Tech’s Most Controversial Startup Makes Drone-Killing Robots


This is the Interceptor. It’s the creation of Palmer Luckey, who might be the world’s
most unlikely weapons mogul. He’s the founder of a multibillion dollar, virtual reality company. He’s also a polarizing
figure in Silicon Valley, known for his support of
the Trump administration, including immigration
policies that opponents of the White House have branded
as cruel, and even racist. My name is Palmer Luckey, and
I’m the founder of Anduril. I wanna build a big company. I wanna build a company that’s
worth billions of dollars. I wanna become one of the
major defense contractors, that’s building technology for
the United States government. And I’m proud to say that,
I’m happy to say that, and I hope we get there. At his previous company, the virtual reality
headset maker, Oculus Rift, Luckey had the idea to build
a futuristic consumer device, combining low cost components
with sophisticated software. He sold Oculus to Facebook
for about $2 billion in 2014. Two years later, just a month before the
2016 presidential election, The Daily Beast reported
he’d given $10,000 to a group of Trump supporters, to fund billboards
featuring insulting messages about Hillary Clinton. In 2017, Facebook announced that Luckey was no longer an employee. I was fired. We can all be honest about it. It became the rare HR decision to make it into a congressional hearing. CEO, have you ever made hiring or firing decisions based
on political positions, or what candidates they supported? No Why was Palmer Luckey fired? That is a specific personnel matter that seems like it would
be inappropriate to speak– You just made a specific representation that you didn’t make decisions
based on political views. Is that accurate?
Well, I can commit that it was not because
of a political view. Anduril has followed
Luckey’s Oculus playbook, using off-the-shelf components, in an industry much more
suited to his politics. Over the course of a few
months, earlier this year, the company built a cheap
version of its drone, made a smartphone video, and started showing it to
people at the Pentagon. It’s a little crazy, but I think that is definitely
the way that it’s going. I mean, all these other
systems, like, where they, there are people who
propose shooting drones out of the sky with a
laser, or with a missile, or you know, that’s not
really a good way to take out, let’s say, a hundred drones that are attacking you from
all different directions. The only thing that can take
out a swarm of fast drones, is a bigger swarm of faster drones, and that’s exactly what we’re building. Here’s some Interceptors. This one has a experimental
parachute release mechanism. So that the idea is, after
it runs into something, if it really destroys it drive train, rather than falling to the ground, it can pop a parachute and
fall to the ground safely. Pops this thing, pops open,
and there’s the parachute. I think that’s one of the reasons that our customers like us so much. I mean, they’re used to going
to people who have like, here’s this white paper. Here’s this idea that we have. We want you to pay us by the hour, so that we can research it, and figure out if it makes sense. And if it does, you’ll pay
us by the hour to make it. And then, if it doesn’t, you’ll
pay us until it does work. And we’re going to them and saying “We do this ourselves,
we used our own money, “we got it done in a matter
of weeks, and here it is.” Anduril has shipped several hundred Interceptors
to military bases. It also has contracts with the US Customs and
Border Protection agency, to provide surveillance equipment to use at the border with Mexico. Workers at other tech companies, such as Google, Microsoft,
Amazon, and Palantir, have all objected to doing similar work, leading to protests by the
employees and activists. Luckey insists that Anduril’s
work isn’t partisan. There’s a lot of people who, I think, falsely conflate border security with immigration policy. And, I don’t care what you
believe on immigration policy, even if you want to have
totally open immigration. Anyone can come into the United States and instantly become a citizen. You should still want to
have strong border security. The company’s surveillance technology consists of large towers,
packed with sensors, and small surveillance drones
that can be set up along the border, or at military
bases, to guard the perimeter. So, this is one of our sentry towers, it is a totally autonomous,
solar powered infrastructure, independent security tower. So, by placing these
towers every few miles, you can end up with a
nearly perfect picture of everything that’s going
on in a really large area. And then that is very easy
for an operator to read. These are being used right now by the DOD, by the Department of Homeland Security, along military bases, the border, and a lot of other
critical infrastructure. Anduril’s future success relies largely on the military’s continued concern that the US could lose
to China in an arms race based on artificial intelligence. Our technology is far behind the consumer area in many places. And we’re also far behind our adversaries in a lot of places. People should be more
worried than they are, about falling behind, ’cause it’s not something
that’s gonna happen someday. It’s already happened. Critics say, technologists, like Luckey, have an ethical duty to stay
out of the weapons business. But neither the military,
nor Anduril’s investors share their concerns. The company recently raised a
$120 million investment round, valuing it at about $1 billion.

