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A Versatile and Rugged MIDI Mini-Keyboard (Video) 56

Posted by Roblimo
from the Willy-and-the-poor-boys-playing-that-MIDI-can't-be-beat dept.
The K-Board won a "Best in Show" award at CES 2015. Plus, as Timothy said, "I always like pour and stomp demos." And it's totally cross-platform. If your computer, tablet or smartphone has a USB port and (almost) any kind of music software, it works. In theory, you could hook a K-Board to your Android or iOS device and use it to accompany yourself while you sing for spare change on a downtown corner. Or noodle around to get a handle on a theme you'll use in your next major symphony. Or...?

Comment: Re:Prior art (Score 1) 480

by Xenna (#49045167) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

You're missing the point. The value in the lottery ticket is that it opens up possibilities for daydreaming. You just made that daydream even more entertaining. Ever seen the TV series Fargo? Guy finds a bag of money, builds a grocery imperium and gets visited by a crook. Seems like you could even make lots of money by turning it into a TV series!

Comment: Prior art (Score 1) 480

by Xenna (#49036281) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

I thought of that decades ago. In fact I even thought one step further. I figure I could also fantasize about finding a bag full of money on the street. Or finding a lottery ticket that would win the lottery. That's about as unlikely as buying a ticket and winning the lottery and it's free!

Gladstone Gander does it all the time.

Comment: Re:Gay? (Score 1) 764

by Xenna (#48276133) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

"He could perhaps be proud of coming out if it took some courage or there was some barrier to overcome,"

Don't underestimate how hard it is for a child to come out with their homosexuality. I imagine every homosexual (even in my famously enlightened country - Holland) goes through a seriously difficult phase of self acceptation.

I recently had a high school reunion. I noticed that all the gay kids had not come out until after they left school. They must have known they were gay, but they all kept it quiet. Puberty is hard enough as it is, having to come to terms with your own being different must be pretty hard. Probably reason enough to turn your shame into pride.

Pride, also in the face of all those who still feel you should be ashamed.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 0) 150

by Xenna (#47605835) Attached to: Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

That's what I was thinking.

Now this is just data, but what if this kind of thing gets used for real ransom demands?
Like kidnapping someone's child and demanding ransom in bitcoin.
Is it feasible that one could get away with that?

Wouldn't that be the death of TOR and bitcoin?
I mean I'm all for privacy but not if it facilitates kidnapping.

Comment: Create your own job (Score 1) 282

by Xenna (#47431731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

I've always lived the idea that you create your own job. I started out as a nearly invisible young programmer. Now after 27 years I've come to the point that I've created a whole software eco-system around me. My importance in the institution where I work has risen accordingly.

You basically have a choice of finding the right job or creating your own in this business.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"

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