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  1. I am English and I am VERY EXCITED about the royal birth ......mainly because I want to see whether or not the baby is Ginger and enjoys dressing up as a Nazi in it's spare time.
  2. Pamela Galli wrote: Is EVE Online a game? I looked at it and did not see any work opportunities. Yeah, it's an MMO set in space. No opportunities to create or import original content though. There is a way to make real USD from EVE but you need high level characters and the ability (in game skills), blueprints and resources to manufacture the high price tag items. There is then a very convoluted process one can go through to convert your game money into real money, however it violates EVE's TOS in the process.
  3. Deltango Vale wrote: SL is like Detroit. It's going nowhere until a new management team rebuilds the technical infrastructure and reverses years of bad policy decisions. The only alternative to SL at the moment is EVE Online, which is growing like wildfire under a brilliant management team. I pray daily that CCP Games will buy Linden Lab and take SL into the 21st century. My sentiments exactly. I've tried every notable virtual world out there. IMVU is a great alternative platform to sell content but beyond that it sucks. The only other virtual world I have committed to over the years is EVE. 9 years nearly in both EVE and SL. In SL pretty much everyone I have known is gone. In EVE I can name at least 20 people who have been very active for over 7 years and still are now. I think that says allot about the EVE and CCP's ability to retain users when compared to LL.
  4. I see mesh as an alternative rather than a replacement for regular prim/sculpts. When I started creating in mesh I launched new brands so that I could keep my mesh and non mesh content separate. The non mesh still sells very well and after focusing on mesh for 2 years I am now building new content in sculpts and prims as there is still allot of demand for it, especially with prefab buildings as customers want the ability to rip them apart and to customize them. I think there is room for mesh and non mesh content in SL and customers are confirming that with their wallets.
  5. Tiffy Vella wrote: I absolutely agree with you. And, after being in business in RL and SL, I can tell you he's wrong. That's NOT how it usually works. I completely disagree. If you create good content then you are likely to be copybotted multiple times. That is the norm rather than the exception in SL and has to be factored into your business plan if you have one.
  6. Frawmusl wrote: Someone copybotted a copyrighted design.. Interesting. Also intriguing is that I did not know you could copybot sculpts, Did you perhaps leak your sculptmaps in various places? A sculpted prim is no different to any other prim, so it can be ripped off although not the sculpt map itself. To the OP, hundreds if not thousands of us have been ripped off in SL. You need to try using the DMCA process to get the content taken down. Google it, there is a procedure guide in the wiki. In the meantime you could send a very formal notecard to the thief, threaten them with legal action and anything else that is not prosecutable in court. I have scared many a thief into quitting just by being overly aggressive towards them. Also check if the thief has an inworld store. If they do, and it is rented, then you can contact the estate owner, politely tell them about your issue and try and get the thief kicked off of their land. I like it when this happens as it inevitably costs the thief money. If all this fails then you have the DMCA process to fall back upon, although if the thief knows how to "play the game" then the DMCA process is next to useless in 99% of cases. Good luck.
  7. I would not get involved in this sort of thing if I were you, sounds a bit fishy to me.
  8. Pamela Galli wrote: Something about the installation process did something very bad. Could you possibly do a roll back on your system to a previously working configuration?
  9. Cerise Sorbet wrote: Nah, the edgy jaded perpetual negativity schick got boring. Actually that is very true, Mine peaked at the end of last year when I started this thread Second Life in 2014 but I am actually allot more optimistic now. I shall give the Lab the benefit of the doubt :matte-motes-big-grin:
  10. Cerise Sorbet wrote: It could happen as soon as next week, if no ugly surprises appear. I do hope you had a tongue in cheek when made this comment given LL's rollout history over the last decade.
  11. Hi, If you are looking for videos there is a website you may not have heard of called Youtube. This website hosts a selection of videos that would meet your requirements.
