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ISTE Campfire Ring on Presidential Educational Platforms

May 29th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Education, Meet and Greet, Politics

Join us at the ISTE Campfire Rings on Thursday, May 29th, at 6 PM SLT for a discussion about the educational platforms of US presidential candidates. Moderators will share tips for researching the educational platforms of presidential candidates followed by an informal discussion of their platforms. Second Life URL

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Solar Energy in a Virtual World

April 24th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Environmental, cisco

From group notice:

Note: The event has probably already started.

0715SLT - Cisco Corp Pavilion - Solar Energy in a Virtual World

Cisco is honored to host Richard King, Director, Solar Decathlon and Glenn Strahs, Program Analyst, Office of Solar Technology, for a presentation to discuss the use of virtual worlds to enable the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to engage in solar energy related technology prototyping, consumer-professional education, and collaboration as a means to both publicly and internally carry out its mission.

Not inworld to be able to grab the landmark, here is the SLURL for one of their stages, so you may have to look for it, sorry.

Second Life URL.

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Heroes Happen Here Launch in Second Life

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Education, Microsoft, Seminars, Technology

Hero Event

Microsoft is doing something pretty cool, they are holding a launch for the Visual Studio Team System 2008 in Second Life on April 26th, 2008. It will run from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Second Life Time, an agenda is available here. You can download Virtual PC images of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 here and try out the hands on labs here. It says when you attend the event you get promotional versions of all three products, so it may be worth dropping inworld to check it out. Second Life URL.

Once again we are poised to make history for Microsoft by holding the first ever full-fledged Launch event in Second Life. With less than two weeks to go I wanted to post again about the event and provide more details on what is going on the day of the event. Source: Heroes Happen Here Launch in Second Life — April 26th, 2008

Sessions include:

What’s New In Windows Server 2008, Virtualization and your Infrastructure, Securing your IT Infrastructure with Windows Server 2008, Exploring Windows Server 2008 Web and Application Technologies, Mission Critical Applications on SQL Server 2008, Simplify Management of your Data Infrastructure, Exploring Business Intelligence and SQL Server 2008, Next Generation Data Applications, Breakthrough Challenges with Visual Studio 2008, Reach End-Users with Next Generation Web Applications, Create Instantly Familiar Applications with the Microsoft Office System, and Defy Occasionally Connected Challenges with Smart Client Applications.

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Havok4 Fireside Chat with Sidewinder Linden

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Chat, Discussion, Grid Performance, Lindens, Simulator

Please join us tonight, Tuesday, April 15th at 6:00 pm SLT at the ISTE Island Beach/Campfire area for a presentation/discussion about the Havok4 physics engine by Sidewinder Linden, program manager.

Havok4 is currently being rolled out across Second Life (literally as we speak), with the goals of a more realistic simulator experience, increased viewer stability, and greater design capabilities for inworld developers.

We will be doing a rolling restart this Wednesday and Thursday to roll out the patches to the server that were to be rolled out with last week’s cancelled rolling restart. Changes include security patches, performance improvements for Havok4 (including the issue that “openspace” or “void” sims have with Havok4), and code designed to mitigate the load on the central database systems. Source: Rolling restart Wed/Thu April 16/17 for 1.21 Server Deploy

Via Tonight on ISTE Island: Havok4 Fireside Chat with Sidewinder Linden from The Story of My Second Life

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ISTE Discussion for New Educators in SL

April 15th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Education, New Residents

Are you an educator new to Second Life or ISTE in SL? Come out to the ISTE Discussion Skypark on Thursday, April 17, at 5:30 PM SLT (8:30 PM EDT) to connect with avatars who can answer your questions about Second Life and ISTE. Second Life URL.

Connectors needed! Are you interested in mentoring a new avatar at this week’s social? IM Corinne Fleury for details.

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The Power of the Dark Side: How Dark Matter and Dark Energy dominate our Universe

April 04th, 2008 | Category: Discussion, Science, Space, Technology

The MICA - VW Astrophysics group is sponsoring a talk Friday April 4th at 8 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Eastern, 3 p.m. GMT/UTC at the Galaxy Dome on Spaceport Bravo (LM attached). The title of Rob’s talk is “The Power of the Dark Side: How Dark Matter and Dark Energy dominate our Universe.”

