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+ - Archive Team Releases URL Shortener Archive->

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Jason Scott
Jason Scott writes "Years after Joshua Schachter's call to arms about the poor thinking and dim future of general-purpose URL shorteners, the Archive Team offshoot URLteam has issued their first release of URL shortener mappings as a torrent. (Direct downloadable versions are located at The Internet Archive as well.) Sadly, the 301works plan of voluntary contribution of mappings to a central repository to ensure access for years to come has not quite worked out, so URLteam is going ahead and getting the job done."
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Google

+ - Google Video Race Against Time Goes Distributed-> 3

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Bottles (1672000) writes "Following Google's announcement to shut down Google Video (previously reported on Slashdot), the Archive Team has inspired a group of volunteers to join together to preserve as much of the content as possible: some 2.5 — 2.8 million videos. In a few short days the effort has evolved from a simple wiki suggesting people band together to download automatically generated lists of video ID's via a crude automated script to a centralised, distributed batch management system which assigns unique video ID's to volunteers' machines for download. The system, developed by Alex Buie in less than 48 hours, is now the recommended way to preserve the content and to avoid duplicate downloads. Watch videos roll in live here thanks to PubNub and read on to find out how you can help.

The clock is ticking to download as much as possible by the 29th of April — before Google throws the switch. Thereafter, Archive.Org has assigned a 140TB buffer for uploads into its 1 petabyte of storage space to house the preserved content. After the cutoff, downloaders can offload their content at their leisure.

The team from around the world, spearheaded and coordinated by Jason Scott, has been working solidly and altruistically. No selection criteria have been applied to the content; the idea is to preserve everything, if possible; however various team members have been working on collating word lists for searches: by concept, year, country etc. In this way they have a growing master list of some 2449000 unique video ID's to be processed of which around 15% are already saved.

You can help out. Please visit the wiki and the #googlegrape irc channel on EFNET, download the scripts and donate a little bandwidth and storage to preserve as much as possible before the cutoff date. There is less than a week left."

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Comment: Hi, Everyone! (Score 2, Interesting) 888

by Jason Scott (#30395814) Attached to: Best Way To Clear Your Name Online?

Just wanted to mention how Slashdot never fails to disappoint.

For the record, textfiles.com has no ads. None. Going to it or not going to it doesn't affect my revenue/income particularly. I don't run that site for money.

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Music

+ - Nerdcore Tour Survives Van Crash, Loses Equipment->

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Jason Scott
Jason Scott writes "The still-growing Nerdcore music scene nearly suffered a Buddy Holly-like tragedy this Tuesday when a van containing MC Frontalot, MC Lars, YT Cracker and their crew skidded out of control and smashed against a guard rail, destroying the trailer containing their gear and merchandise. The photos from the accident are terrifying. In true nerd fashion, YT Cracker turned on his cameraphone and recorded his immediate reactions for Youtube (language NSFW). MC Lars has put the photos up on his Myspace page. The tour is continuing, but minus the tour's keyboardist, who immediately quit. All this as headliner MC Frontalot has released his third album to great acclaim. The tour is continuing on as best it can, but if you've ever been a fan, consider getting to the shows or purchasing some albums for these independent artists to help what will likely be a very expensive recovery."
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Announcements

+ - Jake and the Fat Man appear at American Demoparty-> 1

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Jason Scott
Jason Scott writes "In just a couple weeks, the American demoparty Blockparty is making its second appearance, hosting hundreds of guests and presenting competitions for coders and creatives of all kinds. The guest speakers this year include George "The Fat Man" Sanger, creator of music for decades of videogames from Wing Commander and Loom to Maniac Mansion; and Jake "virt" Kaufman, one of the newest generation of 8-bit music artists. We've also got Jeri Ellsworth (creator of the DTV "Commodore 64 in a Joystick") and a couple dozen others. The whole event is being held in conjunction with Notacon, the art and technology conference now in its 5th year. The vast majority of demoparties are held overseas, so this is a great chance to be a part of a rare stateside one."
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+ - Jimbo Wales gives new meaning to Wikipedia entry

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Gregory Rider
Gregory Rider writes "Jimbo Wales, self-proclaimed "spiritual leader" of Wikipedia, has apparently been involved in an extramarital affair with political commentator Rachel Marsden, according to transcripts obtained by ValleyWag. The biographical article for Marsden has received extraordinarily unusual treatment on Wikipedia, raising questions if this relationship may have influenced what material was published. Danny Wool, former office manager for the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation has come forward and confirmed the allegations, while raising additional questions regarding Jimbo's practices handling expense receipts."
Role Playing (Games)

+ - The Real-Life Colossal Cave->

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Jason Scott
Jason Scott writes "While working on my documentary on text adventure games, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dennis Jerz, who has dedicated part of his scholarly studies to Colossal Cave/ADVENT, the original text adventure. This game is based on an actual cave system in Kentucky (part of the Mammoth Cave system) and Jerz actually traveled to this cave, took photos, and worked on a great paper discussing not only the similarities of the cave system, but the differences in approach to the game between the original creator of Adventure (Will Crowther) who was a caver, and Don Woods, who was not. The paper just got published online and is a great read. It turns out you can't just "xyzzy" your way in..."
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Announcements

+ - Put the Amiga Demoscene in your DVD Player

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Jason Scott
Jason Scott writes "Four years ago, the crew at Hornet put out a collection of PC demos spanning 10 years on a DVD, and called it "Mindcandy". Everyone asked when they'd come out with a DVD of demos for other platforms, and just four short years later, they've announced MindCandy 2: Amiga Demos. It's got 30 Amiga demos rendered on the original hardware, a documentary about how a demoparty is run, and even 5.1 surround remixes of all the music. Additionally, they're sponsoring a rare US demoparty this April called Blockparty. It's a great year for demos!"

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