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TIL: Never tell Mal to censor something.

Remember Tronnix Tairov the owner and “builder” of Fastronix Aircraft? Some of you may remember he got into a bit of trouble when it turned out his L$2,000 Huey was a download from ARMA II and the first search result when you type “Free 3D Huey model” into Google. No Seriously.  Well it’s time to dish out the popcorn again because all hell has broken loose and as normal muggin’s here is stuck in the middle of it.

WHY ME!?

Oh yeah because I wrote an article pointing out that all Dani planes are downloads and now all his cult-like fans think I’m the Devil, which is true because I am part of the Magical Secret underground SL Aviation illuminati that’s secretly trying to control everything by whining about it’s competitors because………..Monopoly? Which makes me “open game” as far as people are concerned which is just as well because if I wasn’t open game then you’d just be bullying a Gay,Orphaned, Mentally disabled, Cancer Surviving,War Veteran for entirly selfish reasons which would make you the bad guy. So it’s just as well I’m so evil.

Where was I?

Ah yes, Fastronix. I heard on the grapevine ,from a few fairly reliable sources, that Fastronix have been hit with a DMCA. Fair enough thought nothing of it but not even a full hour later ALL Fastronix products were removed from Marketplace (which I’ll remind you is Step 1 in a standard DMCA Take-down notice) followed by an announcement from Tronnix a few moments later that ALL Fastronix products were on a massive discount sale, everything down to 100 Lindens. Snapshot_021 Seems like a major co-incidence?

Again I shrugged and didn’t give it much thought but then I happened to mention it in one of the SL Aviation groups and fuck did I shine my touch on a pack of wild Monkies.

Apparently they love me, they love me so much they worship me as some egotistical maniac demon overlord who spreads great lies to his children and censors everything he doesn’t like because….I dunno, it gets my socks cleaner or something?

As per normal no reason nor logic was given and the only evidence they could find was fake quotes apparently from this blog, when proved otherwise it suddenly changed to quotes from Metaverse where I dramatically failed by claiming that Dani Weapons would be no more by 2014!

That post in question on the Mesh Police – Ripped content watch forum was made back in 2012, about a year before Dani Weapons existed.

So tonight’s lottery numbers will be

3, 12, 24, 29,36 and 49

Of course it’s all Bullshit, these people have not actually read this blog nor any of the posts on Metaverse ,and I invite you to check what i said if you wish, they are being told “what I said” second hand by someone else, I think I know who but let’s continue with Fastronix, because this is where things get nasty.

So after getting bored and wandering off for Coffee I get back to my desk to be told that Tronnix Tairov is attempting to hit me with a Super Injunction[1] and threatened, curtsey of the DOR Mafia, that I shouldn’t “spread slander” and not talk about this to anyone “or else”. Naturally this immediately made me talk to everyone around me about it, this was then followed by Tronnix IM’ing me, accusing me of spreading shit and claiming that I was now going to be banned as he had gathered all the evidence of me spreading Slander about other builders and was contacting LL to have me “dealt with”, he then quickly pulled two of his Helicopters from sale. Snapshot_004 Snapshot_003Snapshot_022     Which gave me a thought. Tronnix has a premium account, which means his AR of defamation against me will be viewed and dealt with in 24-72 hours and I’ll receive either a three day ban or a nice little Behaviour Warning in my in-box. But only if LL considers me actually being Slanderous and interestingly you can’t be slanderous if you’re stating a fact, which I believe I was. Thus means if I get banned I was wrong, but if I don’t it means I was telling the truth, Fastronix has been smacked with a DMCA and several people owe me an apology.

We shall wait a week.

Also, just to be clear.

  1. The MalQusition does not represent nor support the Agenda of any SL Aviation or Second Life builder.
  2. I am not paid by any SL Builder to promote nor falsely mislead the Public.
  3. I do not work with any SL Builder, though Astral-Tek allow me to live on their Home Region.
  4. I am aware of three people attempting to form a Monopoly over SL Aviation, these people are Da Admiral, Aeon Voom and Sera Otoro, all of them are more focused on Period Military Warfare, are not doing very good at it and display little or no interest in forming a Monopoly on SL Aviation in general.
  5. I will NOT censor myself to comfort your Ignorance.

[1] A directive that forbids both the public disclosure of information on a particular issue and also any disclosure of the existence of the directive itself, basically Censorship where I am forbidden by law from stating that the Censorship exists.

td;dr Tronnix attempts to Censor DMCA claim, doesn’t work

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SL12B

Today is press day at the 12th Birthday Party Celebration for Second Life which means the NDA surrounding the region has been uplifted and we are now finally free to talk about the Hindenburg failure of Stupid that is Mystic Wolf.

