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Comment Re: Smoking gun of theft or go home (Score 1) 136

If he took research product, he's fucked. Then the only question is how critical that product was to the rift as a working system. For example, if they find evidence that he took data regarding synchronizing two displays with exactly the same timing, and not just what he knew in his head? That could be crucial enough to the Rift as a product that Zenimax could get a huge payout.

Comment Re: Going after Carmack? (Score 1) 136

But on the flipside, how many geniuses have we all known that were absolutely idiotic in regards to business, or other human beings, or the law, or hygiene, or any number of things? Just because someone is a certified genius doesn't mean they can't be a moron in some other aspect of life. And maybe Carmack just doesn't grok the fact you don't take work from one employer to another. It's not like he had a lot of employers in his life, either.

Comment Re: Smoking gun of theft or go home (Score 2) 136

If there's no single email involving Zenimax IP regarding VR or honestly anything else, he might be okay. But let's be real here. Those emails will be LOADED with stuff he shouldn't have taken with him. Not unless his company email was there only to arrange birthday parties for staff.

Comment Re: Smoking gun of theft or go home (Score 1) 136

If Zenimax can show he took data with him the day he left, that's probably all the smoking gun that's necessary. Why would he do that if he wasn't going to use it in some form? He had one job when he left id, and that was to get out the door as cleanly and with as little appearance of impropriety as possible. He doesn't appear to have pulled that off.

Comment Re: Smoking gun of theft or go home (Score 1) 136

Nope, with comics it's pretty straightforward. The company owns the characters when it comes to DC and Marvel. Standard work for hire. However, DC and Marvel have both gotten much better about giving creators credit and royalties after they've created something. Create a character that breaks out and anchors a billion dollar franchise? You're going to get paid nicely. But, you have no say in what gets done with that character, who writes it, how many times they die and return, etc. But, you get a check.

Comment Re:Smoking gun of theft or go home (Score 1) 136

I suspect that what Zenimax is talking about isn't limited to code, but also is likely including R&D resources like latency research and rendering schemes to reduce the negative reactions people can have to VR. (Complete wild-ass guess on my part) Really, the only thing Carmack was entitled to when he walked out the door - barring any kind of written agreement to other effect - was the knowledge in his head.

Carmack's brilliant, but I suspect he fucked up and took a shortcut possibly with the mindset "Well, I remember all this anyhow so it's not like I don't *know* it, this just makes it easier to share!"

Comment Re: Smoking gun of theft or go home (Score 1) 136

Actually, with Zenimax talking about him taking actual data from Zenimax servers, you're right. This isn't about a contract dispute. It's about corporate espionage and theft, which is actually a much harder fight to win if you're just pissed off at an ex-employee. And if he took a single file from Zenimax-owned hardware, or a single piece of paper from his desk and his contract did not *specifically* say "You can take any IP regarding VR with you." he's committed IP theft. The only question is to what degree, and Zenimax seems to think that it was important enough to be worth the whole company (at least, before the inevitable negotiation for a settlement).

But interestingly, Zenimax doesn't seem to be positioning themselves for a quick settlement. They're aiming very, very high. This isn't true patent troll behavior, it's not even jilted lover behavior. This is "We got fucking robbed." behavior. They claim they have evidence that he took files on his way out the door, and then tried to cover it up by destroying said evidence. This is a very, very ugly accusation to make. It's the kind of thing you hold back in reserve in order to try and push for a settlement if you're willing to accept STFU money. They didn't hold back.

Comment Re:Smoking gun of theft or go home (Score 3, Interesting) 136

If he had it in writing, this wouldn't be a lawsuit. Zenimax wouldn't make the very specific claims that they've made now, unless they felt like they had pretty rock solid evidence. When you're dealing with a more "he said, she said" legal tiff, the plaintiffs usually use language that gives the defendant an out. "We believe" or "It appears" or "we suspect" and "may" would show up in the accusations. That way, the defendant has an easier time publicity-wise saying "Whoops, someone goofed. Here's some money."

In this case, Zenimax is being very, very specific and has been from the start. They say Carmack took files from Zenimax owned systems and that is the *biggest* no-no in the book. It's entirely likely that Zenimax knew he was collaborating with Oculus and was fine with it, but that they didn't want anything Carmack did while working for them to *officially* become Oculus IP. And then, Carmack not only leaves, but if he took things *with* him, that's a pretty severe case of IP theft. Even if none of that code actually got directly used in Oculus products, if it was used as a basis for any component required by Oculus that Carmack had a hand in generating while he was at Zenimax, he's fucked himself.

The only way for Carmack to have done things cleanly was to have absolutely no possible hint that he would have done what Zenimax is claiming he did so he could claim that he used knowledge in his head but *not* anything produced while working for Zenimax beyond that. And if Zenimax is telling the truth, he fucked up that *one* job.

Comment Congratulations,your PC is now a governance device (Score 3, Insightful) 172

The camera "sees" the user and even knows which user it is seeing. The camera then locks the screen immediately when the user is not present.

How long before the computer "sees" the user and notifies the police that they can pick up their known dissident. I mean, really, given the kind of governance we're about to enter into, this (not to mention Alexa-like audio surveillance "features") are the last thing I'd want on any equipment in my home.

And no, I don't have anything to hide. But conversely, I also don't use the restroom in the middle of 5th Avenue. Privacy is a thing, even in a world full of morons who think it isn't.

Comment Re:Strategically important (Score 1) 20

Yes, quite carried away. Your exposition is quite naive in thinking that people think in the scope you think they do. The failure to respond has been repeated historically quite a number of times.

And I think your timing of off by 50+ years, nothing will happen until people are really starving.

Nothing will likely happen until the 0.1% are starving, by which time it will be too late to do anything. The only reason to even hold out what little hope there is, is that people like the grandparent are at least thinking about, and worrying about, these things. If enough do, then real change can happen. Like the outcry that forced the Republicans to back off (at least for now) gutting the House Ethics committee, when the masses do voice their concern, they are heard. Unfortunately we all feel too weak, and too powerless, to make much noise unless things really hit the fan (by which point it is often too late). This is not an accident, and there are very specific reasons we as citizens are constantly made to feel powerless (hint: it benefits those running the show, on whichever side of the aisle).

Comment Re:It might be an issue in the future (Score 1) 304

If there are three open pumps in a row, and the one at the far end is the one with diesel? Tough shit, I'm taking it. Why? Because it's more efficient for everyone involved if there's a straight on drive up, drive straight out arrangement based on time of arrival. I'm not taking my time and wasting it on checking out every available pump so I can avoid the one with the green handle.

Comment DRM paradise (Score 1) 229

While this request has DRM implications I really don't like (lense to screen encryption) and is no doubt an MPAA wet-dream, I unfortunately have to support this, as the clear and present danger to journalists, and the potential for regimes like the Trump Administration, Putin, et. al. to distort or destroy evidence of wrongdoing, demand something like this. At least with encryption journalists can keep their data safe, and if done properly, we can detect changes to the raw video/audio data. Both of which will be critical if we don't permanently want to live in a so-called "post-truth" reality (which really means "nothing but lies, lies, and more lies" reality).

Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 2) 637

In the last year, I've run across *so* many people posting on sites like Ars Technica, The-Kinja-Formerly-Known-As-Gawker and other places where every single post was either an attack on Clinton or a pro-Russian promotional. It's just mindboggling that this is happening. I always took the whole "There are paid shills all over the place." viewpoint as being rather paranoid, and in most cases I still do. But this? I swear, this has me worried about just how many Americans really have turned off their brains and just follow the herd they think they're in, if they can be led around on a leash by Putin's troll army.

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