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Players of the popular sandbox world Minecraft have a new landscape to roam over, as the Danish government put a representation of the entire country in 1:1 scale online for download. Denmark Minecraft map The Nyhavn district of Copenhagen in Minecraft mode "All of Denmark is now a virtual world in the ratio 1:1 inside the …

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Mushroom

This is great!

Didn't the UK get something similar a few (I want to say) months back?

I think it's great so long as the process isn't reversed, I really don't want to s... *HISSSS* OH crap!

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Memory test

Who remembers the Cambridge University Doom wad ?

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Re: This is great!

yes it did: http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=minecraft+britain

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Re: This is great!

anyone remembers when the same thing was done on a much smaller scale in CounterStrike a few years back?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05/03/student_counterstrike_map_texasschool/

i wonder if / when will someone call the cops or a swat team down on these... or maybe just dispense with the niceties and use a drone strike directly

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Trollface

Re: This is great!

Check out Randy the Robot's minecraft videos on YouTube. That is how you play Minecraft.

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Needs more Norway

With its lovely crinkly edges I hear the Designer also got an Award for it.

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Re: Needs more Norway

That was also my first thought (so I'm not the only one pining for the fjords). Then I thought, why not do the Benelux countries? It's sure to come in at much less than a Terabyte, being so boring and all (geographically speaking, of course).

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Re: Needs more Norway

That was also my first thought (so I'm not the only one pining for the fjords). Then I thought, why not do the Benelux countries? It's sure to come in at much less than a Terabyte, being so boring and all (geographically speaking, of course).

Wait the Benelux Countries did you say? Isn't that where the Country with the most offensive name in the entire Galaxy is located? I shall refrain from speaking it so as to not upset all the turlingdromes out there.

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Re: Needs more Norway

What? Belgium?

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Siphonaptera

"All of Denmark is now a virtual world in the ratio 1:1 inside"

... including Miniland, the scale model Lego world at Legoland, Billund?

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Yeah, but rendered at a super-realistic 1m resolution unfortunately.

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Brb, I'll do Canada

All 202 080km of it. See you guys in 2050.

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Re: Brb, I'll do Canada

Oops, forgot to say 202 080km of coastline, obviously I'll outsource The Rockies!

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Re: Brb, I'll do Canada

My dad digitized the US (mainland) coastline in 1983 for a client. I think it took him two weeks to enter the data (x,y) and I remember it took the computer almost a minute to render the data...

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Re: Brb, I'll do Canada

My dad digitized the US (mainland) coastline in 1983 for a client.

So that's what happened. I was living on the US coast in '83 and I thought it looked awfully discrete.

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Paris Hilton

Baltic?

Even Paris is confused.

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Holmes

Re: Baltic?

Well Paris is blonde and that's not really surprising to be honest.

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Re: Baltic?

The Danish people must be as surprised as Paris Hilton.

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Wait! The GOVERNMENT did this?

I want to know why and what part? Do they have a Ministry for Computer Games over there? Is this the output of their Culture department? Did their Prime Minister just directly appoint someone to do this because she thought it would be fun?

I'm trying to imagine Cameron announcing a special House of Commons edition for GTA or similar. It just doesn't click.

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Re: Wait! The GOVERNMENT did this?

It might happen in the UK, but the papers would be seething about how much "taxpayers' money" was spent on it, and how many disabled toilets that could have been spent on (they have their own bespoke units of measurement just like El Reg does).

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Re: Wait! The GOVERNMENT did this?

"I want to know why...."

That's easy, madam (1).

Look at any table of either tax take or government spending as a proportion of GDP. Whichever way you cut it, Denmark always comes out top, exempting a handful of basket case countries like East Timor and Cuba.

When your government is spending almost 60% of GDP, and has done so for years, then it soon runs out of useful things to spend money on, but you can be sure as eggs is eggs that it isn't going to decide that maybe the citizens should be allowed to keep more of their money to spend as they see fit. And spending 60% of GDP in a wealthy country must be a real challenge when you don't have a huge military-tech-government combine and an interventionist foreign policy. Interestingly the French are only marginally behind Denmark in terms of economic socialism, and as far as I can see they've given the world nothing, so I presume that all the money in France is spent on mistresses and such like.

