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  1. inavat

    John Carmack a racist?

    The only way his wife might be relevant is that she's founder and CEO of "Fountainhead Entertainment", and she's supposedly an admirer of Ayn Rand. Carmack supposedly is as well. The reason that's relevant is that Ayn Rand, while she was an unabashed sexist, does decry racism: http://www.freedomke...m/ar-racism.htm I'd suggest to Carmack that Ayn Rand would consider John Derbyshire's small-minded views "most crudely primitive". Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man's genetic lineage -- the notion that a man's intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors. Racism claims that the content of a man's mind (not his cognitive apparatus, but its content) is inherited; that a man's convictions, values and character are determined before he is born, by physical forces beyond his control. This is the caveman's version of the doctrine of innate ideas -- or of inherited knowledge -- which has been thoroughly refuted by philosophy and science. Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism, appropriate to a mentality that differentiates between various breeds of anmials, but not between animals and men.[/quote]
  2. inavat

    John Carmack a racist?

    You've just provided an example of an (I assume) intelligent person saying a very dumb thing. What does his wife's ethnicity have to do with it? She's asian, how's that relevant? If she was black it still wouldn't settle the question of racism. This isn't even the simple-minded "I have a black friend!" response to racism, it's the "I have an asian friend, so obviously I don't think blacks are inferior!" response? [background=rgb(250, 251, 252)]Id Software is just one part of the larger Zenimax organisation...[/quote][/background] [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][background=rgb(250, 251, 252)]id does its own hiring, and I assume Carmack has lots of say in that hiring if he chooses to be involved. Irrelevant.[/background][/font]
  3. inavat

    John Carmack a racist?

    QFE - seeing this is just a thread about slandering someone's reputation (and only at all relevant because said person is well known in this community - for reasons outside of the scope of this thread), does anyone care if I close it? [/quote] Where's the slander? I didn't assert anything that's false. I did ask a question -- a question that I think is valid given his statements and his reluctance to answer the question, even when posting in this very thread. He has time to say he doesn't "think very highly [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][background=rgb(250, 251, 252)]of people that go out of their way to take grievous offense in other people’s names." He has time to say he's tempted to make a "thoughtful position statement" but doesn't want to start an argument since it wouldn't be "orthodox political correctness."[/background] [/font] [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][background=rgb(250, 251, 252)]The one thing he hasn't done is say he disagrees with Derbyshire on those particular points, or even to say "I'm not a racist." Of course he doesn't *have* to say that. I wish he would though. I've looked up to Carmack for a long time and wouldn't slander him.[/background] [/font] [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][background=rgb(250, 251, 252)]As to whether you should close this thread, I don't quite understand why you would but it's obviously not up to me. The conversation has been civil. Carmack has poked his head in, so it's not like we're talking about someone behind his back and without giving him a chance to respond and set the record straight. There have been threads about people outside of gamedev being racist which weren't closed. There have been threads about games being racist or sexist. These weren't closed.[/background] [/font] [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][background=rgb(250, 251, 252)]I think it's relevant for more than just because he's "well known in this community." It might be relevant to black members of this community who might want to know whether applying at id may not be a good idea. It might be relevant to black people already working at id, for that matter.[/background] [/font] [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][background=rgb(250, 251, 252)]Please don't to paint this as a blind smear campaign (if it can be called a campaign). I haven't uttered one false statement, I was simply surprised by some of his statements and have asked a question publicly about them. He's chosen not to answer the question.[/background] [/font]
  4. inavat

    John Carmack a racist?

    So you settle for no statement at all on your position? That's pretty weak. I don't think you've given anyone the impression of being shy to give your opinion on other topics in the past. You're an influential member of this community -- one looked up to by countless game developers, to be sure, myself included. I won't go as far as saying "You owe it to us", because I don't think you as a private citizen owe us anything in particular, but it seems the right thing to do to set the record straight. "Too busy to argue" seems like an excuse. In the time you took to set the record straight about which racist article was being referred to, you could have written a one-liner to reassure the black members of this community (or your black employees, for that matter) that you don't think they are less likely to be productive non-violent members of society because of the color of their skin. And setting the record straight doesn't imply staying around to argue about it. Regarding the article you actually were referring to, it's just as ignorant, if not as blatantly racist. White supremacy, in the sense of a society in which key decisions are made by white Europeans, is one of the better arrangements History has come up with. There have of course been some blots on the record, but I don't see how it can be denied that net-net, white Europeans have made a better job of running fair and stable societies than has any other group.[/quote] This is an unfortunately selective and simplistic reading of history. How long have white Europeans been running "fair and stable societies"? For how many thousands of years were the Ottomans, the Persians, or the Han the paramount of civilization during their times? Where were the origins of civilization, and what were white Europeans doing at the time? Might a dominant civilization at any of these times throughout the millenna not have suggested they'd done a "better job of running fair and stable societies than has any other group"? It's ignorant to mistake correlation for causation, and it's lazy and convenient to attribute race as the cause. The "logic" employed by Mr. Derbyshire could just as easily be used to assert "Male Supremacy", "Christian Supremacy", "Straight Supremacy", and "American Supremacy". I wonder how you feel about the section entitled "The Case Against Female Suffrage" in that very book you're reading, Carmack. I wonder whether you'd scrutinize a black programmer applying to id more than you'd scrutinize a white one. I hope this isn't the last we hear from you on the topic. I don't give a shit about political correctness, but ignorance, myopia, elitism, and prejudice all rub me the wrong way.
  5. inavat

    John Carmack a racist?

