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News Comments > Michael Abrash Joins Oculus
41. Re: Michael Abrash Joins Oculus Mar 28, 2014, 18:54 Beamer
 
BicycleRepairMan wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 18:43:
To expand on my thoughts: if privacy isnt dead already, surely FB could end it right now by flicking a switch or two, and that threat is scary as hell. But it's not FB's fault per se, its because we've all signed up and willingly danced naked in their playground.

Google knows even more about you, but I'm guessing many of those complaining about Facebook have an Android phone that knows where they are every second of the day.
 
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News Comments > Michael Abrash Joins Oculus
32. Re: Michael Abrash Joins Oculus Mar 28, 2014, 17:45 Beamer
 
Pankin wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 17:28:
Beamer wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 15:48:
mch wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 15:45:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 15:33:
"Please log in to your Facebook account to use your Oculus goggles!"

This will end poorly, I suspect.

Palmer Luckey: "I guarantee that you won't need to log into your Facebook account every time you wanna use the Oculus Rift."

Whether or not you choose to take him at his word is up to you, of course.

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Jesus. And if this changes, it crashes and burns.
People need to stop thinking it will somehow let Zuckerberg watch you pee.

Know what $2 billion buys you? The right to make changes. Six months from now, Palmer may not be in a position to guarantee anything when it comes to how this gadget gets used.

Now I'm not a chicken little type looking for a sky-proof hat but at the same time, I understand the acquisition dynamics of this scale. The short version: the buyer calls the shots.

If those changes get made:
1) The developer support dies, and these things become Facebook-only products
2) The userbase dies, because the bad buzz drowns it
3) The userbase dies, because the support dies and no one wants to pay $300 for a device that makes Facebook more complicated


You are ABSOLUTELY being a chicken little type. There is no way that the future becomes everyone owning some device that lets Facebook watch you pee. THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT OCULUS RIFT THAT MAKES IT SPECIAL OTHER THAN A BUNCH OF NERDS HAVING A WET DREAM ABOUT IT! If Facebook changes it so that it's no longer a dumb device then someone else will release one that is a dumb device and that will be what the community uses.

Think. Think hard. Think hard about what happens if Facebook tries to add software to this that monitors you. Do you really see any possible chain of events that makes that widely adopted?
 
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News Comments > Women In Video Games Initiative
15. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 28, 2014, 16:29 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 16:25:
BobBob wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 16:01:
Verno wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 14:23:
I think the bigger problem is attracting women into a profession that demands insane hours that conflict heavily with raising a child which is a serious concern for most women at some point in their life.

Except for the exclusive 9 month female pregnancy (which still requires a lot of complementary support by the male companion), the man's job is 50% parenting, at minimum, for up to 18 years. Welcome to the year 2014.

18 years? I think you mean 30 years, welcome to the year 2014

heh...
 
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News Comments > Michael Abrash Joins Oculus
17. Re: Michael Abrash Joins Oculus Mar 28, 2014, 15:48 Beamer
 
mch wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 15:45:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 15:33:
"Please log in to your Facebook account to use your Oculus goggles!"

This will end poorly, I suspect.

Palmer Luckey: "I guarantee that you won't need to log into your Facebook account every time you wanna use the Oculus Rift."

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Jesus. And if this changes, it crashes and burns.
People need to stop thinking it will somehow let Zuckerberg watch you pee.
 
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News Comments > Michael Abrash Joins Oculus
16. Re: Michael Abrash Joins Oculus Mar 28, 2014, 15:47 Beamer
 
SirKnight wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 15:27:
BobBob wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 15:20:
Clever Caviar wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 15:14:
I can understand his reasons for wanting to work on this, he's clearly deeply passionate about it, but it baffles me that supposedly smart people are happy taking a paycheck from such a scummy company.

You would refuse 2 billion? Be honest with yourself.


He's talking about Abrash. Abrash is NOT being paid $2 billion.

And 2 billion, or any amount of money, is not enough to sell your soul and give up your freedom.

Abrash wants to work on a project he loves with one of the people he respects most. He's now partners with Carmack, and was likely given a mostly blank check both in terms of pay and scope, given how quickly he jumped ship.

I doubt he's given up freedom. I doubt he's sold his soul. Your histrionics are cracking me up. "Waaa, Abrash is now a slave!"
 
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News Comments > Women In Video Games Initiative
9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 28, 2014, 14:25 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 14:23:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 11:38:
Awesome! We have gender segregation in development.
I think the bigger problem is attracting women into a profession that demands insane hours that conflict heavily with raising a child which is a serious concern for most women at some point in their life.