Note 1. Madam - or sir, or whatever may be appropriate for your gender and species. This is a general problem for most of us Pseudonymists. Speaking for myself I'm an ursine male, and it isn't just the woods I s*** up.

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Re: Wait! The GOVERNMENT did this?

It _did_ happen in the UK: http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=minecraft+britain

Don't recall that there was too much seething, given that an intern at Ordnance Survey did it.

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Re: When your government is spending almost 60% of GDP

When your government is spending almost 60% of GDP, and has done so for years, then it soon runs out of useful things to spend money on, but you can be sure as eggs is eggs that it isn't going to decide that maybe the citizens should be allowed to keep more of their money to spend as they see fit

Or as a counter-argument, when your government is spending 60% of GDP, you'd expect their remit to extend far beyond traditional "government services", into research and stuff normally done by private enterprise.

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WTF?

1:1 ???

See title. Seriously?

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Re: 1:1 ???

Same question on my mind. I didn't know Minecraft bricks had an official size. What's the length of an edge in linguine?

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Re: 1:1 ???

Not an official size, but considered to be 1m^3.

http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Units_of_measure

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Actually what happened is this. When they first saved the file, after typing it all in, it had some typos. The Scale parameter in the header of the file had an unintended uppercase M ("Mm") that was naturally interpreted as MEGA-meter. But all the data was entered in millimeter ("mm"). So it was not in 1:1 scale, but ONE BEEEEEEELEEEEON-to -one scale. Isn't that amazing? It took them only a few seconds to correct the case of the prefix ("mm"), and click Save.

/Sarcasm off

(Well spotted. Those 3 or more that downvoted your observation can hang their heads in shame.)

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Re: 1:1 ???

>>"(Well spotted. Those 3 or more that downvoted your observation can hang their heads in shame.)"

It's up to five now. All for querying what 1:1 scale means in a virtual world on a computer screen!

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Baltic?

I have always understood the term "Baltic country" to refer only to Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. Besides, Denmark has coastline both on the Baltic and the Atlantic. "Nordic country" would be a more appropriate term.

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Re: Baltic?

"I have always understood the term "Baltic country" to refer only to Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia."

I've never heard that usage. I've only seen "Baltic States" refer to those three; "Baltic country" is a more generic term and seems fine to me.

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Re: Baltic?

As a Dane, I was somewhat baffled as well.

I'd say only Bornholm and perhaps some eastern parts of our most eastern parts (besides Bornholm) are actually in anyway connected to the Baltic Sea.

We're far more connected to Kattegat, Skagerrak and the North Sea (aka part of the Atlantic) - Historically so as well.

I guess you could say that it's technically true, but it would take a least 5 guesses to get from "Name a Baltic Country" to "Denmark" - and that's after a few: "But there aren't others than those 3..."

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In case you can't find the download...

First of all; I am a big fan of Minecraft myself so yeah; I really look forward to digging into Denmark a little upcoming weekend.

But the thing is; when I started digging for this download (being Dutch I can make out bits and pieces of the Danish language, but not that much) I eventually came across this kortforsyningen download page. As said; my Danish isn't too great, but looking at the pictures it seems to me as if Denmark has "simply" enhanced an already available download service.

What I make from it is that you can download several maps from Denmark in several different formats / resolutions. And in addition you can now also download the Minecraft "map".

So far the good news, the bad news is that it seems as if the download doesn't actually get you to a link which you can click. But I could of course also have missed the obvious.

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Re: In case you can't find the download...

I am a native speaker of Norwegian, so Danish isn't too difficult for me.

I had a browse, and ended up here: http://gst.dk/emner/frie-data/minecraft/spil-her/

It seems like you need to use their servers if you want to browse the entire areas.

The link you found does allow you to download minecraft maps of Denmark, but only 10x10km chunks, not the whole thing. I wasn't able to find a "complete" download.

