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It seems likely that inter-grid teleportation will become a commonly-available and trivially-usable feature within the next twelve months. While there are efforts underway to establish and implement underlying supporting protocols, it really doesn't much matter if those efforts go ahead or not. Fun...

July 21st 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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While the announcement of the Google Lively public beta may have taken many by surprise, apparently it did not take Linden Lab unawares -- their Second Life messages were already lined up and ready to go. Indeed considering that information about Lively's launch was available to a number of people w...

July 14th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Over the years, Linden Lab has put a lot of effort into attempting to reward, or to give recognition to (another kind of reward, really) Second Life users who made positive contributions to the overall user-experience. The Lab staff used to refer to it as a mandate or as a part of "their charter...

July 7th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Today marks the fifth anniversary of Second Life, and we thought we'd take advantage of the day to round up some of the significant happenings in this most well-known of current-generation virtual worlds over the last twelve months. We can by no means be comprehensive, of course, there's so much go...

June 23rd 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Meet Jay. Jay started in Second Life in April this year and was interested and involved enough to get himself some Linden Dollars via a currency exchange. A lot of Linden Dollars. Unfortunately, Jay is now out-of-pocket by US$110, and is being told conflicting stories.

June 16th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Linden Lab is very proud of its transparency, both as a business and as a workplace. Openness and transparency are enshrined in the Tao of Linden. Unfortunately much of that transparency only seems to pass internally. Sure, Linden Lab publishes lots of interesting and useful statistics and makes var...

June 9th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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As you are probably already aware, Linden Lab have suddenly decided to take an active role in the Second Life fifth anniversary this year, overriding the organizing committee and excluding a number of the invited communities from presentation this year. Decisions, ultimately, get made because they s...

June 2nd 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Linden Lab is having a second stab at reworking the Second Life dwell (also known as traffic, but dwell is a more accurate name since traffic is not actually what is described) algorithm based on user-feedback. Last year, at Linden in-world office hours assorted feedback was gathered from users, and...

May 26th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Two weeks ago it became widespread knowledge that upper-constraints on Second Life prim creation size were relaxed or disabled during a recent update. Initially, it appeared to most people to be an intentional move in-line with previously stated plans that Linden Lab had for Megaprim-Liberation. Unf...

May 19th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Some of you may have noticed that your billing for Second Life is no longer being done out of the United Kingdom but is now being done from the USA. Since there was no announcement of a change, we asked Linden Lab about that, back in the first week of January -- especially as it seemed that some use...

May 12th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/Peering_Inside_PG_or_not_PG'; Some unknown number of Second Life simulators are designated PG, though we've asked Linden Lab and received no reply, we believe that the number is under 2% of the total. The rest of the simulators are designated as Mature....

May 5th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Nobody, not even Linden Lab, is able to determine how many bots there might be operating on the Second Life grid. Not without intensive and potentially disruptive per-account data analysis, and even then the results are likely to be flawed. A bot can indicate to Linden Lab at login that it is a bot,...

April 28th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments