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  1. The first thing when discussing 'child avatars' is to establish what constitutes a child avatar. It needs to be clearly defined before any further discussion can productively progress. For many it is obvious, but for many it is not. People get accussed of ***** arbitrarily. There are grey areas when considering avatar size, or whether the avatar is a teenager, either above or below the age of consent. I play as an adult, but at 5'2" tall (my adult height in RL) I am often less than shoulder height of many around me. I look small in SL because everyone else chooses to be abnormally tall playing human avatars. With my size I am very conscious of activities in adult areas as it can easily bring unwanted attention from the self-appointed size police with their 7 foot+ avatar. I fear being reported and banned, for nothing more than an arbitrary opinion and report from a fellow user, followed by another arbitrary decision from those in SL who respond to such reports. We all know how slow and one-sided dealing with a ban can be, so I just don't go there.
  2. Thank you for replying. Are saying to set my Bandwidth slider to 1500?
  3. I don't have a home, so was at my usual fairly quiet landing spot and Packets Lost was 0.0% I went to Blueberry as it is always packed with people and slow, especially now people spend a free giftcard. It was 0.0% packet loss there too, but it was painfully slow and things not rez. I was using Default graphics settings. Maybe I am expecting too much as packet loss is 0%. Also, with many people stuck at home and internet usage more at this time means SL and some other internet places are very, very busy. I never updated my Firestorm for BoM because I don't need or want BoM. Plus my Windows is not fully up to date, nor my graphics drivers or system BIOS because my battery bulged in my laptop and I had to remove it. ASUS will not allow BIOS update without min. 20% battery. Windows 10 cannot update until ASUS BIOS updates as it is queuing. I cannot move on without buying a new battery. Maybe this is causing my clunky SL and there is nothing wrong elsewhere. I have resisted buying a battery which I don't need as my laptop never moves, but I guess I need to buy it so I can move forward. I wish it had a battery monitor override. In one year it will be faulty again. Laptop batteries suck if they don't get used because your laptop never moves. Standing at the busy Blueberry CAM sim. Help - About Firestorm: - Firestorm 6.0.2 (56680) Feb 9 2019 18:55:39 (64bit) (Firestorm-Releasex64) with Havok support Release Notes You are at 5.2, 134.6, 22.6 in Palau located at sim10730.agni.lindenlab.com ( SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Palau/5/135/23 (global coordinates 232,709.0, 276,103.0, 22.6) Second Life Server 2020-03-17T20:08:11.538605 Release Notes CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz (2207.98 MHz) Memory: 16307 MB OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit (Build 17134.1130) Graphics Card Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 1060/PCIe/SSE2 Windows Graphics Driver Version: OpenGL Version: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 399.24 RestrainedLove API: (disabled) libcurl Version: libcurl/7.54.1 OpenSSL/1.0.2l zlib/1.2.8 nghttp2/1.25.0 J2C Decoder Version: KDU v7.10.6 Audio Driver Version: FMOD Studio 1.10.10 Dullahan: 1.1.1080 / CEF: 3.3325.1750.gaabe4c4 / Chromium: 65.0.3325.146 LibVLC Version: 2.2.8 Voice Server Version: Not Connected Settings mode: Firestorm Viewer Skin: Firestorm (Grey) Window size: 1920x1060 px Font Used: Deja Vu (96 dpi) Font Size Adjustment: 0 pt UI Scaling: 1 Draw distance: 120 m Bandwidth: 1000 kbit/s LOD factor: 4 Render quality: High-Ultra (6/7) Advanced Lighting Model: Yes Texture memory: 2048 MB (1) VFS (cache) creation time (UTC): 2020-3-11T10:6:59 Built with MSVC version 1800 Packets Lost: 5/101,075 (0.0%) March 24 2020 23:23:27 SLT
  4. Thank you for the links. I must be honest, I had and still have no idea what Ardy Lay was saying and how to proceed. It just didn't compute with my brain, but I appreciated that it clearly triggered something with Oz Linden and I followed that link given. My speed test result at DSLreports .com is: - This all looks good and positive to my eyes, but I am no expert. It seems it is not bufferbloat. Maybe I need to start digging for clues inside Firestorm.
