by Pixeleen Mistral on 07/08/11 at 7:34 pm
Scammers denied access to sim-edge no-rez exploit
Roo sim - the home base for in-world access to vital Meeroo food supplies - is now encircled with a quarantine corridor in hopes of blocking scammers from using an exploit to create objects in unauthorized areas. Will this novel parcel configuration become a "best practice" for those concerned with controlling object creation on their virtual land? More important - will Linden Lab discount land tier fees to compensate landowners for loss of full use of their virtual land?
Saturday, I stopped by Roo sim, and discovered the landowners have divided the sim into two parcels. The central parcel is publically accessible, but a 10 meter wide strip encircles the entire outside edge of the sim. Access to this strip of land is limited to the Roo sim administrators - a virtual cordon sanitaire.
This unique land configuration has a certain logic - while it sacrifices 15% of the land area, it also keeps scam artists away from the edges of the sim where they can create objects at will and overlay legitimate food vendors with their own devices.
Now consider that the Lab reportedly had revenues of over $75M for each of the last three years, and is bragging on taking in $7M/month currently. You would think fixing these sorts of exploits would be a high priority. Think again.
Perhaps the Lab should discount the land tier fees by 15% for island owners as a show of good faith and compensation for loss of use. The Lindens should be able to afford it after one of their best quarters ever and record revenues - unless the god's game is now focused on cost cutting and milking the platform for cash.