Today is also my Fifth year anniversary so I don’t plan on spending too long talking about it, I’m planning to do a fuller coverage of SL12B tomorrow when the region is open to the Public and I guarantee more coverage than any other SL Aviation media outlet. I also advise you bring along a bottle of your favorite alcoholic beverage because there WILL be a drinking game.

If you don’t know who Mystic Wolf Charter Airlines are then don’t worry, you’re not alone. Aside from having the most 90’s cliche name next to Dark Dragon Inc, Faeryfirestar Productions, Sk8terGurl69, Apex Industries, ,<satanic reference>666 and of course XxXSepheriothXxX, Mystic wolf didn’t seem to do anything other than three people I was able to find who claimed they did Helicopter tours round the Blake Sea.

Whoever they were they managed to fill in an application, something that amazes me to this day,and create the “Official SL Aviation & Sailing History” Booth, which has now been removed, both from from the region and from the destination guide.

Unfortunately due to the NDA I was not able to take any screenshots of their booth so I shall describe it to you.

The booth, when I first saw it, contained the collective History of both communities through the medium of three Boats, two freebie’s and one Oceania by Moy Loon (quite possibly the most popular Sail boat on SL but commonly shunned by the Sailing community) and three Helicopters, two Tig-opters and an Aerofly.

Now you may be thinking, three helicopters, two from the same builder isn’t really a great representation of the wide diversity we enjoy in SL Aviation, keep in mind that this community is one of the very few communities in Second Life where you have such a diverse choice that if you don’t like one company you can pretty much always find an alternate product by someone else, unlike (taking an example completely at random) the Sailing community, where you are forced to buy the Boats the clubs tell you too if you wish to participate in the race or any one of a number of Roleplay communities where you have to buy their in-house combat/rp system as well as any number of over-priced weapons that only work with their system. And that should be something that I feel should be celebrated even if most people would just prefer the entire community only exclusively used what they liked.

But for “the History of Aviation and Sailing in Second Life” by Mystic Wolf it was all about Tig-opters and Aerofly, fair enough, nice looking heli’s with good interiors might get some people interested. Oh sir, it gets better for Mystic Wolf decided to give us a perfect rendition of the full in-depth History of Sailing and Aviation, a mammoth task since it has never been fully recorded or written down to this day, “Pah!” said Mystic Wolf “We’re up to that challenge, no problem” and then they wrote this.

The History of Sl Aviation and Sailing
The Whole Started here on sl due to users
loving to experience of how it would be to be able to explore the world of sl by flying above the clouds and on the open seas. sl is about trying all different things and be able to do things that u may have a obsession for. either by flying or on the open seas bringing your visions to life by building the most realistic objects to bring into the sl world. so now there are many ways and areas u can go to all over the grid to enjoy and explore 🙂 Blues Skies and Happy Sailing here on sl
and many more you also check these websites:
http://sl-aviation.wikia.com/wiki/Second_Life_Aviation_Wiki

http://sl-ships.blogspot.de/p/sailships.html

https://sites.google.com/site/tradewindsyc.there alot to learn and see.If also like a Free lessions on sailing or flying ,please contact James bracula for more information

There is a certain level of genius to it, it’s hidden quite well but it is there in the fact that is never once lies, states the obvious yet says absolutely nothing whatsoever.

It, of course, gets better.

You see Aerofly have recently been ousted as having illegally downloaded the mesh from their Aircraft from a third party website that does mods for Flight Simulators, they did not have permission to upload it to SL nor sell it and this was confirmed by the Original creator, a DMCA was filed and Aerofly had their products pulled from the Marketplace, a second one may be ongoing to remove the mesh from SL but since that has to come via the US Court system it may take a little longer.

A few days before the builds were finalized everyone who had a display as SL12B received a notice which stated that no ripped or illegally downloaded mesh was to be placed on display, this came after a Booth for a “World of Warcraft” roleplay region was shut down after it was found nearly 100% of the display was models directly ripped from WoW game assets.

During a routine inspection one of the SL12B staff seemed to notice the Aerofly model sitting on display and promptly removed it, this caused Mystic Wolf to rear it’s fangs and in a longer-than-nessesery “I’m leaving this group” Drama, tore apart the SL Aviation group blaming everyone from Me, to you, to Tig, to Aeon to pretty much anyone they could think of at the time, eventually settling down by accusing two people who don’t exist.

