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Oculus Co-Founder and Rift Creator Palmer Luckey Leaves Facebook (uploadvr.com) 66

bongey writes: Palmer Lucky has left Facebook, which bought Oculus for $2 billion. The anti-Hillary memes controversy led to the resignation. UploadVR reports: "According to Oculus, this will be Palmer's last week with Friday marking his official last day as an employee of Facebook. In an official statement, the company said that: 'Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer's legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry. We're thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best.' When asked if Luckey's departure was voluntary, Facebook representatives declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing internal personnel matters. This revelation comes around one year after Luckey himself hand-delivered the first consumer Oculus Rift to a pre-order customer in Alaska. In just over 12 months, the 24-year-old transformed from the face of one of the tech world's most well-known teams into a bit of a recluse, disappearing from public view during the 2016 US presidential election and emerging only for an appearance in court." UploadVR has provided a timeline of events leading up to Luckey's departure in their report.
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Oculus Co-Founder and Rift Creator Palmer Luckey Leaves Facebook

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  • Win for SJW (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    That's right girls and boys, we have beaten back the patriarchy once again!

    • by Anonymous Coward
      In Silicon Valley you're free to espouse your political views...just so long as they are the same ones that everybody else has, otherwise you'll get lynch mobbed.
      • Nazi Germany (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Okian Warrior ( 537106 ) on Friday March 31, 2017 @08:23PM (#54155541) Homepage Journal

        In Silicon Valley you're free to espouse your political views...just so long as they are the same ones that everybody else has, otherwise you'll get lynch mobbed.

        Tim Allen commented that living in Hollywood is like being in 30's Germany.

        “You know, you get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes,” [...] “This is like ’30s Germany.”

        It seems like you can't publicly state an opinion without getting fired by your company, or having a mob ask your company to let you go, or having the mob ask your company to stop selling your products, or... pretty much anything to hurt, disable, and incapacitate anyone who disagrees with the groupthink. During the election, 4Combinator was asked by one of their customers to get rid of Peter Thiel, due to his support for Trump.

        One would *expect* political donations to be publicly recorded to prevent conflict of interest and such, but if making a donation would get you publicly outed and shamed, hurt, or threatened, it seems like this is become political extortion by violence.

        Did conservatives do all that when Obama was elected?

        • Holly shit, somebody *asked* 4Combinator to get rid of Peter Thiel? That is like Kristallnacht #2! It's lucky we have such erudites as Tim Allen (former star of "Home Improvement," a 90s sitcom) to keep us vigilant.

          • Holly shit, somebody *asked* 4Combinator to get rid of Peter Thiel? That is like Kristallnacht #2! It's lucky we have such erudites as Tim Allen (former star of "Home Improvement," a 90s sitcom) to keep us vigilant.

            I was being generous. To the left.

            One of Y-Combinator's partners cut ties because of Thiel [cnn.com]. Not mentioned in the quote below, is that they "asked" Y-Combinator to let him go, else they would cut ties.

            On Monday, Project Include, an organization aimed at increasing diversity in Silicon Valley, said it was cutting ties with Y Combinator because of its continued connection to Thiel.

            "Thiel's actions are in direct conflict with our values at Project Include," read a post from Ellen Pao, who cofounded Project Include. "Giving more power to someone whose ascension and behavior strike fear into so many people is unacceptable. His attacks on black, Mexican, Asian, Muslim and Jewish people, on women, and on others are more than just political speech; fueled by hate and encouraging violence, they make each of us feel unsafe."

            Those people on the Left, the ones who voted Democrat and riot when a conservative speaker is on campus - you're the people who keep pointing out similarities between Trump and Nazi Germany.

            You don't see the similarities?

        • Re: Nazi Germany (Score:2, Insightful)

          by PoopJuggler ( 688445 )
          Are you kidding? Conservatives have been oppressing and discriminating against gays, minorities and women since forever. Don't pretend like the right is some holy beacon of truth and fairness and love and compassion and tolerance. Quite the opposite. Palmer Luckey decided to support a misogynistic xenophobic piece of crap and surprise! people don't respect that. Nobody's forcing anyone to act a certain way but don't act like an asshole or support oppressive politicians if you can't take getting called out
          • by Anonymous Coward

            Wasn't the fact that Luckey was financing a troll army also part of the reason he's a hateful person? Tactics like that are despicable and anti-democratic no matter right or left.

          • Anyone who doesn't respect someone else's opinions is a biggot.

            • Anyone who doesn't respect someone else's opinions is a biggot.

              There's a difference between respecting someone's right to an opinion and respecting their opinion. I do not respect the opinions of flat earthers. Most likely, neither do you, not really.

            • Nobody is entitled to an opinion they cannot defend, and anyone who respects someone else's indefensible opinion is an idiot for doing so. If they cannot – or will not – defend an opinion, they are not entitled to spout it into public discourse.

        • by shocking ( 55189 )

          Well, at least Nazi Germany stood up to Russia....

        • Actually you don't even need to get that far. I personally know somebody who for some godawful reason decided to move to the Hollywood area, and she even agreed with their politics. The problem however was that her mother was more conservative, which her connections (crappy as they were) found out via facebook. Needless to say, this created a drama situation that worsened her career chances, and those connections essentially told her to never talk with her mother again, because apparently having those viewp

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Seriously, still waiting for V2 or even V3 of VR headsets before buying into them. With Palmer leaving, what does this means for oculus...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I guess Oculus isn't very Lucky! Da-da-da-dum-tshhh! :-D

      (No seriously though. If you're doing VR, do it right with a Vive.)

    • Well how much power do you really think a 24 year old wielded at a large division of Facebook? I would guess somewhere between "nothing" and "not quite nothing."

    • Didn't Oculus die when Facebook bought it?

  • When did FB announce purchase Oculus? End of March 2014. It's now just turned April 2017.
    Three years pretty much on the nail. The nearly-exact number of elapsed years very likely isn't a coincidence; one can guess that there was a financially-related three-year clause in his contract. He probably wanted out and this was the most lucrative time to leave.

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