Amazing Reverse Atlantis Geological Event Predicted!

by Pixeleen Mistral on 28/11/06 at 10:10 am

Invisible lost islands to rise from the sea tomorrow
Drama alert at red as residents given more tools to snub each other

by Pixeleen Mistral, Nataional Affairs desk

Residents braced for a series of undersea eruptions as formerly invisible islands are scheduled to surface wednesday according to the official Linden blob. Linden geological experts used the blog to announce that “all estates will be visible on the map to all users”.

The expected result is that areas on the map that formerly appeared to most residents as water will now have land visible as the previously hidden islands appear. Apparently the time taken to determine which regions should be visible to residents viewing the map has become a significant burden on Linden Lab’s servers and this feature has now been thrown overboard in a desperate quest to improve the world’s scalability. Residents reported seeing Linden staffers frantically bailing water from the bilge of the good ship Second Life in an attempt to get the old girl to respond a bit more quickly – but there was no word on how soon the saturated network connection from the Lab’s server farm would be cleared.

In other news, the Lindens have also decided to improve the interpersonal drama level of the metaverse by adding more controls over how avatars who have accepted each other as “friends” can see – or not see – each other. Comments in the blog were split roughly 50/50 between those that like the idea of more nuanced hiding from their so-called friends, and those that wonder what the point is when there are so many un-fixed bugs and lag. Expect to see some residents with long faces once they can no long map-stalk their friends or realize that they have not made the “A” list with some parts of their social circle.

As usual for updates, the metaverse is expected be closed wednesday morning – although the exact time of the update has not been announced at press time. Herald staffers expressed some concern that Adam Reuters might manage to score triple irony points with his scheduled “groundbreaking interview” with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime at 7:30 am SL time wednesday. Will the grid upgrade start be pushed back in honor of Nintendo or could the interview be cut short? Observers suggest that how this is handled might say something about Linden Lab’s priorities.

7 Responses to “Amazing Reverse Atlantis Geological Event Predicted!”

  1. Hiro Pendragon

    Nov 28th, 2006

    This is completely against the Internet’s paradigm and a short-sighted fix to a problem. How will companies be able to keep their presence secret before a launch? What about organizations who simply don’t want their presence known?

    Removing the green dots from the map would be a more effective approach. They don’t really indicate anything valuable unless you are looking at a small region.

  2. Prokofy Neva

    Nov 28th, 2006

    Hiro, that’s stupid. How else can you tell if a server is fulled so you don’t keep bothering to teleport, or how else can somebody out for an evening’s entertainment find the green dots signifying a popular event?

    This is one of your funniest pieces, Pixeleen! I love the image of those Lindens bailing water on the sinking ship.

    I think in part they don’t mind showing off islands because they want people not only to see how many of them, but just how many have been purchased by Big Businesses, such that Anshe’s announcement that she has 550 of them is somehow dwarfed at the concept of the Lindens’ developer friends having *more*, in the collective if not in the individual.

    Of course, we’ll have to see if *seeing* an island also enables you to see its name and find out its owner.

    Just as I was thinking we’d finally get to see those special hidden islands that all our special friends visit and don’t tell us about (but we can see if we map them) — WHOOPS we won’t have that mappability on them anymore unless we’re special, too!

  3. Joannah Cramer

    Nov 28th, 2006

    “This is completely against the Internet’s paradigm and a short-sighted fix to a problem. How will companies be able to keep their presence secret before a launch? What about organizations who simply don’t want their presence known?”

    Same way it works for ‘the Internet’s paradigm’ i.e. keeping access closed to external visitors? It’s no different from registering domain(s) after all — even if you know someone picked up the name, as long as you get nothing when you try to connect to it, this knowledge is good for squat. Save maybe for speculations what is/will be done with it.

  4. Cocoanut Koala

    Nov 28th, 2006

    I would like to take this opportunity to state, as I have elsewhere, that I will be snubbing no one and avoiding no one.

    I want my friends and customers to know that whenever they see me as offline, it is because I actually AM offline.


  5. Nacon

    Nov 28th, 2006

    who cares if some project was meant to be a in secret development before opening up to public, Estate still have control on who can have access to the sim or even set a group only. Also, just place a mega-prim in the sky to cover the whole sim if you don’t want people to see the sim from the map.

    Not a big deal. If it is to you, get over it, ya hopeless-social retard ape.

  6. eddie

    Nov 28th, 2006

    Seems like the inworld tools are merely being brought up to speed with the tools that people use in all IM clients. I don’t see how making myself “invisible” inworld is any different from me setting myself as “away” in my AIM client when I need to really focus on something. A very useful feature that everyone uses in IM every day! And Joannah’s comparison of private island visibility to the visibility of any registered real life domain name is a great point.

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