I as onwer have been in Sl over 5 years and seen bad thing and good things . But ,I have never seen under handed and bad media as of Gale Voom and Tig Striker has forged against other builders on this aviation community. i seen the evidence and seen under handiness being done to other airlines that have other builders aircraft. To me this nothing but wrong and to all it does matter who got what aircraft and who building but we all enjoy flying but to allow (some of you and not say whom) this to divided the aviation community is wrong and my compant will not be part of this bad media. So starting today, all products and aircraft belong to Tig Striker or Gale Voom will be pulled from Mystic Wolf Charters intil this bad media has stopped. My company will not be apart this bad busiess. Also all tig Strikers aircraft will be roved from the exhit today for the SL12B . Any trouble that is started after this , is done to my company or pilots by the ppl I have on a list and have proof there part this bad media will be report and I have been told by LL , be doudlt with immendly . I hate to do this but i will not be part of this or my comapny. I hope other company will see this as silly and my do they same to stop this and we all have fun flying again.

Thank you.
James Bracula
SEO/President
Mystic Wolf Charters Airlines

Not really sure what any of that means but it lead to all Aircraft being removed by Mystic Wolf from the “Aviation” display and replaced with a series of empty cradles and trailers.

Skip ahead a day later and the display is now gone completely. I was informed that it was not a decision by the SLB12 Volunteers or staff but by Mystic Wolf themselves, presumably due to outside pressure which was presumably caused by a large group of aviators who didn’t want their community being represented by three sail boats and a notecard which stated “Second Life Aviation was started on Second Life by people who play Second Life”.

Since it has been tried before and since everyone seems to want to do a “History of Aviation” booth which is not ever going to be possible within the Space and Prim limits at the SL Birthday Parties, perhaps we need just a little bit more organisation at these events to prevent this kind of thing happening in the future.

Tig and her CFM Server

“Group Notice From: Spijkers & Wingtips, Tig Spijkers

The CFM server I received was to remove/return apparently ripped illegal content.
This has caused a lot of distress with many aviators.
This has been more a headache for myself than it was worth educating the aviators that frequently visit my airfield.
Many of you have expressed your disappointment and thus I’ve decided to remove it.

I understand your point of view and that you have paid a considerable amount of hard earned money to fly you aircraft in SL.

Blue Skies,

Tiggy”

For those of you not in the know the CFM Server is an Admin Tool created to assist those who run airports who decided to support Legal Content by banning confirmed Mesh Ripped products from their land. The server contained a list of products and creators and would periodically scan the region, auto-returning anything in it’s list, though only a few of them seem to be programmed to inform the user that it had done so. It was a rather stupid thing, quite buggy, laggy at times and more often than not it didn’t work. Bia Fall ,for example, loved to show off how useless the server was each morning at Honah Lee Surf by parading up and down the runway in her Husbands aircraft and consequently pissing anyone off who was trying to land there.

Tig, for the reasons she stated above, decided to remove her server. This has been proclaimed as a Victory. A victory for anti-censorship, a victory for freedom of speech, freedom of movement and a victory against the Monopoly of those nasty spitefulls who will do anything to hurt Dani just because they are jealous of his “talent”. Or is this a Victory for the movement which openly harassed and abused a Woman ,who has recently lost her Husband, to tears because you couldn’t fly your plane over her house. A Victory for a movement which cased so much distress and anxiety for an entirely selfish purpose.

I’m sure those people are proud of themselves.

Here’s a thought, the Dani Supporters are always telling us to stop worrying about ripped mesh and just enjoy what we have. Shut up and fly is their motto, well here is once for you. Why don’t YOU shut up and fly, the rest of us can’t fly Dani planes either through choice or through a principle of ethics and therefor cannot experience the overwhelming euphoria that you all claim to have, so how about you do as you preach and fly those planes, if you know an airport that’s banned them, don’t fly there, if you know people who object to it, smile and wave and you fly past, in other words maybe it’s time to take a good long look at yourself in the mirror and if you ever think you can get your way by abusing and harassing people like some school yard bully then you can get the fuck out of our community.

Then this happened….

So I gather something strange and boring happened a few days ago, we got this notice:

Group Notice From: SL Aviation, lale Delvalle

Was going to send a simple notice about my airfield closing. But now need to add the part about leaving this group. There is too much bull shit in group chat for me to stay. Such as what’s going on right now. Bye

Which was later followed by this from Moma Bear:

Group Notice From: SL Aviation, Tig Spijkers

If your little pixelated feelings can’t handle the sometimes heated discussions and arguments we have in the chat, then you have my 100% support and recommendation to leave this group.
Our membership is not brain washed, or will be dictated in it’s opinions.
We are a group of mature and intelligent people and I expect us to argue and have hot discussions on various subjects you might find to dramatic to read.
Switch off the chat if this is the case, or just leave the group. 🙂

Customer Service Dept SLA

No idea what this shizzle was all up in yo grill 4 since during this piss waving contest I was at an Aviation Museum.

