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Comment Multiplayer Minecraft and Bukkit (Score 1) 142

Minecraft is sort-of-fun on its own, but the game really blossoms when you do something like run a Bukkit-based server and get a world or two going, get some of the important plugins going, and invite friends into your world. If it weren't for the Bukkit project I would have been done with Minecraft by the time Beta came out.

My greatest hope is that one day someone will bridge the gap between second-life and Minecraft and will create a game that has the flexibility and user-generated content from second-life with the simplicity and procedural block-based terrain of Minecraft. I want more blocks! I want scripted NPCs! I want Minecraft to be a MUCK!

  • http://bukkit.org/ Bukkit project
  • http://tumblr.preoccupied.net/ Tumblr for our minecraft server

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1, Offtopic) 565

I'm close with you on this. I have believed for a while now that the American Dream is revenge. We love revenge as a society.

Maybe humans love revenge as a species. I don't know, I'm not travelled enough to really speak about other cultures.

But from winning the lotto and quitting your job with a big "fuck you guys" to postal workers going postal, to columbine, to "nuke the entire middle east" and how we treat criminals (we want punishment a lot more than we seem to want rehabilitation), we have a guttural response to everything. We have been hurt, and thus we will seek to hurt. Perhaps we aren't strong enough (money, influence, physical strength, etc) to take our revenge, but some day... some day we'll be the badass who will lay the smack-down.

I'm going to go back to lurking for another year or so now.

Comment Re:Mouse will be dead? (Score 1) 414

I agree, I envision a touch interface desktop to be like a small drafting table. It amuses me that people have a hard time considering this; there are posts and posts above where they only consider the options of either horizontal or vertical, since those are the positions they are currently familiar with.
Data Storage

Best Home Network NAS 802

jammerjam writes "My WD 120GB drive got its MBR scrambled so it no longer mounts in my W*ndoze box (I can recover the data so I know that's intact). But now that's made me realize I need to implement my data backup plan. Scouring the Internet I can't find a reliable resource for home NAS solutions. For every positive review I can find a negative that refutes it. My first choice from what I found starts at $1200...I've got $500. Anyone have a suggestion? I'm not looking for enterprise-level storage here — but I do want reliability."
Space

Explosion at Scaled Composites Kills 2, Injures 4 239

Animats writes "Details are scant at this time, but a explosion at the Scaled Composites rocket test facility has killed two people and seriously injured four more. The Los Angeles Times reports that the explosion was 'ignited by a tank of nitrous oxide.' This is Burt Rutan's facility, and the home of SpaceShip One and Virgin Galactic spacecraft development."
Music

Submission + - DIY preamp comparable to high end studio equipment

fortunato writes: "A user on the Tweak Hardware forums (moniker Owel) has designed a studio quality DIY preamp he calls the SC-1. If you are handy with a soldering iron its a very low cost way for anyone with a home music studio to build a professional quality preamp! Flat response from 10Hz to almost 300kHz (much higher than human hearing). Anyone who does any recording professionally or as a hobby should certainly check this out.

The original forum thread about it with a nice history of its development is here:

http://studio-central.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=45 853

and the new official support forum for it is here:

http://fivefishstudios.com/forum/"
Announcements

Submission + - July 11th, Fairuse Day is here->

ezelkow1 writes: Today is International Fairuse Day. The official story here gives a brief mention of some of the big hitting fairuse topics that have come about this year. A more in depth article at Ars Technica has interviews with the movements founder as well as information from the founder of the United States Pirate Party which is also supporting the event.
From the interview:
As for how to make the best of Fair Use Day, founder Eric Clifford told Ars that users should "enjoy fair use in any way that you can," but he added that "the problem is that the legal ways to exercise fair use is diminishing."

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Music

Submission + - Universal Music Declines new long-term iTunes Deal->

alexmogil writes: "Universal has opted not to sign a long term deal with Apple for digital music distribution. Previously, Universal signed a two year and then a single year extension, but now has opted to decline a new two year deal opting to go month-to-month — potentially allowing Universal to sign new deals with other online vendors, or none at all. Universal is the largest music company and produces one out of every three albums sold in the US."
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The Internet

Submission + - A reprieve for Internet radio?

westlake writes: "In the wake of Internet Radio's Day of Silence, SoundExchange has proposed a temporary $2500 cap on advance payments "per channel/per station." The Digital Music Association responded immediately in its own press release that it would agree to this, but only if the term for the new arrangement were extended to 2010 — or, preferably, forever. SoundExchange and DiMA Negotiating New Minimum Online Radio Fees On another front, SoundExchange seems aware in its PR that it will have to concede something more to the non-profit webcaster, if it is to avoid Congressional action."

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