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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday June 07 2017, @12:49AM   Printer-friendly
from the another-brick-in-the-wall dept.

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.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by fyngyrz on Wednesday June 07 2017, @02:37AM (2 children)

    by fyngyrz (6567) on Wednesday June 07 2017, @02:37AM (#521720) Journal

    If they actually want to solve this, I don't know why they just don't loft a high-resolution geostationary satellite or several, if need be, with image subtraction, visible and IR, and set up a monitoring center that directs a few teams here and there. I've done this kind of software; it's incredibly good at catching movement. Add some neural nets, bing, no one gets by. The border is long, but it's very narrow - you can pack a lot of linear imaging into one (admittedly complex) lens system and sensor.

    If crossing means you're going to get caught 100% of the time, people will stop trying to cross. At a fraction of the cost.

    Oh. Wait.

    Building a wall will funnel huge amounts of money to cronies, it won't stop border crossers, the border "guards" get to keep their phony-balony jobs...

    Yeah, I get it now. They're not actually trying to address the issue. It's just more pork. Never mind.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07 2017, @02:40PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07 2017, @02:40PM (#521919)

    "long but very narrow" - doesn't it now extend 100 miles into the USA?

    • (Score: 2) by fyngyrz on Wednesday June 07 2017, @03:09PM

      by fyngyrz (6567) on Wednesday June 07 2017, @03:09PM (#521947) Journal

      That's the extend of the zone within which the feds have declared they can ignore the 4th amendment. But it's not the actual border. Crossing the actual border is the trigger for this issue.