Well, you can generate new chunks by letting people walk into them on the 1.8 server software, and those new chunks will be created using all the new map generation techniques - but looking at the area you're planning on expanding into, most of it has been generated already. You won't really get anything unless you start over and generate a new map.
I don't pretend to understand everything underlined in the article, but the overall gist of it is that a machine shipped with Windows 8 may not be able to boot a generic form of Linux. They are shipped with a 'secure boot' function of UEFI in which any OS that is booted needs to provide a key to prevent malware and the like. This would be all very well, but that means that in order to boot your particular version of Linux on a system, you would have to have your key accepted by the OEM beforehand. Not only does this make it extremely difficult for homegrown distros, it also means that all OEMs would need to have your key, because there is no central management for it.
Hopefully vendors will be able to provide support in the firmware that allows you to disable this 'secure boot' function... but there's a chance that not all of them will.
Of course you do. A 25 dollar computer running Ubuntu on an ARM processor, about the size of a flash drive. One of its more significant goals was to provide computer education to disadvantaged communities and remote areas.
It appears that the developers of it may have shot themselves in the foot on that last point somewhat. You see, they have just managed to get it to run Quake 3 on maximum settings. And really, who wants to learn about using spreadsheets or bash scripts when you have Quake in your pocket?
Just a thought, guys: Pre-package that with your humble Raspberri, and sell them at LAN parties. Instant win.
It doesn't matter. One of the biggest selling points of Linux is that it's so widely configurable. Even if one or two distros (Ubuntu, anybody?) become user-friendly enough to become mainstream operating systems, there will always be an underculture of hundreds of other distros, new projects, niche systems, and so on. Saying you use 'Linux' is like saying you drive a car: It could be anything, from a Mini to a Mclaren.
In this situation, I'd be much more worried about viruses targeting the kernel than the douchebag sitting opposite me on the bus.
Even if they blow up your stuff?
Yeah. Seriously, with all the building that goes on, I don't see why it's so much of a problem to replace a few blocks here and there. Most of us have ridiculously secure fortresses of one sort or another anyway, and they're pretty much pointless if they aren't being used to repel hordes of mobs.
Hmm... alright, it can be done one of two ways: Either somebody hosts a server on which we can freely log in and build the map (inventory edits permitted), or we have some kind of makeshift version control where one person at a time downloads, updates and uploads the map. Having the server sounds far more viable, but there's no chance of using map editors... and I'm worried what Fabsh would say if he thought I was stealing miners from the Sixgun server...
Hullo miners, just wondering if you were interested in making a collaborative adventure/puzzle map...
The idea is simple: We have a basic Minecraft world, sealed off appropriately by ensuring people can't climb out (i.e. cliffs 2+ blocks high) which is filled with villages and dungeons. Each person involved in the project can add their own dungeon, and the idea would be that players could explore this (relatively) open world and play through it in the sequence they liked. What do you think?
I think I understand the difference in 'feel', especially when Fab mentions the lightweight nature of Identica compared to app-laden Facebook/Google+. Social interaction and communication can't really be divided up into neat little categories; it is simply far too fluid. Identica's system is very loose but, on the upside, leaves plenty of room for us to use it to our own ends.
You can, if you wish, treat it like a proper microblogging service, and simply post status updates, but such a treatment is rather impersonal as you distribute your dents from on high, expecting a mostly-silent audience with bated breath at the other end.
More likely is that most peoples' usage of Identica falls somewhere between IRC and forums. Like IRC, you can write in anything, no matter how insignificant, and send it out into the maelstrom of dents in real-time, but longer and longer context threads will naturally gravitate around the more relevant and conversational topics in a style similar to forum boards, dying off as interest in the subject also wanes.
However, Identica is a social networking service, which is where the ideas of groups and subscriptions comes in. Joining a group means you are privy to its dents, which over time helps establish connections with people who have similar interests. Likewise, while you may only have a small group of people you converse with at first, that will usually grow as you subscribe to them and find the people that they converse with.
If I could provide an analogy, imagine you are all scattered in a massive room, with no guidance, restriction or direction. Newcomers will eventually strike up a conversation with passers-by, and continue to do so until they find people they prefer to listen and talk to. In turn, they will find the people whom those people prefer to converse with, and eventually it all snowballs. People with similar interests may gather on occasion to talk on a subject, whether it's Quake or Mandriva or snowboarding. In this way, a true social network is formed - not through the pure service, but through the organisation of the community.
Just my two cents.
EDIT: Oh yes, and occasionally somebody with a microphone stands up on a soapbox and starts shouting at people. That would be the podcasts.
I recently built my first gaming PC, which uses an i7-870. Currently it dual-boots Windows 7 and Crunchbang.
I don't know how long this was after the initial Sandy Bridge releases, but it's probably safe to say that there haven't been any problems whatsoever. Even Windows - shockingly - seems to have utterly confounded my efforts to crash it. Stress testing under both operating systems is about the same (running the Unigine engine).
The graphics drivers were quite a different kettle of fish that took several months of updates by ATI before they actually began to do what it said on the box.
As far as laptops go, no, I haven't tested any of the Sandy Bridge processors. Closest thing I have is this Atom-fuelled netbook - which, despite its relative age and supposed 'student durability', is a horribly unreliable system even under the aforementioned Crunchbang. Gah.
If you can't kill the idea, there's no sense wasting time and effort beating it down when it'll just rise over and over again. Instead of trying to outlaw and discourage Bitcoin, the banks/governments should surely be trying to find ways to turn the situation to their advantage as quickly as possible - because as Fab said, it's here to stay. It could be crushed underground or fail spectacularly, but the idea will rise from the ashes. Better that they observe what happened to the music industry and find a way to coexist.
There's a wave of possibilities here that's just beginning to crest. Either learn how to ride it, or get the hell out of the way!
EDIT: There's probably a horrible Google Wave pun somewhere in there. Best not to try and pull it out.
Gave it a spin. I'm too much of a lazy bastard to go through and select every single Painterly option myself - but this one is really good! Not sure if I like the cobblestone much because I specifically use it for cobbles, not brickwork, but other than that I have to say I liked it a lot.