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Question: Should I have said slower and slower? :) :) :) [permalink]
Asked by William (24.126.142.x) on July 1 2017, 4:47pm
Reply on July 1 2017, 5:59pm:
    Moore's law?

Question: Do you use 'const' much in your code? Irresistable bitcoin comment: Blockchain just gets bigger and bigger. Won't scale. [permalink]
Asked by William (24.126.142.x) on July 1 2017, 1:15pm
Reply on July 1 2017, 2:43pm:
    Yeah, I do use const as much as possible at this point. Blockchain, yeah, but that's only a minor criticism I'd say :)

Question: If aliens killed almost our entire population (except yourself and and your best friends) and destroyed every single server, hard drive and computer in existence but you somehow had the chance to save one computer with one piece of software on it, what would it be? [permalink]
Asked by Dag Lundberg (80.216.207.x) on July 1 2017, 7:15am
Reply on July 1 2017, 2:42pm:
    Hah, well most software requires other software, so I'd say a fully stocked debian install with source code installed would be nice.

Question: What's the state of Linux audio stack? It looks to me at this point with Cortana/Siri, telemetry, random background services, etc Linux is the only option in the sense of traditional computing, like an old school workstation in control by its user. Ever thinking to move your creations there? [permalink]
Asked by Balloonist (85.73.181.x) on June 30 2017, 5:34am
Reply on June 30 2017, 1:41pm:
    It's not bad, if you have hardware support. the REAPER for Linux port is coming along nicely (it's available via the prerelease forum too)

Question: Is building plugins with MinGW still a no-no? I'm building a dev environment on a USB stick and MSVS is very non-portable (and doesn't yet support C++17) [permalink]
Asked by fmap (131.202.134.x) on June 28 2017, 1:35pm
Reply on June 29 2017, 1:34am:
    Hmm, if you don't use any C++ interfaces it would always be fine. If you do use them, then mingw would need to support the MSVC thiscall calling convention, which I'm not sure if it supports at this point... does it? It looks like maybe on x64 it would just work... unclear.

Question: Not to try and project my economic view on you, but imagine IBM could issue more stock at will without stockholder consent. Our wages, wealth and debt are all affected by arbitrary inflation in the hands of central planners. Google Fred Money Base. [permalink]
Asked by JimmaJamma (173.63.50.x) on June 27 2017, 6:15pm
Reply on June 27 2017, 8:14pm:
    "Not to try and project my economic view on you" hmm that should be "Let me project...". Anyway, I'm familiar with those arguments, I just don't agree with them. IMO having constrained currency is vastly more destructive than having some inflation. But neither of us are experts anyhow and this is really not the best venue for such a discussion. Let's call this matter closed for this web site. Thank you.

Question: Tesla's up 10x in short time too. Is that a bubble? Bitcoin is a new innovation in computer science that potentially disrupts central banking and the enslavement that comes along with it by removing the middle man, their hands at the inflation controls, and rendering much of the services that large organizations with very large buildings all over the world c [permalink]
Asked by JimmaJamma (173.63.50.x) on June 27 2017, 5:36am
Reply on June 27 2017, 1:47pm (edited at June 27 2017, 1:49pm):
    I would say that using Tesla stock as a currency would be a similarly bad idea. Human hands (minds) at the inflation controls are probably a much better than thing than you give them credit for, assuming those people are well-intentioned (which they do seem to be, mostly).

Question: Why is forum.cockos.com temporarily down ? [permalink]
Asked by wasereb4 (87.167.81.x) on June 27 2017, 12:35am
Reply on June 27 2017, 1:47pm:
    Maintenance

Question: What can the whole world do with North Korea? [permalink]
Asked by Vitali (212.87.13.x) on June 26 2017, 8:02pm
Reply on June 26 2017, 9:10pm:
    I wish I had an answer there, it's very sad :(

Question: Cash: Multi-sig with escrow - solved (OpenBazaar does this). Theft - get a Trezor - with power comes responsibility. Volatility is proportional to MktCap and steadily going down. Dollar has lost 90% of it's value due to inflation. Bitcoin has scheduled and declining inflation. Price is up 10x since last time I asked you. I'll check back next year. [permalink]
Asked by JimmaJamma (173.63.50.x) on June 26 2017, 6:49pm
Reply on June 26 2017, 9:11pm:
    Yeah, it's up 10x. Bubble. Totally a bubble. It's not a matter of if, just when.