"Vi henviser derfor til Kortforsyningen , hvor det er muligt at downloade 10x10 km blokke til egen computer, og så gå på opdagelse der. "

Which roughly translates to "We wish to point to the Map Service (Link), where it is possible to download 10x10 km blocks to your own computer, (...)"

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1TB over the next 7 months equates to about 150Gb per month. On top of your usual monthly downloads, there isn't an internet plan around that will cater for that.

Oh, I'm sorry, it's Denmark. That makes much more sense than any pissweak Australian ISP who don't even have the courtesy of asking you to bend over before they insert their boot.

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I feel sorry for everyone with caps.. I downloaded over 900GB last weekend alone (after formatting my computer - I re-downloaded my entire steam library!)

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Pint

I'll assume you mean 150GB.

FTTH = less than two hours (assuming the rest of the path can keep up). Our ISP explicitly states unlimited, no cap. In this case I believe that they actually intend it as written.

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Waving bye-bye to the word "again"

"I re-downloaded my entire steam library"

It's downloaded AGAIN.

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Re: Waving bye-bye to the word "again"

> It's downloaded AGAIN.

A third time?

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Freetown Christiania

Can you still mine for hashish there?

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Is there a little Sandy Toksvig?

Just to illustrate their export capability

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Re: Is there a little Sandy Toksvig?

Now you mention it she does look a little like a minecraft avatar.

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As a 29 year old who doesn't quite 'get' MC...

Maybe I'm too old to understand but will they be improving the resolution of the game any time soon?

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Re: As a 29 year old who doesn't quite 'get' MC...

No you're too young. The low res was actually part of the charm for the 'older than you' people who took up the game.

Like Facebook, Minecraft was hijacked by the kids.

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Re: As a 29 year old who doesn't quite 'get' MC...

Good use of tax payers money, glad I don't pay taxes there.

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Re: As a 29 year old who doesn't quite 'get' MC...

It erks me when people complain that things like this are a waste of tax payers money.

The same happened when downing street retorted to Jeremy Clarkson for PM.

The cost of these little PR stunts are so far bellow minimal is laughable to complain. More Money is wasted from bad policies that have to be backtracked and redone.

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Re: As a 29 year old who doesn't quite 'get' MC...

Absolutely agree.

Even if the Danish taxpayer paid a hundred thousand to a developer for this, that's a small company (hopefully) who will stay in business for another year to grow their economy. Meanwhile they get some great PR out to the world, & the goodwill generated makes the world a generally better place.

Being able to remodel the skyline of London would be cool. Could knock down that gherkin now they've gone bust, & see if it is an improvement or not. For nearly free!

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Re: "will they be improving the resolution of the game"

I don't think they can, technically speaking.

We have games today that boast about how the terrain can be modified, but they lie. They look gorgeous, but the terrain "modifications" are small and temporary.

In Minecraft, every part of the world is a modifiable entity. It doesn't look so good, but technically it goes way beyond just having a hole in the ground.

The tradeoff is clear : you use memory for gorgeous graphics, or for actual functionality. Minecraft has decided to go for functionality.

That being said, you can easily find Minecraft mods that propose texture packs. Some of them make the game look quite better than the original textures. Still just as blocky, obviously, but the blocks look nice.

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Re: As a 29 year old who doesn't quite 'get' MC...

"More Money is wasted from bad policies that have to be backtracked and redone."

Rubbish. Bad policies are never backtracked or redone.

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Re: As a 29 year old who doesn't quite 'get' MC...

"Even if the Danish taxpayer paid a hundred thousand to a developer for this, that's a small company (hopefully) who will stay in business for another year to grow their economy."

That's a good model. Maybe we should try it. Government could pick winners, and hand them public money to do things that they wouldn't be able to do commercially, and the whole economy will be richer as a result.

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Re: As a 29 year old who doesn't quite 'get' MC...

To be honest, if your map data contains height data (as it should), then it's a fairly trivial piece of software to convert the map data to Minecraft data. It might take a few days to generate (depending on hardware used), but hosting the data is probably the most complex part of this.

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