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Question: hey jf- if we think in terms of a "quantum reality" - & we measure in chunks of planck constant,surely this means time & space is packets of energy, which is not a continuous signal? ..so do you think our "reality" comes in chunks?? or, blocks of energy?
Asked by 2024 (31.104.68.x) on June 15 2024, 11:00pm
Reply on June 16 2024, 10:53pm:
    Over my head heh
Question: Do you do bookeeping for Cockos yourself? How much do you know about it and do you find it fun maybe?
Asked by nikolalkc (80.216.31.x) on June 15 2024, 6:37pm
Reply on June 16 2024, 10:54pm:
    I am the bookkeeper, not sure I'd call it fun but it's not so bad. How much do I know? it's just data entry and categorization and making sure everything adds up to 0.
Question: For the Linux version of Reaper. What Linux distro do you compile it against? Ubuntu I am assuming?
Asked by Matthew (76.37.54.x) on June 15 2024, 1:29am
Reply on June 16 2024, 10:54pm (edited at June 16 2024, 10:55pm):
    We compile on pretty old Ubuntu versions using gcc 4.x, for maximum libstdc++ compat.
Question: So for Reaper. Did you implement MIDI from scratch like a mad man or are you using a library?
Asked by Matthew (76.37.54.x) on June 13 2024, 6:12am
Reply on June 13 2024, 1:31pm:
    We used rdmid.c, a C library for reading .mid files, but everything else is ours.
Question: I've been trying to replicate LiceCap's 'transparent hole in a window' but for the life of me can't actually figure out what makes that work -- any hints?
Asked by Shane (160.72.17.x) on June 13 2024, 5:55am
Reply on June 13 2024, 1:32pm:
Question: How much REAPER code is specific to one particular OS?
Asked by Will (98.251.43.x) on June 13 2024, 12:29am
Reply on June 13 2024, 1:32pm:
    Not that much! Mostly audio/MIDI device handling and such.
Question: Is programming still as fun to you today as it was at 20?
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on June 10 2024, 1:58pm
Reply on June 10 2024, 5:45pm:
    For sure! It's easier now, too.
Question: Do you play guitar with plectrum exclusively? If not, what is your preferred style of fingerpicking?
Asked by SpoiledHobo (77.181.183.x) on June 10 2024, 1:16pm
Reply on June 10 2024, 1:41pm:
    most of the time, I do use a pick, only occasionally fingerpick and when I do I have no idea what style it would be heh.
Question: what do you think of Llama Group’s announcement to open source Winamp?
Asked by jdubs (67.245.7.x) on June 10 2024, 12:22am
Reply on June 10 2024, 2:01am:
    as I mentioned before in a previous answer, it's ancient terrible code that nobody would want to work on anyway (the leaked version going nowhere pretty much proves that IMO). We'll see if they actually open source it with some permissive license, I predict that they will not.
Question: Irrespective of your personal feelings about Elon, did you watch Starship's fourth flight?
Asked by Ian the The (194.191.254.x) on June 9 2024, 3:58pm
Reply on June 9 2024, 11:01pm:
    I missed that one, but had I been at a computer and aware of it I would've watched it.
Question: Do you think much about economics? Are you familiar with “The Gift Economy”? chatgpt.com/share/7a1e5b25-f688-46...
Asked by Michael Allenby (73.12.60.x) on June 9 2024, 2:37am
Reply on June 9 2024, 11:01pm:
    Some yes, and yes. Not sure how things like that play out on a large scale but definitely works on a smaller scale, generally in an environment of abundance.
Question: Do you have any tatoos?
Asked by Tatto promo (189.112.81.x) on June 8 2024, 2:05am
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Question: What does your work setup look like? IDEs/other tools
Asked by Ydarb (136.48.20.x) on June 7 2024, 11:39pm
Reply on June 8 2024, 2:07pm:
    vim with http://1014.org/vimrc ... compiling either with make (linux) or xcode (macOS) or VS (windows). command line git too. slack, thunderbird, firefox.
Question: hey jf- how do you feel about "the war on drugs"? is there an actual war? + (have the global nations armed forces,police & 3 letter agencies let the public down, with the huge amount of intelligence collection available?) ta
Asked by 2024 (86.138.246.x) on June 7 2024, 3:30pm
Reply on June 7 2024, 4:52pm:
    it's a huge waste of time and money and human suffering, beware of the war on *abstract thing*.
Question: someone took the creative render of a physical winamp and made something functional (they threw it on an LCD) hackster.io/news/party-like-it-s-1.../ sir are you classified as human
Asked by furan (38.15.45.x) on June 6 2024, 12:05am
Reply on June 7 2024, 2:26am:
Question: hey jf.. "what? where? why?,,,,when?,will?,how?
Asked by 2024 (86.138.246.x) on June 5 2024, 10:34am
Reply on June 5 2024, 6:29pm:
Question: Did you ever got tendinitis on your knee from running? Do you streatch ?
Asked by Hit Gub (186.210.27.x) on June 5 2024, 12:20am
Reply on June 5 2024, 6:29pm:
    I have but not in a long time. I do stretch things. On very long runs with lots of descent my knees usually end up getting tight enough that you can't run on them correctly. Gotta do more strength training for the quads, I think!
Question: I am using IntelliJ IDEA for Java & Python. So far it was running good. I could compile all Java codes, until I made a new file with Python. After compiling Python codes, which was running nicely too, I can't compile my Java codes now. I can't even see the green 'Run' button on any Java codes, but I can see that in Python codes. Strange! Do you know anything about this?
Asked by AHHH HELP!!! (122.177.210.x) on June 4 2024, 5:48pm
Reply on June 4 2024, 7:53pm:
    No idea, never used any of that, sorry!
Question: what's your favorite artist?
Asked by yago (80.174.163.x) on June 4 2024, 12:54pm
Reply on June 4 2024, 12:58pm:
    nice try, password recovery exploiting bot! just kidding. Not sure I have one, but I must say I do appreciate the painting Starry Night.
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Question: What will happen if Windows become open source?
Asked by Abhi (122.177.210.x) on June 4 2024, 6:31am
Reply on June 4 2024, 12:58pm:
    I doubt it will!
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