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Lordfly (590616) writes "I'm part of an online group of local hobbyist, semi-pro, and professional photographers. I want to start an editable map that showcases interesting places to shoot photos — parks, old buildings, interesting infrastructure, etc. Ideally I'd like to be able to tag/organize the markers (public/private property), as well as add example photos for each location to give people an idea of what the place looks like.
I've used the Google Maps "Create a Map" feature, but have found that sharing for other users to see/edit is a bit... off. Also, given Google's propensity for dropping features without much pretext, it makes me wary to sink time and effort into a possibly ephemeral map. It does most of what I'm looking for it to do, but are there more robust alternatives out there I'm not finding?" top
Ask Slashdot: Ultimate personal media storage / sync setup?
Lordfly (590616) writes "The wife and I have started looking to buy a house. In the spirit of that, I've been giving away books, CDs, and DVDs to "downsize" the pile of crap I'll have to lug around when we do find the right place. That got me thinking about digital files. I'm perfectly okay with giving up (most) books, CDs, and DVD cases. The only music I buy are mp3s anyway, and we stream most everything else if we wanted to watch a show or movie. That being said, I have a desktop, my wife has an old Macbook, we both have tablets, and I also have an Android smartphone. I'd like to set up something on an extra Windows box shoved in a closet that lets me dump every digital file we have (photos, music, ebooks, movies) and then doles it out as necessary to all of our devices. Unfortunately my best computer geek days are likely behind me (photography and cooking have consumed me since), so while I CAN schlep around a command line, I've lost most of my knowledge, so go easy on the "just apt-get FubarPackageInstaller.gzip and rd -m Arglebargle" stuff. Something easy enough for my wife to use would be a major plus.
So: What's the best way to make your own personal "cloud"?" top
Lordfly writes "Linden Lab, creators of Second Life, have jumped their own gun: they announced earlier this year that the Second Life client would be open sourced within a year; apparently it only took them a week. The Second Life client has been released under the GNU GPL 2 license (http://blog.secondlife.com/2007/01/08/embracing-t he-inevitable/) for people to do what they wish. As a long-time SL user, I can't wait to see what people can do. Maybe some of the infinite bugs will finally be fixed (better content creation tools?) In any case, a huge step for making this program a standard for a 3d space online.
Like any other PC gamer nerd, I'm practically wetting myself about Spore, Will Wright's new game that simulates everything from multi-cellular organisms to galactic conquest. How long will it take for someone to hack the files that are uploaded to the EA server, make a potentially unstoppable creature (with, say, 999999 hit points, 99999 intelligence, and so on), and have it benignly loaded into everyone's game? the game server will have no idea that the file is hacked; with such a small file size, it wouldn't take long to decrypt, potentially. By modifying a few values, you could make an invincible creature/empire/race/whatever. (disclaimer: I wrote the linked blog post.)"