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August 23, 2010

Emerald dust has settled…

Filed under: Second Life Shit! — Tags: , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 10:02 pm

After digesting what has happened this past weekend, it really does seem that it was really blown out of proportions.  Not to defend with Fractured Crystal did, but then again what he did do ended up rather benign. However the malicious intent was clear, regardless that bringing down that blog site failed.

One totally coincidental thing that was planned months in advance, was the booking of Emerald Devs on the show “Tonight Live” which is an in-world talk show interviewing avatars with voice chat. Streamed live every Sunday night. Very well and highly professional production. Emerald-Gate happened, Fractured quit,  Arabella also quit, and there was almost no show.  Read about Behind the Scenes Paisley Beebe posted on her blog after the show was over.

During the show (posted here) Arabella and Jessica really did redeem themselves, especially Arabella. So much so that I recant my “Fuck you Modular Systems” line from yesterday to:


Arabella was the one who wrote the original so-called apology Shenanigans post, stating it wasn’t a DDoS attack, and it was a prank, and so forth. Arabella admits she was lied and manipulated by Fractured. After all she is NOT a dev, she dosen’t program, and I don’t know to the extent of her technical knowledge. So she relied on everything Fracture told her, which was all bullshit.

When she realized this, she too quit the team, but I never did see any announcement of her doing that.  In fact all these blog posts were signed off as if the entire emerald team had wrote it (which they did colaborate together with Arabella typing it up, there is a youtube video of them text and voice chatting). She did say on Tonight Live she had quit, but at the same time she said she reorganized the entire Emerld Dev team, started a new domain and they are starting over.

On a side note, after reading the Behind the Scenes post from Paisley,what I saw EXTREMELY hypocritical is how the production of “Tonight Live” was griefed by a bunch of assholes, because of what Fractured did.  Arabella and Jessica had nothing to do with this, and were manipulated by Fractured.  Griefing caused so much lag, and crashed avatars logged into the sim, as they were forced to leave the sim and goto a secret location and do the show with out a live audience.  I find this completely hypocritical.  These people wanted to punish the Emerald team for DoS attacks by attacking the sim with DoS attacks?  Fuck you!

As for going back to using Emerald Viewer; not yet.  The current “official” build 1636 isn’t based on any thing they had been doing in betas for the past month.  No alpha masks, no colored nametags, no extended inspect mode, nada.  I still have the 2439 build that was pulled,  and i know those “hidden frames” to boost traffic for that guys’ bog page are gone, i still don’t feel comfortable since it STILL contains emkdu code which they can still push code updates to do more of this kina bullshit.  Not that i expect the emerald team will do this again, but any other grifer will probably take advantage of it.

So.. after waiting about a MONTH since 2439 build for an update, members of the Dev team having hissy-fits and leaving, and ironically ex-Lindens joining the Emerald team, and then the fiasco that’s called “Emerald-gate,” hopefully by now they can sit down and RELEASE A NEW BETA FOR FUCKS SAKE!

So, I’ll keep using Imprudence viewer, but I still find it very LACKING that Emerald’s beta has spoiled me with. They list so many features that Emerald has too, but WHERE the fuck are they in Imprudence? I’m starting not to like having the radar list attached to the minimap, since the list is SO TINY, and it doesn’t have a lot of info in it.  Just to read it you have to enlarge the minimap to an obnoxious size, and there’s no cam-tracking function!  I also miss emeralds spell checker.



  1. check out the forums, we’ve all been adding our two cents in on features and they’re adding them to the weekly builds as fast as they can in some cases.

    Comment by nimil — August 23, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

    • which forums? I find forums annoying (as well as JIRAs) just a pile of nonsense and nothing gets done.

      Comment by hugsalot — August 23, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

      • the imprudence forums. sorry i was typing fast forgot to mention which forums. they might be tedious but these people seem to actually be paying attention to them as opposed to the emerald forums where you rarely saw a dev answer a thread.

        Comment by nimil — August 24, 2010 @ 2:21 am

      • Ah i thought you meant Emerald’s forums, which would be flooded with angry users foaming at the mouth demanding bloodshed. Emerarld’s forums would be a total waste of time right now for anything.

        I may consider Imprudence forums assuming it’s small and the devs actually read the damn thing.

        Comment by hugsalot — August 24, 2010 @ 7:25 am

  2. The sim was set up to have 73 avatars at once. There was no griefing at all. Name one sim that can handle 73 Avatars with the lag and crashing of the sim. That is my take. The griefing tools like Onyx that the “innocent” Jessica Lyon uses can crash sims. It happens very fast then returns to normal until the sim crashes about 30 seconds later.

    Comment by vika — August 23, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

    • Griefing tools? I thought Onyx was a copybot viewer?

      Comment by hugsalot — August 24, 2010 @ 7:17 am

  3. What Emerald did was a criminal offence in some countries, so I do not know what you mean “out of proportions”. Since LordGregGreg left, no white hat is checking all the changes. This is just one thing showing how malicious changes can affect us all. So, I don’t trust this group to put programs on my computer, no matter what features they make. When they have transparent processes for some months, then maybe I will trust them again.

    Politically, I think Emerald is mostly a good thing. It counters Linden Labs horrible viewer. I hope it recovers and continues to do good.

    Comment by Mimika Oh — August 24, 2010 @ 1:10 am

    • No, what Fractured Crystal did was a criminal offense; he took full blame on it. What’s taken out of proportion was how the entire team was virtually lynched. The problem was when this was all unfolding last week, it wasn’t clear who was to blame, other than the entire team. But we know more now, but everyone seems to ignore that, and still cry bloody murder.

      Also there WERE whitehats checking emeralds code but Fractured had the last call. And no one could examine the encrypted emkdu metadata anyway. That’s why Greg left the team in the first place.

      Comment by hugsalot — August 24, 2010 @ 7:23 am

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