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Innula Zenovka

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  1. I keep a text file of numbers from a web-based random number generator, and simply cut and paste the top one (so control x, not control v) when I need one.
  2. Nope. If you want Governance to deal with something, then you have to ask Governance, not someone working in a different department, and Governance need the details presented fully and succinctly in the format imposed by the in-world reporting tool. Merely discussing doing unpleasant stuff isn't against ToS. I'm afraid. Certainly in the past you could find devices for sale in the Marketplace that use exactly this exploit for the same purpose (possibly you still can) so I doubt anything is going to happen to people simply because they've talked about making their own.
  3. Yes, this is an old exploit. It's inherent in the permissions system, and can't be changed without breaking a great deal of content. The person holding the unreleased animation permissions can control you only when the two of you are on the same region, and I think Firestorm is able to over-ride the perms, at least until you log out (when you log back in, you need to over-ride them again), so it's more of nuisance than anything else. Certainly, using the perms to harass the person who's granted them is against ToS and should be AR-d as harassment, I would have thought. There's no LSL function that returns an object to the owner's inventory (be good if there were!), unless you can somehow force the object offworld, which is certain possible, at least under certain circumstances. If I were making something like that, though, I'd have it hide itself one it had grabbed the perms, and IM me to tell me to come and collect it. That would be a lot simpler and more reliable than trying to force the object's return. Could that be how they were doing it?
  4. My invariable response, in both First and Second life, to "Do you mind if I ask you a personal question?" is something on the lines of "No, you can ask me whatever you like so long as you understand it's up to me whether or not I want to answer, and I hope you will not be offended if I choose not to." And then we take it from there. It's not difficult.
  5. Another option would be WhateverFirstNameYouChoose + Last name chosen from a drop-down list provided by LL, which is how it used to work. However it's done, though, the FirstName + LastName combination will have to be unique, otherwise the new functions http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/LlName2Key and http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/LlRequestUserKey won't work properly and (for example) a gift vendor won't know to which Caroline Resident or Innula Zenovka it should send the gift if there's more than one avatar using either of those names.
  6. I'm not saying you're mistaken, necessarily, but how on earth do you know that? I wouldn't necessarily infer that the average Soviet citizen at the time was "just fine and dandy" with Stalin's rule, since it seems to me not improbable that, however the average Soviet citizen felt about particular aspects of Soviet life such as the holodomor and the Great Terror, few of them wanted to risk either deportation to a slave labour camp in the gulag, along with their immediate family, or a bullet in the back of the neck after interrogation by the NKVD, so they knew to toe the line and keep quiet. Seems to me that similar considerations may well have applied to the average German at the time, too.
  7. To my mind, the description of Scruton as a "conservative philosopher" is somewhat misleading, since his serious philosophical work on aesthetics (which I'm not qualified to comment on), and particularly on Kant and the Sublime, is apparently very highly thought of but doesn't really have a great deal to do, or not directly at least, with his political and polemical writings. I wouldn't regard him as "conservative philosopher" in the way, for example, Leo Strauss was, or Michael Oakeshott in the UK -- rather, he was a philosopher who was also a very able polemicist for his conservative political views.
  8. I think you can remedy that thus: integer i; for (i = 0; i < number_of_keys; ++i) { thisKey = llList2Key(keys,i); if (thisKey != llGetOwner() && !~llListFindList(detected_list,[thisKey])) {//if thisKey is not the uuid of the owner and is not already in the list detected_list += [ llRound(llVecDist(currentPos, llList2Vector(llGetObjectDetails(thisKey,[OBJECT_POS]),0))), llGetSubString(llGetDisplayName(thisKey), 0, 11), thisKey ]; } }
  9. No, it won't. Should I change my name, the new function http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/LlRequestUserKey will continue to return the same uuid whether it's given "Innula Zenovka" or my new name as it currently does when given "Innula Zenokva."
  10. That's a start but where are the crankshafts, gears and mighty throbbing steam pistons and reciprocating valves? Does it come with plasma orbs and sky-kites to attract the lightning? Where do you shovel the coal and and can you draw hot water and steam from the system to make refreshing cups of tea and cappuccino when necessary? I want a steampunk version of this, I guess
  11. I'm hoping that LL's release of the Victorian Linden Homes is going to inspire someone to make something I've always thought SL badly needs -- a top-quality steampunk sex bed, complete with ornate polished mahogany and brass fittings, steam-power pumps and pistons, plasma orbs and Van der Graaff generators, levers, gears, transmission belts, flywheels and such, accompanied by clouds of steam and lots of sparks.
