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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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  • (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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