100 Comments

  1. artended said:

    Better than killer AI for drones. GOOGLE

    October 4, 2019
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  2. Gzpo said:

    Protect and Serve – Right on. Cheap and good – Like it should. 😎💖

    October 4, 2019
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  3. cellcat said:

    If technologists like Lucky should do their ethical duty and stay out of the weapons business, then WHO should be doing weapons business?

    October 4, 2019
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  4. A Rot said:

    I don't care about his political views, just show us his techs! 😏

    October 4, 2019
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  5. ItzGanked said:

    CEO's who use hover boards to get around the office end up in jail. Facts

    October 4, 2019
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  6. Theocerbo said:

    There is no adversary, time to change your mindset, we’re all the same… what a sad ego motivated personality .

    October 4, 2019
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  7. Sid D said:

    Drone killing has become the urgent necessity of this day !!
    Thousands of drones are flying everyday over our heads of which we have no idea.
    One can sow deadly virus and wipe out an entire civility in a week.

    Drone selling must be curbed and licenced and governed

    October 4, 2019
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  8. Peter Holland said:

    Tiny dick disease. Imo

    October 4, 2019
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  9. Manila Almost said:

    Nice

    October 4, 2019
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  10. Webetripin 4725 said:

    Is it bad that I want to work for him?

    October 4, 2019
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  11. Petrikor said:

    this guy is giving me serious syndrome vibes

    October 4, 2019
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  12. Aeyoo Rubino said:

    I came here for tech not politics

    October 4, 2019
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  13. Kole Tokar said:

    OK bloom im gonna be a real one with you for a moment and im sorry if it hurts
    NOBODY GIVES A FLYING FUCK ABOUT THIS GUYS POLITICAL POINTS OF VIEW.

    October 4, 2019
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  14. He Sees All said:

    Smart man…. thank you for taking on the drone problem….

    October 4, 2019
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  15. ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻ said:

    what a fucking idiot, lasers would take care of it way better and in other use cases there's already existing technology to take care of individual trespassers like nets and that thing that moves it by hijacking the signal

    October 4, 2019
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  16. D.S. Wellhauser said:

    America needs more techies like this.

    October 4, 2019
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  17. Nsm S said:

    Sell this to Saudi Arabia to intercept drones and make good money

    October 4, 2019
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  18. mens toys toys said:

    You can suck a dick if you hate imigrants. I invite you to suck like 5 milion mexican dicks, and another 10-15milions dicks from europe and the rest of the world. Happy swallowing.

    p.s. I’m from
    Europe, and been to USA multiple times, and I hate this type
    of
    guys who hate immigrants.

    October 4, 2019
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  19. David Martinez said:

    Batman movie character

    October 4, 2019
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  20. Frack Black said:

    I hate this ass hole already.

    October 4, 2019
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  21. SensoMap said:

    "My name is PL, I wanna build a company worth billions". His first sentence pretty much sums it up, money is the only motivation

    October 4, 2019
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  22. PartiZAn18 said:

    Looks like a patriot to me. These colors don't run.

    October 4, 2019
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  23. arrow fpv said:

    This guy knows nothing of drones lol he really things that over weight drone is going to touch my drone he is dreaming

    October 4, 2019
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  24. Murodbek Murodbek said:

    Il minded person.

    October 4, 2019
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  25. Prod Joe said:

    Mf look like the bad guy in the incredibiles

    October 4, 2019
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  26. TheEarlyGamer said:

    Why is being a trump supporter controversial ?

    October 4, 2019
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  27. testostetron said:

    This is pretty much Silicon Valley NRA “good guy with a drone” philosophy

    October 4, 2019
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  28. Iceberg 47 said:

    So he wants to be like Jace Skell in Ghost Recon: Breakpoint then. 🤔

    October 4, 2019
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  29. AndrewNiccol said:

    This tech can Make America great again !

    October 4, 2019
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  30. Nixter_is_Nick said:

    He wants to be rich and famous, he’ll be poor and infamous, a proper outcome for an unrepentant fascist.

    October 4, 2019
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  31. Zeta - said:

    this guy is a fuckin techier version of a young John Bolton. Hawky cuck

    October 4, 2019
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  32. sativa shiva said:

    Slaughter bots. How cute hes a looser who sold his soul and got his first recognition. Hes just sooo proud. He will be bankrupt in 2 years and Trumps militia will rape every idea he had and sell it to Syria. Congrats Big Boy you got to play the game.

    October 4, 2019
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  33. andross23 said:

    He is a super Villain… young version when he is still not. Ya know… when he tells his story.

