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  1. Usually 1-2 hops are your own network (modem and/or router), then the next few are your ISP's local hops, then hops between your ISP and major traffic exchange points and so on, until it does reach the destination. The fact it stops so close to the start means that the traffic to the said destination (akamai's server for MP) doesn't even leave your ISP's network. Intentionally or not (could be blocked IP, misconfiguration on their hardware and so on) is what you'll have to find out yoursef by calling/emailing your ISP's support. Opera's VPN works (like any other VPN would) because traffic from you first goes to the VPN server, then from there to whatever IP it resolves for the MP. Suggestion about alternative DNS from above might work as a temporary fix too as it will resolve different IP for the MP that might be accessible for you (or it might not be). But it's not really a fix, more like a workaround in hopes that the actual issue will be fixed. To make it easier with your ISP's support you can just tell them IP address you can't reach so they'll check it out from their side. Win+r, type cmd and enter, type ping marketplace.secondlife.com and press enter again (it'll time out, but you'll see the IP anyway), then tell about your problem with reaching this IP to your ISP.
  2. If VPN works for the MP then it's most likely your ISP's doing, although it could be a manual filter list on your router and/or PC (in case if you're not the only user). Try to ping MP manually: press win+r (assuming you're using windows), type cmd and press enter, in window that pops up enter: tracert marketplace.secondlife.com , then press enter and see if it actually does reach the destination of stops before. If it's the latter, then check where does it stop, if it's around your ISP's hops (the first few), then akamai's IP you resolve is blocked (MP is pretty much hosted in the cloud for a while now, while regions and login system are not). In this case you might want to call your ISP, give them the IP address that you can't access and ask why do they block it. P. S. If you're comfortable with windows and will find out that it is indeed the blocked IP, you can lookup alternative IPs for the marketplace and temporarily edit the hosts file. However if you don't know what are you doing, then better don't touch it.
  3. Sad if true. This year has been pretty disappointing in that regard so far. Last two had price cuts around SLB times (among other changes, like some stuff for premiums), and, I think end of 2016 is when we got free prim increase. I understand that with sudden boost in sales, concurrency, etc LL doesn't feel like they have to do anything for now to prevent regions/people numbers from dropping even further, but it's rather short term strategy. I'll take 2.5-5k extra prims (for the full region) that should be possible to add because of more modern hardware on AWS compared to outdated one LL uses now (pretty sure I read they stopped with upgrading their servers the moment they started to work on cloud migration, which has started almost 3 years ago) instead of the price cut, though.
  4. LL viewer doesn't show the correct height. More here And here https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/BUG-228968
  5. That's how I do it lately since there's no better alternative. It does work, more or less, but it's still a band-aid solution nonetheless. Instead of simply using MP's search I have to open notecard, find the category in it that I'm about to search in (no use to add NOT *store-with-landscape-stuff* if I'm looking for clothes and vice versa), and copy-paste the list. Did I close MP and then remembered that there was something else I wanted to look for? Right, open the notecard, paste the list... All that instead of just simply clicking once per store "add to blacklist" and forgetting they exist.
  6. I'm lazy, and almost sure it'll get the usual "can't tackle at this time" from LL as most feature requests, but I wanted to create a JIRA about it for a while. Sadly adding "NOT" to MP's search is nothing more, but a band-aid solution that is good for a one-time use and nothing else. For anything else it's close to being useless and requires a lot of efforts from the user. For example there are a lot of stores that just buy FP landscape props and mix them "creating" different things (i.e. rocks+grass arrangement 1, 2, 3 etc, trees+shrubs arrangement 1 to 10 and so on). They often dump like 100 of their "creations" to MP at the time. Adding "NOT" with the store's name not only requires me to remember that store name, but also another 10 (or more like 50+) of them, as well as re-add them every single time I decide to search for something else. Same goes for clothing, there are quite a few stores that I just won't buy anything from (also usually FP meshes with retextures, and some more reasons) that I'd like to blacklist once and for all, instead I have to either scroll through that stuff each time or copy-paste "NOT store1 NOT store2 NOT store15" into every search request I make. Adding favorite stores/favorites/wishlists was a step forward and did help to clean my browser from countless MP bookmarks to stuff I liked, but they really should have added a blacklist along with it.
  7. Now it also makes sense there was absolutely no news for SL17B. Last years all had some, like premium improvements, tier decreases and some other stuff. This year... nothing at all, aside of shopping/music events. Guess they were too busy with that deal and/or weren't in position to make any changes like that already.
