Archive for August, 2010
Here is a little story about my experience with buying a “Maitreya Nimue” ( Created by Onyx LeShelle ) hair pack in SecondLife, which is one of the few specialized products that I believe i’m better off buying than attempting to build myself.
I made this cute little script a few weeks ago that show an animated hover text over your head when you are typing, so that, would you chose to disable the sound and typing animation, peoples can still know that you are typing something. Simple enough right?
Now when I buy hairs I like to get them MOD COPY, and I never buy nomod hairs, being a builder, I always end up tweaking this and that, add or remove parts of it.
Now to add a script to an attachment you have to rez it on your land and drop the script inside, which I tried to do. To my surprise, every time I tried the hairs would disappear. It didn’t take me very long to figure out it wasn’t the sim having a glitch but YET ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE PESKY “PROTECTION” SCRIPTS.
Turned out after editing the hairs on a noscript land (yeah , that’s all it takes to fool this “bullet proof” copy protection. That there was no script in the root prim, nor aparently in none of the hair prims. Yeah it was much more vicious, there was tiny little prims scattered here and there (3 to 5) inside the hair prims, and these where holding the pesky protection script.
Hello hair creators? I buy MOD creations from you that means I expect MODIFY RIGHTS, I had to spend 10 minutes on each color of the hair pack to basically DELOUSE each haircut!
Yes, delouse because what else can it be? it’s tiny, near invisible, and annoying as hell!
Now for the fun here is a little review of the thing:
Personal rating: 0/10 , Your stuff can look amazing and professional, as long as you try to pull bullshit like this, I won’t shop at your place anymore, there are plenty of honest hair designers to satisfy me, it doesn’t protect you, it doesn’t work, it only piss your legitimate customers.
Because i truly believe that what we are doing on the Internet is no one’s business, whether we have something to hide or not, i support the use of SSL on as many websites as possible, so it’s only logical that i try to have a working ssl version of my blog.
So what is this SSL thing about?
For the non geeks amongst us, when you or i browse websites, every information i send and receive from said website travel in “plain text” format, which means that anyone that is relaying this piece of information from me to it’s destination, and vice verse can very easily see what websites i am looking at or what keywords i entered on google.
When you use an SSL website (if the URL starts with “//” instead of “//” the information are encrypted both ways between you and the website you are visiting.
That means that, yes your ISP may know that you are connecting to this, or that computer, they know you are probably visiting a website, but they cannot see what you are doing.
This is used by many online shops and online banking systems, usually everything involving sums of money is secured through SSL.
Why does it matter?
Because it shouldn’t be limited to this! Many governments are starting to complain about the rise in encrypted communications.
Google started a new beta service where you can connect to them and perform searches in https ( ), it doesn’t offer yet all the the common functions like image search but it’s already a nice step forward.
The bottom line is that as surveillance systems become faster and more efficient, it is vital in order to keep our freedom that we use the tools that are available today to protect ourselves. If SSL browsing (and encrypted communications in general) becomes more widespread it will make general surveillance nearly impossible.