    October 4, 2019
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  34. David Chabert said:

    Previously in #SiliconValley …

    October 4, 2019
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  35. Japa said:

    Idiot kkkk

    October 4, 2019
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  36. Rahul Bharadwaj said:

    He looks awesome

    October 4, 2019
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  37. Mohammad Umer said:

    He should ask for funds from the gulf govts.

    Their states are Really threatened by Hothe rebels of YemenYemen.

    Like the Aramco attack they are planning to attack on major destinations of UAE.

    Forget US govt dude and contact MBS. You will be super rich.

    October 4, 2019
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  38. Anya U said:

    Ew

    October 4, 2019
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  39. Jakob Šifrer said:

    I must say that Bloomberg is really doing a great job at staying unbiased here. Just pure facts that allow you to creat your own opinion.

    October 4, 2019
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  40. oSJme said:

    Reminds me of War Dogs 😂👍🏻

    October 4, 2019
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  41. 4,999,999 Subscribers said:

    Nobody is gonna waste money of that crap

    October 4, 2019
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  42. Tod Perrier said:

    Palmer Luckey is my spirit animal

    October 4, 2019
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  43. Eduard Stancu said:

    Bloomberg is a leftist propaganda machine.

    October 4, 2019
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  44. Justin said:

    Man even without the intro you know he's a super douche within seconds

    October 4, 2019
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  45. Hitler helped India said:

    Morality is a hoax …. They're only winners and losers. USA was, China is.. and rest are catching up ….

    October 4, 2019
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  46. ms 2 said:

    1.04 What i hear ? is this true ! 2016 trump buy supporters for 10.000 dollar than they all supporter sold one to another should investigate about joe Biden and his son

    October 4, 2019
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  47. 09 said:

    I'm no Trump supporter but isn't it immoral to fire someone based on their political views? Does it really matter if he's doing a good job?

    October 4, 2019
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  48. Raphael R said:

    It's interesting in the English language when the guy says "You should want…"
    Is he saying to EU members that they should want strong border security?

    I know that's not the case. He just sees his backyard.

    October 4, 2019
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  49. Raphael R said:

    Profit on war and fear.
    Congratulations.

    October 4, 2019
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  50. findme iseeu said:

    He says it all.
    How fuckin dumb is this guy..?
    He only got brains to promote technology

    October 4, 2019
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  51. Jake Ku said:

    Wow Bloomberg. Don't hold back, tell us what you really think.

    October 4, 2019
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  52. Lachlan Cormie said:

    Is this Syndrome from the Incredibles?

    October 4, 2019
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  53. Fabian said:

    The guy has gained some serious weight since his 2012 Kickstarter launch video.

    October 4, 2019
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  54. sheslayfree said:

    kinda looks a little like Hunter Thompson

    October 4, 2019
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  55. Bastian Rivero said:

    I dont like this mf

    October 4, 2019
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  56. Kevin Kang said:

    Like him or not, he's a tech genius

    October 4, 2019
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  57. Majid Mohamed said:

    I like him…his practice! Trump is a racist but investing in defence tech is key to being/staying dominate in this fast changing world.

    October 4, 2019
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  58. Yonatan Ofek said:

    So rude to give his company that name.

    October 4, 2019
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  59. David Alexandrovitch said:

    Money doesnt buy looks for sure

    October 4, 2019
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  60. David Alexandrovitch said:

    Whats up with his chin stache?

    October 4, 2019
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  61. 津波うま味 said:

    Why does he look like a psychopath ?

    October 4, 2019
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  62. Lucas Oliveira said:

    Taxpayers money hahahahahah….

    October 4, 2019
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  63. Ashutosh Tewari said:

    This guy looks like the evil boy VILLAIN from THE INCREDIBLES

    October 4, 2019
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  64. John J S said:

    What a massive prick i hope his head falls off

    October 4, 2019
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  65. W. said:

    The Oculus guy

    October 4, 2019
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  66. Miguel Sanchez said:

    Be carefull of this guy cause he could be a really dangerous guy in the near future.

    October 4, 2019
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  67. Randy W Horton said:

    Contact me ASAP @RandyWHorton in SaudiArabia

    October 4, 2019
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  68. ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ said:

    I hope she die by hes own drone 🤗

    October 4, 2019
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  69. Johnson Taylor said:

    Lol no wonder this autistic fuck is Trump’s boy.

    October 4, 2019
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  70. Damian Cruz Fernandez said:

    this people building weapons should not exist, invent things to make a better world!!!!

