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posted by janrinok on Thursday May 08 2014, @02:47AM   Printer-friendly
from the it-was-only-a-matter-of-time dept.

A replica of Denmark in Minecraft, which was reported here, has been vandalised with some areas blown up and flags of the United States created.

Only a small area was destroyed and the flags appeared near the starting point, which points to just attention seeking as opposed to a virtual liberation attempt. Other players have cleaned up the damage, replacing it with green grass and flowers.

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1:1 Model of Denmark in Minecraft 9 comments

The Danish Geodata Agency (Geodatastyrelsen), a part of The Danish Ministry of the Environment, has created a 1:1 model (English) of Denmark in Minecraft (English via Google Translate link) based on their publicly available data of Denmark, such as elevation models and data about roads and buildings. There is a YouTube video.

A coordinate system has been introduced so you can find your way around or locate and visit a specific place. From what I have read so far, it's not clear how you go from latitude and longitude to that coordinate system. It's 1TB of data, so I'm not going to download it just to try it out. If you're looking for places to visit, "The Little Mermaid" should be at 55.692867° N 12.599258° E and Kronborg Castle should be at 56.039036° N 12.621156° E.

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  • (Score: 1) by Preston on Thursday May 08 2014, @04:27AM

    by Preston (4) on Thursday May 08 2014, @04:27AM (#40810)

    So they just hosted a wide open public server with write access? What did they expect to happen?

    Also, don't minecraft servers take up a lot of system resources? How much money was put into hosting this thing?

    I figured they'd just put a map file up for download and then let people host their own private servers...

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by c0lo on Thursday May 08 2014, @05:23AM

      by c0lo (156) on Thursday May 08 2014, @05:23AM (#40818) Journal

      Also, don't minecraft servers take up a lot of system resources? How much money was put into hosting this thing?

      What some would see at cost, others [soylentnews.org] would consider investment [soylentnews.org].

      Consequently, the Ministry of the Environment, which oversees the Danish Geodata Agency, has made the Minecraft map available to everyone and is encouraging schools to use it in their teaching.

      If you choose to see it this way, organizing a "cloud" to be shared by many schools may be a better investment than asking each school to install their own server and pay for someone to maintain it

      Granted, the implementation of server access control may be a bit naive (as in who would be a heartless vandal to disrupt a resource we are using in educating kids), but I still see nothing potentially wrong with the idea of running a central site.

      Other players have cleaned up the damage, replacing it with green grass and flowers.

      Even this incident seems to be useful for teaching some ethical/moral/pragmatic values - as in "you don't need waste your time in being a vengeful bastard if all it takes is to plant some flowers" (with a caveat [sourceforge.net] on what may happen if you choose the revenge path)

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    • (Score: 2) by lhsi on Thursday May 08 2014, @07:22AM

      by lhsi (711) on Thursday May 08 2014, @07:22AM (#40836) Journal

      They have the map file available for download as well as having it on a public server. I think it is from here as it was linked from the BBC article, but I can't read Danish: http://download.kortforsyningen.dk/content/danmark s-frie-geodata-i-minecraftverden [kortforsyningen.dk]

    • (Score: 2) by wantkitteh on Thursday May 08 2014, @08:55AM

      by wantkitteh (3362) on Thursday May 08 2014, @08:55AM (#40849) Homepage Journal

      Wow, hosting a service that anyone can go on and write what they like, how stupid could they be! *scoff*

      Ohhhhh wait... ;)

      Vanilla Minecraft is pretty light on CPU and RAM, but the unithreaded world update routine doesn't help at all. The real implementation problem is bandwidth, although 3D-defined chunks instead of 2D ones would have made a big difference there.

    • (Score: 2) by Hairyfeet on Thursday May 08 2014, @03:54PM

      by Hairyfeet (75) <{bassbeast1968} {at} {gmail.com}> on Thursday May 08 2014, @03:54PM (#40939) Journal

      Exactly as we saw with the boneheaded "I heart NYPD" publicity campaign you can't just throw a thing out there wide open with zero moderation or thought without the jokers finding a way to get their LULZ. Honestly they are lucky all they did was a little trashing, I have seen trolls do everything from putting Nazi symbols all over everything to putting malware in open systems to that one extra scummy troll on Slashdot a few years back that thought it was hilarious to do rickrolls with CP.

      If there is one thing we should all know by now its that ANY thing left wide open on the net WILL be vandalized, the only question is to what extent. This is why we can't have nice things, you throw a little party and say everyone is invited only to have a bunch of douchebags show up, shit in the punchbowl and make off with the silverware.

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by aristarchus on Thursday May 08 2014, @06:28AM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday May 08 2014, @06:28AM (#40828) Journal

    Are you telling me something is rotten in the state of Denmark? What behoove a prince to mine such craft, rather to take aim against a storm of troubles, and by so doing, die at the end, good night, sweet prince. Tip unbated and envenomed. (my favorite line!)

    • (Score: 2) by Vanderhoth on Thursday May 08 2014, @10:32AM

      by Vanderhoth (61) on Thursday May 08 2014, @10:32AM (#40857)

      Dude! At least say "spoiler alert!" if you're going to give away how the play ends!

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  • (Score: 2) by nitehawk214 on Thursday May 08 2014, @03:08PM

    by nitehawk214 (1304) on Thursday May 08 2014, @03:08PM (#40923)

    Someone kicked over a structure someone built on a beach... someone blew up my station in Eve Online.

    I fail to see why this is significant or news, or even terribly interesting.

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    "Don't you ever miss the days when you used to be nostalgic?" -Loiosh
    • (Score: 2) by computersareevil on Thursday May 08 2014, @04:37PM

      by computersareevil (749) on Thursday May 08 2014, @04:37PM (#40948)

      Agreed. Editors, if there is no useful news, please do not fill the front page with useless fluff like this. Let's keep the story quality high here on SN. Thank you.

      • (Score: 2) by lhsi on Thursday May 08 2014, @06:03PM

        by lhsi (711) on Thursday May 08 2014, @06:03PM (#40977) Journal

        How many high quality stories have you submitted today?

        Out of interest, what are the top couple of stories you have seen on SN in the last week or so? I'll see if I can keep an extra eye out for ones like it.

  • (Score: 1) by LoRdTAW on Thursday May 08 2014, @04:05PM

    by LoRdTAW (3755) on Thursday May 08 2014, @04:05PM (#40942) Journal

    This looks to be a false flag operation carried out by the Russians in retaliation of US sanctions over Crimea. My bet is they are trying to disrupt US and Danish relations to distract them. Meanwhile the Russians are busy emptying the caverns of precious lapis lazuli, redstone, emerald, gold and diamond ores. Its a Russian invasion without a single shot fired.