  8. It's not normal. Make sure you don't apply any skin appliers after switching to BoM. There's a case where your viewer may silently crash"on exit, in this case your body reverts to its previous state. Try to apply BoM, then detach the body, wait 20s, attach it back and then relog. If it works, then it was crashing for sure and you should probably look into it. If not... can always try a body's redelivery.
  9. Pretty much. But some people just have this approach. "I don't use or need it, so it's bad". It can be about scripted stuff, like in this case (although there's also a heavy bias. 1280kb for collar is a bloat, 720kb for that sensation thing is not), or about mesh. I started after mesh already was a thing in SL, but I still met a fair share of people that were were anti-mesh and kept repeating how terrible it is and how it kills SL. Sometimes I'm convinced that some of those people are paranoidal enough about lag, that they actually would like if whole SL's userbase was nothing, but people wearing prim cubes as avatars (without any custom textures, of course, it's also causes lag!), and scripts didn't exist to begin with. Also "lol complaing about collars when scripted npc babies and breedables exist". Some of those "babies" reach 10mb and 150 scripts just for one, and consume more server's CPU time than 3-4 actual avatars. --- As for the RLV. I like it and use it for various things (mostly for the original kinky purposes), not myself, though, but on others. For me it makes SL better, unlike so many other things (that others might enjoy).
  10. Yeah, so much lag, whole 7.5k triangles. And I'm sure you strip down to just alpha every time you leave your place, otherwise you're also causing lag for everyone. P. S. I do link what I can. However no mod things can't be linked and we all know how much no-mod stuff there is. And even if mod, then some still can't be linked normally because of their functions and/or attachment points. For some easy example: anything unrigged that must be worn on eyeballs (cyber lenses) can't be linked to anything worn on other attachment points like spine or neck, they just stop moving with eyes then. Reverse order makes other attachment to move with eyes instead, so also not a viable solution.
  11. No thanks, not with 34 attachment limits at least. It's nice if you're nudist, but if you try to put up some interesting fantasy and/or sci-fi avatars, then you will hit the limit as is. Also HD addons on Lelutka heads are just ~4k vertices and ~7.5k triangles (together). So having 40 avatars with those "laggy" addons combined won't reach (triangles wise) 1-2 hairstyle with styles (almost all big hair creators do it now), 2-3 clothing with a few built-in options and so on. And then there are actually laggy things like non bento Catwa heads that can have 1.5m triangles just for 1, and some people still wear them. --- As for Genus' popularity... I guess SL just needed something new when they were released. Catwa kept mass producing clones, I mean, new bento heads, Lelutka also did lack variety and only had 7 bento heads by the time Genus was out, Vista's heads never got popular enough, same for LAQ ones. The others (Logo, Genesis, Akeruka and I probably forget a few) were even smaller. And bloggers went wild about them, even though animations were terrible (still are, but better than back then I think), rigged eyes had countless issues, sliders/shape wise they didn't offer anything great either. I, personally, don't see an appeal after trying all their demos before DMCA, but I'm glad they are back, the more variety there is the better.
  12. Not so new peeve, but I just encountered it again. Creators who make black and/or white colors as fatpack exclusives. And while item in question could be nice enough so I'd want to buy it in the first place, it's not that amazing to pay 1.5-2k extra for literally nothing, and I'm not going to use those extra colors.
  13. Forums are such a bad representation of SL (well, no wonder, there's like 100-200 people at best who post often, while peak online lately is around 55k), so it's almost pointless to ask such things here. For example there's already 3 answers here caring about scripts, which is probably as much as I met in world for years. Either way, I agree with Fritigern Gothly's points. Leave an option to remove scripts, either manually if item is mod, or if no-mod, then through menus, for those who cares about it. And in my opinion, if clothing is strip-able at all, then it must be scripted. Whole point is to change (and allow others to) it easily, without having to find stages 1/2/3/4/5 in the inventory, remove one and put another, it eliminates whole purpose. And not every person who wears such clothing is running rlv or has online wardrobe setup for alternative ways to change it.
