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Binary Rollout 768

As changes have somewhat slowed down over the past few weeks we have made little changes, but that does not mean they are any less meaningful. Every bit counts as they say. The bugfixes, while minor, should help with some script related issues as well as improving loading of them. There is also a lingering issue with regions no longer sending data to users on the region, which weirdly was traced back to some seemingly innocuous changes from a few months ago. We are still looking into this issue as is core OpenSim, but it's easier to teach a horse to sing than to figure out exactly what line is the breaking change. The new binary is set to be used now so a restart will switch over to it.

New preconf binaries are also released and as usual the older versions will be restricted from access to the grid in a few days to prevent issues. Changes this time should fix a small bug in the estate handling that prevent some data from being read correctly and also includes the mainline changes to scripts and user handling as mentioned already.
Happy upgrades!...

Increasing Grid Security Measures

Protecting our residents from potential sources of harm is a prime directive of the ZetaWorlds administration. In most cases this takes the form of targeted removals from our systems, with some extreme cases requiring more drastic measures. We always try to keep disruptions to a minimum and be as targeted as we can with access restrictions. Unfortunately as we have received an increasing number of reports over the past few weeks we had to resort to broader restrictions against offenders. This took the form of updating our automated systems to be more aggressive towards offending sources and resorting to temporary or permanent restrictions earlier.

We continue to monitor the situation and are evaluation both additional measures and ways to be more selective, but you may have already encountered some of the more drastic measures we have put into place. The major one of which was increasing the hitrate of our automated system to flag malicious traffic to our infrastructure and restrict access from those sources. This is something we will continually tweak to adjust to the situation we face, but it is likely to at least stay more in line with what it is currently set to. Meaning plainly that there is an increased likelihood of entire grids being restricted access to ZetaWorlds if their traffic is out of the ordinary or particularly malicious in nature.

Additionally we have elected to look into the abuse originating from various of the dynamic dns services some grids use now. With the most egregious offenders abusing such systems to hide themselves behind ever new IP addresses making it near impossible to create permanent restrictions. The solution to outright remove access from grids that use such services is not in our interest so we have elected to only remove access of specific providers of such services that lack a proper setup and workflow for reporting and dealing with abuse. This is a step we did not want to take, but seeing as the reports have increased at an alarming rate and these services not policing their systems even after repeated information has been fielded by us, there really is not much more we can do. Our aim is, and has always been, for the metaverse to be open and promote diversity, but much like not being tolerant of intolerance, we cannot maintain being open to grids with the intend to be a detriment to us and our residents....

Email Verification

It has come to our attention that some users have elected to use disposable email accounts of straight up entered a non-existent email as their account email. Not only is this against our rules, it also complicates any matters regarding the account. Resetting passwords, receiving offline-IM or any other email will not work. Additionally when the email associated with an account does not exist we are unable to verify the validity of ownership claims made for that account.

As of now when registering for an account with ZetaWorlds an email will sent with a link to verify the newly created accounts email address. Until this verification is completed the account will remain unable to join ZetaWorlds.

Changing an email address associated with an account will now also require verification from that new email as well to ensure account safety.

Remember, a valid email address on your account is required and using a non-existing email will result in the account being locked....

[Updated]Gloebits

UPDATE:
We have received word that and I quote: "We’re dockerizing it so we can get it back up and more easily move the service or restore it if we have problems with a provider in the future. We’ll get it back up as soon as we can."

Naturally still not a very acceptable answer to the ongoing issues, but we will continue to monitor and put pressure on to get the service restored.


The Gloebits currency service, which is handled by a third party, has experienced an outage and is down.
It is a complicated situation but as far as we know, nobody has lost any money, and the service will be restored eventually.
We apologise for the inconvenience and we'll pass on any news we get from them. ...

Grid Stats

Online: 23
Active Users: 1495 (1056)
Total Residents: 1537
Visitors: 6276
Total Logins: 74406
Time spent inworld: 9354 Days 5 Hours 56 Minutes
Total Landarea: 653.656064 km²
Regions: 9974 (643)

CDN Powered Assets

ZetaWorlds uses a custom built CDN (Content Delivery Manager) to serve assets. This makes loading much faster, no matter where in the grid you host your region. It also improves your hypergrid experience.

Custom Code

ZetaWorlds builds almost everything we use on top of OpenSim ourselves. Our custom version of OpenSim, called ZetaSim, brings many new features and enhancements.

Load Balanced

ZetaWorlds is load balanced for heavy loads. We run multiple instances of the grid services behind load balancers. We use our own custom asset server to manage all load traffic. You will notice the difference.

100% Eco-Power

ZetaWorlds uses hardware that is powered by 100% renewable energy and with sustainability in mind. We also use excess resources to help the fight against cancer and other diseases.

Gloebit Currency

ZetaWorlds has many Gloebit enabled regions that make it easy to engage in commerce even outside of ZetaWorlds with Gloebit being fully HyperGrid compatible. With commerce on the rise Gloebit offers the most stable platform to sell your goods and services with many other grids supporting it across the metaverse.

Privacy

ZetaWorlds is based in Germany and subject to strict privacy rules, these ensure we will not share any data with others and keep your data secure from prying eyes.