The “Cesspool” that is Second Life

August 9, 2015 by · Comments Off on The “Cesspool” that is Second Life
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, The Project to Save Second Life 

Second Life is a CesspoolThere have been a lot of words written trying to understand why Linden Lab makes the decisions they make. The term “Inscrutable” is probably the most apropos. In today’s post I present an Alternate Theory of Reality that is based purely on conjecture and imagination … but just might be more correct than any others I (or most others) have posted. But before we begin, I need to explain the term “Cesspool”.

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Be Careful What You Wish For …

I have to start off by admitting that my thoughts are still on a whirlwind path through all the ramifications of the blogs and posts I’ve read in the past day. As often happens with me, I gather a number of “seeds” from the many sources of information I have available, then plant those seeds and allow them to grow for a bit before I reap the crop. But today’s post is a bit different in that I’ve only just planted those seeds … and already the crops are sprouting weeds that are overtaking me faster than I can chop them down and cook them up.

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The “List”

Open up your dresser drawer, a cupboard in your workshop, the trunk of your car … and without much effort you can quickly organize the contents of any of those into a List. Lists are very convenient assemblies of related items arranged in some order or sequence that makes them easy to communicate, easy to manage and very easy to memorize. Lists are overall very handy. If you’ve ever been shopping, performed a task with more than two steps, or put together a kit of some sort then you’ve no doubt created and/or depended on a List. All in all, they’re very handy things.

But from time to time, we humans engage in creating a type of List that really should not be put together. It’s not that the members of the list are so unrelated as to defy arrangement in a list format, nor that organizing the members into a list does not help understand their relationship to each other. It’s more the purpose of the List, how it is created, why it is created and by what process it gets updated and managed. The type of List I’m talking about is … the “List of Very Bad People in Second Life”.

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The Lying Thieving Bastards of Second Life

Yup, you heard me right … Lying … Thieving … Bastards … and they’re in Second Life! (zomg!) In fact, you probably know one. No, strike that, you know a LOT of them. Want to see them listed? Want to find a ready-made guaranteed list of every single cheater, liar, thief, cut-throat, scammer, spammer, crook in Second Life?

Pull up your Friends List.
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IP and Content Theft – A Technical Meandering

June 21, 2010 by · Comments Off on IP and Content Theft – A Technical Meandering
Filed under: Technical Info 

There’s a lot of text flying around these days regarding Copybotters and IP Thieves … and specifically aimed at the first and most reliable system available to detect the viewer clients meant to steal content: Skills Hak’s CDS. Skills is a member of the Emerald Development team, so obviously knows a thing or two about viewers for Second Life and how they work. It’s not inconceivable that she has managed to figure out a way to accurately detect copybot viewers.

But that’s not really my point in this blog entry. What I’m trying to get at, to understand, is exactly what it is about copybotting that could be detected and how a system could be created that would without fail detect illegal IP theft yet ignore routine operations such as Copy/Paste or ownership transfer (meaning, giving something to someone).

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