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posted by cmn32480 on Thursday October 12, @03:12PM   Printer-friendly
from the passtimes-of-the-rich-and-famous dept.

Mark Zuckerberg showed off Facebook's VR platform on Monday with a "tone-deaf" trip to Puerto Rico:

Mark Zuckerberg put on an Oculus Rift this afternoon and used Facebook's new virtual reality platform, Facebook Spaces, to transport himself to Puerto Rico, the Moon, and his house. He broadcast the moment live on Facebook in what turned out to be a rather strange demo of a social platform that doesn't have a clear use yet. In particular, Zuckerberg's choice of locations emphasized just how odd it'll be to watch other people in any sort of serious situation in virtual reality.

Zuckerberg's first stop, along with Facebook social VR chief Rachel Franklin, was to Puerto Rico, where he stood in front of a 360-degree video from NPR documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. He used the opportunity to discuss what Facebook is doing to aid relief — matching donations, sharing data with the Red Cross — but it was all pretty strange to watch for what perhaps should have been an obvious reason: Zuckerberg was represented by a floating cartoon character.

Up next: Puerto Ricans and homeless Californians tour Mark Zuckerberg's home at 1456 Edgewood Dr, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Also at The Register, The Guardian, and CNET.


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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @03:36PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @03:36PM (#581169)

    Zuck will unite our country! He is the potential leader we need!!

    Both liberals and conservatives will unite against that turd.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @05:47PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @05:47PM (#581240)

      Sir, I believe you owe me a keyboard.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @06:48PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @06:48PM (#581278)

      > Both liberals and conservatives will unite against that turd.

      I thought the same about Trump, and look where *that* got us!

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by DECbot on Thursday October 12, @09:16PM

        by DECbot (832) on Thursday October 12, @09:16PM (#581350) Journal

        It's obvious. Democrats ran Hilary for the same reason Republicans ran Trump: to make sure we could never unite.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13, @12:13AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13, @12:13AM (#581450)

        There have been 2 polling periods which showed that those who disapprove of Trump are a supermajority [talkingpointsmemo.com] (60 percent and 61 percent).
        ...with numerous other polling periods hovering close to that mark.

        ...and "Liberals and Conservatives" only covers the Right-hand side of the political palate.[1] [politicalcompass.org]
        ...which leaves out The Left (Socialists) who REALLY despise Drumpf.

        [1] Neither Nader nor Kucinich has ever made any pronouncements about "the collective ownership of the means of production by The Workers", so the chart is skewed to the Left.

        Note: The list is made more difficult to scan by the way they mixed in Paul Ryan stuff and an (economic) item about Trump that wasn't the same as all the others.

        N.B. For these instances, I recommend the NukeAnything Enhanced browser extension. [google.com]
        Highlight what you don't want and tell it to disappear.
        Really helpful if you print (unnecessarily bloated) web pages.

        -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by NotSanguine on Thursday October 12, @03:49PM (1 child)

    by NotSanguine (285) Subscriber Badge on Thursday October 12, @03:49PM (#581182) Homepage Journal

    Sergei Brin orgasms using his state of the art fleshlight.
    Sheryl Sandberg helps her children with homework via Skype
    Travis Kalanick berates Uber drivers via Snapchat

    Technology makes us caring, loving human beings. No one has ever been so wonderful, cool or interesting. Ever.

    Live chat at 11.

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    • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Thursday October 12, @09:25PM

      by stretch611 (6199) on Thursday October 12, @09:25PM (#581353)

      Damn, a state of the art fleshlight???

      If I had Serfei Brin's amount of money I would just pay for high-end prostitutes. Its not like he can't afford one every night for the rest of his life.

      On the premise that maybe he thinks it is immoral, or just doesn't want to do it because its illegal, or even has a social problem with real women... At least then, I would at least get Samantha [soylentnews.org] (Images [goo.gl])

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @03:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @03:53PM (#581186)

    And now he's spewing millions around to become the Fresh Prince of Palo Alto. Bubble gods, please finally pop this one!

  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @04:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @04:10PM (#581191)

    Zuckerberg was represented by a floating cartoon character.

    That's great. Can't we replace him with a floating cartoon character permanently?

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by crafoo on Thursday October 12, @04:20PM (15 children)

    by crafoo (6639) on Thursday October 12, @04:20PM (#581198)

    A liar, thief, carnival barker, tone deaf "progressive", opportunist, unapologetic exploiter of H1B visas, globalist. Makes his fortune on outsource government spying on its own citizens. Colluded with the other top tech corps to not "poach" and to undercut employee bargaining power.

