Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, who left Facebook in March, wants to build a wall... with LIDAR sensors:
Palmer Freeman Luckey was the kind of wunderkind Silicon Valley venerates. When he was just 21, he made an overnight fortune selling his start-up, a company called Oculus VR that made virtual-reality gear, to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014.
But the success story took a sideways turn this year when Mr. Luckey was pressured to leave Facebook months after news spread that he had secretly donated to an organization dedicated to spreading anti-Hillary Clinton internet memes.
[...] And he has a new start-up in the works, a company that is developing surveillance technology that could be deployed on borders between countries and around military bases, according to three people familiar with the plan who asked for anonymity because it's still confidential. They said the investment fund run by Peter Thiel, a technology adviser to Mr. Trump, planned to support the effort.
In an emailed statement, Mr. Luckey confirmed that he was working on a defense-related start-up. "We are spending more than ever on defense technology, yet the pace of innovation has been slowing for decades," he wrote. "We need a new kind of defense company, one that will save taxpayer dollars while creating superior technology to keep our troops and citizens safer."
Also at BBC, CNET, Boing Boing, PCMag, and Engadget.
(Score: 3, Insightful) by julian on Wednesday June 07 2017, @02:20AM (5 children)
There's no wall Trump could build big enough to hide the "Help Wanted" sign American businesses have put up behind it.
If Republicans were serious about stopping illegal immigration they'd focus on punishing business owners who employ them. But the secret is, they actually want a permanent class of undocumented workers who will work for below minimum wage and can't raise a fuss about health and safety conditions on the job. Ideally, to them, this population churns through new people all the time. This stops immigrant communities from getting too prosperous or amassing inter-generational wealth, and looks good on the news when the rubes see, "ICE raid catches and deports 100 illegal aliens" on FNC.
There's never going to be a wall. No LIDAR, no solar panels, no big beautiful door. And it wouldn't matter if there was one. We could magically deport every illegal immigrant and the material conditions of the white working class would not improve one bit. Might as well build a giant, solid gold, statue of Trump giving the middle finger facing South. That's all this is about for most of his supporters; petulant, ignorant, spiteful, rage.
(Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07 2017, @02:48AM (3 children)
"And it wouldn't matter if there was one. We could magically deport every illegal immigrant and the material conditions of the white working class would not improve one bit."
You seem to believe your above claim about the white working class is the only reason some American citizens would like to see all illegal aliens deported. I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but for many Americans there are other reasons you have not mentioned. The Mexicans come to the US and the majority of them do not assimilate into American culture. They don't even bother to learn English and instead expect Americans to learn Spanish. They drive cars without insurance, they drive drunk, they have way too many children because they are Catholic and birth control is proscribed by those idiots, and in general unless you personally profit from making use of cheap Mexican labor they add nothing to American society. Millions of American citizens are tired of this and would like to see them go back to Mexico. I haven't mentioned the extreme violence which the MS-13 ( Mara Salvatrucha ) gang is known for in several areas of the US. Like I said, many Americans want the illegals to go back where they came from and we will hold that opinion regardless of what some SJW twerp says. Bye now.
(Score: 4, Insightful) by edIII on Wednesday June 07 2017, @04:58AM (2 children)
Your knowledge of Mexicans in America comes from racist diatribes, movies, gang populated areas. Gang activity goes across all demographics. Hells Angels? Triads? Yakuza? MS-13? Cosa Nostra? PETA?
I'm so glad I exposed myself to other people and cultures. Having spent many nights in a Mexican household invited to dinner with a family that was fun, warm, and filled with extremely fucking tasty food, I know how utterly full of shit you are. They are just as "normal" as any other American family once you embrace them, and they are a friendly people IMHO.
Even in the toughest barrios, you still have family dinners, families that have pride in what they do, and are just as American as you are. They don't just assume from Republicans and White Nationalists, that all white people are like you.
Thank God. I wouldn't have been invited to dinner.
Technically, lunchtime is at any moment. It's just a wave function.
(Score: 3, Funny) by Immerman on Wednesday June 07 2017, @02:38PM
>They are just as "normal" as any other American family...
>and they are a friendly people
(Score: 2) by julian on Wednesday June 07 2017, @03:27PM
My experiences have been similar. They are good people, friends, and neighbors.
In my favorite Mexican restaurant there's a handwritten sign up on the wall, in English and Spanish, offering free English lessons. Most of them want to learn, try, and achieve here and work hard to do so. They're better Americans than any of the white nationalist trolls who post here.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07 2017, @03:13AM
The white working class? The black working class has a big amount of skin in the game too, as they were doing many of the jobs the illegals took.