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  1. 3 hours ago, Prokofy Neva said:

    There are things I can click on an AWS panel.

    Yes, but are they things that do something?  I mean something useful?  When my son was about 8, I wired up a black box for him that had a dozen buttons and a few rheostats on it. Basically, it was a tone generator with a some odd filters and a bunch of flickering lights.  He loved that thing but it did absolutely nothing but startle the cat.  Maybe your AWS panel is a grown-up version of my black box.

  2. 6 hours ago, Profaitchikenz Haiku said:

    Once something has been set up with enough autonomy or redundancy or out-sourcing built in, it can just keep going because all the little parts are able to keep going with minor attention. The human body is much like this.

    I remember that mine was like that once but now that it's past warranty, its little parts keep needing more frequent attention and they cost me more every time I take it into the shop.

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  3. Você está no SL há menos de 30 dias. Muitas regiões de Adultos não permitem que novos residentes entrem em suas regiões, porque é muito provável que eles estejam lá para causar problemas. Espere um mês e depois tente ir para essas regiões.

    You have been in SL for less than 30 days.  Many Adult regions do not allow new residents to enter their regions, because it is very likely that they are there to cause trouble.  Wait for a month, then try going to those regions.

  4. That should not happen if you are teleporting with a landmark or by using a direct SLURL.  If you are using your Map view to teleport, though, you do need to enter the exact coordinates, including the Z (height) component into the map's coordinate controls before you click the Teleport button. Sometimes, with some viewers, you have to hit the Enter key after you have typed numbers into those coordinate boxes and before you click Teleport.  If you don't, the numbers that you typed aren't in memory yet.  The Z value that you typed in will actually be read as ZERO, which will drop you at ground level (or on the sea floor).

  5. 11 minutes ago, Chic Aeon said:

    I don't know anyone else around me who has been in for a shot besides her. 

    My cousin and his wife (both 79) got their shots a week and a half ago in Portland OR. They didn't mention anything about scheduling problems, but their daughter made the appointments for them so who knows?  Anyway, yes, I have heard tales from all over about people having a hard time getting the vaccine.  It really does depend on timing, location, and luck, I guess.

  6. The bubble metaphor suggests other properties as well.  Like a real soap bubble,  a metaphorical bubble is fragile. It has a boundary that is hard to see yet difficult to cross without destroying it and dispersing whatever was inside. It is therefore very tempting to avoid disturbing the bubble,  for fear that it will not survive.  Nothing may enter or leave. 

    This is a very useful metaphor. 

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  7. A bubble is an isolated environment,  separated from the rest of the world by a transparent boundary. When we talk about a bubble as a metaphor, we mean that people live in groups where they all have the same interests and beliefs,  rarely interacting with anyone outside their own group. They are living in a social "bubble", and may not even be aware that other people have different beliefs and interests. 

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  8. Linden Lab's practice regarding alts is deliberately vague. As people have already pointed out, there are good reasons why a group may need a flock of accounts from the same IP address, and it's certainly in the Lab's own financial interest to let people have several Premium accounts to play the Game of Homes with.  The limits in the policy are useful for keeping griefers and gangs of Paleoquest cheaters from spoiling SL for the rest of us.  Regarding enforcement, the FAQ page regarding the alt policy says

    Accounts that have not been paid for and are found to be in violation of our policies, Linden Lab may, at our discretion and in alignment with our Terms of Service, take any or all of the following actions:

    • Prevent the user from creating additional accounts
    • Close some or all of the user's accounts until payment is made
    • Close all of the user's accounts permanently

    No system is perfect. If you have legitimate reasons for creating multiple accounts but have been unable to do so:

    • If you have a basic account, go to Help Island and talk to someone there.
    • If you have a premium account, submit a support ticket.

    So, there are some nice weasel words to say that the Lab may enforce the policy if it has to, plus a couple of side doors that we can use if we have a perfectly good reason to need an army of alts. And as for the potential fee for creating lots of alts ...

    However, if you create an army of alts, Linden Lab may charge a small fee of US$9.95 for the creation of each additional basic account as a way to recoup some of the cost.

    Or maybe they won't.  If you are using your army for evil purposes, though, you have been warned.  😈

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  9. 2 hours ago, Janet Voxel said:
    2 hours ago, ItHadToComeToThis said:

    After several of his posts I am now convinced he lives inside a bubble and rarely ventures out to actually see what is going on in second life or how it operates. 

    You could say that for a lot of people that post here.

