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Question: Do you think Evan Spiegel was foolish in rejecting Facebook's 3 billion dollar offer for Snapchat? [permalink]
Asked by jm9000 (98.238.139.x) on October 21 2014, 6:41am

Question: Will you ever design a ReaLimiter? [permalink]
Asked by Jogger (175.33.6.x) on October 20 2014, 3:13am

Question: is WDL_FIXALIGN still required with CLANG? [permalink]
Asked by olilarkin (86.31.114.x) on October 19 2014, 10:26pm
Reply on October 20 2014, 3:10am (edited at October 20 2014, 3:13am):
    You could test with the following code:
    #include <stdio.h>
    struct foo {
      int x;
      double y;
      int z;
    int main() { printf("fixalign needed: %d\n",sizeof(struct foo) == 16); return 0; }
    Edit: I just tested, it is needed for 32 bit clang, but not for 64 bit. I'm guessing clang tries to be ABI-compatible with gcc, so this would make sense. clang doesn't appear to support -malign-double (which gcc usually does).

Question: Is it hard to start a hardware business in US or elsewhere? I assume you had done some kind of research the Jesusonic years. [permalink]
Asked by gio (94.66.26.x) on October 18 2014, 4:37am
Reply on October 18 2014, 2:41pm:
    I only looked a little bit, enough to decide it was too much work. I'd imagine it's doable if you want to do high margin/low quantity, or if you outsource production elsewhere (I have a friend who did that with the 3doodler, but he'd done it before and has spent/is spending a lot of time in China).

Question: What brand/model piano do you have? [permalink]
Asked by Tale (81.204.113.x) on October 17 2014, 5:50pm
Reply on October 18 2014, 2:39pm:
    I have a 1987 Steinway S. I'm not worthy, though.

Question: Are you still on an old ass version of Quickbooks? I'm using 2010, but dread the PITA of upgrading and reorienting myself to the new interface. [permalink]
Asked by Will (24.234.85.x) on October 17 2014, 5:00pm
Reply on October 18 2014, 2:39pm:
    Yeah 2007 on XP here, hah. I did also use 2013 for some stuff, it was fine, but really no reason for me to upgrade.

Question: Do you ever internally translate "sharding" to "sharting" and chuckle? [permalink]
Asked by Will (24.234.85.x) on October 17 2014, 12:38am
Reply on October 17 2014, 1:33pm:
    I must confess that I don't often encounter the word "sharding"

Question: How old is gerard way [permalink]
Asked by Milly (64.223.234.x) on October 16 2014, 2:12am
Reply on October 17 2014, 1:33pm:
    The Google told me who he is, and how old he is.

Question: what is the description of a sports store super visor [permalink]
Asked by Richard El Hage (89.108.151.x) on October 15 2014, 4:05pm
Reply on October 17 2014, 1:33pm:
    Everything is awesome

Question: What are your thoughts on moving bitcoin's proof of work to protein folding? There is much resistance in the community. would you think of bitcoin as a more useful tool for humanity if protein folding becomes the proof of work for bitcoin? [permalink]
Asked by JayMan (70.192.133.x) on October 15 2014, 2:30am
Reply on October 15 2014, 2:18pm:
    That would be awesome, but it would be unfortunate if people came up with ways to cheat and produce useless results that still resulted in them having earned currency...

Question: Did you ever use wasabi technology again? [permalink]
Asked by Will (70.173.145.x) on October 14 2014, 7:53am
Reply on October 14 2014, 2:35pm:

Question: do you hate eclipse? [permalink]
Asked by Ruchira (103.247.48.x) on October 14 2014, 2:17am
Reply on October 14 2014, 2:35pm (edited at October 14 2014, 2:36pm):
    I've never used eclipse.

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Question: What do you all day? [permalink]
Asked by Patrick (70.114.207.x) on October 13 2014, 5:54pm
Reply on October 14 2014, 2:35pm (edited at October 14 2014, 2:37pm):
    My activities often include: programming, testing, recording music, practicing piano, bookkeeping, support emailing, running, eating, drinking coffee, cycling, reading (fiction and news), listening to music, watching of movies/tv shows, other more personal things, etc.

Question: From historical recounts of winamp, it seems you started development life on unix before learning Win32. How did that occur? Why did you start on unix? [permalink]
Asked by Will (70.173.145.x) on October 11 2014, 5:03pm
Reply on October 11 2014, 7:02pm:
    I did BASIC on the Atari 8-bit, then didn't program much for some years until I had a 386sx and Turbo Pascal, which was awesome, then Turbo C++, then eventually Watcom C++, then djgpp, around that time I also got an early distribution of slackware (on floppies!), which was fun and was a much better experience than Windows 3.1 (hooray, memory protection and preemptive multitasking). I was still programming stuff on djggp and linux (and sunos once I had access to sparcstations in school), when Windows 95 was released, and it took a while after that before I had good enough hardware to use it. Then there was the task of learning win32, Winamp ended up being a good project to do that with.

Question: Ever considered further plugin development? I mean, surely there are some leading plugins that you must look at and think "I can do that better. [permalink]
Asked by Mick (27.127.192.x) on October 9 2014, 10:27pm
Reply on October 10 2014, 12:22pm:
    I imagine that we'll add more plug-ins to REAPER eventually, but meh.

Question: Do you spotify? [permalink]
Asked by Will (24.234.85.x) on October 8 2014, 9:57pm
Reply on October 10 2014, 12:22pm:
    No, and I also avoid using words such as "spotify" and "party" as verbs.

Question: Have you seen a nightmare lately? tinyurl.com/o2omuw4 --- I mean... how shitty specifications like CSS become the de facto standard? [permalink]
Asked by gio (94.66.87.x) on October 8 2014, 6:37am
Reply on October 10 2014, 12:21pm:
    Hah. I phear CSS

Question: Did you try bribing Christophe to stay? [permalink]
Asked by Will (24.234.85.x) on October 7 2014, 9:31pm
Reply on October 10 2014, 12:21pm:
    It wouldn't really be bribing, I don't think.

Question: Are you as committed to efficient coding as when you started REAPER or does laziness creep in? Do you perceive laziness in other apps/OS? [permalink]
Asked by Colin (150.101.85.x) on October 7 2014, 2:32am
Reply on October 7 2014, 6:59pm:
    I'm definitely as committed to making things as small and simple as possible, but am also a bit less dedicated to some of the more platform-specific size optimizations (i.e. using msvcrt.dll on win32), as they are somewhat hacks. I think generally I'd aim for quality as the top priority, then speed and size, with tradeoffs between them generally going towards speed (for commonly used functions anyway).

Question: Re: Feynman, does it all make sense to you? I tried in the past but the math flies over my head and i end up feeling defeated and stupid. :) [permalink]
Asked by Will (24.234.85.x) on October 6 2014, 6:43pm
Reply on October 7 2014, 7:00pm:
    I haven't read it all (or anywhere close to all) but what I have read made sense, though I haven't gone and applied it. Having said that, most of what I read I think I already had learned elsewhere... but having a good aggregation of it all is awesome.
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