I got to see a lot of planes, they were all fantastically built with full interior details and not a single person screamed at me for taking too many pictures of one plane and not the other, no-one accused me of being part of a monopoly because some of the fighters were roped off and others were out in the fresh air and no-one even thought to proclaim that I was somehow spreading miss-information and sent children to my home to pester me with water guns then ran off screaming when I turned the power hose on them.

All in all I had a good time, I plan to go back next year when their WW2 Exhibit re-opens, supposedly they have a Beufighter.

A short rant about Dani and why you fucked up.

Fans of the Malqusition may remember I posted an Article regarding my thoughts on the “mesh Rip” controversy and asked the question why ,despite the many examples of people all over the Aviation community downloading Assets from online websites, people choose to focus the entire thing on Dani Weapons.

I spent the best part of last week mulling over this problem and just recently came to ,what I think, is a pretty solid conclusion and I would like to take a brief moment to talk about it because there has been bullshit on both sides of this Drama and I want to make it clear that just because your on my friends list or a builder that I like doesn’t make you immune from the Fiery Death Glaze of the Malqusition.

PANIC FUCKING STATIONS!

I should first clear something up, when I go on a bitching session about Dani or ripped mesh I’m not stating that you can’t buy his products in spite of people insisting that I and people like myself are somehow “controlling what people spend their money on” I’m not, at the end of the day you are the consumer and it’s up to you how you wish to spend your money and if this really bothers you so much then…

I give you permission to buy a Dani Plane.

This does have a flip side. It is not correct to assume you have the “right” to fly whatever you want and buy whatever you want, to put it simply you don’t. Second Life works under the Governmental Authority of Linden Labs which in turn states that everything done in Second Life is subject to United States Law and this includes the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and US Code 2315, the sale or receipt of stolen goods.

That Second one is more of the issue basically stating that if Daniels Falls can be proven to have made $5,000 US or more in sales of his products then you the consumer can be held liable and may be subject to charges of up to $1,000 US (and if you paid over $500 US in total you could face jail time) if it can be proved you were aware the Mesh was stolen and by reading this blog or receiving notices from the SL Aviation group, it can be, which is why so many people are desperately trying to make you aware that if you buy a Dani plane you are accepting Stolen property which you do not have any legal right to posses. Flying Virtual planes is not covered in the Human Rights charter.

Daniels Falls builds planes using mesh assets taken from various sources and cobbles them together Frankenstein’s monster style in Blender. This has been proven, it is factual and the evidence to prove so is widely available. If you find yourself screaming at the computer screen in rage and proclaiming that it’s all nonsense and lies then that makes you ,and I’m sorry to draw this comparison, no better than the Anti-Vaccination Movement, ignoring the evidence however compelling because it doesn’t fit with your opinion and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard the “Why can’t we just all shut up and have fun” argument that is so quickly discarded when the subject turns to things MCE or ZSK Pilots refusing to fight Shana Pilots or Unity Airport demanding that Warships shouldn’t be allowed to fight the combat Ocean of Jeogeot Gulf.

The “let’s have fun” line does not constitute as a quick and easy Statement Hammer to slam down whenever you need justification for the Dramatic amounts of Vicious bile you throw in someones face whose opinion you disagree with.

But what about the “Making Of Mesh” Documentary at Dani’s shop?

Interestingly when I IM’d Dani and his wife to let them know I was coming to view and take screenshots of their Make Of documentary they told me I wasn’t allowed and promptly removed them from the store.

Dani3_002 Dani3_001

Thankfully I had sent someone earlier that morning to take pictures.

Dani_001 Dani2_001

Firstly, it’s not a documentary, it’s a series of still images  depicting a finished product from various angles with several assets hidden or displayed as a Texture map. To the untrained eye this may look like a model under construction but in reality this is just what you’d see by viewing a Model in Blender, in the same way I can use these screenshots to claim I made a ME109.

me109_wip_03 Untitled

That in fact is a Render by Anders Lejczak and is the one E-tech ripped.

In reality the “Making Of” Images show nothing, the only way to prove once and for all that Dani wasn’t using Stolen Assets was if he made a quick time-lapse video showing him actually build a plane then things might be different (unless he attempted to do what a previous Mesh Ripper in the Fashion community did which was to video himself deleting parts of the Jacket he’d ripped then playing it in reverse) Questions may be asked as to why all of his products can be found online under different creators name that seem to be a perfect comparison to each other when the Wireframes are shown, something that should be almost impossible.

If you’re still not convinced there is a blog which documents stolen meshes and as we speak a list specifically for Aviation is being made up. I’ll Link it Here You can find Dani on Page two.

