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  1. When I was a student, many years ago, one of the lecturers used to tell us that, in her classes, there was no such thing as a stupid question other than one she'd answered just five minutes earlier, as the questioner would have known had she or he been paying attention.
  2. I was thinking primarily of the linkability rules plus llSetLinkPPFast. I haven't done much with Multimove for a long time, but when I did, it was primarily because I was trying to move a large vehicle (so linkability rules) with more than 32 prims (so physical movement issues, cured by setting appropriate links to PRIM_PHYSICS_NONE. Probably I'm mistaken, but when I was looking out the copy of Mulitmove I recalled what I'd last used it for and thought that, if I were making a similar vehicle now, I'd probably try to do it with a single script in a large linkset rather than Multimove, at least until I discovered my brilliant idea didn't work as well as I had hoped (admittedly, that all too frequently turns out to be the case). That's what was behind my note of caution.
  3. Passed you a copy of 5.1 inworld. However, I probably wouldn't use it myself, since it was written as a work-around for a problem that can frequently now more readily be solved by using functions we didn't have back then, such as llSetKeyFramedMotion, and by setting the prim physics shape to none where appropriate. Both of those help avoid the restrictions that used to be imposed on physical movement. I don't say it's necessarily outdated but I would now definitely think twice about using those scripts since there are now much better tools available as part of LSL than there were back when the Multimove scripts were written.
  4. Put it this way. A 12 July event organised by the Bellissaria Orange Order to celebrate William III's victory over James II's Catholic forces at the Battle of the Boyne presumably wouldn't seem contentious to many Americans but it's certainly contentious in Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland, and many Brits (and, I imagine, citizens of the Republic of Ireland, too) would regard it some suspicion. So whose view of the event do we accept?
  5. I think we may be at cross purposes. I mean, I would have thought that a gay man or woman in Russia would consider the hostility shown by that country's government towards people of his or her sexual orientation was pretty political -- I do, though admittedly I'm neither gay nor Russian. My point is that I don't think the world divides up neatly into political and non-political, since -- at least in my view -- very often the personal is the political, which is why I think it would cause no end of problems trying to ban political events from the Fairgrounds. Let's be specific, though. July 12th is a date without much significance in US history and culture. Would you say that a request by the Bellissaria Loyal Orange Order to hold a commemorative parade with a marching band, bonfire and fireworks display, similar to the analog ones they organise in First Life to commemorate a very important event in the history of their community back in 1689, was political or not?
  6. That's the problem, though -- in this context, whether or not something is political is, in itself, a political judgment. For example, this time next year, should LL allow the fairgrounds to be used for what the (non-US) organisers describe -- correctly -- as a parade, marching bands and fireworks to celebrate an important historical event in the history of their community, dating back longer than the 4th of July, which is marked back in their country with parades, bonfires and a public holiday? Better think carefully here, since a lot of people in Ireland, North and South, and the UK Mainland (particularly parts of Scotland) have quite strong views about this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parades_Commission A general rule against rallies in favour of candidates for elected office would be simple to enforce, I guess, but I get worried once we get beyond that. I mean, you might not consider a pride event poltical, but I would imagine that -- whether they were for it or against it -- an SL resident in Moscow or Kiev might see the event as very political indeed. I can't imagine that's an argument into which LL would wish to be drawn.
  7. I've been thinking about this and, while when I read this for the first time I agreed strongly, and I think I still do, but I'm not sure why any more. I mean the fairgrounds are not part of Bellissaria proper. They're offshore, connected to Bellissaria by the ferry, presumably precisely so that people can't be disturbed by any of the events going on there. They shouldn't even be in anyone's draw distance unless they really it up. So the objection can't be that residents of Bellissaria would be disturbed by the rally. What is it? The best reason I can come up with is that Bellissaria is supposed to be a friendly, welcoming and diverse SL community where people can relax, hang out with friends, have fun role playing, or exploring, or decorating, or boating or doing whatever they enjoy doing and generally not being confronted with first life concerns and hassles like politics, unless they want to be. But is the knowledge that someone's holding an event some several regions away in support of a cause with which many people disagree enough to spoil Bellissaria for other people? Seems rather intolerant, and also to lay the ground for some pretty difficult decisions that LL would probably want to avoid. If people can't organise political events on the fairgrounds, what is the status for campaigns like "Save the ..." which I've seen run in SL on behalf of several endangered species? LL presumably don't want to get into fights with people who want to promote generally popular causes with which, if LL has a view on them, it probably sympathises. I would still greatly prefer it if people didn't organise political events at the fairgrounds or anything else, but I'm no longer sure why that is. Can anyone help me?
