The Taxman’s Taken All My Dough

There are those who fear the arrival of the taxman into virtual worlds. There is of course already a presence, income tax, capital gains tax, VAT, take your pick. However some of us feel they might want an even bigger slice of the cake and start looking at inworld currencies.

However I’m here to temporarily alleviate your fears, because at the moment the taxman doesn’t appear to know his arse from his elbow when it comes to virtual worlds.

In early October I started a dialogue (a slow, long, painful, dialogue) with HMRC (The UK taxman). My point being, why the heck am I paying VAT for tier on virtual world land? The problems seem to arise via laws, laws that were implemented without consideration of virtual worlds such as Second Life and inworld currencies. Continue reading “The Taxman’s Taken All My Dough”

It’s a Wonderful Life

Panic on the streets of Ambleside, panic on the streets of Sanshillyong, I wonder to myself, could life ever be sane again?

LL’s new policy on banking has certainly caused a storm, and more than just one in a teacup it would seem.

“Please read this if you operate, or have transferred L$ to, an in-world “bank” or financial company.

As of January 22, 2008, it will be prohibited to offer interest or any direct return on an investment (whether in L$ or other currency) from any object, such as an ATM, located in Second Life, without proof of an applicable government registration statement or financial institution charter. We’re implementing this policy after reviewing Resident complaints, banking activities, and the law, and we’re doing it to protect our Residents and the integrity of our economy.” Continue reading “It’s a Wonderful Life”

To PG or Not PG

That is the question. Sometimes I wonder what the point of PG land is. This struck me recently when I was pondering whether to AR a gentleman’s club in a PG sim. I’m not generally a tell-tale twit but I put in my notecards on PG land “No adult sales please, this is a PG sim”.

Now this parcel was right next to my parcel, it was only whilst I was pondering that I realised that the club in question wasn’t on the same sim and was indeed in an adult sim.

It’s a jump to the left
then a step to the right
with your hands on your hips
you bring your knees in tight
but it’s the pelvic thrust
that really drives you insane Continue reading “To PG or Not PG”

Age Verficiation Goes Grid Wide

I’m reporting to you live from a land bot meeting. All I’m saying about that is Captcha. Sarah Nerd will fill you in with the broader details… apparently they are now proposing a bot that can do unimaginable things to females!

No i’m here to talk about ….age verfication going grid wide as reported in the blog by Robin Linden …she has a sexy accent you know. However even that can’t win me over on this issue.

I’ve often heard people say that LL don’t listen. This is a classic example. There are people complaining about privacy laws in their country. There are people complaining about it not working, there are people pointing out the flaws. All these issues were raised when it first went out to concierge customers and we’re still awaiting responses, of course this is now extended beta but this is bordering on the absurd. Continue reading “Age Verficiation Goes Grid Wide”

You Have No Useful Privacy

The new search. My big fear is spam. All the useful information is available to spammers, my name, my avatar key. Free accounts available. I play world of warcraft when I have time. If you post on the forums, you’ll get spammed.

So why isn’t this a problem with SL? Well with SL you need to sign in to the forums to use them, this makes it a pain for those who want to collate names and spam people, until now that is.

The new search provides all the information spammers need. Free accounts mean they can sign up and have no worries and most ridiculous of all, if you opt out of profile search, any information that spammers need is readily available, any information that residents need … well that’s not available. Continue reading “You Have No Useful Privacy”