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Commercial Drone Industry Heating Up

aapold thousands of commercial applications... (68 comments)

Fedex drones, Google Streetview Drones, Pizza Delivery Drones, Banner-toting advertisement drones, Summons serving drones, etc etc..

about a year ago

How a Programmer Gets By On $16K/Yr: He Moves to Malaysia

aapold Western Panama (Chiriqui) (523 comments)

Western Panama has the upland climate of Costa Rica with the better roads.. David is the provincial capital but the cooler highland cilmates of Boquete, Volcan, Cerro Punta, Bambito, etc are much nicer if the humidity bothers you. You end up with highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s pretty much year-round. Even up there you aren't that far from the beach. The main problem is that it has been pretty much discovered by expats so the prices have gone up considerably.

Among the big advantages in Panama for US - the country basically uses US dollars for its currency, no exchanging needed. They do mint their own coins in the same sizes and denominations (they will even work in the same vending machines), you almost forget to swap out your coins when you get back. The bills are US bills. This dates back to the canal construction.

However, the vast majority of the business and work to be done there is in the capital, which is at sea level and much hotter and more humid. You also have access to better medical care there than in the "interior" (which is what they call anywhere that isn't in the middle of the country since odds are that is where you arrive). Most of the work in the highland regions is agricultural or tourism-based.

as far as your note about no roads, the Darien Gap (Panama's eastern province and the adjacent area of Columbia) you do not want to go there. That gap is the largest tract of jungle they have left, and anywhere a road is built the jungle disappears within a certain distance as people move in to those lands. The areas that remain (out past Yaviza or so) are dangerous, FARC sometimes operates there, and people have been kidnapped attempting to traverse it.

about a year and a half ago

Russian Search Engine Yandex Beats Bing

aapold A good source of desktop wallpapers (88 comments)

that's pretty much how I view Bing. I use the various Bing's Best themes, using their RSS feeds. Or just strip out the images I like (mostly landscapes) and add them to desktop slideshow theme (I have to do this when at places that do not allow RSS).

about a year and a half ago

Royal Canadian Air Force Sees More Sims In the Future of Fighter Pilot Training

aapold simple solution (125 comments)

Simple prevent jamming... put the simulator... inside the drone!

about a year and a half ago

Interviews: Ask Blendtec Founder Tom Dickson What Won't Blend?

aapold Previous projects? (118 comments)

I'm interesting in what kind of background did you have that lead to this series? Did you do any video productions prior to "Will it Blend"?

about a year and a half ago

Four At Once: Volcano Quartet Erupts On Kamchatka

aapold Invert the Y axis!!! (77 comments)

I can understand (though still loathe) people who leave the y axis normal for an FPS. But this is in a flying mount, there is no exuse for the Y axis not being the way it was meant to be...

Apart from that very cool video.

about a year and a half ago

Samsung Terminates LCD Contract With Apple

aapold Samsung cares (377 comments)

Samsung cares about the workers and their take home pay. They could not morally bring themselves to slash the pay needed to meet apple's draconian price demands, which would reduce them to even worse working conditions and abject poverty.

On the other hand, apple cares about the US consumers, and passes along the savings of the cheaper screens to the consumer.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

aapold simple plan (789 comments)

I would have construction work done on a union site without 100% certified union labor.

about 2 years ago

OnLive Acquires OnLive

aapold Ondead? (154 comments)

What if the dead onlive were to try a pac-man defense against the living onlive?

about 2 years ago

Skydiver Leaps From 18 Miles Up In 'Space Jump' Practice

aapold Re:air resistance (192 comments)

Kittinger's story is amazing. He used to call into a florida talk show I listened to when I lived there from time to time to talk about some of the stuff involved with his jump. He is consulting on this attempt, so while this attempt might seem a stunt, at least Kittinger is apparently getting paid for it.

more than 2 years ago

The Decline of Fiction In Video Games

aapold Secret World (197 comments)

I can't speak to its business prospects.

All I know is I'm having more fun discovering stuff in that game, and uncovering the storyline, than i've had in a game in some time, including single player games. As for guild wars 2, I honestly have no desire to play it, but good for them, i'm sure they'll draw the people that like that kind of thing.

more than 2 years ago

Former Microsoft Exec: Microsoft Has "Become the Thing They Despised"

aapold Courier Tablet (488 comments)

That thing was way ahead of its time. But Gates and Balmer killed it. and now Allard is off doing something else...

