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Comment Re:converter (Score 1) 390

Say what you will, but at the moment Apple devices running iOS are the only mobile platform that runs VSTs and routes midi in an easy-to-use fashion. Windows Phone doesn't do it, Android doesn't do it. If you want to get a lot of bang for your buck, buy a couple VST apps from the app store, a USB midi controller, USB-to-lightning "camera" adapter, and off you go. It works great, is trivial to set up (there is none, really), and iOS is the de-facto standard for such things. I'd say it's a lot of bang for my buck compared to buying obsolete keyboards/synths at exorbitant prices and having to service the damn things myself.

Comment Re:converter (Score 1) 390

I have never had a low-lag experience with Bluetooth audio and Apple devices. Perhaps the technology doesn't allow it, but somehow every Apple device I use with wireless audio will delay the audio output by ~0.2 seconds. This makes it completely useless for live playing. With a hardwired connection to the headphones, I can use an iPhone 6 with 2-3 instrument apps running in the background, a programmable midi controller in the foreground, hook up my keyboard through the lightning camera adapter, and jam. The lag is not noticeable - iOS has a very good, low-latency midi/audio system that supports VSTs very well. If they drop wired audio connections, they better offer a wireless interface that has very low lag or else they'll anger the audio market. VSTs on Android are a joke...

Comment LOL at the prices (Score 1) 53

I've been looking at some of the prices the auctions start at, and they can be ridiculous. This is mostly used merchandise, and some items it list for more than the same or comparable item would cost new if I just went to the store to buy it. Many prices are very reasonable, though.

Comment Re:User Serviceable Everything (Score 1) 508

Gosh, your battery is dead, you have to buy a whole new device.

I don't know where you live, but within 10 miles of me there is literally a dozen places, not related to the device manufacturer, where they'll gladly replace my non-user-serviceable battery for me, for a reasonable price. Or I can just get a kit from iFixIt or whatnot.

The video card on your lap top is flakey? What a shame, time to buy an entirely new machine.

Laptops with video cards are like one in a million on a good day. For the rest of us, there's no such thing as a "video card" in a laptop. It's called the main board or logic board, and sure as heck is replaceable!. No need for an "entirely new machine".

Comment Re:No LEDS (Score 1) 508

...or at least make the freaking things not blink like crazy when I'm trying to sleep. Say what you wish about Apple, but at least they have figured it out and use light intensity ramps instead of ON/OFF patterns. I can put the macbook on the night table and be able to fall asleep without having to cover its LED. The HP printer, OTOH, had me look for an old floppy disk erase-disable tab sticker. The perfectly opaque sticker was a necessity given the absurd amount of light the indicator was giving off.

Comment Re:I Bet This Article Will Do As Much Damage... (Score 3, Insightful) 108

I'm almost certain that the article is in fact a set up piece that is there only to plant a seed of doubt in the hive mind of public opinion. I'm sure that if we do the due diligence it'll turn out that the article has been, very indirectly of course, made to be by the people who will later reap the benefits of extortion schemes that center on those with implanted medical devices. I'm not implying that the author is necessarily knowingly involved in this in any way, but merely has been artfully played by those who see the big picture. You don't need to actually do anything to the devices themselves, just steal a patient list or two from a poorly secured system somewhere, and send a bulk extortion email with a link to the fine article (and others like that) to bolster the legitimacy of the threat. If the author hasn't been played in any way, then the damage is still done: the scammers just got a great idea they'll no doubt literally capitalize on.

Comment Re:ignoramus question here... (Score 3, Insightful) 108

Why in hell is a pacemaker something accessible in any way to a random malware distributor?

Because it's a programmable electronic device and they are all accessible to sufficiently sophisticated malware by definition. There's no way around that unless everything that ever accessed the device was completely air-gapped, self-contained and hardened. Note that this would also preclude any sort of data I/O with PCs etc., making the whole thing almost useless.

have never had the ability or need to talk to the internet

They still don't. Read the original article carefully, and be able to rationally separate wheat from chaff, or, as it is here, sensationalist bullshit.

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.