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posted by martyb on Wednesday August 19 2020, @10:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the all-the-better-to-track-you-with dept.

Mandatory Socialization: Facebook Accounts To be Required for Oculus Headsets

Signaling the end to any remaining degrees of separation between Facebook and its VR headset division, Oculus, today the social media company announced that it will be further integrating the two services. Coming this fall, the company will begin sunsetting stand-alone Oculus accounts as part of an effort to transition the entire Oculus ecosystem over to Facebook. This will start in October, when all new Oculus accounts and devices will have to sign up for a Facebook account, while support for existing stand-alone accounts will be retired entirely at the start of 2023.

Previously: Facebook to Buy Rift Maker Oculus VR for $2bn
Facebook/Oculus Ordered to pay $500 Million to ZeniMax
Founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, Departs Facebook
Facebook Announces Oculus Go for $200
Facebook's Zuckerberg Wants to Get One Billion People in VR
Facebook Launches Oculus Go, a $200 Standalone VR Headset
Oculus Co-Founder Says there is No Market for VR Gaming
John Carmack Steps Down at Oculus to Pursue AI Passion Project
Facebook is Developing its Own OS to Reduce Dependence on Android


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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by DannyB on Wednesday August 19 2020, @02:11PM (15 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 19 2020, @02:11PM (#1038817) Journal

    Not only for Oculus headsets. Social Media should required to buy Monitors, Keyboards and Op Tickle Mice.

    All TVs are Smart TVs. How about centralizing all of the streaming services account activation with social media?

    Next, social media should be required in order to obtain an activation code for newly purchased light bulbs. (Bulbs within a singe building should require a centralized hub to control their authorization to be used and ensure ongoing licensing fees have been paid.)

    This brings us to household appliances.

    I hope IPv6 will provide a large enough address space for the multiple servers within each light bulb. (One for on/off service, and a separate secure one to ensure ongoing licensing fees are paid. Or to ensure you have paid for optional extras such as dimming.)

    The RIAA is going to realize that all speakers make sounds. The best place to control things is at the point where audio sound is produced. Legislators will be educated to understand the nature of the problem and how to control it. Speakers should need social media accounts to centralize authentication and authorization. Separately for left and right channels.

    We could nationalize social media . . . to make it better!

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by kazzie on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:08PM

    by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:08PM (#1038896)

    Stop tickling my op!

  • (Score: 2) by everdred on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:10PM (11 children)

    by everdred (110) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:10PM (#1038899) Homepage Journal

    Score: -1, Cursed

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:20PM (10 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:20PM (#1038903) Journal

      <no-sarcasm>
      Seriously. That.

      Imagine the entire world population being required to have some form of social media account. A life where it has gradually become inescapable. Everyone owns something that requires a social media account.

      Governments will love it. Imagine the top down control it would provide for America China. Not only would people experience social shaming, but all their devices and goodies could be deactivated.
      </no-sarcasm>

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      • (Score: 4, Informative) by DannyB on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:23PM (8 children)

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 19 2020, @05:23PM (#1038905) Journal

        <no-sarcasm>
        One more thought. It's not really government control. It's private industry. One more reason government would love it. They can claim to the citizens that government isn't doing this, yet being able to twist the arms of private industry to punish people.

        There is also the micro tracking of people's activities, even within their own homes, cars and private spaces.
        </no-sarcasm>

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 19 2020, @06:44PM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 19 2020, @06:44PM (#1038965)

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          • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:50PM

            by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:50PM (#1039353) Journal

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        • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:12PM (5 children)

          by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:12PM (#1039336)

          Why bother to include the government? No new legislation is needed to create this dystopia in most nations.

          • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:52PM (4 children)

            by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @01:52PM (#1039355) Journal

            The beauty is no legislation is needed. Government has deniability. Government and industry would collude to create the dystopia. Possibly the big internet players would be nationalized for the common good of all comrades.

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            • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Thursday August 20 2020, @03:02PM (3 children)

              by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @03:02PM (#1039375)

              > Government and industry would collude to create the dystopia
              > nationalized

              You miss my point, it is quite important. Government does not need to collude so a "Small Government" approach will yield the dystopia.

              • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday August 20 2020, @04:45PM (2 children)

                by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @04:45PM (#1039425) Journal

                I think I get it. Government can be hands off. Let the dystopia happen.

                I just don't think that government can resist trying to get in on the action of a dystopia once it happens. Especially the "small government" crowd. And especially a permanent global dystopia. That would just be too good to be true.

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                • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Thursday August 20 2020, @05:07PM (1 child)

                  by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 20 2020, @05:07PM (#1039443)

                  > Especially the "small government" crowd.

                  That's the point - if one were to support the "small government" politic, then you end up in the dystopia.

                  "Interventionalist government" is one of the few ways out of the dystopia.

                  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 20 2020, @06:06PM

                    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 20 2020, @06:06PM (#1039481)

                    How in the hell does that work?
                    The way I see it, interventionist governments are how we got into this mess globally. Regulatory capture to is too strong for any kind of "internal" intervention.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 19 2020, @11:38PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 19 2020, @11:38PM (#1039107)

        Imagine?

        This is life in China.

        Fan Bingbing had a social score of zero. Her bank accounts were drained.

        No need to imagine.

  • (Score: 1) by anubi on Thursday August 20 2020, @12:55AM (1 child)

    by anubi (2828) on Thursday August 20 2020, @12:55AM (#1039147) Journal

    I am mad enough about many phones not supporting Miracast, which is a simple peer-to-peer streaming protocol, Also known as "wireless hdmi", which allows video streams over a local link, private, not involving Google or the internet in any way.

    It's problem is you could watch a downloaded movie on your phone, displayed on a big screen, and no one could bill you for that. They couldn't even know it happened.. Nor could they enforce you store your stuff in the cloud.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 20 2020, @06:10PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 20 2020, @06:10PM (#1039483)

      That has been standard for years? I haven't seen a phone without it for a while.