I started with Fortran 66 on OS 370/VM. Despite that language having no data types for anything but numbers (no letters) it could have been written in that by now.
It could be done in a couple of days on force.com. I don't think 70k is unreasonable, but the timeframe is. Using the chief cook's number is also completely useless for our team, since we have 2 pitmasters and split contest registrations between us. Under the new system, our ranking will be wrong all the time. It was just a poor design choice because it makes an assumption (teams have only one head cook) that isn't always true.
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