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  1. So, you're a big believer in "cancel culture", I take it?
  2. Change the body to "Alpha Masking" and then change the "Alpha Cutoff" value that will appear to something between 1 and 255 - 100 is a good average value. That will allow you to use worn alphas but not have alpha blending issues.
  3. You're actually using a "release candidate" viewer that has an updated version of the audio software the viewer uses. You should report this as a bug with that viewer version. Theresa Tennyson sighs, as her better angel made her suggest doing something to fix a bug she'd just as soon see remain un-fixed, to be honest.
  4. But an untrained amateur making projections using the same information? Solid.
  5. Depends on the size of the outbreak (took me about 30 seconds to find this): https://vaxopedia.org/2017/07/20/when-measles-epidemics-would-close-schools/
  6. A zoologist walks up to a wolf in the wild and asks a question. "So, does your pack have an alpha male?" The wolf replies, "We have a whole bunch of alpha males!" An answer like that suggests that you're dealing with someone who doesn't really understand the term you're using. However, unlike the wolf, the nVidia CEO probably is used to human language, meaning they don't have as much of an excuse.
  7. What did they develop that was totally new? As far as I can tell, their body came out months after Wowmeh, which was the body that basically defined the "Second Life mesh body" feature set.
  8. If you put too many polygons in a small area you'll get items disappearing like that. This JIRA describes it but it's not considered a "bug" so the behavior won't change. https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/BUG-9439
  9. Some things are more difficult than they might seem at first glance. For instance, a landowner might try using an alt or friend on a forum to draw attention to their own listings and belittle a competitor's ones, but it can very quickly look cheesy and obvious.
  10. I admit, I misread your post somewhat about substitutions. However, your reply had a major problem: You seem to think that you can predict hard numbers using percentages and charts without taking into account unexpected problems. You probably have a background in abstract long-duration planning. (I should also point out that you've been complaining about "inaccurate predictions" for virus deaths, and those are by people who actually have experience in these fields.) I have a background that involves knowing about real-life system failures - things like building collapses, fires, shipwrecks, etc. Most of these problems can't be predicted with charts and percentages - they usually involve a chain of events springing from one tiny problem. A professional flight crew accidentally flew a Lockheed L-1011 into the Everglades because they were distracted by a burnt-out indicator light, for instance. Economic downturns work the same way - the economic effects can be much greater than you'd think by just looking at the event sparking the downturn. With the current situation its' interesting to note that job losses aren't that closely associated with the strictness of lockdowns in many areas. Things are much more complicated than they seem at first. Your understanding of the auto industry is rather archaic. There aren't really "German" or "Japanese" or "American" cars anymore. Volkswagens mostly come from Mexico; meanwhile, some Hondas have more US content than a number of "American" cars. They all depend on supplier chains from all over the world that can't be changed quickly. If any of that chain gets disrupted, cars don't get built. As far as oil goes, the reason that the United States is both an oil exporter and an oil importer is that, ironically enough, most American refineries can't refine American crude oil. It's a different weight and sulfur level than the refineries were built for and they can't change quickly and economically. Also, overseas trade isn't a situation where everyone in America spends 12% of their lives exporting things. Some people have no involvement; some are completely dependent on it. And, more to the point, other people are completely dependent on those people and so on. That's why I brought up retail. It's an extremely important sector that also has serious weaknesses in today's economy and can be badly damaged by outside forces. A declining store chain doesn't shed 2% of their workforce every year until the last three people are laid off; a failure will suddenly put a lot of people out of work.
  11. You have - you've had issues with Vallone's performance a few times now over the last couple of years.
  12. If Tilia is an untrustworthy entity then Linden Lab is an untrustworthy company, making Second Life also an untrustworthy entity. If you see this as a problem you shouldn't be using Second Life at all.
  13. So, your theory is that all economic activity is interchangeable in the short term and all jobs and sources of income can be converted from one segment of the economy to another in a fraction of a year? One of the cutter-drapers in our costume shop is retiring in December - would you like her job?
  14. But will those jobs still be around in a few months - and would they be around now even if the United States never shut down at all? Let's think about this... It's important to remember that the Greatest Economy in History we were enjoying before the pandemic was based on consumers, business and government all being up to their gonads in debt in order to support their daily operations. Let's take the red pill (which is actually a cinnamon Tic-Tac) and decide that Covid-19 was/is completely overrated and that not shutting down wouldn't have caused any problems worse than they are now. The problem is that Europe and Asia still would have shut down. Travel/leisure and other businesses relying on overseas trade still would have taken a major hit, and that would have started bleeding some jobs. Businesses don't have a lot of margin. An airplane not stuffed like a sardine can is probably losing money on every trip. Now think about the fact that many other jobs are in retail. The red pill's magic powers don't extend to making Sears/K-mart anything better than a shambling zombie of a business, with Macys and J.C. Penney not being a whole lot better. A lot of malls were in dire straits even during the "boom time." Any sort of economic downturn would have been the death blow for a lot of bricks-and-mortar retailers, and there go more jobs. Commercial landlords are in the frying pan now too. With more and more people losing jobs, people are suddenly going to think "Gee, maybe I shouldn't invest in a birthday cake for my dog after all," so the Dog Birthday Cake Lady* goes out of business. And so on, and so on, and so on... I'm not saying that all of the decisions on closing down parts of the economy were the best ones possible - I have no way of knowing that. However, I think it takes a sort of willful blindness to think that all of the problems we're facing would have vanished if we hadn't. _____________ *Actual real-life business that I saw mentioned in an article.
  15. I have a metaphor that might help. I used to be pretty heavily into film photography. With a film camera, when you bought a more sophisticated camera (interchangeable lenses, etc.) you bought into a system made by one company. Any lenses, automatic flashes, etc. had to be made to work with that system - Nikon, Pentax, etc. That didn't mean that you only had to buy things from that company, though. Instead of buying a Nikon lens for your Nikon camera, you could buy a lens from a company like Sigma that was compatible with the Nikon system. Sigma would make basically the same lens with several different flanges, etc. so that you could buy the version of that lens for your particular camera system. Some systems had better support from these third party vendors than others. Nikon, Pentax, Canon and Minolta support was basically a given; Yashica and Olympus had some support but less than the big ones; and then you had some cameras that never really caught on enough for the lens makers to support them. As far as I can tell, your Tellaq body is a mesh body; unfortunately for you it's the Fujica X-mount of bodies - i.e. nobody but the original maker makes anything to work with it. If you want to get fancy with your avatar you should look into the various popular "systems" for bodies and heads (bodies and heads being comparatively independent of each other.) Bear in mind that the more popular a body/head is the more stuff will be made for it. One difference between Second Life avatars and cameras, though, is most clothing makers will give you copies of the same piece of clothing for multiple body systems as one purchase instead of having to buy each version independently. That will help if you decide to change systems or use more than one.
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