Wednesday, November 15, 2006

An Almost-Perfect Economy

Did anybody else see this coming? With programs that can crash major networks coming through emails and hackers that can infiltrate the safest networks, did nobody think that sooner rather than later somebody was going to come up with something that would fuck with our favorite virtual world, Second Life?

CopyBot, a program designed to let users (surprise, surprise) copy inventory from the virtual world without having to pay for it has the million-plus users of SL in an uproar. Businessess are closing shop. Users are going nuts. Who knows? There could even be riots in the virtual streets. It isn't out of the question - there's already protests going on.

Could this be the beginning of the end of another great idea? Doubtful. Linden Labs, the creators of Second Life, look to be on it.

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