Rodney Linden's great friend Skills Hak of INSILICO sim fame, who built Rodney his fabulous office build, is selling an anti-copybot device for L$700 on Xstreet.
It's causing a storm of discussion, naturally, because several bright sorts, and even Desmond, have pointed out that often, copybotters also sell anti-copybot devices so that they can spread panic and FUD and such, then capitalize on people's fears. So, today, they're out copybotting on alts stoking the fear, and tomorrow, they're selling the antidote, yukyuk.
Of course, we don't know that Skills Hak, an Emerald dev, does that -- copybot I mean. But...in general, we know that Emerald devs *do*. Discrete Dreamscape, for example, *did* and was banned for it -- but mysteriously, he is now back. Perhaps the Lindens did an exchange of prisoners. Er, humanitarian parole, because the Emeralds don't have any Lindens held prisoner -- unless you count their mesmerizing hold over the code cave, and of course Rodney. What did the Lindens extract from Emerald to release Discrete back into the wild?
Rodney Linden's friend Skills probably is coining money because not only does she/he take in $700 on the initial sale, she keeps raking in money because it's a licensed thing that has to recur.
So it's like all those nasty PC Toolz sort of things that pop up on your screen, tell you that you might have a horrid virus, offers you a solution, you get the download, but then it tells you after finding the virus, ostensibly, that now you have to pay $19.95 to get the license. I don't at all mind paying for AV software to reputable companies, but those companies have a total racket of course, where who knows, they may implant the virus on you only to cure it, or seem to cure it, and they often put in a recurring sub and keep billing you whether you asked to continue or not.
I'll leave aside the silly discussions like "does it really work?" (sorta) or "can't it be defeated?" (Plastic Duck/Gene Replacement says it can, but isn't in fact because griefers are retarded, so that lets us know it is likely defeated a lot) or "but surely its claims to 'no false positives' are bogus!" etc. etc. That's all uninteresting.
I want to know what Rodney thinks of all this and what his relationship is to all this. We haven't heard much from Rodney lately. Does anybody go to his office hours?
All of this reminds me of the way John Hurliman/Eddy Stryker, now employed by Intel, made and sold the copybot for a profit, as did various other libsl characters.
It's all part of the lovely ethics-free world of software production which we know and love.
P.S. The SLUniverse thread is worth some laughs, which include watching Gene Replacement and Fred Rookstown pretend to be different people.