    Agreed. Frankly, my hope is that this thread draws enough attention that Carmack notices and says "Whoa, you took it wrong. What I meant is this." And then I can go back to my lazy hero-worship
  6. inavat

    John Carmack a racist?

    Sure, the question mark in the subject is purposeful. I'm not saying he's racist, I'm wondering if he is. Saying he doesn't find it "that offensive", without any sort of qualification (of the sort you just made) makes you wonder, though. I'd like to hear him speak more to the topic, if for no other reason than that I've considered applying to work at id and wouldn't want to end up in an environment where racism is acceptable.
  7. inavat

    John Carmack a racist?

    Hard to believe, he's a person I've held in high regard for a long time. But see for yourself: https://twitter.com/#!/brennen/status/202756417977978880 The article they're talking about is: http://takimag.com/article/the_talk_nonblack_version_john_derbyshire#axzz1vAztA2sT Some quotes, which can't be construed as anything but racism: "Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white." "Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians." "Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway." Think what you will about the arguments regarding statistics when it comes to large groups of black people. Completely ignore the socio-economic and historical factors if you want. But to suggest not living somewhere that's run by a black politician is plain, blatant racism. To counsel your kids to not help a black person in distress is sick.
  8. inavat

    Advantages of MBA?

    That is an awesome analogy. As an American who has played rugby I can 100% relate to what you are trying to say! [/quote] Actually it's a shitty analogy because it's a strangely specific example of a general bit of common sense. You tell anyone of any nationality the steps and rules to accomplish any non-trivial task, be it sport or job or game, and that person will not fully grasp the task until that person tries it out for himself. That's why our first President, George Washington, invented the concept of "practicing shit", when before him everyone just sat around talking about how to do things.
  9. I'm surprised you all are simply trying to solve this person's problem yourselves by giving him code instead of actually helping him by teaching him what he's doing wrong. tom_mai78101, first of all you need to understand the equations you're using. On paper, figure out how you would move an object given a "rotation angle". Figure out how to compute the resultant x and y coordinates, given initial x,y, orientation, and distance. You'll need simple trigonometry.. specifically the SOHCAHTOA may help. Only once you understand the process on paper should you try to code it. Once you code it, if it's wrong then it's time to debug. Examine what you're getting as your initial values. Use those and plug them into your formula on paper. Use a calculator if you have to translate between radians and degrees, and make sure you're getting what you expect in the code. Then use the calculator to compute your trigonometric functions (sine, cosine, etc), making sure your paper/calculator steps and values are matching up with your program's steps and values. Make sure your object is showing up in the expected locations when you manually change its position. etc. Instead of looking at the whole thing and asking, "Why the fuck doesn't this work?", break it down into small pieces and analyze every single piece exhaustively. That's debugging, and if you learn how to do it well you'll be halfway on your way to being a good programmer.
  10. inavat

    NDA question

    There are lots of businesses whose business models aren't based on secrecy. Not every business needs an NDA.
  11. inavat

    GLM Quaternion Camera

    LOL. Euler angles come with the problem of gimbal lock. Proper use of quaternions fixes that problem, and presents lots of other advantages as well. What's your deal, are you one of Euler's ancestors?
  12. inavat

    Tech demos vs games for a portfolio

    I wasn't looking for a job We disagree. What's the big deal? Do you always get so upset when someone disagrees with you? I'm not telling you what to do or who to hire.
  13. inavat

    Tech demos vs games for a portfolio

    Automatic gold star if they were at a company at point of ship? That's arbitrary and not an indicator of a person's skill in any way. I don't know. Maybe I would hire for a different type of person than you guys would be looking for? Call me crazy, but I would be looking for someone who's a great programmer, good communication skills, and who can demonstrate his ability to solve non-trivial problems by showing me something non-trivial. And writing a Breakout clone does not count as non-trivial. Writing a breakout clone counts as a big load of trivial programming. This whole "learn how to program games" movement is ridiculous, in my opinion. There are good programmers, and there are bad programmers. There are creative programmers and there are dull programmers. There are intelligent programmers and there are dumb programmers. There are clean programmers and there are messy programmers. But a guy who "learned game programming" by "programming a game" isn't necessarily a good programmer. I'd take someone who could show me a hardcore, nontrivial embedded systems project, for example, over some kid that worked for three years to complete a shitty looking FPS by reading web tutorials. I think you'll find that the more intelligent the lead engineers at a company, the less they will care about whether you made purty pictures move.
  14. inavat

    Tech demos vs games for a portfolio

    Why does it matter if a program they've contributed to is FOSS? Are your projects FOSS or something? And why are you impressed by pushing a game or app "all the way", especially if they've made money? This shows a supreme misunderstanding of the industry, in my opinion. First of all, a game making money and a game containing quality programming are in no way correlated. So.. you're hiring good marketers as programmers? Or, you're hiring good designers as programmers? Secondly, unless you're hiring someone to be personally in charge of starting and finishing a game by himself, what exactly is valuable about that skill to you? In general, what's the logic, if any, behind your hiring criteria?
  15. inavat

    Tech demos vs games for a portfolio

    But why do you prefer a full game to a few interesting demos showing mastery over a few interesting problems?
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