  12. I feel your pain Czari. I have been upgrading recently and got a new card and 2 new monitors. The card has 3 ports, one DVI-I which can be used to plug a vga cable in using a DVI adapter, this would run an analogue signal, Another port is DVI-D which is used for running a digital signal and the 3rd port is HDMI. So I went and bought 2 brand new HD digital monitors so I could duel screen and both of them came only with a VGA cable! I was amazed, no cabling or adapters included to connect the digital monitors to digital ports. Dillion is spot on when she said that monitors seem to be out of sync with graphics cards nowadays. I also feel your pain with fitting large graphics cards inside cramped towers. Been there and done that too many times. So on this build I got a Coolermaster case which is just massive. You can run allot of the wiring around the back of the mobo leaving the main chamber less cluttered to give improved airflow. Also makes it allot easier to get the video card in and out as required. Here are some pics of my build :matte-motes-big-grin:
  13. Qie Niangao wrote: That's certainly a theory, but not what I've mostly seen... My theory is based on the people I know who started 2005 or earlier, and who are still active. Including me that is 3 people....so admittedly not the broadest cross section of SL's oldbie community.
  14. Perrie Juran wrote: First off, they can not resell it as 'new.' Not legally any where in the U.S. That is why you'll notice "open box" pricing in many larger stores. And at store level mgt will get in trouble with corporate at the "big box stores"for violating. So they now take a loss on the mark down. Well that's excellent news then. I am very glad to hear it. The money grabbing out of town superstore that has put at least 3 local computer stores out of business will take a loss. Brilliant! Perrie Juran wrote: Do you know what they do with that factoring? Higher prices to the consumer. That's you and me. And actually smaller businesses have to factor in a higher value. So it's OK that everyone else pays for your dishonesty? Is that what you are saying? Good. The higher the prices, the less people who will shop there. The smaller local store is already selling the card for £55 cheaper so this type of action obviosuly does not impact them much. The big store has an extortionate markup on their products, despite the fact they are the largest bricks and mortar supplier in the country. The larger a company, the cheaper their wholesale price due to bulk buying. But this company chooses not to pass that saving on to their more uninformed and uneducated customers, they just rip them off and are only interested in Maximum profit. I purchased a Zotak GTX 670 4GB card online for £299.99 An independent local retailer 10 miles from my house sells it for £330 Another independent retailer 15 miles from my house sells it for £349.99 The big conglomerate that I did my switch with is 15 miles away as well and they sold it for £385. The bricks and mortar company who has the ability to purchase the card at the lowest wholesale price is selling it at the highest markup in my area. That tells me everything I need to know about that company. They don't care about providing value for money to their customers. All they care about their bottom line. If you choose to defend such a company and support that money grabbing corporate culture then that is your prerogative. But I am certainly not going to feel guilty for ripping off a company who is in business to rip off their customers. Perrie Juran wrote: Well bully for you! Honesty among thieves! How altruistic of you! We will wait and see how long it takes for you to start filing DCMA's should someone start copybotting all your items on the Marketplace. And even if you already don't or wouldn't it still doesn't justify what you did. And I'm talking from the perspective of someone who has been in retail, primarily small business, most of my life. And I can guarantee you I have more reasons to be pissed at "the man" than you could possibly imagine. I bet you can see a long way sat up there on your morale high horse? I have been selling content here for over 8 years. I own 4 brands and sell over 5000 items. So I have obviously been ripped off. I have filed over 150 DMCA's over the years and I am astute enough to monitor my markets, identify thieves and to know when I am getting ripped off. The people who choose to rip me off take a gamble. WIll I find out? WIll I shut them down?, In most instances the answer is yes. So I took a gamble when I fraudulently returned the card to the store. WIll they find out? will they prosecute? No of course not. Why? because they don;t care. They take no steps to ensure that I could not do this. A simple check of the cards serial number against the one I purchased would have completely foiled my plan. They left their selves exposed and I took advantage without fear of recourse. If I acted the same way in SL and left my self exposed to theft without having the ability to identify and stop that theft then I would deserve to be ripped off too. So yes, if I can get away with something in life with minimal chance of consequence, and it falls within my morale boundries, then I will do it. At the same time I will not allow people to steal from me. So does that mean I have double standards? Does that make me immoral? The answer is yes. I live in the real world not in some Disneyesq existence where everything is either right or wrong, black and white. I choose to live in the grey area in between, guided by my own morale compass of what is right and wrong. Of course when living in the grey area (as I do), one is prone to be lectured by those holier than thou people who choose to live on the white side of conformity. That is OK. Such interchanges are amusing and enlightening at the same time. Perrie Juran wrote: eta, you probably don't care but you probably just lost the respect of a lot of people in these Forums, including your fellow Merchants. Is that why you post here then Perrie? To gain the respect of your fellow forum users? Personally that has never been on my agenda and I would have thought that to be obvious given my post history on this site. Still, you are doing a good job, taking the side of justice, standing up to evil Porky and fighting the good fight for everyone to see. You are a true American hero and I am sure poeple will be oozing kudos and respect all over you as we continue to debate the ethics of my actions....
