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Innula Zenovka

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  1. First question: how well do the Official Viewer, Firestorm, Marine's RLV viewer and Catznip work in Linux (including stuff like sound and shared media)? I often need all four to test scripts.
  2. I was underwhelmed by the names too, but then I thought that, since there are no circumstances in which I can imagine spending US$39.99 to change my (or any of my alts') last names to anything, this must mean I'm probably not the target market LL can have in mind when they devise them.
  3. As it is in the UK, and many other places too.
  4. Yes, and I think that's the problem. I mean, I regard the foetal heartbeat test as not terribly useful, since if a heart transplant donor isn't dead before their still-beating and perfectly healthy heart is removed for transplant, they certainly are afterwards, which must mean a murder has been committed at some point. For myself, I'd rather use similar criteria to determine when life begins to those we use to determine when it ends (and patients are certified as being dead and their vital organs therefore available for transplant, if that was what they wanted), and ask when the organised electrical activity in the foetus' developing brain becomes recognisably that of a living human being, as it begins to regulate its own automatic bodily processes and chemistry (that's some time in the seventh month, I believe). I'm not saying that's the best test, but at least I can justify my reasoning with reference to something other than theology and the question of at what point the body becomes ensouled. That's why I'm so uncomfortable arguing about abortion -- so often, it comes down to an argument about religion, and I don't think that courts, legislatures or this forum are particularly good places to conduct such debates.
  5. I'm sorry, but I don't quite see why the fact a particular woman might later come to regret her decision to have an abortion is any sort of argument for restricting that right. After all, plenty of people certainly also come to regret having children for whatever reason, and certainly plenty of people later come to regret all sorts of decisions, whether it's getting married, joining the army, voting for a particular political candidate or buying a particular house or other major purchase. The fact someone may later come to regret a particular decision is no reason for their government to try to stop her taking it.
  6. It's the fact that it's politically contentious at all, though, and that it's still contentious after 30 years, that's surprising. In the UK, it's always been treated as an "issue of conscience" (meaning that the parliamentary parties don't whip their MPs to vote one or way or another, and there's a free vote on it) and attempts seriously to restrict women's reproductive rights have never gained traction here. Some individual politicians, often quite senior ones, have expressed their opposition to abortion, but every parliamentary vote on restricting the time limits always goes the same way, and that's not likely to change. That's what I meant -- the fact people are still arguing about abortion in the US seems strange to many outsiders, as does the fact it's become so political an issue.
  7. Someone using the Official Viewer wouldn't find that advice particularly helpful (though if they could return it, they could probably find it with Region Objects or Top Scripts).
  8. Just to be clear, who's on the heroin here? You or the tigers?
  9. Abortion is obviously a highly contentious subject about which many people have completely irreconcilable views and which raises potentially extremely personal, and sometimes painful, memories for many people. It's also a subject that, for whatever reasons, preoccupies people in the US far more than it does in many other countries, who look on with bafflement at the obsession in some parts of the US with a subject that's hardly on the political radar anywhere else. So I'm really not sure it's a wise topic for these forums -- there are plenty of other places, more appropriate in my view, to discuss topics like this, and I don't see the benefit in discussing it here, too, since it's inevitably going to turn into a fight, and that's not what most of us are here for. I'm out, anyway.
  10. Maybe it's just me, but I'm finding it so inconvenient not to have my smartphone with me that I won't now leave home without it, any more than I'll leave without my keys, cards and a wallet or purse. It's not that I might want to communicate with someone when I'm out, but there are so many things I may want to use it for, and so many things it's a lot easier to do using it than by alternative means, that I don't want to be without it if I'm going further than the local convenience store.
  11. It's also quite true. For a society to exist, there has to be some sort of functioning state with a body of rules about how the society works and a means of enforcing them. The law is that body of rules. They may be horrible, unjust, unfair laws, and the courts may be biased and corrupt, but if you're going to have a state, you need some rules. That's the law and that's its function. To be a vital component of a state.
  12. I wondered about this when first I saw that, but then I thought about it for a while. I want to write some regulations about food labelling, with the intention of providing people who are allergic to nuts with a clear and easily understandable indication of whether they can safely consume this product. Because inadvertently consuming even small amounts of some nuts and nut-based products can easily be fatal, I need to be able to warn people not only when a product contains nuts but also when it may inadvertently have been contaminated with nuts during the production process. Meanwhile, if I'm allergic to nuts, I'm not so much concerned to know whether or not nuts are part of the recipe but whether I can safely eat whatever it is, so I want to be sure it was produced in a safe environment, too. So "May contain traces of nuts" seems to me the correct warning to give. "If the product is safe for someone who is allergic to nuts to eat, put this on the label. If it's not, then use this wording, instead." Since the product is either safe or it isn't, why bother going into any more detail, if you're writing a product labelling regulation? This is serious stuff -- get it wrong and people may die, and if they do, then quite apart from any civil actions for damages, other people may be at risk of prosecution (and probable imprisonment if convicted) for manslaughter, at least in my country.