    Looks like the DNC has found their next, best hope! Zucks for Pres!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @05:41PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @05:41PM (#581236)

      Suckerberg is still too young, anyway Democratic Party PC considerations may demand a female candidate again. Perhaps combined with the hispanic bit. ¡Soy con elllllllla!

      • (Score: 3, Funny) by chromas on Thursday October 12, @10:48PM (2 children)

        by chromas (34) on Thursday October 12, @10:48PM (#581407)

        What if he transitions?

        • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Friday October 13, @09:43AM (1 child)

          by realDonaldTrump (6614) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 13, @09:43AM (#581668) Homepage Journal

          I'll tell you, if he does the change, he could be a solid 5. If he gets his face fixed, a 6. Maybe a 6. And he can be my running mate. Mark, if you're reading this, I promise you. Do the change and you can be my running mate. But it has to be the full change. Tits, pussy, the works. With or without the face. He really should get his face fixed. But if he doesn't my offer is still good. Don't get me wrong, .@VP Pence is terrific. He did a fabulous job at the Colts game! But there's nothing like a redhead. #TRUMP2020 🇺🇸

          • (Score: 2) by chromas on Friday October 13, @02:36PM

            by chromas (34) on Friday October 13, @02:36PM (#581769)

            I would vote for this Donald Trump.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @05:51PM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 12, @05:51PM (#581242)

      I for one simply cannot wait for the allegations of sexual impropriety!

      *after extended thinking about this, I vomited in my mouth*

      Oh God what have I done.

      "How about we go back to my office, and you give me a thumbs up!"
      "Mr. Zuckerberg, Sir. I am feeling very uncomfortable about this!"
      "I'm so sorry. It's my fault, I'm just used to women going along with it. How about this,w e go back, I won't touch you, you just watch me shower in my private bathroom."

      • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Thursday October 12, @06:49PM

        by Grishnakh (2831) Subscriber Badge on Thursday October 12, @06:49PM (#581281)

        I would celebrate if Mark Zuckerberg got embroiled in a scandal just like what happened to Weinstein.

        And I'd throw a party if Facebook collapsed.

      • (Score: 2) by chromas on Thursday October 12, @10:57PM

        by chromas (34) on Thursday October 12, @10:57PM (#581414)

        "Zoé has not responded to your last poke."

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13, @12:51AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13, @12:51AM (#581465)

        If VR dumbs down the social tendencies of more males, eventually rapes and sexual assault will be replaced by virtual rapes where the victim can easily blog/log off.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Grishnakh on Thursday October 12, @06:47PM (5 children)

      by Grishnakh (2831) Subscriber Badge on Thursday October 12, @06:47PM (#581276)

      Speaking as a usually-Democrat voter (and Bernie fan), Zuckerberg is an excellent example of that saying, "with friends like these, who needs enemies?".

      Of course, much of the DNC has been like this for a while too: Hillary, DWS, etc. It's probably the main reason they lost so badly last year: the mainstream DNC went to neo-liberalism (which is basically near-right-wing economics plus some pandering on social issues) while too many voters want more progressivism, as seen by Bernie's unexpected rise in popularity until the DNC knifed him in the back.

      • (Score: 4, Informative) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Thursday October 12, @07:54PM (2 children)

        Yeah he's old and grey, but surveys find that he's the most popular politician in the US.

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        • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Thursday October 12, @09:08PM (1 child)

          by Grishnakh (2831) Subscriber Badge on Thursday October 12, @09:08PM (#581345)

          I seriously doubt Bernie will even run in 2020. He'll be 80 years old by then, easily the oldest President ever if he were to win. It was already a problem in 2016, but passing the big 8-0 will be even more of a detriment to his campaign. And that's if he did want to run; he might very well not want to go through the stress of another presidential run, and also the extreme stress of actually doing the job.

          Hopefully they'll have some big successes in life-extension therapies before 2020.

          • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday October 12, @10:19PM

            by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Thursday October 12, @10:19PM (#581388) Journal

            Hopefully they'll have some big successes in life-extension therapies before 2020.

            There's talk about metformin or other compounds, but I wouldn't count on anything with a well-established anti-aging effect being available that soon.

            The older you are, the less help anti-aging version 1.0 or 0.5 will be for you. At Bernie's age, it's probably far too late.

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      • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13, @02:19AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13, @02:19AM (#581514)

        Yup. That's the term. (No need to hyphenate it.)

        Hillary, [Debbie Wasserman-Schultz], etc. It's probably the main reason they lost so badly last year.

