A New Attack
There are offline HTTP griefing attacks now. These force a region to drop all users. As a user, report HTTP attacks to support as off-line griefing. With that qualification the report is bumped to operations from support. Filing an AR is the best way to get a fast response. Additional information can be added in a JIRA, but you need to refer to that JIRA in the AR.For most of us it will be hard to know if being tossed off a region is an HTTP attack or not. So, this reporting is mostly up to the region owner/manager.
These attacks are high risk for the griefer. Linden Lab works with the ISP to stop the attack. The ISP has the griefers RL ID. If the ISP bans them, cutting of their Internet access, it is a significant problem for them.
There are ways to spoof who you are. One of which is why it is important to have secured your wireless access point. It has to be secured with some type of password access.
I’ve never thought the Viewer’s cache system was ever all that good. It’s been 2 or more years since the Lab worked on the cache. When they did it was a significant improvement. But, I still wait minuets for my viewer to download load and render my home at each login or TP home. I expect that to be fastest render of any place I visit. After all I am landing in my home 2 or more times per login secession.
Oz Linden thinks a deep study of the viewer’s caching will reveal possible improvements. The Lab simply can’t assign people to that project for now. He and I think it would be great if a third party developer would improve the viewer’s caching. I would love to have a viewer with a cache that actually loaded previously downloaded items from cache.
The addition of CDN (Content Delivery Network) seems to have aggravated the problem. I am guessing when the CDN’s cache is cold, the viewer waits until the CDN verifies the cache date on an item is current and unchanged. This means the CDN has to download the items while I wait for something already in my cache. So, I am convinced there is considerable room for improvement.
New Clean Install Process
One of the basic steps in a clean install has been removal of the viewer cache. That is changing. The FS Team is trying out a clean install process that retains the cache and only removes the settings and program files.
I think that makes good sense for the SL and Firestorm viewers as they both use Kakado for the JPG2000 image compression and decompression. I am less sure about how good that idea is for other third party viewers.
I suppose I need to rewrite my clean install instructions…
The Lindens are satisfied enough with group chat at this point that they have pulled off it to work on other things. They do plan to return to Chat Improvement later in the year.
New Stuff Coming
The Lindens aren’t talking about the new things they call exciting projects they expect to start on in May and/or June. They are hinting there is new stuff coming for classic avatars. Nothing specific. But, the hint came out in a discussion of what things they weren’t working on as the reason why.