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1. By and large, we didn’t learn to not put –gate on the end of things to signify a scandal.

You know, if it had been called the Watercock hotel instead of the Watergate hotel, the entire landscape of media for the last several decades would have been far different, or at least much funnier.

2. Most of us didn’t learn to get Linden Lab’s name right.

You’d think people would start getting that right eventually, wouldn’t you?

3. We didn’t learn to rethink our our basis for trust and for exercising caution and software hygiene when faced with the allure of shiny features.

Security professionals are doubtless still tearing their collective hair out over that, as they have for years.

So, give me all your money, while we’re on the subject, and maybe there could be a shiny feature in it for you… possibly. Thanks heaps!



An emerald At some point in the past, Linden Lab apparently entered into some sort of partnership with the Emerald team. By partnership, I mean it in the business sense: An special arrangement between two organisations that presumably benefits both.

The somewhat ironic result here, is that if Linden Lab had not made this special deal with Emerald, it is likely that Emerald would still be around today.

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Lyons (whom I believe was the QA person for the Emerald viewer team) has resigned, and also revealed the final two requirements that the Emerald viewer must meet by Friday this week. Lyons declares the viewer to be functionally dead.

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There’s some talk and images circulating at the moment about the possibility that members of the Emerald developer viewer team may have gained administrative access to Second Life’s Vivox voice system through an exploit.

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