In short I am not stating that you can’t buy a Dani plane or get any sense of enjoyment from it, it’s your money and how you wish to spend it is no business of mine and frankly I couldn’t care and everything I have to say is written here and in world I wouldn’t go out of my way to bully or harass you on your choice of Aircraft you are welcome to use whatever you want but if you use a product you know is stolen then you accept the risk that comes with that. Legal cogs in regards to Copyright are famously slow and even slower when the Internet and small time users are involved.

Though things may be silent now keep in mind LL has in no way Granted anyone permission or Leniency in uploading ripped mesh and the reason they refuse to get involved is through their own legal problems, if they did get involved they would automatically assume the requirement to “police” the grid for stolen mesh, meaning extra employees would have to be brought in and a shit ton of money would be wasted.

The way things are set-up now puts the actual copyright holder in charge of policing their own products, meaning they have to put in a DCMA take down and prove that the mesh is theirs, which is difficult if it’s been edited in any way and is a lot of work. Not something people would want to do if they get nothing out of it, so they would be looking for a Court Case and some serious legal actions, which costs money, a lot of money. So anyone willing to go that far would first want to dam well make sure that Dani was over the $5,000 US limit and wait the full five years the law gives them to Sue thus allowing them to reap the maximum funds back. Assuming that Dani would even turn up to an US Court of Law to defend himself and if he didn’t then it’s a hit or miss if the Brazilian government would Arrest and extradite him and even then if he had been regularly withdrawing his funds from SL or funneling them through his wives account then there would be no prospective monies nor assets for the courts to seize, leaving Dani banned from SL and his products removed yes, but nothing but a massive legal bill for the person who took him to court.

So Is Dani essentially Immune?

Actually, No, and this is where it becomes much more serious. This isn’t like pirating Music or smoking Weed, let me explain.

Several “builders” have been noted ripping Assets from the video games HAWX, which is owned by Ubisoft. Ubisoft are happy to sue anyone regardless of financial gain as could Disney for anything Starwars related on the Grid as could the John Norman estate for all the Gor things, the Tolkien estate etc etc If any of them decided to follow through with a court case this would enact a Class Action lawsuit, meaning EVERYONE with a DMCA claim on anything in Second Life could bring their case to court and be trailed under the same case as Ubisoft or whoever. If that wins or if Dani fails to show up then Linden labs may be forced to take responsibility for the management of illegal mesh sales in Second Life and given their ham-fisted response in everything that is not a future anyone really wants to see.

That’s a pretty over dramatic way of saying SL is Doomed, if you were telling the truth then why hasn’t his happened before?

Because it has. At this point I was planning to go over several high-profile cases, including the famous one made by Xcite which started it all and the more recent ones made by Disney but after a long weekend of thought I decided it was pointless.

Second Life has been scared and changed by Real Life laws applying to Virtual Worlds, in 2007 Linden Labs had to drop its policy on allowing Residents to keep copyright on everything they build, Virtual banks have been forced to close as have Gambling Casino’s and a Virtual Themepark emulating Disney World was wiped from the Grid.

But anytime I tried to talk to someone about it their eyes glazed over and instead of listening they wait till I said a word they understood then used that as the basis for an argument or piled back on the old faithful “Why don’t you just shut up and let people enjoy themselves” to these people, if they are still listening, I say this.

People in Second Life seem to be very ignorant of the world around them, speaking of either the Internet world, the real world or the rest of the Second Life world outside their own Bubble. It’s one of the crowning achievements of Second Life and why it holds mass major appeal to those with Aspbergers syndrome, depression, low social skills or those who simply feel uncomfortable fitting into todays modern world. People create their own world within Second Life until it becomes their whole world and they would fight to the death to protect it, hence why Opinions are so controversal and the Drama Flame so brilliantly lit. Since this is the case with the majority of everyone most of you may be unaware of what is currently happening on Youtube.com.

Youtubes owners Google have been hit non stop with DMCA takedown claims regarding Music Video’s online so to save time and money they introduced a new automatic DMCA take down procedure allowing any corporation with a copyright claim to pull down video’s without any human interaction unless it’s contested. This in turn has caused these same companies ,and we’re not always talking big Companies, to Weaponize DMCA laws in an attempt to control content, dominate opinion and delete criticism see Total Biscuit’s review of Day One: Gary’s Incident for examples on this and pay close attention since what TB states is relevant to Second Life.

Why? you ask, because when you start charing money for a item it becomes subject to all sorts of crazy laws effecting copyright and none of them are going to be on your side, if companies large and small are trolling youtube and hiring Paton trolls to file lawsuits in a futile attempt to control the internet and make money then how long will it be before the Eye of Sauron lays to rest on Second Life as the next target of opportunity.

