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post #31 of 57
John is a man that speaks whats on his mind. If you can trust anyone at Oculus, you can trust him. This is a good sign for Oculus keeping its current path for gamers.

If John leaves the company, then be worried, and bail out quick!
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The FUD surrounding this FB acquisition of Oculus is absolutely hysterical. Also pretty entertaining from my standpoint.
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post #33 of 57
This buyout was a facestab in the middle of the crowdfunding forehead. This just sent the message that you are helping a bunch of garage hackers to get millionaire without even getting what they promised done.

Now Oculus won't be what the gaming community is looking for, it will be what Facebook want it to be.
post #34 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by Imouto View Post

This buyout was a facestab in the middle of the crowdfunding forehead. This just sent the message that you are helping a bunch of garage hackers to get millionaire without even getting what they promised done.

Now Oculus won't be what the gaming community is looking for, it will be what Facebook want it to be.

Maybe not future products, but Oculus Rift is all but finalized. The product that crowdsource funders wanted is going to get delivered, and Facebook's billions of dollars will actually probably help secure a smooth rollout.
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Originally Posted by stelmackza View Post

Carmack is financially benefiting from the facebook acquisition.gDKQOr

Ahem...cough..you think? .conflict of interest is rather obvious.
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post #36 of 57
Do we know that for sure? As far as I know he's just an employee, not an investor.
 
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I seriously don't care. I see there's a lot of people complaining, but no one is really looking at bright side of the situation. Look at whatsapp and instagram, Facebook has a good track record with not screwing with already perfectly fine services.

Just think what FB's budget can offer to Oculus. Oculus could not have possibly reached their full potential with just crowd funding.
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I seriously don't care. I see there's a lot of people complaining, but no one is really looking at bright side of the situation. Look at whatsapp and instagram, Facebook has a good track record with not screwing with already perfectly fine services.

Just think what FB's budget can offer to Oculus. Oculus could not have possibly reached their full potential with just crowd funding.
I dont agree with Facebook's track record. Its not that great.

I do agree that with $2 billion extra dollars in Oculus's funding will bring us a better product, faster. 1440p @ 120hz FTW!!!!!! If not 4k!!! With perfect 1:1 tracking!!!
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Some of it is, some of it isn't. His point isn't invalid. Advertisements are how companies make money from the 'net, and if everyone used some form of adblock, it would directly affect their income/profits. I mean I certainly dont' care about capitalistic profit levels in this situation, but it is what it is. The majority of net users aren't using adblock, while some more tech oriented people are. So it's not a huge problem at this point for these companies. If 100% of users applied adblock software? Well then it would be a problem. And we would see a paradigm shift towards more paywalls. Think of it this way. Most of the information on the internet is free, and there are a few payblocks for services. This forum is free. Most tech sites are free. So on and so forth. Without advertisements being effective, that could change the paradigm.

But like I said, it just isn't a problem yet. Most folks do not use adblock software. Well - most "out of the loop" people (which is the majority) do not use adblock software. And adblock software doesn't exist to the same extent on mobile devices, so that's another factor.

You say that like the only options are complete tracking of your online behavior to serve you ads or no ad supported sites and services at all.
There is a middle ground which does NOT involve hoovering up everything you do on the web.
There are tools you can install and use to see how you are being tracked across the web. Try it yourself and see just how invasive and insidious it is. We can have ad supported web sites and web services without all the data mining. The one does not require the other.

EDIT: In light of all the governmental spying that is going on where our records are being intercepted both with and without tech companies complicity, it is really galling that Carmack would say he "can't get that worked up about it" and "I rather like the recommendations that Amazon gives me on each visit. Educate me. What terrible outcome is expected from this?" see especially galling.
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He's the CTO of Oculus VR, I'm not surprised he talks that way about his new boss. I'm more worried about that he said data mining is fine.
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