Hardware: Intel 7th Generation CPU

The 4th quarter of 2016 Intel released their 7th generation CPU. As of now, I can’t find the chips for sale. Apparently, all the chips are going to OEM’s.

Intel 7th Gen CPU's

Intel 7th Gen CPU’s

The 7th gen chips are based on 14nm tech. The CPU’s deliver 12% more performance than the 6th generation CPU’s. Power consumption remains about the same in 6th and 7th gen CPU’s for general computing and gaming.  Continue reading

Second Life: Basilique Goes Green

Has it ever occurred to you that you could take your Second Life land green? The region server is using electricity. So, how would one do that? There is an article, Basilique goes green, about taking your region green… Basically, can you offset the energy used by your region in some way by cutting your personal energy use or can you shift to personally using more green energy. It is an offset sort of thing.

Snowy Islands

Snowy Islands

I think it is an interesting idea. I applaud any effort to get people to look at energy use and dive into what is being done and thought in the climate debate. It is the anti-science people that have no understanding of the scientific method and subscribe to political consensus that I have a problem with. Especially when they use climate change as a means to further limit speech.

Saving energy is smart. But, are you sure it is efficient, reliable, and makes economic sense? Does your choice actually reduce the carbon output of a generating station somewhere? Reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide does reduce plant growth. So, are you reducing food production and contributing to human starvation? Have you tried to put your ideas in perspective with RL?

I am irked that Becky thinks she has studied climate change. It appears she has read the basic UN promoted material without any questions. So, I posted my questions in a comment on that point.

Too few people do more than decide they can save the Earth by doing what governments tell them without any thought on what they may actually be doing to the planet and the people that live in underdeveloped countries. And they never bother to question what they have been told or take the next logical step.

Second Life: Free Speech Ban in UK? No Sex?

This year has seen many attacks on free speech. A new restriction is going into effect in the UK. UK to censor online videos of ‘non-conventional’ sex acts.

Beautiful in white

Beautiful in white

I’ve already been contacted by people in Second Life™ worried that it may mean SL will be banded in the UK. It gets complicated as banning requires ‘unconventional sex acts’ be defined and that age verification meet certain standards, which seem to be poorly defined and left to some bureaucrat to decide.  Continue reading

Second Life Bits 2016 w/47

Lumiya viewer adds support for Google Cardboard. Inara has an article detailing it. There are some interesting user interface ideas.

Inara covers Radegast’s recent voice issues, a viewer apparently favored by the disabled.

Nothing beats a friend

Nothing beats a friend

VLC

You may or may not be aware of the VLC media player. It is a free, open source video player. It has basically replaced QuickTime in the SL viewers. The development team, VideoLAN Project has added the ability to view 360-video and pictures. See: VLC media player now supports 360-degree videosContinue reading

Second Life: Dragons as Art

I’ve seen several people write about “From Here On There Be Dragons.” It is an art exhibit in Second Life(TM). Follow the previous link to find a SLURL and visit. The exhibit closed January 31, 2017. I decided to check it out.

Still pictures don’t do it justice. Since I’m learning Adobe Premiere Pro, I decided to video the exhibit and use it as another project.

Exploring the exhibit is a reoccurring ‘leap of faith’ trek. There is a lot if invisible flooring to walk across. Continue reading

Second Life: Horizons’ Land Prices

Horizons land is pricey. As of Wednesday, the least a parcel was going for was L$1,010, the most L$35,029. The average is L$11,216.

Horizons Nov 2016

Horizons Nov 2016

While most parcels in SL have 1 or 2 bidders and go for L$500, Horizons land has 6 to 15 bidders.

I am not surprised to find a mix of parcels that have yet to be sold and a number that are for sale by owner. Meaning some enterprising people are working to flip the properties. But, I don’t see for sale signs when walking the hoods.

One person has purchased 4 adjacent parcels and put in a custom home and forest.

There are a number of parcels that have not sold, ever… as best I can tell. So, there is land available or that will come available. So, I don’t see why the bidding war. People…

I wonder if the Lindens will create landing points in Horizons for new people. I live south of such a hub. It is often interesting. It does make me glade I have EJECT power on my land. So, I think landing hubs for newbies would devalue the land… for residential use. It might be good for a brothel.

Second Life News 2016 w/47

This is not the week for news. Because of the US holiday Thanksgiving Second Life™ is in technical lock down, no changes. So, there are no server upgrades this week, main or RC channels.

Untitled

Untitled

Viewers

Viewers are included in the tech freeze. So, the main viewer at version 4.1.2.321518 will remain there until Monday 11/28 or later. Word is it is much more stable than the previous version. It has a lot of fixes. Continue reading