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Question: I have a son. He is 9 years old. He has his dreams of making his own games for computers, ipads. What do you advise him? Where he should start? [permalink]
Asked by Mehmethan (188.57.8.x) on August 17 2017, 11:51pm
Reply on August 18 2017, 12:17am:
    I'd learn basic programming first. Or BASIC. No just basic.. The hard part is finding something interesting and motivating. Javascript can be satisfying to start with.. but it's hard for me to really say about this, since it was so long since I got started, and when I did it was in a world without access to documentation, starting on an Atari 8-bit w/ BASIC, and later on a IBM PC with Turbo Pascal, then Turbo C. The world today has little in common with those days...

Question: REAPER on my linux machine, installable with a single "yaourt -S reaper"???? what is this sorcery????????? Do you know how much I love you right now??????????????????????? That's a lot of unnecessary punctuation, by the way. [permalink]
Asked by oh god (95.235.17.x) on August 17 2017, 4:11pm
Reply on August 18 2017, 12:15am:
    Hah

Question: Is there any subject you struggle with intellectually? [permalink]
Asked by Will (97.93.225.x) on August 16 2017, 2:59pm
Reply on August 16 2017, 6:13pm:
    I almost always misunderstand poetry.

Question: Whats my dads favourite colour [permalink]
Asked by Isaac (5.65.240.x) on August 16 2017, 12:54pm
Reply on August 16 2017, 6:14pm:
    I must admit I don't think I correctly understand this question.

Question: What is your opinion on Ubuntu? Debian vs Ubuntu? What do you prefer for music production? [permalink]
Asked by Franci (86.61.5.x) on August 15 2017, 1:40pm
Reply on August 15 2017, 2:12pm:
    I like them both about equally I guess? Find myself using both and not having a strong opinion...

Question: Elastic audio from pro tools, audio snap from Sonar.When will reaper make this feature? [permalink]
Asked by Guitarist (45.244.39.x) on August 14 2017, 7:24am
Reply on August 14 2017, 4:44pm:
    REAPER already has stretch markers and transient guide markers, so uh yeah there you go.

Question: I was unfamiliar with IPFS, interesting, read into a little. Do you think it will take over (in foreseeable future) ? [permalink]
Asked by wasereb4 (87.167.88.x) on August 14 2017, 1:11am
Reply on August 14 2017, 4:44pm:
    Who knows?

Question: Name one coding project that you abandoned unfinished (if any). [permalink]
Asked by wasereb4 (79.246.89.x) on August 12 2017, 2:27am
Reply on August 12 2017, 11:13am:
    SARS (client-level encryption for FTP/SFTP clients, so you could upload things to untrusted servers and have them be only meaningfully visible to you or people who shared your key), many years ago. Also more recently, WATCH, I suppose (which might be somewhat similar to IPFS).

Question: Have you done any extensive modifications to vim? There's a plugin for Sublime called NeoVintageous which emulates Vim quite well. Sublime also has really great fuzzy searching out of the box with Ctrl-P. There are a few plugins using libclang for auto complete and linting as well. Why the older versions of VS? Less bloat? Backwards compatibility? [permalink]
Asked by fmap (47.54.22.x) on August 11 2017, 9:56pm
Reply on August 12 2017, 1:40am:
    Nah just small mods to vim. VS2013 is pretty recent, when I last tried a newer version (2015) it would crash compiling our code, go figure. VS2013 and 2015 are really sluggish even on relatively capable systems. VC6 is nice and quick, despite its flaws.

Question: What do you use as an editor? MSVS exclusively? Have you tried modal editors like vim or emacs? Sublime Text? How does your toolchain vary per platform? [permalink]
Asked by fmap (47.54.22.x) on August 10 2017, 5:37pm
Reply on August 10 2017, 10:00pm (edited at August 12 2017, 1:39am):
    I mostly use vim, but also sometimes VC6 or xcode. VS2013 is fine but so incredibly slow, sometimes you hit Ctrl+F to find something and start typing the thing you're searching for, and the search box hasnt come up yet so instead it keeps editing the code, etc. Drives me nuts. I've tried sublime text at times, but generally prefer vim.

