2016 SL project updates 47: No Change windows and misc items

WeeVille, Oyster Bay; Inara Pey, November 2016, on Flickr WeeVille, Oyster Bayblog post

Server Deployment No  Change Window

As this is Thanksgiving week in the United States, there are no deployments for week #47. The next deployment should be on Wednesday, November 30th, with a new server maintenance package to be deployed to the RC channels. While the full details of what it will comprise aren’t available, it will apparently include a fix for a data server crash which, although rare, can affect multiple regions when it happens.

SL Viewer

There have been no changes to the current viewer pipeline this week.Viewer release updates are generally a part of the no change window, however, in recent times a couple of RC / project viewers have slipped out unexpectedly. Currently, there are updates anticipated to the Bento RC viewer, but whether or not this might slip through and appear before the Lab closes for an extended Thanksgiving weekend is debatable. A new Maintenance RC is also anticipated in the near future as well.

At the moment, the pipeline is as follows:

  • Current Release version: 4.1.2.321518, dated November 10th, promoted November 15th – formerly the Maintenance RC viewer
  • Project Bento  RC (avatar skeleton extensions), version 5.0.0.321598, dated November 15th – bug fixes
  • 360-degree snapshot viewer, version 4.1.2.321431, dated November 9th – ability to take 360-degree panoramic images – hands-on review
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version 3.7.28.300847, dated May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Other Items

Duplicated No Copy Items

Concern is growing about people who are using region crash exploits to duplicate No copy objects (particularly those from Gatchas) and then putting them up for sale on the Marketplace. The problem isn’t necessarily new, but is spreading. Various ideas have been put forward on how the situation might be dealt with, while the Lab is also aware of the problem and investigating what might be done. However, the caution at this point is that there is unlikely to be a simple fix for the issue.

Bento Meeting

A reminder that there is no Bento meeting either this week – Thursday November 24th – due to Thanksgiving or next week – Thursday, December 1st. This means the next Bento User Group meeting will now be on  Thursday, December 8th, at the usual time of 13:00 SLT at the Hippotropolis Camp Fire Circle.

2 thoughts on “2016 SL project updates 47: No Change windows and misc items

  1. Kyllein MacKellerann

    On duplicated items; isn’t this just another version of Copybotting? Doesn’t Linden already have a policy in place for that? Theft is theft, no matter how or where. A ban on the specific IP address usually fixes the problem, at least for a time.

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    1. Inara Pey Post author

      No, there is a difference. Copybotting involves the viewer, and generally leads to tell-tale signs: different creator name, for example. Duplication uses an exploit to cause the simulator to physically duplicate items. Nothing is done via the viewer, and the duplicates are completely indistinguishable from the original. Hence identifying what is “legal”, and what isn’t is that much harder in terms of items which can be re-sold, as is getting items removed from the MP / sellers banned.

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