Rob Knop (Prospero Frobozz in SL) was on the team that discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. The presentation and the discussion afterwards are aimed at the general public.

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Discussion With Science Fiction Writer Charles Stross

November 10th, 2007 | Category: Discussion, RL Meets SL, Storytelling

What: GridTalk Tuesday With Science Fiction Writer Charles Stross

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 8 a.m. Second Life time/Pacific time

Where: Dr. Dobb’s Island Amphitheater

Description: Our guest for our next GridTalk is science-fiction writer Charles Stross, whose most recent novel Halting State, is set in the near future — just 11 years from now, when virtual worlds, massively multiplayer games, advanced mobile computing, and augmented reality are a part of daily life.

Stross will discuss the world he created for Halting State, and how networked technologies are likely to evolve and affect our daily life and business over the course of the next decade.

It’s really hard to predict the future on the scale Stross does. Imagine yourself in 1996. Back then, would you have predicted the ubiquity of smartphones, user-generated content on the Internet (blogs weren’t even invented yet), Facebook, MySpace, the massive American entertainment industry grinding to a complete halt over a dispute over Internet video, and post-9/11 geopolitics? Could you have imagined, in your bones, what it would be like to live in that world?

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Discuss Second Life Financial Issues

November 10th, 2007 | Category: Banking, Discussion, Finance

What: Discussing Banking and Other Financial Issues in Second Life

When: At 1 p.m. SLT on Saturday, 10 November 2007

Where: Pandoria (16,157,23) in Second Life

Description: Nobody Fugazi will be talking about the Second Life banking industry as a guest on Sophrosyne’s Salon. I will be caffeinated, prepared, and will deal with hecklers with extreme amusement.

But seriously - the issue of banking within Second Life is a very real issue, especially with the events over the last 4 months.

If you’re interested in banking and related issues within Second Life, stop in. It promises to be an interesting bit of time where people can listen to some thoughts and ideas - and come to terms with some of the realities.

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ISTE Social

November 08th, 2007 | Category: Discussion, Teen Grid

Join us Thursday at 6 PM SLT on the campfire field for a discussion about projects on the Teen Grid. Gus Plisskin, Bluewings Hayek, and Alice Burgess will be facilitating discussions about their work on the Teen Grid and how you can get involved.

Second Life URL.

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Second Life TechChat: Data Center Assurance Program (DCAP)

November 04th, 2007 | Category: Chat, Discussion, Security

What: Second Life TechChat: Data Center Assurance Program (DCAP)

When: Thursday, December 13, 2007 12:00 PM

Where: Cisco Second Life Training Amphitheater

Description: This TechChat features Cisco expert Tony Antony, Product Marketing Manager, Data Center.

Second Life URL.

For details on how to join a Second Life TechChat click here.

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Second Life TechChat: Unified Communication Collaboration

November 04th, 2007 | Category: Chat, Collaboration, Discussion

What: Second Life TechChat: Unified Communication Collaboration

When: Thursday, November 15, 2007 12:00 PM

Where: Cisco Second Life Training Amphitheater

Description: This TechChat features Cisco luminaries Alan Cohen, Vice President, Enterprise and Mid-Market Solutions and Joe Burton, Chief Technology Office, Unified Communications.

Second Life URL.

For details on how to join a Second Life TechChat click here.

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Pedophilia in Virtual Worlds

October 31st, 2007 | Category: Child Protection, Discussion, Legal, Virtual Sex

Updated october 31, 2007

I have to ask this question, even though it creeps me out to even think about it, but is pedophilia really possible in Second Life? One would have to say yes, because it is entirely possible that a youngster playing an avatar could have sex with an adult playing another avatar, but, if you stick to avatars that have payment info on file, that should prevent it from happening accidentally.

But, what about people who are looking to have sex, even if it’s virtually, with children? Since the US Supreme Court removed the virtual children clause, Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, the federal definition requires that an actual child exist, so, for right now, I don’t think by the letter of the law that it is illegal if two adults engage in the activity, it’s certainly sick, but I’m not going to get into all that.