    October 4, 2019
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  71. Anupam Shah said:

    Real OG

    October 4, 2019
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  72. Nurbek Baikeev said:

    Seems he tries to behave like Toni Stark 🙂 May be he thinks he is modern Toni Stark, who knows…LOL!!!)))

    October 4, 2019
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  73. Je Joo said:

    I hope you never get successful with your company.
    Only dumb people are racist you know that

    October 4, 2019
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  74. Ximon Whhatt said:

    I wonder if the drones will be able to chase down a human pilot drone

    October 4, 2019
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  75. thegaygaymerchannel said:

    Don't worry. A Chinese will think of a better way of doing it.

    October 4, 2019
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  76. tiramisu said:

    it is u that build 'destroyer' drone. others dont have destructive ability in their drone.
    i sense bad vibe from u. i think ur the bad guy.

    October 4, 2019
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  77. joey smith said:

    American innovation is alive and well. Go USA 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    October 4, 2019
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  78. Bob Jones said:

    The guy is clearly a psychopath. Notice there is no issues of what he is doing being used to kill people… none what so ever… he just wants his billions and want's to be part of the military industrial complex. It's psychopaths like this that destroy humanity. Rather than building something useful like using the drones in a productive way to help humanity he wants to use them to destroy! Millions are like this guy… total psychotics… and the government loves them.

    You can bet he imagines his drones kill people at night right before he masturbates off to his US flag.

    October 4, 2019
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  79. Kevin Chou said:

    Ok I'm pretty sure a bigger faster swarm of drones is not the only way of combatting a swarm of drones… Also lasers seem like a far better method

    October 4, 2019
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  80. Zakaria Zahrani said:

    The funny thing about superhero stories is that villains really do exist. There will be no superhero to stop this dude.

    October 5, 2019
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  81. lilnick production said:

    NARLEY

    October 5, 2019
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  82. joe 90 said:

    Trump supoorter..like him already.. great job Patriot

    October 5, 2019
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  83. Jazz Fall said:

    Fight fire with fire…

    October 5, 2019
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  84. N K said:

    Palmer Lucky man. He is just awesome. Been following him since pre oculus days. Epitome of a genuinely creative genius!

    October 5, 2019
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  85. AMERICA FUCK YEAH said:

    Him liking Trump has nothing to do with this product, I couldn’t disagree more with this bias excuse of a video that you’re calling journalism… you’re a joke Bloomberg

    October 5, 2019
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  86. Michael Choe said:

    what an interesting guy.. spending his billion and making another company instead of retiring

    October 5, 2019
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  87. Naresh Yadav said:

    he sounds like a bit foolish. He is trying to become bad Tony stark with a bit of "Syndrome" from incredible. he should be using technology to make the world a better place instead of making the weapon like thing.

    October 5, 2019
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  88. Nosuchchannel said:

    Controversial because he likes the President?

    October 5, 2019
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  89. Wendy Crawford said:

    Ha , I don't think smart people in silicon valley will work for this duche bag. He is going to be history soon.

    October 5, 2019
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  90. Aknazar Arysbek said:

    2005: crazy guys sniff crack
    2019: 2:35

    October 5, 2019
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  91. Eddie Eda said:

    He stole the code and technology know-how from zenimax. only in american where a dropout thug can get away wih espionage.

    October 5, 2019
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  92. Sami CIesielska said:

    This guy smokes sooo much weed….

    October 5, 2019
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  93. wan wan said:

    I also wanna shave his goatee properly.

    October 5, 2019
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  94. J Bac said:

    PLEASE GO PUBLIC WITH THIS. INVESTMENTS!!!!!

    October 5, 2019
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  95. oneye Bat said:

    Wow, a silicon Valley Conservative, will wonders never cease.

    October 5, 2019
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  96. OgoLord Group said:

    The guy himself is trashy.

    October 5, 2019
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  97. Arceus 112 said:

    He is right, the US is already behind and nobody cares. Thats why we will continue to stay behind.

    October 5, 2019
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  98. Shem Rafael Sasil Andong said:

    search up phalanx cis in action

    October 5, 2019
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  99. David Triana said:

    @4:22 He made TF2 style "Sentry Towers"!

    October 5, 2019
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  100. gus bisbal said:

    I understand what he thinks he is doing? Just like I understand what the creators of the atomic bomb thought they were doing? This has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with him being a dickhead.
    Note: he is wrong about a fast drone is the only thing that can take out another drone. If this was the case, duck hunting season would have no ducks killed. And that is just a dude with a gun.
    Radar tracking targets, wide dispersion ammunition, lots of it, Radar tracked ammunition and proximity explosive rounds. All done. This is just anti-aircraft 101.

    October 5, 2019
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