Second Life News 2018 w40

Servers

The main channel was updated to version #18.09.20.519894. This version contains code for the Bakes On Mesh feature. None of this update is going to be apparent to users. Sort of infrastructure only changes.

My home region on the main channel did get an update today and shows the above as the running version.

The three RC channels will get version #18.09.24.519940. This is only listed as having ‘Internal Changes’.

I missed the meeting today to have lunch with a friend. So, a bit short on hard news.

Navigator - EVO

Navigator – EVO

Viewers

The main viewer has upgraded to version 5.1.9.519298. (Release Notes) Code name: Rakomelo. The previous update was in week #34.

There are some new features in this version; in People – Near By you can sort on recent arrivals, fixes group notices so – eliminating the behavior of if I sent one while you are writing one yours would be trashed, new server capabilities for fetching offline IM’s – this is supposed to make delivery more robust, and new capabilities for friend and group actions… So, is this the friends-list-not-sync’ing issue? Not sure… Continue reading

Second Life Bits …and Sex – 2018 Week #38

SL Gossip

New World Notes has a big (lots of words) article, big for NWN, about the SL Secrets website, the owners getting banned, and the Second Life™ Governance Team… maybe writing the word ‘system’ rather than ‘team’ would be more accurate.

This ‘secrets’ site is one of those sites with things on it where we can never know the truth. It is all unverifiable they said versus the others said and one side is bound by privacy laws and can’t speak in their defense. Just the drama prone scenario politicians love. Sway the emotional…

Gossiping about Sam

Gossiping about Sam

If you don’t know, SL Secrets is a website where bullies, haters, and gossipers can go to create victims and dox them and troll readers. Snowflakes show up to whine and cry.

There is no way to vet the claims that show up there. So, it is all drama. Unfortunately, there is a market for it.

And SL banned the owners of the site… really!?!  Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w39

Lots of interesting news and updates… I’ve combined information from the Third-Party Dev meeting and my regular Tuesday updates. There is normally about two working days between the Third-Party and Server-Scripting meetings. Not much changes in that time. So, I combined them.

Servers

No roll to the main channel. It will continue to run #18.09.04.519319.

The Forum Deploys post says the RC channel roll is to be determined. Rider Linden at the Server-Scripting UG says no RC packages are ready to roll out. We’ll find out Wednesday what actually happens.

Guardians

Guardians

He did however, provide a new server package update for EPP on the ADITI side.

He said, “It [EEP server update] will address some validations where FS had much larger ranges of values than the lab did.

I’ve dealt with a cloud speed issue that had annoyed me and I forgot to get in before we sent out the preview.

Oz Linden at the Friday Third-Party Dev UG announced they will be turning off the UDP Asset Fetch API’s in January. Most viewers no longer use them. But, there may be one or two that do… These API’s do not pass through the CDN servers so are slower and add more load to the region and asset servers.

Old viewers will likely break. Old as in like 4 years old. Continue reading

Second Life: EEP Testing Begins

Enhanced Environment Project or EEP has begun testing (9/20/2018). The server-side code and inventory changes are only in place on Aditi, the preview grid. You also need the not-yet-project viewer. Which you can get here: OSX, Win-64, and Win-32.

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Ed at DEAD

These versions of the EEP viewer do NOT have the animesh code. However, the EEP enabled server code does have the animesh code. So, while you can see animesh animating in EEP regions you have to be using the Animesh RC viewer, which means you can’t see the EEP changes.

Confused? Think one or the other. Not both at the same time.

The region previously named Animesh1 is now named EEPTesting (URL). Continue reading

Abuse Reports: What You Wanted to Know – 2018-09

Abuse Reports are a thing in Second Life™. But, not a lot is known about them. The typical Second Life user (resident) files them, gets an email saying we got your report, and that is about all they know. Thanks to privacy laws that is about all the Lab can tell us. What happens to the report or how an issue is resolved is a mystery to most residents.

We ‘old timers’ can tell the noobs, cranky, manipulative, haters, and the simple by their thinking and comments about how Abuse Reports are handled. Those groups are not mutually exclusive.

Kristin Linden is the supervisor of the five-person Governance Team. These are the people that read the Abuse Reports, check the evidence, and decide on what action is to be taken. They also moderate the SL Forum.

This last Tuesday (9/18) Kristin facilitated a meeting with the team and Second Life residents. I caught it on video. It is your opportunity to see-hear a discussion with the ENFORCERS…

I often make an index to the videos I post. I am not into that today. So, the most you’ll get is a summary.

The abuse team is about 5 people. Kristin describes it as five-ish, suggesting the number changes from time to time.

How many Abuse Reports are filed per day? Kristin didn’t have a number. Her estimate is about a 1,000 per week. It varies with what is happening in SL. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w38

Servers

The main channel has updated to version #18.09.04.519319, labeled a change in logging.

The RC channels remain running the same version, #18.09.04.519319.

Simon Linden at the Sever-Scripting UG meeting said the RC roll is still undecided. That wasn’t noted in the Deploys thread. So…

♥♥♥ LTModa Wedding dress photo contest ♥♥♥

♥♥♥ LTModa Wedding dress photo contest ♥♥♥

I am not sure, but I think the operating system of the simulators and backend machines have been being updated. Some feel this may have affected various HTTP connections. Simon Linden says this update includes lots of low level updates and changes. So, it is possible.

Viewers

The main viewer is version 5.1.8.518593, since week #34.

Second Life Animesh Viewer version 6.0.0.518949 – Last updated in week #35.

Second Life Bugsplat Viewer version 5.1.9.519462 – Last updated in week #37. Continue reading

Catznip Beta 12.1.1 vs Firestorm 5.1.7

I just noticed a post from a couple of months back on the difference between Catznip Viewer and Firestorm Viewer. Alyona Su provides a good comparison based on her experience. She switched and is now using Catznip as her primary viewer. Not my experience.

Catznip vs Firestorm September 2018 – FS on timer: 00:01:23 @ DD 256m

Those switching to Catznip experience it being faster and less crashy than Firestorm. Remember. Viewers are very sensitive to the computer they run on. What is crashy on one machine may not be on another. Viewer speed in FPS and render time is also sensitive to your hardware and connection. So, Catznip may crash more and be slower on your hardware. But, try it and know. Hopefully the chance is you’ll have good results. If not, well no one will make you use it.

The release of Catznip I last used was Catznip R12 – Dec 31 2017 12:50:12 (64bit) (Catznip Release). Visiting the Catznip website you’ll find R12.0 is still the main release, Catznip R12 – Dec 31 2017 12:50:12 (64bit) (Catznip Release). OR version 12.0.6.180160035. No update since then. Continue reading

Second Life News 2018 w/37

Servers

The main channel’s version remains #18.08.24.519036. No roll this week.

Tralala's Diner

Tralala’s Diner

Seems there was a glitch last week. So, this week the RC channels are getting the real version #18.09.04.519319.

To quote from the Deploys thread, “NOTE: The expected version wasn’t updated last Wednesday. The correct version is scheduled to be deployed this week 9/12 (18.09.04.519319).”

In the Server-Scripting UG Simon Linden said, “… there isn’t much server news this week.   Our update to the main channel today (9/11) was canceled when we found a minor issue with the version on the RC servers.   Those will get updated tomorrow.   I don’t think there’s anything visible in those changes.” Continue reading