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Marishka Ixito

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  1. The only thing you could say in defense of sploders is that most aren't run for profit. To the contrary, many sploders see the owner of the device putting in a significant share of the prize money. Nevertheless, I agree that they're illegal (and have been for a long time). LL not having done much to eradicate them from the grid doesn't change that. As for the subject of the thread, although just about all midnight mania boards that require payment in some form or other (non-free groupmembership, parcel access fee, or otherwise) are currently "innocent" (as in: not used to intentionally bypass
  2. Phoebe Avro wrote: Actually it is directly related to brain speed, the paragraph was originally taken from an article about the research done at Cambridge University some years ago. No, it's not taken from an article about research at Cambridge University.. For some more reading on the subject of jumbling the letters in words, and the origin of the jumbled text that was widely distributed on the internet I recommend http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/people/matt.davis/cmabridge/ and http://www.crcummins.com/CRCScrambled.pdf
  3. Spirit, 1. There's no way to prove or disprove who has which alts, nor is that information interesting for anyone with all screws in tightened condition. Whenever you meet someone with the "paranoid" screw untight, hand them a screwdriver. 2. Someone harassing you/your friends: put the person on ignore, and ask your friends to do the same. If some don't, you should ask yourself if they are friends, or more interested in stirring up some silly sl-drama. 3. Nobody can spy on your IM's, unless your computer has been compromised with some spying software, or the person you talked to shares the
  4. Basically, what I get from the "November 1 deadline" Linden Lab blogpost is that from that date forward, LL will actively enforce that: 1. no skill games are operated that are not already approved or subject of an ongoing application review; 2. no skill games are operated by someone that doesn't have a license or an ongoing application review for such license; 3. no skill games are operated by anyone outside a skill gaming region. Conclusion is that those applicants who are waiting to get approved before changing their sim into a skill gaming region have no choice anymore, come November 1,
  5. Seconded, but to be honest I doubt the suggestion is new. kind regards Marishka
  6. /quote If they find out a country or other states passed a law prohibiting it they'll be added to the list too. /unquote I think it's highly unlikely LL will examine the laws of 200 or so countries. Much more likely seems that LL will include more jurisdictions to their exclusion list only when pressed hard by such jurisdictions. Such pressure is most likely the source of the new games policy also, I don't believe for a second that LL just discovered 2 months ago that some states in the USA have "no online gaming" laws. If LL would approach the issue proactively, for example Italy would ha
  7. Ellfie, Going by the specs you posted for your current compu, you may have an alternative for buying a completely new one, because your processor isn't all that old/slow. I would suggest finding a local computershop and find out if your current motherboard will allow for more internal memory (you could also download a free little program called Speccy and find out yourself what mobo (motherboard) you have and google it to find out how much memory it supports). If it does (support more memory) ask for a good all in price for: 1. upgrading your internal memory to 16 GB 2. graphics card to a
  8. There's no beating around the bush with this. From the perspective of a games operator, in principle the whole game of chance / game of skill difference is really totally uninteresting. For both goes that they want to make sure they make money from them, whether chance or skill based. Since games of chance have been outlawed in SL back in 2007 or so, the debate centers on games that can be made to pass as games of skill. But because these games of skill are aimed at the same "gambling" enamored crowd (easier to part this group with their money), designers that produced games of skill have b
  9. Innula Zenovka wrote: I have to say that, as a native speaker of British English (and as someone who is used to reading English legal documents), it didn't occur to me to interpret '“Skill Game” refers to any game: 1) whose outcome is determined by skill and is not contingent, in whole or in material part, upon chance; 2) requires or permits the payment of Linden Dollars to play; 3) provides a payout in Linden Dollars; and 4) is legally authorized by applicable United States and international law.' as meaning anything other than that all four requirements must be met, as opposed to any one
  10. Qie, Agreed, LL will still need to police the non "gaming regions" with respect to any gambling / skillgaming there. A few remarks: 1. That doesn't pose anything new really, LL already had to police gambling before this initiative to regulate skillgaming. 2. We all know LL rarely actively engages in this policing job, if at all, it rather prefers to take a reactive stance where things are only investigated when complained about, sooner when done so by a large number of residents. 3. LL's reaction usually only affects the actual object that was complained about, other similar objects that
  11. Having read through most posts in the thread, my impression is that many people think LindenLabs will choose an active role when judging what games qualify to be run in a gaming region, and thus kill off those games that are the most popular now because they resemble "gambling" the most, thus creating an opportunity for more truely skill based games to be operated in sl. I very much doubt LL will take that route. It seems much more likely to me that LL will just check whether the "reasoned legal opinion" from the lawyer and the affidavit are in place, and whether the object for the game is na
  12. Demonika, The common Sploders are a game of chance, with a pay-out in L$, that require payment in L$ to participate and as such, are not allowed. The relevant wiki page states that LL will enforce the policy on gambling: "Our staff will review, investigate and respond to appropriate notices. When we discover objects or games within Second Life that meet the policy's definition, we will remove them from Second Life." In short, if you encounter a working sploder that pays out L$, then most likely that sploder has not been reported.
  13. Martin, The entire thing, from both sides (lawmakers/gaming industry) isn't about chance or skill, it's about money. The gaming industry only puts up a fight to have some game designated as "game of skill" to stay out of more restrictive legal frameworks for games of chance (with higher financial burden for them). All I am saying is that: a. Italy decided to squash that discussion by making their laws applicable to both chance and skill games. They don't really care which is which, they care about tax income and selling licences. b. Other european countries appear to be attracted to the I
  14. If it's called a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. I am sure Italian magistrates agree.
  15. Hmm, it's slowly clearing up it seems. My impression sofar is that all non US residents are effectively forced out of the application procedure, since they would need to seek overseas legal council to obtain the necessary documents. With very few exceptions I expect this requirement will be too much for non US based applicants. On a different note, I may have some news for Linden Labs, the current Italian legal framework with regard to offering internet based chance and/or skill games to Italian citizens is gaining a following in other european countries, who are all suffering a rather se
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