  13. We're used to a just-in-time delivery system. Supermarkets are designed and stocked on that principle, and the shelves are supposed to be full all the time. They're having problems with deliveries at the moment, so that's leading to temporarily empty shelves when deliveries don't turn up as expected. At present, it's no more than an inconvenience, which I'm remedying by using home delivery rather than risk having a wasted ten minute walk to the supermarket, only to find they're out of half of what I want. If I have to put up with some substitutions so I don't get exactly what I wanted, that's hardly the end of the world and I can always send stuff back. It's exacerbated by Brexit, certainly, and also Covid has disrupted both tests and training for new HGV drivers to replace people leaving the the industry and also, because of particular Covid-related problems at the national Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency, the re-issue of licences after they've been temporarily suspended for medical reasons. However, the problem is world-wide:
  14. It's an interesting exploration, though, of why otherwise apparently intelligent and rational people are prepared to believe such nonsense.
  15. The script needs to set to the AvSitter experience. Even though it's full perms, if you've edited it and saved it, it will no longer be set to the right experience and some features won't work. Either set the script to your own experience (and enable that on the parcel) or you'll need, I think, a paid-for version of AvSitter if you want to use their experience.
  16. I'm sorry, but that's too big a question to answer here. Certainly some of Brexit's immediate effects were indubitably bad (and some will continue to be) for particular people, businesses and industries. However, as to the all the other effects it's had, some are good and some are bad, depending on who you ask and, in general, it's not that easy to sort of what's Brexit, what's Covid, what's mismanagement and poor planning in government departments and private businesses, and what's systemic problems in particular sectors (e.g. transport and logistics) that had hitherto been mitigated by the resilience afforded by freedom of movement but which are now having to be tackled head on.
  17. I was always under the impression swastikas are banned in SL in pretty much any circumstance, other (possibly) on bona fide WW2 military rp regions. That's what Jo Yardley seems to have been told back in 2011, and I don't think LL's position has changed since.
  18. Morality doesn't come into it. We have laws not so that we can impose morality on people but so that we can enjoy the advantages of living in anything other than very small communities, because once a community grows to any size you rapidly find you need a way of resolving disputes that the parties can't amicably resolve between themselves which doesn't involve the various people involved in the dispute (and their friends, supporters and hired security) settling it the hard way. There may be all sorts of good reasons for breaking a law, but, unless they're a legal defence or the court can lawfully take them into account at the sentencing phase of the trial, that's not really relevant in court. Relevant to you, your friends, family and supporters, possibly, but not to the court.
  19. No, your sarcasm was pretty obvious. To my mind, though, it was also misdirected, and I meant to indicate that I thought you were parodying a position he had not, in fact, taken. But one way or the other, let's drop it, please. It's not at all important.
  20. I think you misunderstand the post to which you respond. He says that, because his father died from a smoking-related disease, he finds images glamorising smoking particularly offensive, just as other people offended by images glamorising the Confederacy in the US Civil War. I can certainly understand that. Since imagery glamorising smoking is, though, now banned in most countries, I'm not sure what the specific issue is here. Generally, though, I would think that, among the questions to be asked about any particular form of imagery and its appropriateness are the degree of hurt and offence its display is likely to cause, and to whom, and the reason someone is going to the trouble and expense of displaying the imagery in the first place. It's because the world doesn't revolve round any individual, I would have thought, that we need rules in place to prevent particular groups of individuals maliciously displaying them in a way likely to cause harm or offence ("maliciously" meaning with an awareness of its likely effects, rather than inadvertently), since the fact they may think they have good reason for causing harm, offense or distress to others, and even that it's their right to do, if they feel like it, doesn't necessarily mean others should have to put up with it.
  21. I've just started this, and enjoying immensely the stories of how particular statues came to be erected and removed. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55200406-fallen-idols?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=iNlrVWtdRo&rank=1 So far I've read about her first two statues, King George III (erected in New York, 1770, removed 1776) and the Duke of Cumberland ("Butcher" Cumberland, as Tories called him) (erected London 1770, removed 1868). Currently I'm reading about one to Stalin, erected in Budapest in 1951, removed 1956).
  22. The Anil Seth book (about neurology, consciousness and perception) is absolutely fascinating. It's about neurology and perception, and what exactly has to happen in between particular electro-chemical reactions being stimulated when particular cells in the eye are exposed to light at different wavelengths and me "seeing" whatever it might be, fitting it into an appropriate interpretative context, and taking appropriate actions. In a completely different vein (or maybe not), I've just finished The Bear and the Nightingale, a delightful first part of a trilogy, and am halfway through the second volume, The Girl in the Tower. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25489134-the-bear-and-the-nightingale?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=2EaYyqwmQX&rank=1 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34050917-the-girl-in-the-tower (I'd advise reading them in order -- the second book catches you up on the first as the story unfolds but I think reading them in order is the way to go). These are fantasies based in medieval Russia, when Moscow pays tribute to the Tartars and, though displaced from the cities and towns by the ubiquitous churches, the traditional beings and forces from pre-Christian Russia still hold sway in the forests. There's also a kickass teenage heroine.
  23. It's not completely clear to me how this setup works or where this script is supposed to go. If it goes in the HUD, then it should ask for animation permissions in the attach event, when the user first adds it. If it goes in the glowy green mandala, then it needs to request permissions in some way, depending on what you want it to do. If they sit on it, for example, it would go in the changed event (CHANGED_LINK), though there are other ways to trigger the request, of course.
  24. I didn't, which is why I had to work out the transaction in terms of what change the waiter brings and what happens to it afterwards (same as scripting a rentbox, really, if it gives discounts when people pay more than so many weeks in advance).
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