  12. You need to be clear about which frame of rotational reference you're using -- yours or that of the region. In this case, I think you need to use your own frame of rotational reference -- that is, you want to know how far to turn to your left or right in order to face your target, before setting off towards it in a straight line. You also need to be clear about whether you need to take into account the difference between your z coordinate and that of your target (that is, the difference between your respective elevations) or whether you're interested only in your respective x and y coordinates. The basic formula I use to calculate this is the one provided by @Chalice Yao over at VirtualVerse.One. Assuming you want to constrain your rotation to the x and y planes -- that is, you want to know how far to turn in order to face your target in order to move towards it but aren't interested in your different elevations (as you would be if you were aiming a gun at it or flying towards it), this formula from Chalice's tutorial should calculate the angle you need to turn to face vTarget: llRotBetween(<1,0,0>,llVecNorm(<vTarget.x - vPos.x,vTarget.y - vPos.y,0>)) in which vPos is your position and vTarget is that of your target. That will tell you the angle (expressed as a quaternion) you need to turn on your own z axis to face your target. Your illustrations suggest you want to move between regions, which would mean you need to take into account the difference between the world positions of the two regions. So you would need to add the data returned by llGetRegionCorner to vPos and by llRequestSimulatorData("target region name", DATA_SIM_POS) to vTarget. Everyone finds rotations confusing at first -- I struggled with them for years -- but when someone finally explains them to you, they're actually pretty simple to work with. Besides Chalice's little tutorial on how to point an object at another object by script, I strongly recommend @Grandma Bates' two introductory tutorials at https://www.virtualverse.one/forums/forums/tutorials.31/ and the invaluable wiki article on rotations at http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Rotation.
  13. Speaking as a British survivor of cancer, I am not going to complain about anyone raising funds for kids (or adults, come to that) in any country who are fighting that disease.
  14. One downside might be that the reason your Linden Home doesn't count against your parcel's available LI is that the root prim is positioned so that it's on protected land owned by LDPW (near your mailbox/life preserver) and the LI counts against LDPW's allowance, not yours. So for your plan to work, the parcel owners, not LL, would have to carry the LI for the houses. This might make them a lot less attractive to residents, I think.
  15. You do realise that's not the way civil cases work, I hope. That is, the respondent (the civil equivalent of the defendant, or LL in this case) enjoys the benefit of the doubt and is assumed to be innocent until the plaintiff has established her case "on the preponderance of the evidence." I'm also not sure what "not literally believing her" (as opposed to ... "figuratively believing her", whatever that might mean?) involves. Personally, I'm suspending judgment one way or the other, since I know nothing about facts of the case, but I'll be surprised if her side of stands up to rigorous and impartial examination (but I was surprised when Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party, when Leave won the Brexit referendum, when Donald Trump was sworn in as President and by lots of other things, too, so that's no real guide).
  16. Certainly there is some truth in it, in that both sides agree she used to work for LL and has now resigned after complaints about her performance at work. The rest of it is, as I understand it, disputed, so the contentious parts of her complaint need to be resolved by an impartial tribunal after it has properly considered the evidence presented by both sides. Since she's the one making the complaint, she's required to prove it to the civil standard -- the preponderance of evidence, I think it is, in the US -- and since we don't have access to any of the evidence she intends to submit, nor to any evidence LL intend to submit in rebuttal, I don't really think speculation based on prejudice (that is, having reached a provisional judgment without reference to the evidence) is going to be particularly helpful for anyone. The most I assume about any case, civil or criminal, is that the complaint, if true, means the complainant or the prosecution has a case in law. I also assume, possibly rather cynically, that anyone who feels aggrieved about losing their job (or finding themselves in a position where they consider, rightly or wrongly, they're about to lose their job or that the work environment is toxic) probably feels they've been unfairly treated and also probably has a significant financial and personal interest in having a court declare that they were not, in fact, as incompetent or as difficult a colleague or whatever as the their former employers say was the case. So, just as I don't assume that defendants in criminal cases must be guilty because the police wouldn't go to all the trouble of arresting them without a good reason, or that they must be innocent because the police are oppressive and biased, even though both must be true in particular individual cases, I'm not intending to form any premature judgments about this matter and I would caution others against so doing, too. I have my own speculative opinions on the matter, certainly, but since I don't have any facts with which to back them up, I'm not going to try to present them as facts, and I would advise others against doing the same.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
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