  15. Czari Zenovka wrote: I agree with this as well as Amethyst's post. Most of the older residents I know (meaning 2006 and older) came to SL to build or script or, as you said, run a business. I took a 10-week course in Gimp years ago in SL. The instructor's partner, meaning he had the technical knowledge to her instructional abilities, was rezzed I think in 2004 or 2005, had a noobie skin/hair, and wore the same clothes...always. I've seen photos of him from years before I met him - exactly same look. I'm sort of in the "mid-range" - I like to look attractive, but I detest shopping and following fashion trends bores me, so I do some "semi-upgrading" every couple of years or so. I used to update Porky and my other main AV once per year, that stopped in 2008 when I missed a year, then I missed 2009 too....in 2010 I stuck a bag on their heads as the skins were looking too dated, not done anything else to them since then. I just remembered though that I do have to 2 very up to date avatars that I use for taking sales images of furniture and such like, but they never get out and about in SL.
  16. Orca Flotta wrote: there are always a hundred and one more important things on the todo list ... like hanging out in this lame forum for example! :matte-motes-evil: Last time i checked I could not run SL, photoshop or 3DS Max on my phone, which is the only device I use to post on the forums.. If I am at home or work and have access to a machine that allows me to design then that is what I am doing certainly not wasting time on here. So if anyone reads my posts on the forums you can picture me on my phone sitting on the train or in traffic or on the loo taking a dump.
  17. This is an astute observation. My theory is that those of us remaining from the first few year of SL are only here still because we have business interests in SL. So we are far too busy trying to earn money to play dress up with our avatars. Maybe for the first few years we get involved and make an effort, but after a while it just becomes a job and there are always a hundred and one more important things on the todo list
  18. Perrie Juran wrote: Porky Gorky wrote: steeljane42 wrote: My bet is on a typical coil whine. Not the very rare issue at all. In fact, most of GPU manufacturers don't even consider this as an issue. Do you have a windows 7 by any chance? If so, do a "windows experience index" test, if it's what I think, then card would do exactly same noises during the GPU test phases. I have 670 too, it's making the same noises, but only when I'm logging to SL, on "loading world" part. Or if I reach some crazy 300fps in some old game (if I forgot to limit those via vsync). Had 580 before, it was making same noises as well. 480 before that was 100% silent though. No, definitely not coil whine, I have experienced that before on cards and this was way more louder and a different sort of sound.; Luckily I have now resolved the problem. I did not want to RMA the card because I did not want to be without it. So I went to the shop, bought an identical card. This cost me £385 which is ridiculous considering I bought the original card for £300 online. Come home fitted the new card, works fine, put the pig squealing card in the box, took it back to the shop, told them the story as outlined in the OP and got my money back. All in all a good day's deception, The new card has some coil wine when running SL, but nothing out of the ordinary so I am now happy. Thanks to everyone who posted! Are you saying that you pretended the card you were returning was the one that you bought at the shop??????? If so, that SUCKS. Yeah, brick and mortar stores are generally more exspensive (and some I might agree are over priced), but there is a reason for this. They have a physical presence that costs a lot more than a warehouse with endless shelves. They also can offer greater added value service. Like you didn't have to hasssle with an RMA. I can't remeber if you ever have, but if you ever post again about someone in SL trying to take advantage of you as an SL Merchant, I'll be sure to point you back to this thread. It wasn't a small time or independent trader, it was the largest computer component supplier in the country. I could have gone to a small shop and paid less for the card (as there was always a risk my plan would fail and I would not be refunded) but I deliberately went to the conglomerate so I could "stick it to the man". Although the man wont be sticky for long as the shop will just RMA it themselves and resell it as new or refurbished. You will not find me (as Porky or any other account I sell through) complaining on these forums of people taking advantage of me, although it has happened hundreds of times in the last 9 years. What you will find, is me consistently telling other merchants that they need to accept the fact that they will probably get ripped off in SL and that they need to roll with the punches and accept it as a consequence of doing business here. The same is applicable to RL business. What I did was one of the oldest tricks in the book. Companies factor in a waste value when projecting their turnover and expect and account for people like me ripping them off. I get your point, and why you chose to lecture me, but you can save your breathe. If I can get a free meal at the expense of big business then I am going to take that meal and go back for seconds and thirds as well.