Right now Second Life is widely regarded as a place for Bored housewives to legit cheat on their boring husbands and for Furries to put their pixel dicks in each others butt, that reputation is quickly changing to a view that SL is becoming a dumping ground for Copyrighted assets and for people to make money for them. As that reputation grows it is starting to catch the attention of the larger businesses and Paton Trolls who will inevitably flock to Second Life in order to exact the same Weaponisation of DMCA as they are on Youtube.

You may feel safe in your own protective bubble in Second Life but that nightmarish horror is growing, it’s becoming worse and it’s going to notice us sooner or later. I’m not saying you CAN’T buy Dani’s planes and if this article offends you that much please do click it off and storm back to your pilot’s chair, imagine all the things you would do to me if I was tied to a chair and you had a baseball bat (stuff I wouldn’t enjoy please) but just be warned by buy purchasing Stolen Mesh vehicles you are encouraging that market and speeding up the Patent Troll process, it may be quite for a few years but it’s only a matter of when not If.

This Article has a second Half, because I’ve bitched at Dani’s customers for near on two thousand words now It wouldn’t be fair of me to leave it at that, because Dani’s Customers are not the reason we have this problem, they are simply the little cogs in the wheel that keep it turning, the snowflakes in the path of the avalanche.

Who is the problem?

You Are, you other builders, you high and mighty self-righteous pricks who looked to Dani as if the Apocalypse had arrived, you tried to ignore him at first and when he started to grow bigger than you could handle you scrambled like scared children trying to put the pudding back in the bowl before Mother gets home, you issued statements, threats, punished his customer’s and proclaimed visions of Horror to those who supported him*.

All this achieved was to allow Dani to take the position of the Victim, the “small weak developer being bullied by the larger Companies” and from that got support from the Anti-MCE movement who were feeling abandoned and needed a new Cause. This has left you fucks, the other builders fondling your moustaches, rubbing your hands and plotting your plots to destroy a man you deem “open game” because he downloads, all while claiming the Moral Highground.

Fuck You.

No Seriously, Fuck you to the Builders and Companies that supported this blockade and Fuck you times twenty Cuntfucks and a Shitcock to the larger group of spineless Builders and Companies who secretly support the Blockade but refuse to go public incase they get a bad image.

Let me explain why I’m so angry.

We have major problems with all sorts of companies trying to pass themself off as legit with ripped mesh vehicles AEB&W, E-Tech, Fastronnix, UXU designs, Vortex and everything ever shat out by Darim Darkfold to name a few. But rippers such as those guys lack creativity or any cermountable level of Skill. They look at the big companies and well-known builders and try to emulate what makes them successful and what they inevitably end up with is a badly filmed VHS tape of a man sitting in a Movie Theatre pointing the camera at the screen. Yes you get to watch the film but you can see the heads of everyone in front of the camera, the quality is shoddy and the sound is “meh” at best, they then have the audacity to charge $20 for the privilege.

Dani is different and it’s nothing to do with the quality of the products he is making. I flew one of his planes recently and I found it no better than any other plane, it looked great yeah but it also flew like a Jet Fighter, the sounds were awful and way too loud the animations were often glitchy, the plane was Script heavy and often crashed on border crossings and there was a substantial number of physics bugs and errors, it was a decent plane but in terms of where we are in SL Aviation technology it was way below average.

Anyone of the top builders could do better and they tried, or so they claimed, to crush the download with the Superior product but they missed the trick, it was never about the quality of Dani’s scripting or even the builds which made them popular. Let me explain in simple terms.

Dani’s first projects were something of a Joke in SL, a P-47D with a shelled out interior and a Race Care seat jammed into the cockpit next to an awkwardly placed prim acting as the instrument panel. It was pathetic but it sold, for a very specific reason, it came with a Brazilian Camo scheme. Next came the Super Tucano, a hilarious disaster of a plane, badly filtered out mesh parts replaced haphazardly with prims, low rezz textures and a flight script that worked “occasionally” but it was popular because it was based on the two-seater version used by the Brazilian Airforce, we see the pattern, next comes the Mirage 2000 again in a Brazilian Camo scheme sold well because it is the main jet fighter of the Brazilian Airforce.

And who is buying all of this crap? Brazilians, the pattern is complete.

The Single largest Minority (next to flag waving Americans) that band together in great numbers, ignorant of the politics and the world outside their own Green, Yellow and Blue bubble, disregarded by the larger population of self proclaimed “superior intellects” as being simple-minded bling tards, copybotters, greifers and pathetic musclebound womanizers. They never followed the rules, they were always rude and so we called them Stupid and forgot about them.

Well you fucks turns out there was a market there. Dani was nothing special, he just appealed to a market you refused to consider, your fault.

Now lets look at Dani’s lesser popular planes, the Commander 112A, the Pitts Special, the E-120, all of these planes are unpopular because they have alternate ,and in nearly every case cheaper, counterparts on the market. So lets now look as his most popular planes.

