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Question: What's the best code one-liner you've ever seen? (if you remember any)
Asked by needalongername (83.81.43.x) on June 18 2021, 4:14pm

Question: Oh recently I have posted a very lovely song link from YouTube here and you have deleted that? :(
Asked by Argh (207.244.71.x) on June 17 2021, 7:33am
Reply on June 17 2021, 1:27pm:
    Correct, it was not a question.
Question: What do you think about that suggestion? :P kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f...(first post)
Asked by wasereb4 (93.206.7.x) on June 17 2021, 12:34am
Reply on June 17 2021, 1:55am:
Question: You still into Tame Impala? I've had that bassline from "Lost in Yesterday" stuck in my head for days! (lol)
Asked by schmoe (50.92.68.x) on June 15 2021, 10:52pm
Reply on June 17 2021, 1:55am:
    I like the old stuff (demos, EPs, innerspeaker, lonerism) but not sure if I've heard the latest.
Question: Have you ever watched the IT crowd series ? Older classic UK comedy . A must see.
Asked by neovich (110.175.58.x) on June 15 2021, 1:34pm
Reply on June 15 2021, 6:35pm:
    A few episodes, painful but funny. Mostly painful.
Question: Would you agree that the Meaning of Life is about to dealing best with Suffering and Fortune?
Asked by Chris (95.90.213.x) on June 13 2021, 11:31pm
Reply on June 14 2021, 2:39am:
    s/is about to/includes/ maybe?
Question: Are you related to Bernice Frankel whom is the actress Bea Arthur?
Asked by Nicholas Forystek (173.16.33.x) on June 13 2021, 4:51am
Reply on June 14 2021, 2:38am:
    Not that I know of
Question: what Smartphone do you use? (when) do you consider to upgrade?
Asked by random (94.134.91.x) on June 11 2021, 10:21pm
Reply on June 11 2021, 10:57pm:
    currently an iphone 11 pro... not looking to upgrade any time soon, so a few years at least
Question: C++98 or latest? Which one you prefer and why?
Asked by ruchira (123.231.110.x) on June 5 2021, 7:05pm
Reply on June 7 2021, 12:52pm:
    Still using old stuff here but whatever works
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Question: Why is the playback head lagging (not smooth, even a little blinking) in R. especially in the midi editor ? Strange for a DAW that is so powerful.. I've missed something for sure :) Looking forward to reading you Justin ! Best,
Asked by Arlequin (212.224.226.x) on June 5 2021, 2:18pm
Reply on June 7 2021, 12:52pm:
    Probably just prioritizing audio threads over UI etc? Would need to know more about the OS etc
Question: what's your favourite keyboard synth you own
Asked by neovich (60.241.237.x) on June 5 2021, 7:55am
Reply on June 7 2021, 12:52pm:
    I have a Nord Stage II which is never-ending in its possibilities.
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Question: Windows 11 is coming. Be ready. Huhaha.
Asked by Mr. Gates (27.58.94.x) on June 3 2021, 1:46pm
Reply on June 4 2021, 2:17am:
    Oh great. If I had to use Windows, I'd probably choose Win7...
Question: What do you think about this? youtube.com/watch?v=73masMqvagM
Asked by Kambrica (191.113.4.x) on June 2 2021, 4:45am
Reply on June 2 2021, 7:14pm:
    It's alright I guess?
Question: if software requires .net in order to install, does this imply it may be more bloated or not run as efficiently as software that doesnt require it ?
Asked by EcBaPr (119.18.1.x) on June 1 2021, 1:03pm
Reply on June 2 2021, 7:15pm:
    It's definitely not the most efficient nor least bloated way to make something, but it doesn't necessarily mean much (it's definitely possible to do worse without .net)! There can be lots of factors and specifics to consider
Question: How to learn piano, guitar & drums without having actual piano, guitar & drums?
Asked by Argh (27.58.127.x) on May 31 2021, 3:44pm
Reply on June 1 2021, 1:00pm:
    I'm still working on learning those _with_ having the instruments...
Question: In retrospect what would you have done differently with Winamp? Is there something you never got to do that you wish you have during its development?
Asked by Sengor (159.196.230.x) on May 29 2021, 2:58pm
Reply on May 30 2021, 2:19am:
    Hmm good question.

    As far as the program itself goes I was pretty happy with it, and while I could probably judge the code very harshly now, having an extra couple of decades of experience, it definitely did enough things right to be useful.

    Relating to the personal and business side of it -- there are a number of relatively minor things, the details which are likely not worth mentioning, that I do sometimes wish I had done differently. When I was 20 I definitely didn't know how much I didn't know. Now I at least know the lower bound...
Question: Do you ever see Reaper being forked/rebuilt in a different direction? Maybe changing things that, for backwards compatibility's sake, are stuck a certain way because of early decisions? Vector graphics & GPU acceleration? Even if it won't happen, do you ever wish you could start the project over with your 15 years of additional wisdom?
Asked by Eric (75.15.159.x) on May 26 2021, 8:19pm
Reply on May 26 2021, 10:21pm:
    Forked, no. Improved, yes. It's evolved a _ton_ since 2005.
Question: Owl Stretching Time
Asked by Owl City (27.58.66.x) on May 25 2021, 2:57pm
Reply on May 26 2021, 10:22pm:
    Grammatically I agree
Question: I'm in love with Reaplay. Thanks for that, Justin. Just wondering, why there isn't a "Repeat Song" option. I know my workaround, but I'd rather prefer having that good old option available.
Asked by Kambrica (191.113.26.x) on May 24 2021, 3:49pm
Reply on May 24 2021, 11:23pm:
    That was a later Winamp feature I imagine... ;) and I don't encourage overlistening to single songs... albums on repeat are cool though.
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Question: Why is REAPER's MIDI editor a library (rather than being 'baked' in the main code)?
Asked by wasereb4 (79.246.84.x) on May 21 2021, 1:36am
Reply on May 21 2021, 12:56pm:
    Legacy decision from making the initial MIDI support a plug-in. Probably a bad decision, but shrug.
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