  14. They are not a threat. No idea about that DMCA'd body, but I saw Lucy one in world a few times. It's not great to say the least, same goes for those *join the group for 100L and get a mesh body/head* ones. Don't get me wrong, it's nice that people who can't afford to spend anything on SL have access to something better than classic default avis, but chances are those people wouldn't spend a single L$ on big brands' stuff anyway. And again, same idea as about freebie clothes. They are not a threat to big (and not so big) brands, just because someone can (and will) dress fully into freebies. And I'm not an altoholic and not into those build-an-avi-for-free challenges, so I can't answer your question about what I'd grab for my 10th avi even in theory. This account (building/testing/pose fitting purposes; never leaves my region) has a maitreya body. In the end freebies are freebies, compatible they are with something or not. Catwa also gave away a "full product" recently as a freebie, but I don't think it did hurt their business or business of other big mesh head brands with it. Same reason - it's not great, compared to non freebies, so entirely different target audience. Belleza did. Venus body was taken down for 2.5 weeks by DMCA in 2014. I believe if claim is fake or unjustified, then it shouldn't take much longer to resolve, since there's no court involved. Which pretty much means (speculation, of course) that one against Genus is justified and is actually taken into the court, which can take forever.
  15. Did it? I've never seen it on world. Besides I believe those freebie bodies never were a threat for any big brand, same with mesh heads. It's like saying freebie/gift clothes, shoes, accessories etc are a threat to big clothing brands. They (bodies) are usually made for people who wouldn't buy those big brand bodies anyway, or those endless alt challenges when people try to make a decent looking avatar only using freebies.
  16. Might depend where and with what kind of people you spend time at/with. If not count shoebase (or hover slider, depends how you do it), my height in SL has been 1.62m (~5.3ft I think?) for the last few years, during previous phase of "shrinking" it was 1.67m. I do remember it felt a bit weird when I've decided to do it as my height back then was around 1.9m, and it was somewhat average/slightly below average for a female avatar, but I wasn't happy with it. A week later it all settled in and being on the shorter side compared to most people never bothered me. Shoebase/hover for most heels add quite a bit to height, though. 6-8cm usually, even for most average heels ever, and some high heels need ~10cm to avoid sinking into the ground. Can't say I have any issues with furniture/props/etc either. Most new (new as is ~2014+) stuff works just fine, and I prefer to not use old one. For my own place I do extra work to make it even more fitting by buying only mod furniture that I can resize, then use helper part of AV Sitter to adjust poses/animations some more. It can be time consuming at times, but not all that bad. Either way, it's your avatar and your SL, but you really shouldn't care how others have/do it, and how you look compared to them. ----- I'd like to add that average height in SL slowly, but surely "shrinks", at least around parts of the grid I like to spend time at. Like I already said, I was on average/below average side of height with 1.9m back in 2012 when I just started (pre mesh bodies, so no, mesh has nothing to do with it). Then after going to 1.67m I usually was among the shortest people around the places I visited, but eventually I started to see more and more people with same-ish height, sometimes even shorter. And now with 1.62m I'm rarely the shortest one around, more like average or slightly shorter than average. And those 2.2-2.4m giants... I simply don't interact with them anymore aside of answering them if they ask/tell me something. If they want to be like that... sure, it's their choice, but it's my choice to not like their avatars, and not wanting to do anything with them.
  17. They might want to, but wanting and making it work are two different things. Besides it's pretty clear what people are interested in: private regions and new LL homes shortage are both a good indications of what people want. And I can't speak for everyone, but if I didn't had my own region by now (and still wanted to), then I would just wait it out until I could buy one. Mainland is entirely different "product" that doesn't suit my needs (no region management tools, no restart through debug console, only +-4m terraforming in most cases, no ability to actually have a private region just for myself and ones I want to see there, etc). So no amount of "steering" would make it more appealing for me. So instead of trying to steer people to use their less popular product, I'd like to see them expanding and adding options for popular ones. Allowing premiums (plus) to buy homesteads directly would fit that model perfectly.
  18. Yeah, I remember reading about how LL didn't really want to deal with constant opening/closing homesteads, so they decided to only offer them for full region owners. But it was long ago and with upcoming AWS move it might be a bit easier for them assuming they'll do something to make entire process automatic (as it should be). And LL already providing concierge support for roughly the same money. Concierge level of support only requires a half of mainland region (well, technically more than half, but doesn't make much of a difference if it's 32768sqm or 33k). That's 112$ a month, minus 7$ for free premium tier (unless person is using it elsewhere, of course). As of right now non-grandfathered homesteads are 109$ a month, so basically the same exact money. Now there is a possibility that having own homestead would be much more appealing to people than a half of mainland region, and they would start overloading LL's concierge support. But if one of your products is way more popular than the other, then it makes to adjust resources to provide support where it's more needed, as it's something that makes you more profit, so I'm sure LL would think of something if it happened.
