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March 17, 2015

Boycott the Shemale Gym

Filed under: Second Life Shit! — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:00 pm

I haven’t posted anything about Second Life in AGES. SL has been largely uneventful as of late, except for today. I was having a rather average day, hanging out at the Shemale Gym and suddenly I was kicked out, no warning, no discussion. So I looked up to find the owner MarinaMario, and asked her why I was banned, and this was her reply.

[19:14] (You): why am i banned?
[19:15] Marina (MarinaMario): i am tired of those freeloaders who only come to make money at my place never donate just ONE L$
[19:16] (You): i've never made money at your place.. and I have rented signs at your place before.
[19:16] (You): but whatever.. be like that.

To ONLY make money? Seriously, I’m probably the only person that goes to the Gym that actually chats in local. Everyone else just IMs in private all fucking day while Marina her self (the owner) is tucked away in some corner out of public view. Maybe she needs to do MORE at her one place to liven things up.

Okay so besides that, lets assume that she is having financial issues paying her tier. I guess she thinks banning people will some how make her more money? Where’s the logic in that? Donations are by definition voluntary. No one who vists the Shemale Gym is EVER obliged to “donate.”  Maybe Marina needs to find a dictionary as to what a donation means

donate [doh-neyt]
verb (used with object), donated, donating.
1. to present as a gift, grant, or contribution; make a donation of, as to fund or cause: to donate used clothes to the Salvation Army.

verb (used without object), donated, donating.
2. make a gift, grant, or contribution of something; give; contribute: They donate to the Red Cross every year.

It’s not mandatory as if I pay dues for club membership. Besides it’s not like I’ve never paid her a dime in the past, and I hardly ever get hired there let alone “make money.”  She must assume I’m super rich, which I can guarantee you I am not. It’s not like I openly solicit my self by nagging everyone there asking for money with sex. I don’t work like that, hell I don’t even actually “work” until I’m hired. I wait for people to IM me and ask for sex, and then I’ll lay on the sales pitch. It’s pointless to solicit people for sex.

So fuck the Shemale Gym; I declare a boycott! If she keeps threatening to ban residents because they hadn’t donated to her lagged out shithole, then she will be in a world of hurt down the road. Her place will close down if she keeps this attitude on going.

March 1, 2012

The legacy of Emerald

Filed under: Gaming!, Second Life Shit!, Viewer Gripes — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Hugsie @ 12:06 pm

It’s supprising to see the amount of ignorance that spreads in a virtual world, even years after the fact. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) is what keeps rumors alive, and feeds the fear-mongers that continue to spread these lies. There’s still many many clueless users in Second Life that belive Phoienix is still like Emerald, created by “hax0rz” to steal passwords, L$, and private information, and all sorts of hysterical bullshit.

Friend of mine recently got “hacked” by a spambot in SL, where all it did was just spam “get 2500L 4 free at,,,,” with a URL from .tk domain. It links to a malicious site that apparently infects your machine with a keylogger; which is how her password was stolen in the first place. Fortunately she didn’t lose anything but she’s convinced that Phoenix is to blame because of it’s legacy, and the FUD that continues to spread from ignorant people since the banning of Emerald about two years ago.

I asked her if she even knew WHY Emerald was banned so many years ago, and her reply was “it’s a hacker program, 300 pepole got thier accounts hacked. bla bla bla” which is basied on pure ignorance, and bullshit from others who blew smoke up her ass about what happend with Emerald.

When Emerald was accussed of DoS attacks, most people got upset (I did) and the rumor machine went total apeshit with more claims about keylogging, hacking accounts, and everything under the sun when it comes to malware.  This is what FUD does; smear the facts and exaggerates everything feeding on your Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt so you’ll buy into the bullshit. The only reason why Emerald was banned was because of a lame attempt at a DoS attack.

What is a DoS attack? Basically getting thousands or millions of different PCs on different IP address to access/request connection to another site all at once.  The result is supposed to overload the host server and “deny” access to anyone else who’s trying to legitimately access that server.

