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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: 1) by khallow on Wednesday June 07 2017, @12:37PM (2 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 07 2017, @12:37PM (#521859) Journal

    Why? supporting LGBT causes while working at Michael's, Chick-filleh, Deseret Industries, etc. will not help one move into management roles in those companies...

    It shouldn't help anyone anywhere to move into a work position where the cause is irrelevant to the duties of the position.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07 2017, @03:13PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 07 2017, @03:13PM (#521951)

    Moron, they were highlighting the fact that conservatives aren't the only ones who face such discrimination. But you and your butt buddy jmo are too busy with your rage boners to think clearly.

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday June 08 2017, @03:11AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 08 2017, @03:11AM (#522408) Journal

      Moron, they were highlighting the fact that conservatives aren't the only ones who face such discrimination.

      Funny how I couldn't find such examples of discrimination by Chick-Fil-A or Michael's. And Deseret Industries is an organization of the Mormon Church which views support for LGBT issues as antithetical to their religion - that is legal, but very limited discrimination since there is no field in which Deseret Industries dominates employment. In comparison, most colleges show strong discrimination against conservatives - if a conservative is employed in the academic sector, they have to deal with this problem and its hindrance to their careers.