  5. I have no idea, but I thought I'd give it a try. Regard VPN slowing my internet down the ping was the same and the down/up speeds lower but still better than my old wired VDSL connection where SL ran nicely.
  6. Thank you all so much for replies. It is always relieving to know people try to help others when things are not good. I don't know why but I had not considered the increase in internet traffic during these 'stay at home' times, although the the clunky performance of SL was happening before that. I think. Yes, I'm pretty sure it was but I had recently taken a break from SL and with it clunky like this makes it more difficult to remotivate again. A little more information: The fiber router I use is new and provided by my ISP, on loan. I have NordVPN and tried several USA connections and there was no noticeable difference in SL performance, but the connections are to USA, cannot choose specific cities or regions within. The Nalates Urriah list of things to try looks intense, but thorough. At first glance it looks beyond my abilities, but I will endevour to do my best and follow the steps. I will set some time aside soon to work through the tests and checks listed. Same as in real life. When times are tough is when we learn most about ourselves and our environment. Again, thank you all so much for your help and suggestions. I very much enjoy SL and hope not to slip away due to poor connecting. Stay safe.
  7. I used to have a wired internet connection which gave me about 75Mbps down / 22Mbps up / ping = 10ms (locally). I can't remember what ping to Arizona was. In Preferences my bandwidth was set to 1250. SL ran very well. I was happy. Now I have fiber optic installed and now have 315Mbps down / 95Mbps up / ping = 1ms (locally). Ping to Arizona (8550 miles away) is 220ms. I have tried different bandwidth settings bringing it down, as that's what I read somewhere .. .. but my SL is now terrible! The rest of the internet works perfectly and my ping to Arizona can't have been better than now, surely. Can anybody help me. What can I do to make it better again, please?
  8. I cannot bear to pay their prices any more, plus I really do not like the slow, lumpy and laggy format of the newer HUD at all. I wish they sold the ARMS animations separately. As far as I know they're only available from within sets. Vista animations in general do not seem as good as they used to be.
  9. That is not true in my case, I use both anims loaded into Firestorm's AO AND a Zhao AO all at the same time without any issues at all. It is likely that you haven't selected or divided the right type of animation into the AO's, you have cross-over.
  10. I often get things bought for me from my Marketplace wishlist. It happens often with reasonably priced items. The other day I noticed two wishlist items were no longer available. I searched Marketplace and found the demos, but not the full items. I sent a notecard to the seller asking where the items had gone and could they be re-instated. She said due to the increase in MP fees they are now only available from her main shop in-world and no longer listed on Marketplace. I removed the residue from my wishlist as nobody can buy those items for me now. Arguably she has lost sales, but I understand why she did it. What I don't understand is why not increase the prices on Marketplace to cover the fee increases, but state in the advert that the items are available at a discounted price from the in-world store and provide a teleport link. Why don't I just buy it from the store myself? ~ Because I don't have much money, but would like the item, should someone choose to gift it to me. It's a shame.
  11. I use a laptop for SL and things run pretty well. For this and my previous laptop I've always set up a RAM DISK for the SL cache, rather than using up SSD life or waiting for my HDD. It also clears at shutdown, which suits me fine. I most definately notice the difference.
  12. When all I see is messy BoM avatars and I'm the last one standing, that's when I'll upgrade my viewer. I don't care what other people look like. Second Life is all about me, as far as I'm concerned.
  13. Discussions involving disallowed, against TOS, and any bannable behaviours within SL always boils down to sexual roleplay with a child avatar. While something is possible to do, there are people out there who will find a way to do it. All adult bodies of both sexes (Maitreya, Slink, Belleza, TMP etc.) should be marked in some way within the system as 'Adult' and are allowed to sit on adult marked furniture, wear adult marked add-ons and attachments etc.. Their heights are also restricted and cannot be lowered below some arbitrary minimum height of perhaps 5 feet tall. Toddledoo, Tweenster and any other child type avatar bodies purposefully designed and purchased in order to portray a child are marked as 'Child' and CANNOT engage with any 'Adult' avatar, furniture, attachment etc.. This problem can be dealt with by Linden Lab/SL with some time and effort, but there are more important things to deal with, such as getting BoM going and surnames sorted out. The only way to eradicate it completely is to make it impossible.
