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Sounding like a swarm of bees coming after you, some drones can be a little unnerving. Recently the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approved usage of a new drone to monitor BP pipelines, watch over equipment and maintain surveillance over Alaskan oil fields. Although this particular unmanned aircraft is designed to be more stealthily, the average hobbyist drone might cause alarm in an area where killer bees are known to inhabit. Even more concerning is the issue of someone possibly getting hit by accident. It hasn't happened yet to my knowledge but you know it's coming.

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Recently, my house was hit by lightening. Although little damage occurred, it was loud to say the least. A few shingles blew off the side of my house and it knocked out my cable box. Nevertheless, I was pretty lucky. Strangely though, none of the shingles had charring.

Nearest I can figure, lightening must have hit my chain link fence and traveled to the house. There was definitely a hit somewhere because after the thunder came roaring down, I heard a loud pop following by a smoky odor. Despite continued rain, I had to open two windows and turn on the attic fan to avoid the fire detector being set off.
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Recently, US Airways Flight 4650 heading to Florida reported seeing a drone at 2,300 feet. According to the pilot, it narrowly avoided a collision. If the drone had been sucked up into a turbine, the result would have been catastrophic. Although the laws for regulating airspace are evolving, as of this time, it is still permissible for drones to fly below 400 ft. This particular drone flew not only beyond its maximum elevation but also appeared to be camouflaged. The US military claims it does not camouflage its drones so where did it come from? For about $1,500, a hobbyist drone can be purchased on the open market with satellite guidance, a webcam that hooks into a smart phone, a sensor that keeps it level and an auto-homing capability. Having witnessed one of these in action, it is an expensive toy for those who can afford it. With high powered laser pointers already causing air-crew enough concern, I'm just glad I'm not a pilot.

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For those who have not seen it yet, we've completely updated our holiday cards site to make shopping easier and faster. Choosing fonts has never been easier. Just click the style on the right and enter the personalized message you wish to appear. We've also made it easier to pick envelopes and instantly see online proofs. We hope you enjoy these improvements and welcome your feedback.

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Two British pilots recently fell asleep at the wheel. Do they really expect people to buy their story of the time zone difference causing an error in judgment about whether these two pilots received enough sleep the night before? Both pilots fell asleep in the cockpit and no double talk can weasel their way around this. It should be mandatory that all large airliners have watchers in the cockpit to ensure this type of thing never happens again! If space doesn’t permit this, put more cameras in the cockpit with alarms so the flight crew can at least keep a better eye on them!

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Windows 8 though generally not received well does have its mixed reviews. I can understand when Microsoft copies Apple on good features but to allow poor navigation making it hard to get back to what you were doing before is just wrong! Anyone else find it annoying having to share the same interface as a little portable device even when you have a big screen monitor? Why can't Microsoft sense the screen size and give you more default navigation options when a bigger screen is available? Truthfully, even on small deceives, unintuitive and poor navigation controls can be extremely annoying and Microsoft could fix this to set it apart from Apple rather than copying Apple's worst feature!

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The new Android tablet adds some interesting security features. Through the Android Device Manager, users can lock lost devices, change passwords, locate them and even delete data from a stolen device. For anyone on the go, these features are a must.
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