Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Few simple principles for your SLex privacy

Vint is being excellent as always, with provocative and thought-provoking posts.

First thing it reveals - time is an illusion, and lunchtime - doubly so. Ooopz. That was not for this post... So, where was I... first thing it reveals - is that privacy is indeed more an illusion, rather than a reality. Second thing - despite of all us being perfect SL avatars composed of pure ones and zeros, we all do exhibit the interesting human property of curiosity.
Would I sneak peek if I heard such an encouragement in the main chat ? But of course! (Even though I do not engage into SLex - but I do not engage either in everything that I find odd/fun to take a look at, e.g.: thai cooking, stock trading, chaos theory, UFO studies, and tons of other things).

So, the question is "but what about my privacy and when do you stop the white noise in this blogpost and start with something useful to me ?"

Ok, I'm done with white noise. but couple of disclaimers:
first, since as we have found out, there is no absolute privacy, these will just help you (maybe!) to minimize the chances to trigger the interest of the passers-by and tempt them to move the camera. Second - all of the stuff here is fairly basic (from my point of view that is), so do not shoot the pianist, he plays the way he plays :-)

  1. Avoid the main chat. The range of the main chat is 20 meters sphere (as per the doc on the lslwiki). And no, the walls nor roofs, nor anything do stop this sphere. Take that into account.

  2. If you are doing something you do not want others to see, try to avoid being seen. This translates to not putting the sexgen bed into your house on the main busy street just across the road from the club. Put it into a box and move it somewhere in the sky, somewhere above 400-500 meters. The altitudes just below the 768, being the "official maximum" are usually pretty crowded, so you would need to increase the rendering range to something big, and check how does the surrounding look.

  3. Note that the land restrictions do not work on high altitudes (and they anyway do not prevent the camera movement), so it is easier just to avoid setting them in the first place.

  4. Remember that the "guard" scripts only take care of the avatar, not of the camera.
    And even if you put one of those (grr. why would you need it anyway?), ensure you do leave an ample time (30-60 seconds) for the AV who has stepped on.

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