  14. 1. Stands in room, sees chair against the wall, sits on chair .. now screen completely filled with the back of the wall. 2. Stood in store, sees nice group gifts and a lucky chair with my letter on it .. looks around for group join button, cannot find. Clicks on a few group items but no join offerred. Right-clicks one and checks under object for the group name, searches for group name, cannot find. Lucky letter changes, I leave and never come back.
  15. We all change our appearance over time. Consider it as SL's way of ageing. Perhaps a useful concept to adopt for those who struggle to differentiate between their SL and RL selves.
  16. No need to justify yourselves. My post was neither a question nor a showing of interest, rather a statement of ambivalence.
  17. I agree about being asked a question as an introduction, as opposed to just saying 'Hi' etc.. Being asked a sensible question regarding my avatar or what she is wearing will almost always garner a positive response from me. Second life is not real life and the differences and nuances when introducing yourself are not necessarily the same. Just because someone comes and stands in front of you does not automatically mean you can see them. I'm often camming in stores or events and not looking at myself and I don't want to lose my cam position just to see who it is. I may read their profile but if it was sensibl conversation starter I may just start chatting without ever looking at them and then like them regardless of their avatar appearance. If I like a man's avatar I will almost always talk to him. These men are rarely the smooth, sleek, polished and modern avatars, but rather the ones I simply like the look of. Often they are the classic system avatars because to achieve a decent mature male look is not easy with mesha body and face. I like older men in RL too, so it's how I am. I feel for men sometimes as the onus is often on them to make the first move, so when I make the first move they are often flattered, but not always. I get the occasional kick-back too and it's a shame when he has an avatar I really like. The division between real life and 2nd life is a very easy one for me to make. Even while Firestorm is loading I am already becoming 'me'.. and me is my SL avatar. I'm not interested in the person's real life at all, any relationship is between our two avatars. RL questions, even as basic as 'which country are you from', are off-putting for me. My avatar is what you see, my personality is my avatar. Take it or leave it.
  18. Why someone spends forever trying to make a mesh head look like their old system head is beyond me.
  19. I have SL sound permanently muted. Other people's sound and noise .. bleugh!
  20. Hang on, I remembered another one. Please stop calling things you need to pay for a 'GIFT'. If they're at a bargain or special price or a promotion then call them what they are, If they require payment they are NOT a gift. gift /ɡɪft/ noun 1. a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present.
  21. New to forum and my first post is a moan, a pet peeve. So let's get it out of the way Please forgive me for not reading all 80+ pages so far as it's probably been mentioned already, but my moan is about opening boxed items. One or two and it's over and done with quickly, but after grabbing all the gifts at an event, such as Kustom9 for example, there are many, many items to 'open' Let's see what we have. Some need .. 1. the floor of a sandbox and a single click then 'open attachments' 2. the floor of a sandbox and a manual right-click then 'open attachments' 3. to be attached (as bag/item) and open automatically 4. to be attached (as bag/item) and require clicking 5. to be attached (as HUD) and open automatically 6. to be attached (as HUD) and require clicking 7. to be attached (as HUD) and require clicking in a particular place, which requires full rezzing 8. some of the above revealing more boxes to open 9. some of the above revealing more boxes to open with a different method 10. me to reset my AO as a built-in animation has disrupted mine Please, sellers, may we have some consistency? .. and drop the animations. My always preferred method is when I attach as a HUD and it automatically offers 'Accept'. I can grab a bunch in inventory and attach all at once. Then click Accept repeatedly until all done. Then take the opportunity that all those boxes in inventory I no longer need are all still highlighted and delete them all in one go. I dream
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