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June 23, 2005

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Alfa Rubio

I'd love to know why that video is windows media when all the video going into secondlife is quicktime

Alfa Rubio

It is pretty bloody cool though!

Reuben Steiger

Thanks, Alfa. We did a lot of experimentation with both Quicktime and Windows Media and were able to get both streaming at similar quality levels. The difference was that in order to encode for Quicktime streaming we'd have needed to use Camtasia which is a tiny bit pricey and WM Encoder is free. Secondly, and more importantly, we had better luck embedding Windows Media into the browser.

mary

you were wrong about ppl being decent and good in sl. the video was nothing but smut as usual. why shouldn't they your giving them development checks to support this behavior via their club and b.s. decent? hardly.

Joe Public

Yawn...dream on reuby.

You little wunderkinder, you...

Steve

Wow, Mary...bitter much? Sorry, but there are many demographics to SL now; its not all about you anymore. (Although it still includes you).

I thought the video was awesome. And the reality is, 99.9% of people in SL are honorable. There is a 0.1% that's not - as in real life - but I welcome taking the good with the bad.

Huns

You should have Video jump in a plane and tear around the vehicle park.

Prokofy Neva

Reuben, the video and the screenshots are hella cool. I love 'em to pieces. And I think you should be aware that your company only allows us to pass through screenshots taken in PG sims, so that may account for the toplesslessness, hmm? Can you get them to dial it back to M?

I'm also wondering what you meant by "I worked with Cristiano in those early days, sharing ideas and figuring out how to morph this thing to let SL'ers tell their stories and chronicle their Second Lives." In intense debates on the SL forums, Cristiano made the statement that he was the last to find out that LL was using his technology on their front page. Now you're saying you worked with him since the early days. Well?

And really more to the point, can other residents with other websites and/or simply e-mail also have their snapshots show up on the front page? That is, currently, only if we type pics@sluniverse.com will our screenshot be snagged for the SL page, then go on to Sluniverse.com to be stored there. But what if we'd like to be on the SL front page, but not on Sluniverse.com? Please, build in that capacity with a checkoff box so that *any* screenshot emailed out of SL can be eligible -- this would *truly* "democratize" the technology you claim is democratizing, if it is not just one high-profile business partner of LL eligible for this privilege of getting the shots displayed on LL's website and stored on its own site. I appreciate all the hard work, etc. that goes into this but I'm interested in the long-term of creating fair conditions for the metaverse. I also want to make sure that no one third-party business has the power, for arbitrary reasons, to block access to LL's front pages.

I'd also like to raise the issue of privacy. In RL, casinos forbid taking photos or videos of patrons because not everyone wants to be seen in a casino. The same can apply for people in SL, even in PG (and I'd advocate that you allow M shots as well). How do you propose to handle the issue of consent yet retain the creative energy?

And what about advertising? I've seen people put LAND FOR SALE in their screenshots and I'd like to put RENT THIS SPACE in my screenshots, too. I see some people doing barely-disguised infomercials. And I'm all for allowing that, after all, the shots only stay on for a few minutes. Commerce is a big part of SL and deserves a place on the front page, too. Comments?

Reuben, the bonds in SL range from fiercely deflective and exclusionist tribal loyalties of the FIC to a horridly fraying social fabric among the masses living in the griefed and uglified mainland grid -- I think you need to get out more, I can't imagine where your Pollyanish notions of the "goodness and decency" of people came from except through the antiseptic portals of the Lab.

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