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Asks: Beating the Summer Heat?

aapold Atlanta area... (421 comments)

It was 106 at my car on friday when I got out of work. It was 107 outside my house saturday. Some areas around atlanta his 109 reportedly. My work parking lot is a big slap of concrete surrounded on 3 sides by buildings and the 4th by a hill, so it focuses heat even more with no chance of wind. On way home from work stopped at a bank drive thru. While in line I normally fill out my slip on the back of my visor, which is solid enough to be a good writing surface. Couldn't. It was too hot to rest my hand on it, as it was painfully hot to touch. Mostly stayed indoors as much as possible. Installed some thicker curtains to block more sunlight. Drank a lot of water. Made sure dogs did not stay long in yard, and did not walk on pavement. I used to live in florida, which stays hot longer, but doesn't get as hot because the sea moderates it somewhat. But it was more humid there. Prior to that I lived in the republic of panama, which is even moreso (never gets anywhere near as hot, but even more humid). I just keep telling myself that here, at least the heat eventually ends.

more than 2 years ago

Insects As Weapons

aapold Would we be worried if... (160 comments)

they had instead introduced marauding bands of genetically engineered koalas to devastate the eucalyptus trees?

more than 2 years ago

IT Calls of Shame

aapold Memory problem (256 comments)

My favorite call began thus:

"I have a memory problem but can't remember what it is."

(user had seen a message regarding memory but couldn't recall the exact text, and was hoping to convey this.).

more than 2 years ago

Atari Wants To Reinvent Pong

aapold Re:Life size pong (180 comments)

AT&T, Verizon and Sprint endorse this plan.

note warranty does not cover use of phone as paddle.

more than 2 years ago



Syfy cancels Caprica

aapold aapold writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aapold (753705) writes "Caprica never got great ratings, and at times could be frustrating, but it was still an awesome show unlike anything else out there, dealing more with philosophical and metaphysical questions than showy action. It also at times went into gangster mode and had the trappings of a mob story that just happened to be set on an other planet with advanced tech. And now Universal/SyFy has cancelled the show.This was the last thing I cared about on SyFy, that mockery that occupies what was once the Sci-Fi channel's bandwidth."
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Tragedy strikes Sauna World Championships

aapold aapold writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aapold (753705) writes "Tragedy has struck the Sauna World Championships in Finland, as russian competitor Vladimir Ladyzhensky collapsed and died six minutes into the final, and reigning champ Timo Kaukonen was also hospitalized. The organizers said they used the same rules as in previous years, but also announced the event will never be held again. Rick Reilly of ESPN wrote an interesting piece on the Sauna World Championships last year, detailing his experience entering the competition and his encounter with Kaukonen, who described his training regimen of 20 sessions a day in saunas set to 284 (F) and drinking 10 liters of water a day for several days leading up to it."
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Consumer Reports can't recommend IPhone 4

aapold aapold writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aapold (753705) writes "In a blog post consumer reports revealed their results of their detailed antenna / reception testing process, involving a shielded room and a base station transmitter, and said their analysis confirmed the faulty antennae as a hardware issue, and is why they cannot recommend the IPhone 4 (but they continue to recommend the IPhone 3GS). In the comments section large numbers of outraged fans vow to cancel subscriptions to consumer reports, even suggest lawsuits..."
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Toronto G20 Police detain larper, seize foam gear

aapold aapold writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aapold (753705) writes "A toronto larper was detained by Toronto police, who apparently mistook his foam weapons for protest/terrorist gear intended to disrupt the G20 meetings. The man was seized off a public transport at gun point by police who detained him several hours and confiscated his foam "weapons" and equipment, then was told he could retrieve them next week. He then woke next day to find his gear being prominently displayed by the Toronto police as evidence of terrorist weapons at a press conference alongside gas masks and machetes. Indicating the arrows with cloth-covered foam heads, the police indicated they were meant to be lit on fire."
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aapold aapold writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aapold writes "Code-named "Surface", microsoft is set to unveil a coffee table touchscreen PC at a conference today in Carlsbad, CA. Prices run between $5,000 to $10,000, and are expected to be deployed in stores such as T-Mobile and lobbies of Starwood Hotels.

But what I really want to know is if it this coffee table will run java..."

aapold aapold writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aapold (753705) writes "According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft and Novell have reached an agreement that "effectively makes Microsoft a reseller of SuSE Linux." Steve Ballmer is quoted as stating "We definitely want customers who chose to run both Windows and Linux to choose Novell."

Novell's stock is up 16% on the news, and Redhat's dropped 2%."

aapold aapold writes  |  about 8 years ago

aapold writes "Despite reports to the contrary, Sony Computer Entertainment American president Kaz Hirai states in an interview on gamespot, states "We haven't started manufacturing yet....We've not announced and we haven't set really a specific date to say, 'As of this day we're going to start manufacturing.'""



for the record

aapold aapold writes  |  more than 8 years ago

My NFL predictions 2006 at the start of the pre-season:

AFC East: Miami
AFC North: Pittsburgh
AFC South: Indianapolis
AFC West: San Diego

Wild Cards: Baltimore, New England, Jacksonville

NFC East: Washington
NFC North: Minnesota
NFC South: Carolina
NFC West: Arizona

Wild Cards: Seattle, Chicago, Dallas



aapold aapold writes  |  more than 8 years ago Got my first /. story submission accepted. It hasn't shown up yet, but the thing says "accepted". Props to Feral Lynn for the story, over on E-Sam. Of course, given like only 2 submissions (thought there was a 3rd, it was a novell one that was a dup) its not like I was trying.

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