Game development skews very young. Most people get into it out of college.
Those are not women that are even remotely thinking about things like work/life balance or raising a child. That isn't playing even the tiniest bit into their career dreams.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
24. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 27, 2014, 17:08 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 20:13:
Beamer wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 19:36:
Also, understanding that the "danger, danger" comments when I feel someone is trying to derail is obnoxious (but tends to stop derailing), I am fully alright with someone doing it to me if they think I'm trolling/derailing/being too much of a dick.

It's derailing a thread about Facebook to talk about Facebook? To answer your other question, I fully expect Facebook to make changes to Oculus.

Those changes would include some form of advertising, and modifications to allow it to collect more information. You'll have settings for privacy, and then they'll randomly scramble the options and opt you in by default.

I'm done here, if some of you would like to believe that Oculus will continue with no data collection and advertising from Facebook go ahead.

HOW!
Oculus Rift doesn't have its own software!
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 27, 2014, 16:56 Beamer
 
Bard wrote on Mar 27, 2014, 16:52:
Facebook is the public face of privatized illegal spying.

I am not thrilled facebook has any involvement at all.

Wait, what is Facebook doing that's illegal?
What law did they break, specifically?


I mean, you use the word "illegal," but I don't think you know what it means. Maybe you mean "underhanded" or "sneaky" or at worst "immoral," but "illegal" isn't a matter of opinion, it's a matter of fact, and I don't think you have even a tiny chance of being able to back that fact up.

But, of course, as the trend seems to go, some idiot on the internet makes factual claims with no evidence supporting it and keeps repeating it because he's stupid enough to believe it's true.
 
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
5. Re: Morning Screenshots Mar 27, 2014, 14:38 Beamer
 
Grumpy Sod wrote on Mar 27, 2014, 14:28:
netnerd85 wrote on Mar 27, 2014, 13:56:
I am IRONBAT!

Except isn't that looking like it's one of the bad guys, not bats?

Considering he's holding Batman down with a gun pointed to his head, yes.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
22. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 27, 2014, 13:07 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Mar 27, 2014, 12:58:
And can I just say, holy crap for that 3d printed skull. I can't even fathom what such an operation entails. I guess cutting away half of the skull, putting half the 3D printed on in place, and then repeating?

23 hours of surgery... incredible.
The video actually shows the her skulless head.
 
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News Comments > Runic Cofounders Leaving
5. Re: Runic Cofounders Leaving Mar 27, 2014, 12:12 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Mar 27, 2014, 11:31:
Blah blah blah... If you liked working a small indie studio environment, maybe you shouldn't have sold out? But I guess he'd rather have his cake and eat it, too.

Well duh.
1) Start small game company
2) Grow it
3) Sell it, buying you significant economic freedom and comfort
4) Stay your contractually obligated length of time
5) Leave
6) Start small game company, now backed by your fatter wallet


I don't understand why you are coming across as so bitter. Did he ruin something for you? Lots of entrepreneurs love being at small companies, but when success comes, they have to grow, regardless of "selling out."

Your post just seems like an immature rant.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
17. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 27, 2014, 10:27 Beamer
 
Jamil20 wrote on Mar 27, 2014, 09:27:
Numinar wrote on Mar 27, 2014, 07:54:
Anyone of you could seriously not accept 2B for this? It would be borderline negligent to your family, employees and partners not to.

If you are so rich that you could get ethical about such a sum, I could use a few thousand. Most of this complaining is jealously/I want a piece of it/FB is the devil!

Also, DK1 and DK2 are what the kickstarter promised and delivered. That the golden independant little guy driven VR future they felt they were supporting isn't happening the way they wanted, that was never guaranteed anyway.

You make it sounds like Oculus was struggling. They had millions in the bank. The Oculus Rift was going to be successful. It had already acheived success with the development kit. It was a sure thing. There was no need to sell to a corporation other than pure greed and an easy way out. Also, they sold out cheap. Very cheap. Less than a stupid instant messenger cheap.

oh good, another angry nerd with no clue what he's talking about.

hint: there is no chance an easily replicated vr set is ever worth as much as whatsapp. All the derogatory comments being made here just demonstrate how clueless some people are, yet they still spout an ignorant opinion without bothering to read an article or analysis that may inform them.

there are wide flaws in your entire post. Yes, they had millions. The company. Now the employees do. And you call it greed... They were a business not a charity.

nothing worse than ignorant, entitled pc-master-race dumbasses.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 27, 2014, 01:16 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 22:52:
Thanks for putting a huge dent into KS confidence, Palmer, you fucking tool.

Maybe you can laugh at it while sipping tea with Mark Zuckerberg.

He's now a 21 year old billionaire. (well, not quite, but likely very, very close.)
I can't hate him too much for that.

