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CodeCombat Needs Your Help

It’s hard to describe how much fun building CodeCombat has been for us. We’ve been working on this since February, and seeing it come together and showing it to others and receiving all this encouragement in the past week has boosted our happiness and energy sky-high. I personally can barely sleep at this point; I have to run around Berkeley just to temper the giddiness.

There are many people and organizations to thank, but one group in particular we have to thank is the open source community. The resources available for us to build upon are truly awesome. It’s a genie with infinite wishes; if we want a library or piece of software for one purpose or another, most often it’s just there on GitHub. And then there’s Stack Overflow, practically an oracle with millions of answers to tricky programming problems at the ready. Would that all the pieces and knowledge required for any labor of love be so accessible.

We want CodeCombat to be a part of that.

With any luck, this site will become much more than just a game for people to play. We want people involved and owning it at every level, from building campaigns to personally helping teach each other concepts to playing with and against one another to building the site itself. That’s a big challenge, and we can’t and don’t want to do it alone. CodeCombat should be about the programming community itself and how much fun it is to be part of it.

Dear Mr. Branson

On The Thoughtful Young Djedi from Bermuda

In my life I could not fathom going a day without the internet and consequently I have had nothing but admiration and gratitude for companies likes Virgin Media who have offered no less than the highest quality of speed and value for the internet. In the increasing technological era that we find ourselves in, internet has been at the forefront of all mediums changing the way we live and think about our lives.

As a daily user of the internet I appreciate the valued broadband service your company and others have made accessible. Not only has the internet become faster over the years with the introduction of new technology and software, but it has also become relatively cheaper. This is a classic example of the powers of the market structure as increased supply of internet has lead to increased output and a cheaper price.

In 2006 Virgin Media Inc. became the first “quadruple-play” media organization in the United Kingdom, incorporating together a media service consisting of television, internet, mobile phone and fixed-line telephone services. More specifically, Virgin broadband ranks as the second largest UK internet supplier. Virgin Media’s 3.6 million customers comprise almost 35% of the market share of broadband across the UK.

The CEO of your company, Virgin Media, has recently attacked the principles of net neutrality. I am sure you are most aware of the fundamental principles of network neutrality where a given broadband network is free of restrictions from content, sites, connectivity speed and where communication is not unreasonably degraded by other communication streams. More specifically however is the fact that through net neutrality, any user of the internet is able to access all websites at the same speed whether it is the website of a big corporation or the blog of a small shop owner.

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