Question: Care to elaborate on what you think is "pretty much fucked up" about it? Blockchain is like a corporate intranet to Bitcoin's open internet. [permalink]
Asked by JimmaJamma (173.63.50.x) on June 26 2017, 12:58am
Reply on June 26 2017, 2:21am (edited at June 26 2017, 2:24am):
    There are a million ways that it is fucked. Sending bitcoin is like sending cash in the mail -- yes, it probably works, but if something goes wrong and the recipient either doesn't receive it or just doesn't want to admit that they received it, you're fucked. If you get hacked and someone steals your bitcoin, you're fucked. The price is too volatile, you can't predict how much value you'll have in the future -- if the dollar or euro fluctuated in value so insanely nobody would take them seriously! At this point bitcoin is really about gambling, IMO. That and it has a built-in scarcity which results in this stupidly increasing value as people (unwisely, IMO) take it seriously. But I'm just a hater...

Question: I'm wondering if your opinions on Bitcoin have changed. Seems Bram Cohen is an active contributor to the space, and Bitcoin is of course getting a lot more attention than 2 years ago when I first contacted you. The potential impact of Bitcoin and crypto-currencies in the digital music space (among others) is huge. I'd be interested in your updated take on [permalink]
Asked by JimmaJamma (173.63.50.x) on June 25 2017, 8:20pm
Reply on June 26 2017, 12:13am:
    I think bitcoin is interesting-ish but also pretty much fucked up. The blockchain as a method of distributed trust is more interesting.

Question: I was exploring my computer backups and discovered a song you and dave did called sand_trap (maybe in 2006?)...which led me here. Hello. [permalink]
Asked by J Wiener (172.90.203.x) on June 23 2017, 5:37am
Reply on June 24 2017, 11:22pm:
    Ha nice, looks like June 2009.

Question: Heh, just my personal order of preference, YMMV :) [permalink]
Asked by neverbeeninariot (86.149.130.x) on June 17 2017, 9:04pm
Reply on June 19 2017, 2:56pm:
    fair enough :)

Question: Talk Talk Spirit of Eden >= Radiohead OK Computer >= Talk Talk Laughing Stock ? ...and it you haven't heard Spirit of Eden, what are you playing at, man ! :) [permalink]
Asked by neverbeeninariot (138.32.176.x) on June 16 2017, 9:16am
Reply on June 16 2017, 6:21pm (edited at June 17 2017, 4:41pm):
    I'll have a listen! Edit: pretty good, though I don't know about those comparisons to be honest. ;)

Question: Messi or Ronaldo? [permalink]
Asked by jfk03 (47.9.199.x) on June 13 2017, 9:55am
Reply on June 15 2017, 1:29pm:
    Had to google those to find out what they were, so that should answer the question.

Question: hablas español capo? [permalink]
Asked by daniel (170.51.92.x) on June 12 2017, 1:57am
Reply on June 15 2017, 1:29pm:
    He estudiado español cuando era joven...

Question: What's wrong with Porsche? Looks like the world is collapsing, first Cayenne, then diesel and now a mid-engine 911 RSR. [permalink]
Asked by Balloonist (79.130.176.x) on June 11 2017, 9:48am
Reply on June 15 2017, 1:30pm:
    Cars schmars

Question: When was the last time you were drunk (or stoned) ? [permalink]
Asked by wasereb4 (87.167.84.x) on June 6 2017, 2:18am
Reply on June 6 2017, 1:40pm:
    There's sort of a continuum there, I guess... but since properly drunk or stoned, a long time.

Question: I'm about to write a small Win32 program to myself, which needs to play MP3 files. What library do you recommend? [permalink]
Asked by Rodrigo (187.115.50.x) on June 4 2017, 4:46am
Reply on June 4 2017, 1:05pm:
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