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My optimizer uses content-aware inpainting to fill in all the wasted whitespace in the code, repeating the process until it compiles.
Title text: My optimizer uses content-aware inpainting to fill in all the wasted whitespace in the code, repeating the process until it compiles.

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Adobe Photoshop is a commonly used software for image manipulation. One of its features is "content-aware inpainting", which allows the user to delete parts of the image and seamlessly replacing the deleted sections with "patches" of texture from other parts of the image. GNU patch is a software program that replaces only parts of the code with an updated version, without requiring the user to download the entire source code. Here, it appears the author was told to "patch" the code, but used Photoshop to do this instead of GNU patch, with devastating results.

The code apears to be written in Python_(programming_language). A few of the function names that can be recognized are "isPrime" and "quicksort", both commonly used in solving programming contest problems.

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[A screenshot of a part of a code, rendered unreadable due to image editing.]

Protip: If you don't have access to the GNU patch tool, you can use the Photoshop one.


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