    Toolchains -- for testing on win32, I usually prefer the ancient VC6, but sometimes VS2012 (especially if I'm going to do some debugging, since VC6 on wow64 debugs roughly). On OS X it's the latest Xcode for development (older Xcode version + ICC for release builds). On Linux, make/gcc/gdb/etc.

Question: What was your favorite day so far, and why? [permalink]
Asked by Will (97.93.225.x) on August 9 2017, 1:57am
Reply on August 9 2017, 7:47pm (edited at August 9 2017, 7:48pm):
    Heck if I know. I've definitely had weird days, and good days, and days I've regretted, but a favorite? No idea.

Question: have you published the code for your html player and visualization? [permalink]
Asked by beefdead (91.211.48.x) on August 8 2017, 8:39am
Reply on August 8 2017, 2:27pm:
Question: Many users asked you about ARA support for melodyne and I know your answers to them and I understand. What about if a user asks you about to make "reatune" more poweful? [permalink]
Asked by Mehmethan (85.103.42.x) on August 8 2017, 5:01am
Reply on August 8 2017, 2:27pm:
    Yes of course, regular FR rules/behaviors apply

Question: More weirdness. After a clean system shutdown I did the inconceivable, removed the second HDD from the system. Then windows didn't boot, it didn't like the change so started error checking then "fixing". It took some time... Eventually fed up, now everything runs a variation of Linux... Any progress of SWELL for Linux? [permalink]
Asked by Gio (94.70.7.x) on August 7 2017, 4:26am
Reply on August 8 2017, 2:28pm:
    Fun times. REAPER for linux is reasonably usable...

Question: I'm FSFICcc$ie9╞☼43(closest approximation) from Alpha Centauri. I'm interested to know if your originally from around my area. My ship broke down and I'm nearly about about ready to get off this god forsaken planet and was wondering if you wanted a ride! Also, seems I have to be a human to reply, but I do share 67% of the same DNA. Hopefully that's good [permalink]
Asked by Johnson (67.198.90.x) on August 6 2017, 2:52pm
Reply on August 6 2017, 8:43pm:
    Is the ship that I would be riding on more reliable than the one that broke down here?

Question: Are you an Alien? [permalink]
Asked by Johnson (67.198.90.x) on August 5 2017, 11:48am
Reply on August 5 2017, 4:46pm:
    Depends on who is asking, I guess?

Question: Do you think there is such a thing as "mainstream media" anymore? How you you prefer to get the news of the day? [permalink]
Asked by schmoe (206.116.67.x) on August 2 2017, 11:45pm
Reply on August 2 2017, 11:53pm:
    I think that's a relative term... I like to read the digital versions of the new york times, washington post, atlantic, economist, new york magazine, and others... I get a lot of stuff via twitter too.

Question: Are you having a great day today, and when are we going to have another one of your loops? [permalink]
Asked by Papillon Sonique (24.37.244.x) on August 1 2017, 10:23pm
Reply on August 2 2017, 11:54pm:
    super8 video things? maybe sometime soon...

Question: Apparently there is a version of windows with no bullshit attached. Look for Enterprise LTSB but it's rather expensive. At the moment I use Debian with FreeRDP to connect to win workstations so I don't have to deal with unpredictability. It looks to me that MS is desperate, don't you think? [permalink]
Asked by Gio (79.131.90.x) on July 30 2017, 12:21pm
Reply on July 31 2017, 12:09pm:
    Seems a bit anti-user, but sigh... I guess they'd rather annoy people than have them get hacked by 10-year old exploits...

Question: Woke up 5:00am to get things done. Had a Win update waiting for me, ended a 90m update. Desktop icons was misplaced, win+pause shortcut now it's XBOX, windows dialogs forgot the position/size and I had to accent a license with plenty of ads. What's wrong with MS? [permalink]
Asked by Gio (79.131.90.x) on July 29 2017, 9:04am
Reply on July 29 2017, 2:13pm:
    Ouch! I've been liking my Debian installs lately...
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