I have been playing with Blue Mars for the last couple of weeks, and realize, limitations and all, it rocks. So, we’re moving! Though, I do not know how long it will take to get our new place up. In the mean time, I’m ditching my sims and will just have my linden home & a little shop in Ross.
Happy new year, all!
People are social animals. Above and beyond all of the hype of whatever new technology toy comes along, above and beyond our differences, our demand to be entertained, or for privacy, or whatever else is the meme du jour, we are drawn by the need to meet and commune with others. This point is driven home with both the recent announcement of the closing of Metaplace and the Lab’s announcement of their new Linden Home program.
Avatar Reality published their Blue Mars pricing plans yesterday afternoon. As a promotion, they’re offering a 30-day free trial, and their plans are based upon user seats as opposed to land mass and prim limits, and break out as follows:
An interesting discussion broke out on the conceirge chat yesterday with regard to the question of whether or not the emerald viewer is scraping data. Of course, emerald developers will shrilly claim they do no such thing. Considering their track record, I decided to test it out by setting up a port scanner and logging into second life with their viewer.
Here is what I found.
Our first and foremost reason for investing in second life has to do with attempting to bring the 3D virtuality to a court of law. I first began toying around with the idea of using the second life platform for real life crime scene recreations while finishing up my masters in forensic psychology.
The phrase, "ghost in the machine," was coined by 20th century British philosopher, W as a means of characterizing 17th century mathematician and philosopher, W theory of mind. Descartes theory was an offshoot of the age-old dualism theories that dated back to W and W. His theory—referred to as W—distilled dualism into today’s mind-body theories, wherein "consciousness and self-awareness" were mind, and brain was "intelligence." Descartes further went on to propose that the seat of the soul was the pineal gland.
There has been a lot of buzzing about augmented reality. In the spring of this year, MIT student, Pranav Mistry, gave a demo of his new gadget, the Sixth Sense. The idea of his invention is to augment our everyday activities with overlays of information culled from the Internet.
Let’s repeat that.
In the 3rd Party Viewer Policy discussion, I asked Linden Lab to "draw a line in the sand" with regard to import and export of user created content, because, at the time, it was my understanding, per Emerald folk, that they needed an explicit "thou shalt not download or upload content that the user did not create," in order to convince them to change their import/export "feature" from what it is today (i.e., it checks for owner as opposed to creator). While I was admittedly disappointed with regard to the Emerald devs’ stance (which goes to a deeper issue that few, if any, seem consider), I was not surprised. Esp considering their circle jerk on both the Jira and in the comments section of the Cryolife papers. Still, I had hoped that they would at least be willing to change their viewer code once it was spelled out by the lab.
So much for that hope.
Today, there is a new "old" buzzword: W. By definition, it involves using "software" to engage in "social" activities. Of course, the idea of technology-based networking is not new and has appeared in various forms since the mid-1970s. And even earlier, depending upon your definition of technology based networking. Ever hear of W (1945)? Or for that matter W (1909)? It was not until the 1980s however that technology-based networking began making inroads with the public at large and was redefined within the spectrum of social software. And this was not for lack of interest, rather that doing so was largely cost prohibitive, from both the price of the equipment and the "W" fee.