With a host of bugs and security problems running rampant through their craptastic viewer, forcing many users to roll back to earlier versions, you'd think the lying douchebags who develop Firestorm would be smart enough to do something sane, like, you know, fix the damn bugs instead of denying they are bugs and ordering people to go out and shell out money they don't have for new computers. But no, now they're seriously considering blocking access to older versions so that the only viewer users can log in on is the last three updates.
Many users can't use the three most recent updates because of insurmountable problems with the viewer code, so they will be effectively blocked from using Firestorm at all should the developers decide to pull this stunt. Worse is that they are seriously considering blocking access to Phoenix, after a suggestion by one Firestorm user.
According to their own message on the viewer log-in screen on Phoenix, some 28,000 SL users still use Phoenix (I'm one of them). If Jessica Lyin' and her merry band of assholes do decide to block Phoenix, it would mean further alienating, literally, tens of thousands of people.
This obviously is not sitting well with blog readers:
Honestly, I have never seen this kind of behavior before by any organization or business that wanted to remain open. Do you think McDonald's got to be the top burger chain by ordering its customers to go out and spend money they don't have just to be able to make use of their product, lying to said customers, and preventing them from gaining access to their restaurants? Hell no, not when the competition is so fierce. It would be stupid and suicidal for them as a business. Firestorm may not be demanding that people pay money for the "privilege" of using their viewer, but just as with any business, they are producing a product — a defective one at that — and if they want people to use that product, they had better grow up and start going to work fixing their many mistakes.
UPDATE: 15 AUGUST, 2013:
Upon logging in this afternoon, I was hit with the following window in Phoenix:
What this means exactly is yet to be known, but I will keep you updated as information comes in.