2019 SL User Groups 28/1: Simulator User Group

Iona Shore; Inara Pey, June 2019, on FlickrIona Shore, June 2019blog post

Server Deployments

There are no deployments planned for this week, leaving the SLS (Main) channel and the major RCs all running on server maintenance package 19#, comprising internal changes. The updated planned for the RC channels turned out to be “not quite ready” and so are being held over until week #29, commencing Monday, July 15th, 2019.

SL Viewer

The Love Me Render RC viewer updated to version on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019. At the time of writing, the rest of the current LL viewer pipelines remain unchanged:

  • Current Release version, formerly the Rainbow RC viewer dated June 5, promoted June 18 – No Change.
  • Release channel cohorts:
  • Project viewers:
    • Legacy Profiles viewer, version, released on June 5. Covers the re-integration of Viewer Profiles.
  • Linux Spur viewer, version, dated November 17, 2017 and promoted to release status 29 November 2017 – offered pending a Linux version of the Alex Ivy viewer code.
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version, May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Region Crossings

User Animats believes he has identified two consistent types of vehicle region crossing failure:

  • The vehicle makes it, but avatar is left behind.
  • At high speed, a complete failure occurs. The vehicle is gone, the avatar is left on the ground or underwater, and often the vehicle is never returned to Lost and Found.

In terms of the latter, it is possible the issue is caused by the vehicle crossing between more than two regions, so that the second region crossing commences before the first has completed – something that can occur when corner crossing between regions, and not just a high speed.

Commenting on this, Simon linden indicated the Lab should potentially slow things down, forcing the first region hand-over to complete before the second commences. He further noted that while this may not be smooth from the perspective of riding the vehicle – but it will be better than a total crossing failure.

Script Processing Issues

For those who may not have seen the comments on script run time issues (see  BUG-226851 and BUG-227099) in my week #26 Content Creation User Group and TPV Developer meeting summaries:

  • There are simulator updates awaiting deployment that should provide better script performance on the “more expensive [resource-wise] scripts events”, such as sensors. This could potentially reduce the overhead of idle scripts by as much as 20-30%, although actual mileage, may vary. The hope is that once deployed, the changes will help push script processing performance in the right direction.
  • These updates are now set to be deployed “soon” as result of the cancellation of this week’s RC deployment.

Lab announces Tilia town hall event

via Linden Lab

On Monday, July 1st, Linden Lab issued a blog post announcing important changes to how Second Life US dollar accounts are to be handled with regards to the Lab’s subsidiary, Tilia Inc (which the blog post officially introduces for the first time) and credit processing (cashing out) from Second Life.

The announcement caused a certain amount of confusion among users. As a result, a forum thread raising questions was started, and since the initial announcement, the Lab has been trying to address these, including starting a Tilia Q&A thread of their own, which has been subject to a number of updates.

Due to the continuing questions, and in support of the forum efforts to address them, on Tuesday, July 9th, the Lab announced a special town hall meeting will be held specifically to address concerns, questions and confusion relating to Tilia, its role in managing accounts associated with Second Life and cashing out US dollar amounts from the platform.

The meeting will take place on Friday, July 12th  at 13:00 SLT. It will be attended by:

  • Grumpity Linden, Second Life Senior Director of Product.
  • Patch Linden, Senior Director of Product Operations.

The meeting will take place at the Town Hall meeting islands, and I hope to be able to record the meeting and produce a summary with audio after-the-fact.

The Town Hall meeting venue will host a special meeting on the upcoming Second Life dollar account changes, credit processing and Tilia – Friday, July 12th, 2019 at 13:00 SLT

In the meantime, the Lab will continue to try to respond to questions asked via the official Tilia Q&A forum thread – so do continue to keep an eye on this to see if any specific concerns you may have are addressed between now and the meeting.

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