Posts categorized under 'rant'
Programming - Paradigms, Satire, and Precedents
December 14, 2013

I’m not normally one to get absorbed into drama or gossip on the internet, but this evening I found myself a bit agitated, but not for the reason you might initially assume.

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Programming as an Essential Skill Set
December 10, 2013

Lately, the internet has been abuzz with the recent “Hour of Code” campaign. For those unaware, this is a campaign that aims to introduce people (largely children), to the world of programming in order to “jump-start their futures”. The campaign features well-renowned programmers such as Ashton Kutcher, Shakira, and Barack Obama. Now I’m not attempting make light of Obama’s apparent bubble sort knowledge, but it just feels far too superficial. Additionally, I’m not necessarily saying that these individuals don’t...

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
June 09, 2013

A few months back, I wrote a [post](http://www.nateshoffner.com/2013/03/a-well-deserved-apology “A Well-Deserved Apology) where I apologized to Mathew Kemp (aka Sniped) from Jagex. I finally felt as though I had some closure. Some peace of mind. Everything changed when the Jagex nation attacked.

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A Well-Deserved Apology
March 02, 2013

Months ago, amidst the chaos and commotion that is IRC, there were constant discussions with Jagex’s community managers Sniped (Mathew Kemp) and SallyTheButcher (Sally Da Costa). Conversation was often heated regarding the Ace of Spades community. This was primarily due to the Jagex community managers waving unwarranted sense of know-all in regards to the game and community based off “experience” from other games/communities. Most of which were dropped months after being launched, so they refused to properly cite said “experience”. Through all the...

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Punkbuster - Busting everybody BUT the Punks
April 03, 2012

Over a span of the last 2-3 months, I’ve had the joy of dealing with one of the most controversial anti-cheat softwares to date - Punkbuster.

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