  19. steeljane42 wrote: My bet is on a typical coil whine. Not the very rare issue at all. In fact, most of GPU manufacturers don't even consider this as an issue. Do you have a windows 7 by any chance? If so, do a "windows experience index" test, if it's what I think, then card would do exactly same noises during the GPU test phases. I have 670 too, it's making the same noises, but only when I'm logging to SL, on "loading world" part. Or if I reach some crazy 300fps in some old game (if I forgot to limit those via vsync). Had 580 before, it was making same noises as well. 480 before that was 100% silent though. No, definitely not coil whine, I have experienced that before on cards and this was way more louder and a different sort of sound.; Luckily I have now resolved the problem. I did not want to RMA the card because I did not want to be without it. So I went to the shop, bought an identical card. This cost me £385 which is ridiculous considering I bought the original card for £300 online. Come home fitted the new card, works fine, put the pig squealing card in the box, took it back to the shop, told them the story as outlined in the OP and got my money back. All in all a good day's deception, The new card has some coil wine when running SL, but nothing out of the ordinary so I am now happy. Thanks to everyone who posted!
  20. I've got a 1000w PSU as I plan to stick a GTX 680 in there next month, so definitely enough juice. After sticking my head inside the tower I pinned the sound down to the GPU. I stuck my fingers into both GPU fans and stopped them for 2 seconds and that did not stop the sound so I guess the GPU fans are not the issue. In the last half hour I have tried running 4 simultaneous instances of Firestorm. To start with the squeal was loud/ but after about 10 mins the sound consistently lessened. Possibly it just needs to be worn in? Only had the card for 3 days I hope running 4 instances of FS is not my permanent fix :matte-motes-big-grin:
  21. Lasher Oh wrote: I'm with you there all the way Czari. In fact going back further, I confess to actually missing v 1.23, since then every official LL viewer since then has been a down hill race to the bottom. I still use v1.23 every day, in fact I have 3 av's logged in on it right now. I have different businesses on different plots around the place so like to leave an av above the main stores to show the creator is alive and active and I can use 1.23 to answer q's and do basic stuff. It is such a light viewer and I can run multiple instances of it without it effecting my performance at all. ETA - I don't know if you can still download v1.23 but if any oldbies want a copy v1.23 for nostalgia purposes I am happy to send.
  22. Nyll Bergbahn wrote: Maybe it is fan noise but the issues I mentioned occurred with a GTX 670 so a possibility too. I've sent Porky a couple of links to read..For those who don't know, folding is where you use spare time/capacity on your home computer(s) for medical research (some take it very seriously). A monitoring program such as OpenHardwareMonitor will soon tell him if the fans are screaming at high revs! Thanks Nyll :smileyhappy:
  23. Madelaine McMasters wrote: I'll guess this is an OpenGL driver issue. EVE runs on DirectX. Maybe there's a newer driver available? ooooh this I had not considered. In fact everythiing else I've tested it against has been DirectX. I am also using the latest driver. I shall try rolling back on the driver when I get home and also test in other OpenGL applications,
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