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Question: I would love to read an article about the challenges while making REAPER multi-threaded. Is OOP good enough for parallelism and what's your thoughts about DOD? [permalink]
Asked by Balloonist (79.130.165.x) on May 19 2017, 4:06pm
Reply on May 22 2017, 3:26pm:
    Hah, well I could try to remember the things I did a decade ago, but...

Question: Are there any technical limitations to supporting more than 62/64 hardware MIDI I/O? Not asking as a FR/fix, just genuinely curious. [permalink]
Asked by EvilDragon (213.202.92.x) on May 17 2017, 3:03pm
Reply on May 18 2017, 1:40pm:
    We have an int64 mask for enabled bits for devices, that's about the only limitation. The other places should handle it OK.

Question: Is MP3 encoding/decoding coming in REAPER now that the patents expired? [permalink]
Asked by Balloonist (79.131.91.x) on May 13 2017, 7:36pm
Reply on May 18 2017, 1:40pm:
    Probably, though there's some noise about two patents that expire in August and December.

Question: Can I shallow clone your WDL repo somehow (for SWS dev) ? Apparently shallow cloning doesn't work via http. / re: shallow clone, solved,used your GitHub mirror instead. [permalink]
Asked by wasereb4 (79.246.82.x) on May 10 2017, 7:32pm
Reply on May 10 2017, 10:22pm:
    Our WDL repository is pretty small anyway

Question: Will Reaper be open source one day? [permalink]
Asked by Sijmen Koffeman (83.132.230.x) on May 9 2017, 7:43pm
Reply on May 10 2017, 10:22pm (edited at May 10 2017, 10:23pm):
    Not any time soon... I have toyed with the idea of making v.999 GPL, maybe sooner rather than later (already over 10 years, eep!)

Question: You see all these tutorials about coding these days. They talk about C++, Python, etc. However, it seems like just basic tutorial stuff most of the time. But, what is the best way to learn so one can really create valuable stuff like Winamp? [permalink]
Asked by Todd (75.64.80.x) on May 8 2017, 1:36am
Reply on May 8 2017, 1:26pm:
    Once you get proficient at the basic stuff then you build useful things on top of it...

Question: I posted a thread (reaper.fm) that packaging reaper for the Store on W10 is not a technical complication. Can we expect to see Reaper in the Windows (Microsoft) Store? Dont you think students access to Reaper even if they're on 10S is a good idea? [permalink]
Asked by Sijmen Koffeman (83.132.230.x) on May 7 2017, 1:45pm
Reply on May 7 2017, 9:36pm:
    Choosing whether to participate in an entirely different ecosystem is a complex decision, and I don't think you can unequivocally say that there is no technical complication.

Question: Will you post a picture of your workstation setup (screens and overall workspace)? [permalink]
Asked by Will (71.11.219.x) on May 6 2017, 12:05am
Reply on May 6 2017, 2:10am:
    Tomorrow when there's more light I will, now it's too dark to get the screen and physical desktop...

Question: What's your ideal screen size/config for coding? [permalink]
Asked by Paul (188.220.162.x) on May 4 2017, 3:54pm
Reply on May 6 2017, 2:09am:
    27" at 2560x1440 is pretty nice... a second monitor for debug output can be nice, but not a big deal.

Question: If you were to articulate what makes "Ok Computer" such a great album, what would you say? [permalink]
Asked by Will (50.84.190.x) on May 4 2017, 2:36pm
Reply on May 4 2017, 2:40pm:
    Great songs that go well together, with outstanding performances and engineering? Or something. And a soul.

Question: Why ___pad in certain classes became public:? Thanks. [permalink]
Asked by Gio (94.70.23.x) on May 2 2017, 7:21am
Reply on May 3 2017, 4:34pm:
    gcc would complain about unused private members

Question: I'm about to write a small Win32 program which needs MP4 video playback. What library do you recommend? [permalink]
Asked by Rodrigo (177.204.35.x) on April 30 2017, 7:27pm
Reply on May 1 2017, 2:47am:
    Unfortunately there's really no good solution that I can recommend. There is a Win8+ API for MP4 decoding, but I don't think it's very straightforward to use, and you can use FFmpeg, but it's also very not straightforward. I'd probably recommend the latter, though.

Question: What are your thoughts on online anonymity and projects like Tor? Shall one use it? [permalink]
Asked by asafonov (192.42.116.x) on April 25 2017, 7:54pm
Reply on April 27 2017, 1:13pm:
    For the most part it seems you're trading one attack vector for another... Ideally you should find a provider that you trust and use them, or VPN through them.

    SSL browsing of course helps things a lot -- so your ISP can see what site you're browsing but not which pages, etc.

Question: Hi Mr. Frankel, my name is Justine and I am a journalist at Stony Brook University. I am currently working on an article about the possibility of recording studios becoming obsolete. I would greatly appreciate if you took the time to answer a couple of my questions: 1) Did you create REAPER with a specific kind of user in mind, if so what kind? 2) Do you th [permalink]
Asked by Justine Josue (129.49.198.x) on April 24 2017, 1:17pm
Reply on April 24 2017, 2:22pm:
    Hi, since your questions were truncated, you can email me more questions at justin at cockos dot com -- I created with REAPER for my own use, originally...

Question: Happy 20th Birthday, Winamp! Will you share your favorite memory of the first year or two of development? [permalink]
Asked by Will (68.201.25.x) on April 21 2017, 10:57pm
Reply on April 23 2017, 3:25pm:
    Hah as if I remember anything... I remember not using version control, ugh! boo hiss

Question: You posted an aerial photo of your Bay Area neighborhood, some years back, what was the boulevard in the picture ? [permalink]
Asked by Seann (64.175.41.x) on April 17 2017, 3:11pm
Reply on April 17 2017, 4:01pm:
    Probably Dolores or Guerrero, but I'd need to see the picture

Question: What color scheme do you use in you terminal, vim, VS, XCode? [permalink]
Asked by asafonov (109.172.98.x) on April 17 2017, 9:55am
Reply on April 17 2017, 4:02pm:
    Black background, usually, but I've gotten lazier about changing that.

Question: The WaveVR is something you might like. Reminds me of Winamp. https://youtu.be/5OIGhi0QyMo?t=3647 [permalink]
Asked by Erik (73.204.130.x) on April 16 2017, 1:17am
Reply on April 16 2017, 3:16am:
    Some AVSy things in there you mean? Reminds me of unconed...

Question: Who needs instruments? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqJdzYY_Fas [permalink]
Asked by Will (66.190.71.x) on April 15 2017, 6:17pm
Reply on April 16 2017, 3:04am (edited at April 16 2017, 3:09am):
Question: Could you make it the same font size? It would help. [permalink]
Asked by Janne (109.232.227.x) on April 15 2017, 2:33pm
Reply on April 16 2017, 3:04am:
    I could, but I won't
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