The Two Phenoms, here you tits have really fucked, ask any big builder in SL what the common or garden “stupid” pilot wants and they’ll always reply “Oh some big fancy Lear Jet with a sexbed” which is an interesting response, have you ever tried to look for one on the market?

You have two choices outside of the immobilize prim nonsense, a small range from Eric Gelgen and this piece of shit.

Both old, both primmy, neither has the class that the modern Lear Jet should have which leaves everyone who wants one scrambling around desperately trying to pick up anything they can that vaguely resembles one, or buying a super yacht instead. Then Along comes Dani with his Phenom. It’s engines are loud, fire comes out the back, it flies like shit but it’s EASY to fly, perfect for someone who doesn’t know the first thing about Aircraft but wants to live the rich lifestyle and have a different girl on each arm. Again a market you casually ignored because you always assumed some retard somewhere was making them and you were right, your fault.

Now lets ,just for fun, look at this new plane the A318 , currently one of the most popular planes in SL and why is that? The Roleplay Airline market, people who spent their childhoods at airports watching massive Jumbo’s Land and Take off, their tyres screeching across the runway, the fleet of vehicles sent out to maintenance them. That is what they wanted and somewhere in the back of your little minds you knew that large Jumbo’s and Modern Day airliners would be popular, but it would be too much work and it wasn’t what “you” wanted, so you made your excuses then along came Dani and filled that market and people went apeshit for it and again it’s your fault.

Dani is entirely your fault, other Mesh rippers never do as well as they could because they appeal to the combat market or to markets already covered by the Superior Craftsman ship of all builders big and small, Dani appealed to a market you were ignoring. If you hadn’t been so self-absorbed with the set mindframe that all “real” pilots were just like you, who enjoyed Big Belchy machines, Huge classy helicopters and props from Aviations “Golden Age” you spent all your energy and effort creating the Oddities of Aviation hoping to tap into some unknown market and create a monopoly when the Bigger Market, the core of SL Aviation was staring at you in the face, being ignored, then Dani and all those who plan to follow in his wake wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.

Perhaps you ought to think on that a while.

So this nonsense, this bullcrap, these backroom meetings and imposed restrictions, this evil sounding scheming and statements aimed at the Customer, it stops, because you’re never going to end this by words, you cannot control the Market and how people spend their money by stamping your feet and screaming, you ignored the people who became Dani’s customers and allowed him free rein and you should feel shame for it, you should apologize and you should build, by Harry’s Great and Mighty Titian Tits do you need to build. Not some passenger Pop plane relic from the 1940’s, something Modern, something good, something that feels land acts like a Jumbo but is small enough to fit into a typical SL Airport, you need to make Lear Jets and Airport Vehicles and all the other things Aviators get excited about, Planes that have nice little features that enhance the passengers experience and the Pilots enjoyment.

You have the power to create the Greatest experience for any Aviator in Second Life, Dani is just a guy who downloads Planes and fills them with Cubey Terra’s plane DIY script, he can’t provide, only fill the gap you created. You need to fill the gap back up and pay more attention to the market that you ignored, trying to dictate what it does will not work, forcing people to spend money on your products and not someone else’s ,regardless of reason, will make people hate you, so cut it the fuck out and hope people will be forgiving.

Now that nonsense is over with here is my deal with you guys. I aim to make this the last rant post on this subject from here on it’s it’ll be mostly Product reviews, Events coverage and the occasional opinion peace and if you’re really good I’ll post some funny stuff would you like this? Well since this article is rather controversial in it’s nature how about this, if we can all agree to keep the comments civil then I’ll agree never to go on an hour long rant about this subject again and next weeks article will be on something nice, like bunnies. Deal?

*I am aware I am being a Hypocrite at this point.

Tag Airport – Aircraft Display Show

Sorry it’s been a while, I just had a new carpet fitted, my hair got in my eyes and I fell over and choose not to get up for a few days while I enjoyed the luxurious smell of new carpet.

I have two aircraft reviews coming up and I had hoped to sandwich them with a overview of the yearly Tag City Aircraft Display Show but then this happened:
[12:28] DOG…Don Admiral (da.admiral): piss off
[12:28] Mal (malcious.vuckovic): I’m just here to cover the event?
[12:30] zipperhead Wurgle has Frozen you
[12:30] Teleport completed from http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Velinissimo/82/196/57
[12:31] zipperhead Wurgle ejected and banned you from this land.

So I guess I wont be covering that event then.

New Bastogne Explodes, and it’s all your fault.

While I was hoping for some upbeat story or pleasant review to hit the first page of the new site sometimes things just happen and you have to roll with it.

