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Troy Simpson
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Attended Moura State High School
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Does anyone have a workflow for Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio for running LEGO NXT physical devices and simulation?  I can run either/or, but only with copies of the program and using the generic differential drive for simulation.  Much searching only uncovers examples of either/or, not any combination.

Is it possible to switch between a simulation and a physical NXT device?

If this is possible then we have a free software solution that works the same for both in the classroom and for sending out to remote students.
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+Valeria Parnenzini It's an unknown for me.  I got the physical device working with a bluetooth connection, it worked quite well.  Getting the same program working in a simulation is the challenge.
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The Big Stack in Mount Morgan.  Look closely at the tower and you can see a zig-zag pattern down the side.  This is the result of a lightning strike many years ago which caused severe damage to the structure.  All those bands you can see spread up the stack are steal bands to reinforce it.  The damage reduced its height somewhat.  I'll add notes when I can find actual dates.
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Well, after over a year of persisting I'm thinking the wipi that is packaged as a 'kit item' with the raspi is no good.  I've ordered some really cheap RTL8188CUS chipset based units to see if they cut the mustard after doing some research.  The wipi gives me constant dropouts after a time online with no chance of self-recovery.  Wicd tends to make it work, but has trouble automatically switching AP's with the same essid for some reason after trying everything.  Home-grown watchdogs on the connection of all descriptions have failed in every way on the wipi.  For example, monitor an active ip, great, except the wipi turns off and an ip is still reported...  You can't find these things until after days and days of waiting for something to happen.

For remote, headless work, I don't think the wipi can be relied upon.  I suspect though that it could have limitations with power on the older B models running straight out of USB.  It may be a different story out of a V2 model B with a decent power supply.

It's unimaginably frustrating running 12 headless sensor units with constant connectivity problems :/. 
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Images to be used in app to help doctors determine gestational age of children born in isolated regions and reduce unnecessary deaths
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Indonesia: "Shoot straight you bastards!".  'nuff said :(
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Falcon 9 and Dragon are vertical on the launch pad in advance of today’s CRS-6 launch, targeted for 4:33pm Eastern. Live launch webcast beginning at 4:15pm: www.spacex.com/webcast
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I've got the German lollipop 5.0.1 (samsung version, no custom build) running on my GS4 I9505 and I noticed the on body detection smart lock showed up.  For the life of me I cannot get it to work.  I turn the phone off and while holding it, count past 5 and turn it back on.  I see just the swipe lock when it turns on, and when I swipe I get the usual pin prompt.

I've checked everywhere, disabled screebl, made sure 'lock immediately on power button press' is turned off, tried it with letting the screen timeout rather than turning it off... nothing works.

Any ideas??
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More photos of Cyclone Marcia damage in Yeppoon.
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Cammoo caves Mt. Etna.  Closed to the public, but was allowed special access with a university student group.
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Old pics from Mt Archer of the 2011 Rocky floods just starting to crank up.
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Very impressive to get all the progress
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Nice work, great capture of the event.  I recorded my own raw footage, nothing fancy, just grabbed what I saw as the worst of the winds as I saw them up behind the bowls club at my place.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmK5J8y-BZQ
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Jack holding a poor little Kingfisher that slammed into our window (behind Jack).  After a time it flew up to a spot just below the house guttering (perfect spot, safe from attack from above or below).  It sat there for quite some time before it was gone, so it must have recovered.
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Glad it is OK.Lovely photo.Don't see Kingfishers around very often.
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Education
  • Moura State High School
    Year 12, 1984 - 1988
  • Gladstone College of TAFE
    Associate Diploma of Business (Computing), 1989 - 1990
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Troy D M Simpson, walk the talk, empower others, own the challenge
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I dabble in photography, graphic art & multimedia development, coding, and electronics.  Currently building knowledge in prospecting/metal detecting.
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Senior Laboratory Supervisor / Instructor
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Google Apps, coding, electronics, photography, multimedia & 3D
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  • Central Queensland University
    Senior Laboratory Supervisor / Instructor, 2013 - present
    School of Engineering and Technology
  • Central Queensland University
    Multimedia Developer, 2012 - 2013
    School of Engineering and Technology
  • Central Queensland University
    Analyst/Developer, 2004 - 2012
    Information Technology Division
  • Central Queensland University
    Web Administrator, 2001 - 2004
    Faculty of Business and Law
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