    Almost everybody, probably. I think it's unlikely that people who really enjoy playing combat games know much about parts of SL that are appealing to history buffs, and there probably aren't a lot of power shoppers who are into flying aircraft or playing Linden Realms. I do a lot of exploring in Bellisseria but don't know a lot about parts of the older continents.  We all travel in familiar circles and ignore places that don't interest us.

    And how many people really know how SL operates?  Having spent the past 14 years fielding questions in the Answers section, I can guarantee you that very few people have taken time to read things in the Knowledge Base (or even know that it exists), and even fewer have any idea what's in the TOS. We all have a pretty good idea about how SL works for us individually, but a lot of what we know is full of gaps, misconceptions, hearsay, and guesswork.  Sort of like RL, actually. 

    There's nothing wrong with living in a bubble as long as you don't act like all the other bubbles are just like yours. Bubble life is comfortable and safe. Things are more interesting at the border crossings between bubbles, especially for people who enjoy bubble hopping. Experienced bubble hoppers tend to be more aware of how much variety there is in world, and more tolerant of it than people who rarely venture out. They aren't a big demographic, though.  Again, pretty much like RL (or maybe like Middle Earth, where the few worldly hobbits are the ones who leave the Shire). 

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  10. I think it would be interesting to see statistics that would give an idea about the amount of trade through Marketplace relative to total sales in SL.  It would be really hard to get numbers, but they might help resolve some of the questions here. Personally, I gave up selling in world after many years and now sell only through MP because (a) it's rent-free (b) it's low-maintenance and (c) LL deals with any redeliveries. Selling things is not as important to me these days as it was 8 or 10 years ago.

    When I am shopping, though, I still prefer to go to in world shops if I can. I use MP as a catalog for identifying merchandise and merchants that look promising, but then I visit the inworld shop.  That's especially true for animations, sounds, and textures.  Same for trees and other landscaping stuff. I would certainly do that if I were shopping for buildings.  Not so much for clothing.  I can't explain my rationale fully.  I suppose it's at least partly because I like to see some items in context, but some of it may just be habit.

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  11. 2 minutes ago, Rumancekk said:

    i still don't understand why i did the exact same thing before though and this didn't happen.

    That's why I asked what you meant by "the exact same thing".  When I asked

    51 minutes ago, Rolig Loon said:

    Do you mean that you have accidentally made the entire house glow before?

    you said

    48 minutes ago, Rumancekk said:

    no. i hadn't, i just had one room glowing.

    So, you didn't make exactly the same mistake before. This was the first time that you accidently made the entire house glow. So this is the first time that you have messed up the script.  Try to turn glow off on everything and restart the script.  If you can't do that, or if it does not work, rez a new house.

    8 minutes ago, Rumancekk said:

    but would that cause other scripts to mess up? like on avatars and stuff?

    No.  I think those are totally unrelated. You'll need a different explanation for them, but my first guess is user error, especially if other landowners on the same region are having no problems.

  12. 2 minutes ago, Rumancekk said:

    but there's nothing in the scripts that controls glow. it's just doors and windows and maybe the fireplace

    AHA!  The fireplace probably does have a glow control in the flames.

    Let me try to make an imperfect example....  In your house in RL, you probably have some light switches that an electrician would call "three-way switches."  That is, there may be two or three wall switches that you can use to turn the ceiling lights in the room ON or OFF.  Because you can use any one of the switches to control the lights, you know that sometimes you need to flip a switch UP to turn the lights on but sometimes you have to flip the switch DOWN.  Now ....  suppose that your house had a computer to control the lights and there were NO switches for you to flip.  If you then did something very strange to turn the lights ON that the computer was not expecting ( reconnecting the wires manually, maybe ), the computer might think that the lights were still OFF.  From then on, the lights would not work properly.  The only way to fix things would be to turn the lights off and restart the computer so that it knows they are off.

    I know that's not a perfect example, but what I am saying is that if the script in your house is supposed to control glow in something and if you have accidentally messed things up by making everything glow, the script may no longer know what it is supposed to be doing.  You need to turn glow off everywhere and restart the script.  If you can't restart the script, rez a completely new copy of the house and start all over again.

  13. What are the scripts in your house meant to do?  If they are intended to control glow on selected faces of the house, then you may have messed things up by resetting glow manually on some faces yourself.  You might be able to recover by restarting the house scripts, if that's possible.  If not, the smartest thing to do is to rez a new house. Unless you understand how the house scripts work, it's probably wise to avoid changing things that the scripts are meant to control.

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