        No "probably" about it.
        Folks who voted for Bernie (on the Blue ticket) in the primary, voted for Trump or just stayed home in November rather than vote for Killery.

        ...and when the "new" Congress convened after the election, whom did the reelect as leaders?
        Neoliberal Nancy Pelosi and Neoliberal Chuck Schumer.
        Similar deal with choosing the new head of the DNC.
        They got creamed and still they didn't learn a thing.

        I can't think of a good reason that Joe Average or Jill Average would vote for Killery
        (or pretty much any Dumbocrat).

        When Slick Willie handed off the healthcare initiative to her in the 1990s, she muffed that.

        I can't think of a single thing she has ever proposed[1] that supports her claims of being a feminist.

        [1] The 3 things the she did sponsor in the senate and which got passed were all to rename a public building after a Democrat.

        ...meanwhile she calls the men of Black women "superpredators" and wants to build more prisons and send even more people of color to them.
        Why anyone of color or any female would vote for this bitch is a complete mystery to me.

        On jobs, he's no different than O'Bummer (lousy: supports NAFTA and TPP).

        I can't think of a single thing she has ever done that makes life better for working people who don't have multiple college degrees.
        ...meanwhile she has made speeches to investment bankers and was paid $150,000 each for those, demonstrating that she's pro-Wall Street and perfectly willing to sell out workers.

        ...and the bitch REALLY wants to start a war with Iran (which has lived up to every bit of the nuclear agreement they signed--an agreement that Donnie Tiny Hands is about to kill).

        If the 42 percent of people who didn't cast a ballot in November had become more informed, they would have voted for peace and Green jobs (Jill Stein)--not Drumpf and not Killery.
        ...then again, if they'd all become EVEN BETTER INFORMED and voted for Jerry White of the Socialist Equality Party, just imagine.

        ...and if Bernie does run again in 2020 (again: the post popular politician in the country), you just watch the Dumbocrats (DNC; superdelegates) stab him in the back yet again.
        The only chance Bernie has to win is to form a 3rd party--and he won't do that.

        -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

      • (Score: 2) by crafoo on Saturday October 14, @02:48AM

        by crafoo (6639) on Saturday October 14, @02:48AM (#582151)

        Near-right-wing economics? I don't know man. Did you read the account of Hillary behind closed doors with Goldman-Sachs and friends? What they had (have) planned for the USA, our economy and labor force, and their view of the world in general is quite disturbing.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Hartree on Thursday October 12, @06:28PM (2 children)

    by Hartree (195) on Thursday October 12, @06:28PM (#581264)

    So, the bottom line is that he didn't really bother visiting Puerto Rico, but is trying to claim credit for doing so?

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by DECbot on Thursday October 12, @09:27PM

      by DECbot (832) on Thursday October 12, @09:27PM (#581354) Journal

      Likewise, how many people did Zuckers send to PR so he could have a telepresence at his leisure? Why wouldn't he just ask the employees he sent there about their experiences or go there himself? The thing about telepresence, you don't know how septic the water is, how smelly the bathrooms are, how good the food is (or isn't), how terrible the beds are, hot sunny the sun is or how the heat and humidity affects work and your body. Places like PR need help after a disaster. If you plan to send aid, either trust the people you send to make decisions in your stead or go there yourself.

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    • (Score: 3, Touché) by FatPhil on Thursday October 12, @09:56PM

      Virtue signalling *and* marketting his new gizmo.

      Fucking genius. Unless people are cynical enough.
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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by arslan on Thursday October 12, @11:54PM (1 child)

    by arslan (3462) on Thursday October 12, @11:54PM (#581445)

    So this is how the privilege folks practice "empathy"... followed shortly after by a nibble of the $500 wagyu and a dab of the lip with his Puerto-rican hand weaved napkin. It must be his feel good day.

  • (Score: 2) by realDonaldTrump on Friday October 13, @01:23AM

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 13, @01:23AM (#581482) Homepage Journal

    He owns more than me. On paper, he owns more. But look, you look at the type of assets he has, it's not solid. It's mostly cyber. My assets are very solid. I see Bill Gates, we close up that Internet in some way, poof! There goes Zuckerberg's cyber stock. We close up the Internet, where ISIS does a lot, a lot of recruiting, it will be very bad for his net worth. I'm getting richer every day. It's hard being the President. Nobody knows how hard it is. But I'm making a lot of money. In 2020 I'll be richer than Zuckerberg, believe me. I'm already FAR MORE popular. #TRUMP2020 F🖕CK ZUCK 2020 🇺🇸

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