Some interesting brainstorming going on between Redzone users – including those who swore blind they would not use Redzone only to be proven otherwise once users were given their choices back:
by crackerjack » Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:56 pm
Bunderwahl Guisse wrote:Cool viewer using a patch to report RZ units which is then used to intentionally stir up problems. Not many people use it and if we colectivly banned the viewer may be a wake up call. Maybe cool viiewer would rethink their position when the users cant go to some of the biggest and best sims in SL.
I would agree with this, ban by viewer would be good it would also be consistent with the aims of Linden Labs and help promote their viewers, viewers you can trust arent infected with any malicious code that any young bedroom hacker could apply as in the emerald days. I wouldnt trust some of the developers out there as far as I could throw em
Crackerjack does not get it with Open Source Software – anyone can inspect the source code and see for themselves what the viewer is doing. Note that the emerald issue was over a closed source element that was being distributed with the binary. If you stick to open source solutions, you are protected from malicious code, because many eyes make all bugs shallow. In other words, if you try anything malicious, someone is going to catch you out.
Not everyone can follow the source, but there are plenty of people around who can. Enough that code that is open for review will be quality assured by that process.
Not that it matters. I would like to see RedZone users attempt a viewer ban for viewers with the media patch! No report back means no user agent string; thus no viewer identification. Redzone has no idea what viewer is used by people with media off, people with the hosts file block, or people using Cool viewer to blacklist spyware collectors.
If they implement this ban, they will only ban the users who deliberately and willingly comply with Redzone data collection.
Oops. Didn’t think of that, did we?