I haven’t been taking the time to listen to Drax and Jo’s Drax Files Radio Show. Just too many other things to do. But, the information about the Oculus is of interest and I wanted to hear it. Waking up far too early this morning I took the time.
As always this synopsis is what I heard. Before reacting to anything written here take the time to listen to the original audio of the show: Show #10: Oculus!!!
Time marks are approximate, but they should get you into the audio before the subject’s start point.
00:00 Intro and description of the show contents: Oculus Rift – SL Oculus Viewer version goes to Beta. The Show gave away a LEAP Motion controller. They are giving away another. You need to answer a question to win. Instructions are related between time marks 03: 00 and 04:00.
04:00 More discussion about show content to be covered in this episode.
05:00 Discussion of the ToS. It is apparent from this part of the audio that Jo and Drax are accepting of the verbal position the Lab has stated: ‘We do not intend to steal your stuff and sell it.’ It is obvious that for Jo, Drax and many others this is believable and the problem is with the legalese of the ToS, which I think is a reasonable position.
The show moves forward and presents what I’ll call the state of the industry/things, showing this is the way things are and the Lab is conforming to a generalized behavior of the industry with its ToS.
A clip from South Park and clips from the movie Terms and Conditions May Apply (movie trailer above) is played.
At 07:00 at the end of the clips they start talking about Emily Short, of Versu, being in a future show. ???
At 07:30 they are off to talk about the JIRA. ??? So, I am left wondering what was the discussion about the ToS? Seems very little. We hear that the new CEO knows the community has a problem with the ToS and is having the attorneys rethink the problem. Then we hear a clip from South Park, which I think is supposed to paint a picture of typical human behavior: not reading the ToS and then going all Chicken Little over what someone tells them about it. That clip is followed by various other clips and quotes from business people.
I’m jaded and a student of human nature and thus tend to look for deeper than surface meanings, but it is still unclear whether there is any more that Drax is attempting convey than the standard social messages of: business takes advantage of people that are not smart (or is it engaged) enough to take care of their selves…
It isn’t just business that takes advantage of people… it very simply is a seemingly perpetual scenario of people taking advantage of other people and situations wherever and whenever they can that has repeated throughout 7000+ years of human history.
This is what people have done for 7000+ years, what people do now, and there is no reason to expect they will do something different in the future. People are in business, politics, religion, or any other group you care to name. It is easy to target any group you don’t like and attribute the problems to them. It isn’t business, politics, religion, or any other group that are a problem: it is humans.
The difference between the people being in business, politics, religion, or whatever group is in how much abuse they can engage in, not whether they and their group are the only ones doing so. Those incapable of taking a broader look at things and recognizing the attempts of people to target groups of people as just misdirection, get sucked in to believing whatever line is being pushed.
Regardless of who is pointed at as being the bad guy, the problem portrayed in the movie is real. The movie is available on YouTube.
07:30 Discussion of the JIRA Change. I’ve been covering the changes. I think most people that are engaged in keeping up with SL know it has re-opened and we can now read BUG reports and enter Feature Requests.
Jo Yardley’s pet peeve is not being able to control time of day. She wants a 24-hour day for her 1920’s Berlin. But, she did not give us a JIRA number in the show. :/ Her bug is: BUG-3423 – Request for 24 hour day cycles. Also she has not gone back and changed the security level on it, so most people cannot vote/Watch the issue. It remains private. 🙁
08:40 Mention of the Lab missing the time change from Standard to Daylight.
09:00 Mention of Lee Vermeulen’s blog article, VR and Steam Days, about the VR Room on Valve.
Lee states he had been thinking of the new VR with Oculus ‘…as really interesting, and potentially a game changer, but mostly just another game peripheral like the Wii, or Kinect …’ He had tried the Oculus before. But, using it to experience Valve’s VR Room has changed his mind. He now thinks VR will take over the world. He even worries that it may disassociate us from reality.
Lee’s description of his experience is well worth a read. I am not going to be able to accurately convey how deeply it affected him. But, the depth of the affect is why his mind turned to concern over being able to distinguish reality from VR.
Also, Valve’s VR is not using the Oculus Rift. The word is the resolution of the Rift is far less than that of Valve’s device. But. Valve’s is not really ready for consumers and Oculus should be releasing this year. Getting parts is said to be the current delay in releasing the Rift.