Linden Labs has made it known how they feel about child pornography, which is certainly more applicable, I’m just not sure how animations or cartoons would fit into that category.

Linden Lab’s stance on child pornography

Linden Lab has absolutely zero tolerance for depictions of child pornography within Second Life. We were outraged to see the images that ARD showed us, and will cooperate fully with any legal authorities that choose to investigate the individuals involved in such activities. Child pornography is, of course, illegal and as such is a breach of our Terms of Service. It goes without saying that anyone engaged in this activity will be permanently banned from Second Life, and subject to legal consequences.

What are the consequences?

We simply will not tolerate the depiction of sexual or lewd acts involving minors in Second Life.

If Linden Lab learns that someone is engaging in, advertising or promoting locations or activities involving the depiction of sexual or lewd acts involving minors, their account will be terminated, and we will fully cooperate with all appropriate authorities.

If a Resident possesses or distributes real-world pornographic images in Second Life that appear to involve minors, their account will be terminated and their details provided to real-world authorities, as has always been our policy. Source: Accusations Regarding Child Pornography in Second Life

Lowell Cremorne did some looking around when this first came about from Linden Labs, and in his post here, you can see the kinds of child like avatars that came up when he searched for child, I’m glad he blacked out that first one, brrr.

Which brings me to the whole point of this post, a blog post from the Second Life section of Reuters says that the UK is going to investigate pedophilia in virtual worlds, they will be looking for depictions of adult-child sex and trying to track down the pedophiles.

But the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said Second Life isn’t being specifically targeted. “Our interest is wherever on the Internet children are,” a spokeswoman told Reuters. “We place officers into a number of virtual worlds.”

The CEOP takes a dim view of age play, even when both avatars have confirmed their identity as consenting adults. “Why would a 56-year-old man masquerade as a 13-year-old child? That’s something that would concern us,” the spokeswoman said. Source: UK to investigate pedophilia in virtual worlds

That concerns me as well and I hope they can find and eliminate them all from virtual worlds and real life for that matter. So, maybe the US doesn’t consider it illegal, the UK seems to think it is, and if I can help in anyway I certainly will.

This is kind of interesting as well because while I was checking out the sim, The Legend of Autumn Hollow, this child avatar came in and was looking around, eventually she came up to me and we started talking, which was weird to start with, but when she asked if I had a girlfriend, I bet my jaw hit my desk, I didn’t know what to say, but she kept on talking and eventually said he sister needs a good looking guy like me. I felt a little better after that and we actually ended up working together some and finding some of the items in the treasure hunt, she was kind of cute, she did not go out of character, talking like a child the whole time, skipping around and asking silly questions, but it was certainly a moment I will never forget when it comes to Second Life and another reason I would rather no child avatars be allowed inworld at all. Thanks God she didn’t hit on me!

A post at Techcrunch, Virtual Pedophilia Report Bad News For Second Life discusses Virtual Pedophilia in Second Life, and I am amazed at the commentators who say it’s okay as it’s two consenting adults, sure, that may be true if this happened in their own homes, but this is a virtual world where anyone can see it, sure there are some restricted areas, but if you can get into the area, you can pretty much watch anything happening with the camera. It would be very easy for a child to register and end up seeing this type of stuff, depending on what they search for, kids, children, etc.

I wrote this before I read and watched the Sky News report, but now that I have seen it, I am even more disgusted, the areas they have setup are swing sets with child avatars swinging on them, talk about trying to make it look like real life. I just added the video below.

“Wonderland is a virtual children’s playground where pedophiles cruise and kids are solicited,” said Farrell.

“At first site it looks like a real-life playground.

“Here child-like avatars are not just playing on swings - they’re offering sex. These are virtual children of all ages - even toddlers.

“After talking to one child I was offered a range of sordid and sick sexual acts.

“My avatar had entered a virtual pedophile ring. Obviously, I declined the offers and reported my disturbing findings.” Source: Perverts Use Virtual World For Fantasies

Wonderland needs shut down, it’s no wonder that almost every newbie I saw and talked to coming into Second Life in the CSI area the other night mentioned, hookers, sex or having fun, that’s all they think we do inworld.

Warning: The might not be considered safe for work, although I don’t think anyone is naked.

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