  8. I don't think that "shared experience" really applies here -- that restriction was brought in, as I recall, to put a stop to things like the old Emerald hack to give people extra attachment points in the early days of mesh, when we only had a few points to use, and we could wear only one to a point, that looked perfectly OK if you were using Emerald but looked to anyone not using Emerald as if the attachments floating round in space were surrounding the avatar like so much planetary debris, which made SL look a very messy place indeed if you weren't using that particular TPV. I'd have thought de-rendering views you don't like was a far better way of dealing with the problem than erecting privacy screens or putting up fences and hedges (which look a bit silly on a houseboat anyway). I don't see how it's different from keeping the blinds closed in your RL home to obscure an unwelcome view.
  9. My understanding was that LL are doing this (presumably on legal advice) as a result of recent changes to the detail of the relevant US "know your customer" regulations, intended to crack down on money-laundering. The requirements have always applied to people cashing out over a certain level but it was so high that few of us ever hit it. Now, or so I am told, it applies to all dollar cash-outs, even for $1 US. Presumably, too, it simplifies everyone's lives to have a separate company, wholly owned by LL, handling all the financial transactions that attract regulatory oversight.
  10. To which terms of the contract do you particularly object, and in what way do you say that signing them is putting your "@$$ [...] on the line [...] financially"?
  11. Despite not being at all religious myself, I would have no particular problem with a religious group -- Christian or otherwise -- running some sort of facility in SL offering support to people with cancer, or any other serious illness or disability, and to their family and careers, so long as they're already experienced in providing this kind of support in a professionally supervised First Life environment. That's what bothers me -- not that the facilities might be run by religious people but that they might be run by well-meaning but inexperienced amateurs who don't really understand what they're doing. Earlier I mentioned my experience of cancer and how helpful I found Macmillan Cancer Relief, one of the main British cancer charities. Their forums are a great online resource for anyone, patients, family and carers alike, affected by the disease in any of its forms. One of the reasons they're so successful is that everyone knows that, as well as training and supporting their volunteers, Macmillan train many specialist cancer nurses, so there are plenty of very experienced and knowledgeable people on hand to ensure that any medical advice is well-founded, and that, in the course of trying to comfort and support patients and carers, people don't put their well-intentioned feet into it and make a bad situation worse. While the OP knows from her experience what cancer can be like for patients and family, not everyone does. And while the staff and volunteers at cancer respite centres and the like make caring for and supporting patients and their families all seem very easy and comfortable and natural, that, to my mind, is because they are all really well trained and are themselves professionally supported.
  12. I've met plenty of both Christians and Jews in my lifetime, but the only people I've ever met who talk about "Judeo-Christians" are US Christians from particular denominations (and I'm willing to bet good money they don't call themselves "Judeo-Christians" when they're in church).
  13. I hope you don't think I am at all hostile to your suggestion -- I think it would be a great idea, but I think to be fully effective it needs to be run under the auspices, or at least with the guidance, of an organisation that is used to providing support for people with particular health issues and disabilities. Certainly I felt far safer and more confident discussing my experience of cancer and asking for advice and support in the Macmillan Cancer Relief forums than I would in most other places, not because I feared people wouldn't be sympathetic but because -- and you and your husband must have experienced this -- people really are sympathetic and want to help but don't know how to, and they end up saying stupid stuff and everyone feels uncomfortable and embarrassed. One of my big problems was that there were lots of people I felt I had to tell at some point that I had cancer and, while the prognosis was generally good, there was also very real possibility that I'd end up dead, because I knew they would be so hurt if I didn't tell them, but at the same time, I knew I would end up having to reassure them and also try to keep my cool at a very difficult time while being told all about this miracle anti-cancer diet they'd read about, and similar nonsense. I kept my cool because I knew they were just trying to be helpful and this was the only thing they could think of to say, but it wasn't always easy. You must have felt that at times, too. That's all I meant.
  14. Speaking as someone who suffered from cancer of the throat some years ago (and I found SL a huge lifeline during treatment, in that it enabled me to keep in touch with some dear friends and enjoy some sort of social life while I was either at home or in hospital feeling pretty bad and in a lot of pain) I think I would rather see such facilities provided by LL through an existing organisation, like Virtual Ability, or under the guidance of one of the existing cancer support organisations. I found Macmillan Cancer Support and its online self-help groups an invaluable resource, and I would imagine there must be a US equivalent who would be glad to advise on this kind of project. I wouldn't be comfortable, though, to see this sort of service provide other than under the auspices of recognised cancer or disability charities and national groups. Cancer support on its own is a really specialised area, and everyone's experience and life situation is different, and the same must be true of other serious medical conditions and disabilities.
  15. One reason to put things in boxes is that, while llGiveInventory, which gives items one at a time, works anywhere on the grid, llGiveInventoryList, which gives the list of items in a folder, works only if the receiving avatar is on the same region. So if you're using a remote vendor system, you pretty much have to put things in boxes, or it's not going to work terribly well.
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