Instead of hiring an expensive analyst, she thought you'd help her on the basis of friendship - and she offered you the 35 years old PDP-11 gathering dust in her basement to sweeten the deal, if everything goes well.
Beside optimizing business processes, she also opted for advanced quality assurance qualification - auditors are scheduled to arrive in five hours and will have unlimited power to screen any activity in the company. After the auditors put their stamp on the papers, it will be impossible to change any process further.
You enlisted the help of two of your even geekier friends to have a chance at meeting the deadline. You have only five hours to solve as many of the seven deficiencies as possible.
|Task||Scaling||Wrong answer penalty||Delay||Input format|
|A. Cutting back middle management||No||-5 points||60s||text|
|B. Requirements||No||-5 points||60s||text|
|C. Road roller||Yes||-5 points||60s||text|
|D. Octal CNC||No||-5 points||60s||png|
|E. Stack compressor||-||-5 points||60s||text|
|F. Backup communication||No||-5 points||60s||text|
|G. Trains||No||-5 points||60s||wav|
For each task there is a dedicated irc channel for questions: #a, #b, #c, #d, #e, #f, #g.