Seems like your buddy had Altana looking down on him. Those are really good augments being just how random and unlucky most have been with augments. A great idea to improve the game and help the not "omg, look at his/her stellar gear" players, but I think the idea fell flat on its face. Just my opinion though :)
I haven't augmented yet and sure hope I get as good as augments as your buddy, /crosses fingers!