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The first ever Olympiad of Misguided Geeks contest at Worse Than Failure (or OMGWTF for short) is a new kind of programming contest. Readers are invited to be creative with devising a calculator with the craziest code they can write. One lucky and potentially insane winner will get either a brand new MacBook Pro or comparable Sony VAIO laptop.

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Entry #100318: Roman Calculator

by Gregor X Stocks
The new Roman Calculator from Proprietech. Unlike some unreliable, insecure calculator applications, the Roman Calculator uses a proprietary, yet portable, roman-numeral based format for internal representations of numbers. This means that hackers can't steal your valuable numbers, but you can still share them across machines.

Not only that, the Roman Calculator is nowhere near as slow as traditional roman-numeral based calculator applications. The secret is in the proprietary "length" attribute of the C-style string.

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