I mean, I hate him for being a 21 year old billionaire, but that's neither here nor there.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
169. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 27, 2014, 01:15 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 23:53:
When they drive in their BMWs and Mercedes on the way to their Malibu beach front properties, I'm sure they will really care what the naysayers think.

More like Ferraris, Bentleys and Bugattis.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
10. Re: Evening Interviews Mar 27, 2014, 01:15 Beamer
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 21:21:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 20:31:
$2B is just insane. $50M I could see, maybe even $100M given that they'd gotten something like $35M in venture capital. But $2B???

I'm beginning to think the 2 billion number is being misrepresented. Somehow I doubt Mark paid 2 billion for the company and it's more like he's investing 2 billion into the company.

Do you understand the difference?
Buying something for 2 billion says it's worth 2 billion.
Investing 2 billion in something says it's worth more than 2 billion.
 
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News Comments > $100 Wolfenstein: The New Order CE Has Statue, No Game
3. Re: $100 Wolfenstein: The New Order CE Has Statue, No Game Mar 26, 2014, 20:41 Beamer
 
This doesn't strike me as as ridiculous as it does many other people.

To me, it just looks like they couldn't get the materials finished in time, or like they said, they couldn't get it shipped quickly without spending a huge amount of money. So they separated it.

Don't get me wrong, it's dumb, but it doesn't seem like a "hey, we don't need to sell the game" dumb so much as "holy crap we screwed up and we can never get people the game close to launch and give them all this stupid junk, what do we do?!"
 
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News Comments > New Titanfall Game Modes Coming
36. Re: New Titanfall Game Modes Coming Mar 26, 2014, 20:28 Beamer
 
MajorD wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:47:
Beamer wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:37:
MajorD wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:33:
nin wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:17:
Nighthawk wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:12:
So 15 days after the "ships ahoy" they've said the DLC is "almost done" and the sheeple are still buying and falling for this (essentially) day-0 DLC?

Using "sheeple" in a response automatically cheapens any reply.

Oh come on nin, it (sheeple) is a perfect portmanteau word.


It's a terrible term used exclusively by idiots that can't comprehend anyone disagrees with them.

That may be your definition of it. It is very fitting for people who can't think for themselves and have to follow what everyone else is doing to try and be hip, cool, and/or part of the 'in thing/crowd'.

At least that is my definition of sheeple. Oh crap, I just cheapened my response.

But no one ever uses it that way. It's always just "people that have a different opinion than me." It's basically the asshole way of saying that there's no possible way anyone could ever have a different opinion other than being some kind of idiot.

It's monumentally close-minded. It's like the term "fanboy." Sure, it's a real thing, but typically it's a term only used by fanboys. "I can't stand all these fanboys buying the XBone. They just want to suck M$ wang. Sony is the real savior of gaming, everyone knows that!"
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
161. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 26, 2014, 20:11 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 19:56:
Also the idea, Facebook's dystopian future if you will, is that everybody will be wearing one and what you look like physically is no longer relevant. Three Likes for Emperor Zuckerberg! Like! Like! Like!
I envinsion somnething eerily similar to what you described and it's exactly why I am uncomfortable with the idea! And since my gaming is done in a room in my house where people tend to gather, I will be seen. My wife already views me as an overgrown socially maladjusted child - if she sees me with one of these on my head she might flip out!

It's not just that you'd be seen, it's that you'd be 100% walling yourself off. You'd be cutting every single sense out. Well, I guess not every single one, but the two main ones.

Right now you just focus away from them, but you still hear them, can still easily see them, and still pay some attention to them. You can game and be social at the same time.

Not with VR headsets.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 26, 2014, 19:36 Beamer
 
Also, understanding that the "danger, danger" comments when I feel someone is trying to derail is obnoxious (but tends to stop derailing), I am fully alright with someone doing it to me if they think I'm trolling/derailing/being too much of a dick.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 26, 2014, 19:35 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 19:08:
Quboid wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:27:
Facebook are teh evil with our super secret info, therefore Facebook will be teh evil with our super secret info. Duh, Beamer, that's obvious.

You guys just keep believing in Facebook and giving them all your personal info. Buy an XboxOne as well if you don't have one already.

Facebook is all about getting your personal information and selling it, this is just another way to do that. That's the business they are in. Some of us would rather not contribute to that.

DANGER! DANGER!

Crap, this is only an orange threat level, so I'm biting:
1) Facebook only knows what you tell it. This makes it very easy to use without really telling it anything
2) C'mon, tell us how a piece of dumb hardware (and, again, I use "dumb" to mean it doesn't have software attached to it) can take our private information
 
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