You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth

Linden Lab recently announced changes to the island transfer system. Taking great care to point out that they weren’t getting involved in resident to resident disputes they will now assist the process and ensure that party a and party b aren’t trying to rip each off. A very welcome moved indeed. However, they need to do more in other areas to improve integrity in their product.

As someone who participates in the land game I read about disputes over land scams with some disdain. Who is right? Who is wrong? Who is being economic with the truth? Estate owners have a big reclaim land button and they can use it any time they like and so can Linden Lab on mainland, and yet, how often do you hear a complaint from a mainland resident that Linden Lab reclaimed their land on the basis of any reason and no reasons? Continue reading “You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth”

Natasha Kaplinsky Rocks, It’s a shame Five News Doesn’t

When Natasha Kaplinsky used to do the breakfast news show on the BBC she brightened up many a grey morning. Now she has her own news show over on Channel 5, a channel that put the sleaze into British telly until they realised that people had gotten over real live boobies as a ratings winner. Note to Channel 5, Channel 4 did it best when they were getting extra viewers with their “Special discretion required” warning triangle. Indeed Channel 4 do everything better than you, including the news.

So what has this got to do with Second Life? Well “ace undercover reporter” Jason Farrell has infiltrated the seedy underbelly of Second Life again, first it was wonderland, now he’s found some other might be paedophiles as exemplified by this news report. Continue reading “Natasha Kaplinsky Rocks, It’s a shame Five News Doesn’t”

Group Limits

May 16th 2007 a Jira proposal was posted asking for group limits to be raised. Here we are on February 19th/20th and the proposal with 1005 votes is still unassigned.

When oh when are LL going to do something about this? The answer is quite clearly not to merely raise group limits, there needs to be some new thinking on this. However something that would greatly alleviate this issue would be if LL would introduce a new type of group, a social group. There would be no land permissions for these groups, they are merely forms of communication and collaboration.

Today I left yet another group I didn’t want to leave to be able to perform business functions within SL. Yet again I’m having to leave a group that I have a shared interest in because LL won’t address this glaring issue. Continue reading “Group Limits”

LDPW Coming To A Sim Near You Soon?

Jack Linden’s blog about the Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW) has certainly raised interest. This seems on the face of it, a project with real potential.

This is also a project that incorporates a bugbear for many of us, Jack has actually acknowledged that ad farms are an issue within the comments: “Yes, we are actively discussing ad farms at the moment, we’re very aware of the impact they have but we don’t have anything concrete to share as yet. Keep reading the blog.”

Now I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will be cynical about this but I’m going to take a wait and see approach to this. Land prices for builds around these projects could significantly increase because there’s no doubt about it, these builds will (initially at least) attract visitors and gain free publicity via the blog no doubt, so get your stores ready. Continue reading “LDPW Coming To A Sim Near You Soon?”