Basically what one of the Dev did was changed the login screen that appears when you launch Emerald viewer, which is just a webpage no code changed on the end user client software it self. The page loaded hidden frames that connected to someone’s blog on the web. Apparently this blog was of another TPV developer, and it was an attempt to jack up the hit count as a prank, and to show how popular Emerald was.  So every time any Emerald user launched Emerald, you were connecting to this blog page with out you knowing it and that blog page useage went up a tick. With Emerald’s huge userbase of Emerald is so HUGE (in the estimated hundreds of thousands) this was SEEN as a DoS attack.  Not that it was intended as a DoS attack, or that it actually took the site offline; since it wasn’t and it didn’t.

Reguardless this is a direct violation of LL’s policies and so LL demanded that two members of the Emerald Dev team would leave Emerald. They refused and so Emerald viewer was banned.  The group reformed WITH OUT those two devs, and formed Phoenix team as we know it today. The actual “DoS” attack amounted to almost nothing other than increased traffic numbers to that site; no denial of service was ever accomplished, even though that was never the goal of this prank.  But pranks often never go as planned.  …shit happens.

These facts doesn’t stop the fear and rumor mongering DRAMA that always comes about anytime something like this occurs (anything LL does always causes over exaggerated drama). Because of this people’s imaginations went wild and made assumptions that Emerald was an app made by hackers, and since all hackers are apparently evil; you’re at risk. <sigh!>

Even YEARS after Emerald has been all but forgotten, and Phoenix has become the dominant viewer next to Viewer 2/3 people STILL belive in the fear-mongering bullshit that was the legacy of Emerald.  Yes sure some of the Devs of Emerald/Pheoenix were known to create copybots clients, known grifers, and all that other crap. But that lead to a LOT of special features in viewers that we all enjoy in OTHER viewers.  Keep in mind folks.  Second Life client software (viewers) are open source.  Everything Phoenix has made is also open source and a lot of other 3rd party viewer dev teams adopt many of their code and vice versa.  If their was EVER anything malicious about their code, it would have been spotted a long time ago. Because it’s open source it’s EXTREMELY important that if you should ALWAYS download Phoenix or firestorm directly from www.phoenixviewer.com since anybody else can re-compile their own viewer with malware, and call it Phoenix.

This hyperbole from the fall of Emerald needs to end. It’s been over two years for Christ’s sake.  I thought it WAS over back then but people still keep clutching to bullshit like this due to fear, ignorance, and hate.  Even if this claim that 300 users were “hacked” for using Emerald (or phoenix) out of the 200,000+ phoenix and firestorm users (guesstimate since LL doesn’t share usage numbers publicly) who use it EVERY DAY seem VERY minor and meaningless if only 300 users were effected.  Unless all those 300 users were specifically targeting content creators, land barrons, and residents who had al ot of L$, then that cause alarm. Likely these 300 people are ignorant noobs clicking ads from spambots promising free L$.

September 8, 2010

Arabella banned

Filed under: Second Life Shit! — Tags: , , — Hugsie @ 4:36 pm

As if this was a shocker.  After her long tirade of shit throwing she’s now all apologetic because she’s banned from the SL grid.  Since she never approves my comments on her posts, here’s my quip.

Arabella, maybe you’ll allow this post to be shown.

Why do you even care about Emerald being banned from SL when the team has disbanded, and effectively orphaned all your users? Why bother with this tirade? LL banning an orphaned viewer was just a mercy killing since, at BEST, Emerald would have had a short life span. No updates nor support for it was the death YOU people caused, not Linden Labs.

Why does this blog still exist if there is no longer a emerald team? Why act so surprised you’re now banned from second life after this tirade? Many many people have been critical of LL since BETA and they can still login to the grid. What’s your excuse?

Can we finally end this?  Shut the fuck up Arabella, please!

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