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    Quite charming story of how interesting and, frankly, fun it can be to do some very sketchy stuff. Though the author missed a golden opportunity to use Chicken Scheme for this.

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      Not gonna lie: I clicked on it specifically because I thought it was going to be about Chicken Scheme. But I wasn’t disappointed.

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        Quite charming story of how interesting and, frankly, fun it can be to do some very sketchy stuff.

        It sounds like you might have a couple stories to tell. Have the statute of limitations expired? Always enjoy a good story. :)

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          Not in a loooooong time, and nothing half as interesting as this. Teaching myself how to make boot disks and tinker with OS guts by hacking school lab computers is pretty mundane.

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        It amazing how much math and various algorithms the author used to get some goods from an online promotion. I actually learned from this about a couple of approaches (pHash for one).

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          This reminds me of when a website that sold custom mousepads and other things was doing a promotion where you’d get a code worth 1$ when making a purchase, but it was only usable by somebody else. They also had a promotion where custom mousepads cost 1$ for every new account.

          It was very easy to start a chain where you’d use a code to get a mousepad for free and get another code back that somebody else could use, and only the first person in the chain had to pay. They limited this offer based on IP but you’d still get a chance to get around it if you used Tor. Me and a few friends got some free mousepads that way and I’m still using one of them.