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Question: "add action to maximize height of selected items in free item positioning mode": you are my saviour. Why did you add it, it doesn't look like someone requested it. Do you use it? Personally I like the free pos mode to stack a lot of vocals (for example) together without having to manage lots of tracks.
Asked by a longer name (31.37.8.x) on March 30 2023, 4:58pm

Question: hey jf! #imaginary tales....so you just got elected as the global prime minister (~no illuminated symbols etcetc).... would you have a top 5 list of = "we,as loving human beings, need to implement this blahblahblah >straight away,for the benefit of all..etcetc" manifestos?
Asked by 2023 (2.26.163.x) on March 29 2023, 5:53pm
Reply on March 29 2023, 10:41pm:
    I guess it depends on how much power I really had, what the risk of coup was, and whatnot. But perhaps my first goals would be to reduce inequality (bring more people out of poverty) and to improve resource management, especially in the contexts where it's easier to just not do something than to have to undo it later.
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Question: How does the noise shaping in Reaper work?
Asked by datajake1999 (172.115.154.x) on March 28 2023, 4:44am
Reply on March 29 2023, 10:42pm:
    Maybe schwa can respond in the comments... :)
Question: At some moment in your life sports/physical activities weren't present?
Asked by Omori (186.210.89.x) on March 27 2023, 10:08pm
Reply on March 28 2023, 3:55am:
    Yeah I more or less wasted my 20s without enough outdoors stuff boo but mostly making up for it now
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Question: Cain I export a struct from dll which stores data variables? Is ABI same for different compilers?
Asked by ruchira (103.253.24.x) on March 27 2023, 11:28am
Reply on March 27 2023, 4:00pm (edited at March 27 2023, 8:09pm):
    There are different member padding behaviors that may need to be customized via pragmas or compile-time options.
Question: Any trick to learn alphabets in reverse order? 😅
Asked by Abhi (122.181.88.x) on March 26 2023, 9:34am
Reply on March 27 2023, 4:00pm:
    No idea hah
Question: hi, just dropping by to tell you rock
Asked by a literal fan (190.101.249.x) on March 25 2023, 7:08pm
Reply on March 27 2023, 4:00pm:
    aww thanks
Question: hey jf- desert island disks...if you was cast away on any island with a choice of just 5 longplays (choice of player devices) ...which might they be? (including any your own!)
Asked by 2023 (2.26.163.x) on March 24 2023, 3:59pm
Reply on March 24 2023, 5:54pm (edited at March 25 2023, 2:44am):
    Too difficult to choose 5! In no particular order:
    • Verve - A Storm in Heaven (and Urban Hymns too)
    • Soundgarden - Superunknown
    • Mogwai - Come on Die Young (and My Father My King)
    • Mazzy Star - Among my Swan
    • Radiohead - In Rainbows (and The Bends)
    • TV on the Radio - Young Liars EP
    • Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    • Led Zeppelin - II
    • Portishead - Portishead
    • Pearl Jam - Ten
    • edit: also Midlake - The Courage of Others
    • edit: I would also be really sad without Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump too
    • and a hundred others bleh
    At that point I probably would survive
Question: For programming and for other stuff, do you prefer flat or raised keyboards?
Asked by Chris (77.64.160.x) on March 24 2023, 11:54am
Reply on March 24 2023, 1:40pm:
    My favorite, which I'm typing on now, is a Microsoft Natural Keyboard (non-elite), ca. 1999. PS2 (via USB-PS2 adapter), I have two of these. Maybe some of my oldest possessions.
Question: Do you know of anyone who has released a short film completely edited in Reaper?
Asked by Jordan (70.241.244.x) on March 22 2023, 7:22pm
Reply on March 23 2023, 2:50am:
    I'm not aware of any that I can recall but then I wouldn't be anyway
Question: Would you be able to share documentation on the bitfield (i think) which stores toggle states in the 1st line of project file next to REAPER version info?
Asked by Buy One (95.135.211.x) on March 21 2023, 9:03pm
Reply on March 21 2023, 9:24pm:
    That big number is a timestamp (unix time), or 0 if it's an undo block
Question: hey justin, ever think about a winamp/nullsoft movie?
Asked by ryan (98.97.20.x) on March 20 2023, 10:05pm
Reply on March 21 2023, 1:36pm:
    nah that would be uncomfortable
Question: How many commits and branches REAPER have?
Asked by Hit Gub (189.112.244.x) on March 20 2023, 1:42am
Reply on March 20 2023, 8:35pm (edited at March 20 2023, 8:36pm):
    Currently we have about 20 feature branches in our +dev builds, and about 71k commits not including merges.
Question: Justin, what's the limit, if any, to the length of an extended state section name, key and value strings for both project and global states. Thank you.
Asked by Buy One (95.135.211.x) on March 19 2023, 4:40pm
Reply on March 20 2023, 8:34pm:
    Nothing hardcoded, I don't think
Question: do you want to do a podcast about developing winamp for the german audience?
Asked by ABBABY (45.8.149.x) on March 16 2023, 8:26pm
Reply on March 16 2023, 10:46pm:
    There's probably not too much to talk about there, all those memories are wiped from my mind by time
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Question: Hi Justin! I'm wondering if you could please help me? I've been using Reaper for a few years on an HP computer, which recently died. I'm now running Windows 10 on a brand new Dell Optiplex 3000. My recently purchased and registered copy of Reaper (64bit) repeatedly closes itself immediately after opening. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling it with no success. I'm a musician, not a computer whiz, and I'm stuck! Do you have a solution, or could you refer me to someone who can help me get back up and run
Asked by jeff entin (69.206.56.x) on March 15 2023, 3:14pm
Reply on March 15 2023, 9:20pm:
    This isn't the right venue for that but send an email and we'll get back to you.
Question: Hey Justin, do you think advances in language models (GPT3/now 4) will result in a general 'dumbing-down' of people, I heard recently Chomsky call ChatGPT "high-tech plagiarism"; if peers are rewarded short-term for outsourced superhuman ability, how can genuine effort compete? Or, perhaps this is just another wave of AI fads? Thanks, hope you're well :)
Asked by Jack (146.70.134.x) on March 15 2023, 10:12am
Reply on March 15 2023, 9:21pm:
    We're already headed towards idiocracy anyway. The bigger risk I see is the added noise; LLMs don't create new knowledge, but they can be amazingly prolific. Time will tell...
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Question: Do you also have a skeptical feeling about dolby atmos? I havent seen a proper demonstration of it yet and it is starting to look like some false promises or at least a gimmick. Plus I really hate having a company name in it, like if stereo were "mcdonalds stereo" and mono were "mono microsoft".
Asked by ABCD (189.112.81.x) on March 13 2023, 6:26am
Reply on March 14 2023, 5:27pm:
    It's outside my area of expertise, so I'll reserve judgment
Question: Have you ever heard of GOAT, the Swedish music collective? Lots of fun and creativity! (I'm listening through their entire catalog right now and can't stop) goat.bandcamp.com/
Asked by SpoiledHobo (93.129.66.x) on March 12 2023, 10:35pm
Reply on March 14 2023, 5:27pm:
    I've heard of them but haven't listened to much
Question: If in a couple of years there's a way to use VR headets in a DAW to be able to move virtual knobs around with both hands and such, would REAPER treat it as accesability and actually implement it and develop it?
Asked by ChetGrimusPontifisusTremolenti (187.201.236.x) on March 10 2023, 7:55pm
Reply on March 14 2023, 5:27pm:
    We'll see!
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