Feb 27

Second Life News for February 27, 2008

Category: Second Life News by Stone Culdesac

From: TechCrunch EA Turns The Sims Online Into Free EA-Land, Second Life Competitor Quote from the site - EA-Land is the new, free Sims Online (TSO). The 12 different cities from TSO are being moved to EA-Land and the game area is being expanded to be “100 times bigger than the previous size of any city.” Existing TSO users will be able to purchase land in EA-Land before the new (reincarnated) world is open to the public with paying TSO users becoming “EA-Land subscribers” in a similar fashion to the way Linden Lab charges for land in Second Life.

From: The Register Second Life comes to the third screen Quote from the site - Residents of Sadville will soon be able to get out more, thanks to a mobile version of their virtual utopia currently being beta-tested by mobile software house Vollee. Meanwhile, grown-up social networkers using LinkedIn can already access those vital business contacts while on the move.

From: Dragon Tail Press in Second Life SL Office Quote from the site - Today Dragon Tail Press opened it’s Second Life office on the island of Etopia, Etopia Prime (203, 94, 31), the second development of Etopia Eco-Village, Etopia Island (175, 71, 22).

From: MSN CRY opens office in `Second Life’ Quote from the site - CRY(Child rights and You), India’s leading advocate for child rights, has opened its virtual office in `Second Life’ with a view to reaching out to more people and strengthening its global online community.

From: Looker Lumet The Hospital of the Future in Second Life Quote from the site - “Virtual Palomar West in Second Life, an architectural and conceptual visualization of The Hospital of the Future opening in 2011. Powered by a Cisco Medical-Grade Network that converges information and communications technology along with clinical and building automation systems onto a single network, Palomar West will transform the future of healthcare as we know it.

From: marketwire Second Life Brings Infringement Risks and Licensing Opportunities, Top Trademark Expert Says Quote from the site - “Virtual intellectual property owners are facing increasing licensing and infringement issues — the same issues, in fact, that are faced by intellectual property owners in the real world,” Douglas R. Wolf of Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., writes in New England In-House magazine.

From: Educause Connect Experience the flight deck of the NASA Space Shuttle in Second Life Quote from the site - The island of Sophia in Second Life now features an immersive depiction of the flight deck of the NASA Space Shuttle (actually, it’s the high fidelity mockup at Johnson Space center in Houston). This is a visual representation only - the controls don’t work - but it is a compelling effect.

From: Digital Transformation Hospital Takes Its Grand Opening To Second Life Quote from the site - Virtual visitors to the Palomar West Medical Campus can tour the facilities and see some of the amenities of the $810 million, real-life publicly financed hospital in San Diego.

From: Kzero ‘A strikingly fresh approach to real world advertising in Second Life’ Quote from the site - Our campaign for L’Oreal Paris ends this week (so get your skins before they go!) and has clearly demonstrated the benefits of thinking ‘resident-centric’ as opposed to ‘island-centric’ in terms of an overall marketing strategy.

From: blueZhift Blog Next Xbox Live and Second Life Juxtaposed Quote from the site - I’m sure it probably means nothing, but the juxtapositioning of a gamesindustry.biz article concerning the next Xbox Live and a now hiring ad for Second Life gave me pause for thought. As a fan of the concept of virtual worlds, such as Second Life, or the upcoming Home for Playstation 3, I’d really like it if the next Xbox Live incorportated some virtual world elements.

From: Men’s Second Style Jeans: The Right Fit Quote from the site - I have hinted in previous posts, that for me, it is difficult to find the perfect pair of jeans in Second Life. I am reminded of the times I have gone shopping with my RL wife and she searches through every store in the mall to be defeated in the end.

From: mrtopf.de Metanomics: Interview with There.com CEO Michael Wilson Quote from the site - This evening another Metanomics session was on, this time with the CEO of There.com, Michael Wilson. It turned out to be a quite interesting interview as we learned Michael Wilson’s view of things. Unfortunately there weren’t many people in the Metanomics backchannel who shared his opinion.

From: The Insatiable Zoe Connolly SL Bloggers Meetup Quote from the site - Special thanks to GoSpeed and Rav for hosting the Second Life Bloggers Party held on Sunday 24 February 2008. All the volunteer hosts make it easy for me to run the group and I dearly appreciate you for that….

From: techsoup Accessible Technology and Public Computing Quote from the site - Discuss resources and ideas for maintaining and operating public computer labs Online Event: Using Virtual Worlds and Emerging Technologies for People with Disabilities in this forum, Feb. 29th, all-day, asynchronous (not-live).

From: Second Life Herald Primjackers Trash LL’s Digital Rights Management Quote from the site - Recently it came to our attention that certain devices have begun to circulate inside Second Life that allow object owners to circumvent Linden Lab’s digital rights management/permissions system. These new products are simply LSL scripts that are able to copy themselves into every prim in a linkset, and then they use the llGetPrimitiveParams function to detect prim shapes and position within a linkset.

From: SL Machinima Librarians Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education, and Museums Conference to be held at New Media Consortium Conference Center in the very beautiful Second Life Quote from the site - “Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education, and Museums” Saturday, March 8, 2008 in Second Life - New Media Consortium Conference Center.
To register: www.alliancelibraries.info/virtualworlds

Purpose of the Conference:
To provide a gathering place for librarians, information professionals, educators, museologists, and others to learn about and discuss the educational, informational, and cultural opportunities of virtual worlds.

From: You are Never Alone Virtual Worlds and Education Quote from the site - It occurred to me last night when I was writing a posting about virtual worlds on my “book review” blog, that I should re-visit the concept of virtual worlds and the role they could play in education.

From: Second Life Blog Havok4 Beta Preview Update (2008-02- 26) Quote from the site - The Beta Preview has been updated with a resolution to the “can’t land on some prim surfaces” issue that caused us to pull the last update shortly after it was deployed. Havok4 Beta Server v1.19.0.80517 includes the fixes announced in the previous blog post.

From: TechCrunch Mono Beta Refresh 3 Quote from the site - The Mono regions on the beta grid were updated with a new simulator binary today that resolves the following issues:

* SVC-1360 Lists do not retain Key type
* SVC-1356 List assignments treated as references.
* SVC-1369 Depending on complexity a script may be rezzed not running.
* SVC-1448 List operations have side effects in Mono.
* SVC-1340 llXorBase64StringsCorrect() will not compile. llXorBase64Strings() does.
* SVC-1345 UThread injection failed - llReleaseCamera.
* SVC-1347 Scripts stop running silently after sim border crossing.
* SVC-1515 Searching multiple lists with llListFindList appends the lists.
* SVC-1323 llPlaySound/llTriggerSound fail.

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