Despite my requests for people to “Please Stop” I was flooded with images, notecards and IM’s regarding this, so my review of Cubey Terra’s Atom will have to wait as i cover this wondrous pile of Drama.

In order to keep you upbeat and positive and me from becoming suicidal I’ve replaced all the images in this Article with pictures of Puppies.

New Bastogne Explodes, and it’s all your fault.

Those few residents still members of the “Vice is a Monopoly” group will be wearing their “I Told you So Hats” with pride today. The Region of New Bastogne, a WWII Themed combat region for the VICE system, has flipped on it’s axis and turned to sun worshiping, if the reports from it’s playerbase are to be believed, fire now rains from the sky, dinosaurs are everywhere, the rivers run red with blood, cats chase dogs, cows eat people and the four horsemen of the Apocalypse have been seen shaking hands with Zombie Hitler.

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A puppies Impression of the Anguish felt by such news

Of course one must remember that any regions playbase will automatically assume the Death of a Region is Nigh for any reason regardless of context, I once ran a Combat Region where all the players assumed the Place was dead when I had a date one night and didn’t log into SL for several hours.

So what the hell is this all about and why is it so important?

Let me break this down for you.

What has happened?

The Region has created a new policy that requires players to only use weapons in combat from a strict Whitelist of builders.

In this day and age of Modified Vice guns where cheat weapons are a plenty and any idiot with a vague understanding of scripting (or an understanding of how to use the LSL Wiki to get freebie gun scripts) can make a number of Overpowered or Hacked VICE weapons, it would seem like a sensible policy, New Bastogne has taken flack before for allowing it’s players to use hacked Vice weaponry, which almost led to the region being shut down back in 2013, so one would feel this Policy long overdue and something to be welcomed by the playerbase.

So why the Hysterics?

The Puppy clearly doesn't understand what all the fuss is about.

The Puppy clearly doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.

Turns out, at the time of writing, only one company has been whitelisted, Minstrel Munitions. Vendors who want their equipment whitelisted are being requested to submit their builds for inspection to Sera Otoro, who owns Minstrel Munitions.

Sera has been testing the Weapons against his own and allegedly demanding full permission versions of weapons and scripts to check them for hacks and cheats and many builders feel this is a step too far; “it’s like the inquisition” one builder told us “Sera doesn’t want to check guns for fair play he wants our scripts and to make sure our guns are always inferior to his, to boost his own sales.”

Sera wasn’t available for comment but we spoke to Vickster Kuhn, the owner of the WWII region New Bastogne.

“[22:33] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): you
[22:33] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): never paid me a dime
[22:33] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): so fuck all y’all
[22:34] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): understand that?
[22:34] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): cause you don’t know shit
[22:34] Vickster Freiin von Kühn (vickster.kuhn): and you definitely don’t know me”

We then stopped speaking to Vickster, and we got banned from the region, go figure.

This puppy is upset at Vickster use of foul language.

This puppy is upset at Vickster use of foul language.

Several other Allied players have reported being banned for asking questions regarding the Whitelist system, one player claimed “Several of our players have been banned for questioning the system ans why it’s taking so long, I mean some of us don’t use [Minstrel Munitions] guns, we use our own or [Other Vendors] and we can’t fight because our guns are banned?”

“All we wanted was balance and to bring back the fairness of what this region used to be like, but we can’t even do that now, one day there will be no-one around because of it.”

“This region is dead, it’s been dead for years and this is just another nail in the coffin”

“We’ve been told that Vickster pays the rent so Vickster makes the Laws and if we don’t like it we can fuck off, so we are”

Several other builders have claimed the situation is all overblown and have been working with Vickster to provide a more logical solution. Citing that the Drama was only being caused by an over reaction to a “not well thought out plan but with good intentions”.

“Players will be players, but if they just step back, relax and let the Admins handle this, sensible thoughts will prevail.”

In over five years New Bastogne has always taken a stance against the Monopolization of Vice and took a harsh view on other regions which adopted a similar whitelist policy. Many are confused to why such a system would be put in place with almost no warning, with all decisions being made by a supposedly independent Vendor that could easily change the system for his own financial game as opposed to a team of players and admins, who presumably wouldn’t.

Could this be an act of simple desperation as New Bastogne ,like many other WWII regions, fail to pull the players and struggle to meet the bills?

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Since we’re still lerning to potty it would be wrong to speculate but New Bastogne is no stranger to drama and controversy and has suffered because of it, going from a region of nearly 12 Sims and over 300 players on weekends to three sims and only a handful of players then finally back up to five just recently and a steady recovery of player numbers.

We would simply pass this off as an ill-thought out decision thats backfired and now no-one wants to take the wrap for it, which seems more likely rather than a blatent attempt to monopolise VICE.

Thats it, go away.

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