Tateru has a new post up about Linden Lab going after the lag in three different ways in a project typically named "Project Shining".
Look, I don't care about lag. I have never cared about lag. Ever since I used to have to fly an arduous 1,000 meters from Waterhead to my then-new sim of Ravenglass, watching the world very slowly unfold underneath me, halting and jogging in place at sim seams and waiting for buildings to load, I've been pretty tolerant of lag.
Lag does not bother me. It doesn't faze me. I tolerate it well. If the world needs 10 minutes to load, that's fine, I realize it's complicated to box and ship a virtual world to my eye beams, and I'm cool with that. Especially because Verizon drops packets (or Linden servers drop packets in dealing with Verizon...or something) or -- I don't have an "optimal" graphics card.
On 3x, which I am torturously trying to get used to, I have to uncheck HTTP textures and HTTP whatever that other thing is because if I don't, not only does SL crash on me, *it shuts off my Internet connection*.
A piece of software that reaches in and grabs your Internet connection and shuts it off is really malicious, you know? So I have to uncheck those puppies.
That may be while I have, er, "sub-optimal" performance of the viewer's various tasks in bringing stuff up to me in windows that used to be done a different way, and now load like a web page. This is an enormous pain in the ass in the work flow.
With my favourite 1.23 viewer, I could right click on a tenant's object, pull up their profile instantly and push them FAQs cards or other things they requested or their undeeded TV. Now, that method simply fails to pull up their profile -- it's a white box, and stays a white box.
I've found that pulling down the arrow for "IM" (with its ridiculous two more clicks to actually get to an IM as distinct from a "message" (they should be the same thing, merely detecting on or offline accordingly, as they used to) is a way of fooling the browser to yield at least part of the profile that has "share" and "pay" on it, but it's just goddamn annoying trying to "share" in this share-bear game where they want you to share. Too many clicks, too much lag.
I don't mind lag in the *world*; it's lag in the *viewer itself* that I can't stomach -- and that's the lag that Linden Lag -- as the old t-shirt had it -- is NOT working on.
Lag on somebody's dress showing up I can wait for. Who expects everyone's clothes to be on at a live music concert? In fact, even after 15 minutes they may *still* not be on because they're just not on, period.
But now I can't even pull up a profile to *talk* to somebody. Or tip somebody if I can't find the tip jar in the non-rezzing mess around me. I tried last night over and over and kept getting the oddest messages. And this was at a place called The Pocket which wasn't that crowded, it was a nice little mainland music venue. There was no lag dancing or moving, just lag trying to pull up people's profiles. I got messages like "Can't view due to policy changes". I have no idea what the hell THAT was. Policy changes dictate that you can't pull up strangers' profiles to chat with them or tip a musician? Huh? They must mean some other more arcane sense of "policy change" as in "our servers are in Texas" or something.
I can't help thinking of that mournful tune, "All my exes live in Texas..." -- They could sing that tune with "All my servers live in Texas..." at the Lab.
And BTW while we're ranting about the annoyances of viewer 3.x, whose brainiac idea was it to put "sit here" just below "about land" on the menu???? That means each time you're trying to pull up a parcel menu, say, to change a tenant's land description or remove prims from a griefer, you accidently slip into "sit here" mode and your avatar goes caroming. This is especially fun if you are banned from your own land by a Woodbury group exploit so you bounce.
It is SOOOO unnecessary to have "sit here" under "about land". Why? Because most *normal* people right click to sit on *things*. Their need to sit on the ground is FAR LESS. If they have such a deep yen (and Russians will tell you that sitting on the ground is bad for your privates), then they can access a menu that is harder to find -- you know, the way they made "return prims" soooo much harder to find now because they figure no income comes in from landlords and land management *snort*.