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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, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07 2017, @03:14AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07 2017, @03:14AM (#521741)

    Now I'm confused. Could you break this down for me?
    You'd like us to know what you think?
    But, you don't care what we think about what you think?
    However it's very important to you that we know that you don't care what we think about what you think?

    Do you see where I'm getting lost?
    At least you're not angry about it all, that's good to know

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07 2017, @07:21PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07 2017, @07:21PM (#522151)

    "But, you don't care what we think about what you think?"

    To clarify, I know it is pointless to debate things on web forums. No one ever changes his or her mind after such debates. It's just a form of amusement or a way to waste time. And with that in mind, I have more important things to do now.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 08 2017, @01:54AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 08 2017, @01:54AM (#522381)

      So, more important things to do now, but not so important that you can't not spare the time to tell us they are important.

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday June 08 2017, @04:48AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 08 2017, @04:48AM (#522445) Journal

      To clarify, I know it is pointless to debate things on web forums. No one ever changes his or her mind after such debates.

      I've changed my mind after such. But it takes someone who competent at reasoning, knows something, and spends some time to actually try to convince someone. And I have to be in error somehow in the first place.

      And with that in mind, I have more important things to do now.

      That's good to know. Some of us were giving strong indications that we were concerned why you were posting all this crap instead of an intelligent conversation. But it makes sense now and our concerns are safely put to rest.