flappy Bird in Super Mario World
hand-injecting an entirely different game into Super Mario World on the SNES by exploiting buffer overflows BY HAND. this is legendary behaviour
games  hacks  exploits  buffer-overflow  snes  code-injection  amazing  flappy-bird  seth-bling  video  youtube 
march 2016 by jm
This tree produces 40 different types of fruit
An art professor from Syracuse University in the US, Van Aken grew up on a family farm before pursuing a career as an artist, and has combined his knowledge of the two to develop his incredible Tree of 40 Fruit. 
In 2008, Van Aken learned that an orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station was about to be shut down due to a lack of funding. This single orchard grew a great number of heirloom, antique, and native varieties of stone fruit, and some of these were 150 to 200 years old. To lose this orchard would render many of these rare and old varieties of fruit extinct, so to preserve them, Van Aken bought the orchard, and spent the following years figuring out how to graft parts of the trees onto a single fruit tree. [...]
Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit looks like a normal tree for most of the year, but in spring it reveals a stunning patchwork of pink, white, red and purple blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months, all of which are rare and unique varieties. 
fruit  art  amazing  food  agriculture  grafting  orchards  sam-van-aken  farming 
july 2014 by jm
Javascript PC Emulator
truly incredible -- quite fast (about 386 speeds) under Chrome, even! from the HN comments: 'I just forkbombed my browser. Nothing is sacred anymore.' more comments at http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2555349
browser  javascript  linux  emulation  fabrice-bellard  hacks  amazing  cool  google-chrome  x86 
may 2011 by jm
Auto-appendectomy in the Antarctic: case report -- Rogozov and Bermel 339: b4965 -- BMJ
holy shit. This is absolutely amazing, a first-person account of auto-appendectomy (via infovore)
history  science  russian  medicine  antarctica  medical  amazing  appendectomy  surgery  from delicious
january 2010 by jm

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