  19. They can allow premiums (or premiums plus) to buy homesteads directly from them, without having to own a full region first. Not now, of course, but after moving to AWS is complete. Assuming there would be another tier decrease sometime, it could motivate plenty of people who want to "own" land without 3rd party between them and LL, but can't afford (or just don't need) a full region and don't want to live on mainland for various reasons. It might hurt big landholders, though, and they make LL some good money by paying for all those regions regardless of them being used or empty. So I'm not sure LL will do something like that, even if they'll have no other reasons or technical issues on the way.
  20. Bit gags options: 1. Look up Marine Kelley (creator of RR) in-world and check one of her stores, alternatively just teleport here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pak/68/61/105 .Deluxe gag has optional ponyplay addon. 2. KDC has a lot of bits and a bridle https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/235 3. DHB has some bits (and some more ponyplay stuff), they are okay, but in my opinion worse than first two options. Check demos in world first. https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/186381 With non flexi tails it's more difficult. Most use flexi "hair" so they move when pony walks. However there are a couple of without flexi that I know of. 1. https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/peachy-stuff-Ponytails/12183496 (braid option) 2. https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/ps-Ponytail-V2-folded-FATPACK/16343078
  21. That's why I said to each their own. I see them all the time on others and from moderate distance. Could depend on your resolution and/or screen size, too. Not going to assume how/on what you run your viewer, but for example something that can be difficult to see in windowed mode on already small 17" laptop's 1080p screen, will be most obvious thing in full screen on 32" 4k monitor. I'll agree with you on the fact that trying to make maitreya curvy is not pretty, but lots of people do it anyway. Siders do allow it (although not legacy/freya kind of curves, of course), but it does look rather broken above certain slider values. I personally like very slim looks and shapes, so it never was an issue for me. However if belleza Venus was supported, I'd probably use it instead. But it is not, if not count a FP templates market and some very large/mainstream creators that can afford to pay for extra to people who rig mesh for them. There's far more than a couple; whole chest, butt and crotch are nothing, but seams, and way lower than 2500m, it starts around 900m already, although not as badly as above 1500m. Legs are pretty bad too. Back is "okay" more or less. Even at the ground level there are a few small seams. Posting it would be NSFW and against forum rules, so I won't. And no, they are not expected there. Aside of TMP and Legacy bodies (pretty much same thing, even if they claim to be different company), nothing really breaks there like that. Not any belleza's bodies, not maitreya, not slink (pre-full bom, which still has alpha cuts). Or you'd also see mesh heads (scalp and ears that can be hidden) with such ugly seams. I have a few rigged sci-fi and fantasy things (hands/arms/legs/wings and what not) that also come with alpha cuts (it's exactly where seams appear if creator didn't bother to do it properly) and none of them breaks either. I saw a few badly made ones too, though. So while some of them also were pretty.. I didn't bought them, as I'm far more interested in every usage, than a pretty static picture for blogs/flickr.
  22. I hope you mostly stay at the ground level then, otherwise it's very hard to unsee the gaps in meshes that are present in both legacy female bodies on high altitudes (old tmp ones too). I didn't bother checking a male one, so can't say anything about it. Of course to each their own, but when I noticed it myself... I also couldn't unsee it anymore. Worst part is - it actually can be fixed and rather easily, maitreya's 5.0 update had quite a few of those seams that weren't present in 4.1 version, and it got patched out within a month. Legacy, on another hand, has those seams since release and it didn't got better one bit in ~15 months.
  23. One that doesn't require a picture taken on specific angles to hide ugly seams, because the "creator" can't be bothered (or simply can't, if some rumors are true) to fix calculation error on high altitudes for well over a year.
  24. Some are way way worse than breedables, only difference is that people don't try to rezz hundreds of them. I had a "pleasure" to endure some npc baby loving "family" living in the same region a long while ago. I'm not sure if all of them are like that, or if something changed since then (1.5 years or so passed since those times), but it was one of big and popular brands. Script info: '*nameoflagbabymonster*': [134/161] running scripts, 10304 KB allowed memory size limit, 0.288141 ms of CPU time consumed. They had 10 of them, rezzed 24/7. That's 2.8ms of script time and 1340 (or 1610, if they sometimes activated extra ones for some functions, I have no idea about their functionality) scripts just on "that". Assuming that region is well used and probably already hovers around 50-60% scripts run in best case and below 40% in worst, such amount of extra scripts will bring it down to "quite slow" levels.
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