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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...

Question: MAGA? [permalink]
Asked by smartwater (100.4.169.x) on July 28 2017, 8:06pm
Reply on July 29 2017, 2:13pm:
    Are You Fucking Kidding Me?!

Question: Why is my brain so wooly? Do I need more sleep or coffee? [permalink]
Asked by IXix (86.168.178.x) on July 24 2017, 8:27pm
Reply on July 28 2017, 2:58pm:
    Both probably? If you had to pick one, sleep? Also a run in the rain never hurts (the brain).

Question: This is the dude that produced Nirvana's "Nevermind". Interested to hear your comments on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVIiNDMNkr8 [permalink]
Asked by Will (97.93.225.x) on July 24 2017, 2:22am
Reply on July 28 2017, 2:57pm:
    meh, while i'm sure it's a fine plugin, i doubt it does anything you couldn't do with a plain EQ, compressor, etc. Just takes time and effort (which is also required when using fancy plugins like that, though perhaps less). I'm gonna go with mostly marketing for most plugins.

Question: I know you don't go to Facebook but the group I created in 2008 just hit 4000+ members. It's pretty alive and people share problems and solutions there. Just wanted to let you know. https://www.facebook.com/groups/reaperusergroup/ [permalink]
Asked by Patrick (68.168.119.x) on July 20 2017, 2:47pm
Reply on July 20 2017, 5:46pm:

Question: re: thanks, that was helpful. byteadvance might be useful for other bps too, e.g. i think flac uses a 32bit integer for all bitdepths in the write callback, etc. [permalink]
Asked by fkbash (79.130.172.x) on July 19 2017, 9:05pm
Reply on July 20 2017, 5:46pm:
    Perhaps, yeah

Question: Re: Yes, I was there with the basic functionality but how about byteadvancefor24? [permalink]
Asked by fkbash (79.130.172.x) on July 19 2017, 2:11pm
Reply on July 19 2017, 3:02pm:
    Use 0 if you want your 24 bit samples packed, otherwise if you want them padded to 32 bits, use 1 (or 1*nch if interleaved)...

Question: How do I properly use doublesToPcm for 24 bit data? [permalink]
Asked by fkbash (79.130.172.x) on July 19 2017, 8:17am
Reply on July 19 2017, 1:32pm:
    Assuming input and output are planar (not interleaved):
    for (x=0;x<nch;x++)
      doublesToPcm(double_ptr[x], 1, num_samples, char_ptr[x], 24, 1,0);
    If interleaved, then:
    for (x=0;x<nch;x++)
      doublesToPcm(double_ptr+x, nch, num_samples, char_ptr + 3*x, 24, nch,0);

Question: Ever considered switching to Clang for all platforms? It's pretty easily integrated into MSVS. Lotsa nice static analysis tools, better error messages, standards compliant (soon to be c++17 complete) For Reaper 6.0 perhaps? [permalink]
Asked by fmap (131.202.134.x) on July 18 2017, 7:39pm
Reply on July 19 2017, 1:30pm:
    Maybe, we do dev builds with it all the time on macOS. Gotta do some benchmarkings compared to ICC, though...

Question: Can you recommend Grandaddy / Lytle songs for someone who only knows "He's Simple..."? [permalink]
Asked by Andy (173.239.215.x) on July 17 2017, 11:11pm
Reply on July 18 2017, 3:49am:
    I like albums -- "He's simple..." is followed by a fantastic album (The Sophtware Slump). I can't pick individual songs as favorites, it works so well as an album, but "Jed's Other Poem" and "The Crystal Lake" are so good.

    The Jason Lytle album "Yours Truly, The Commuter", is also very good in a different way. "Ghost of My Old Dog" is so simple and beautiful, and flows in to "I am lost...".

    Having said all of that, the rawness of the old stuff, "Under the Western Freeway", especially "Everything Beautiful is Far Away" is very appealing to me. There's also an album "A pretty mess by this one band" or something which is great.

    Just to be clear: I'm not recommending songs there, but the entire albums. Just noting songs that since you asked for songs... ;)

Question: Have you considered making WDL available via vcpkg? [permalink]
Asked by Paul (5.64.201.x) on July 16 2017, 8:04pm
Reply on July 16 2017, 9:37pm (edited at July 16 2017, 9:38pm):
    Nope, I figure most people who will use WDL will want to merge it into their git repositories, or something (or install it next to them)

Question: Does software that has music notation tend to use images to draw the notes or actually draw them using the programing language draw functions. (badly worded but hopefully you can figure out what I'm trying to say and learn) [permalink]
Asked by badlyworded (90.219.145.x) on July 10 2017, 5:40pm
Reply on July 10 2017, 6:07pm:
Question: Do you ever jam on ninjam? And if so, what's your handle? [permalink]
Asked by bring (68.230.10.x) on July 5 2017, 5:53pm
Reply on July 5 2017, 7:53pm:
    Rarely these days

Question: Recently, I read where you are working on REAPER for linux. Why would you pursue that? [permalink]
Asked by bring (68.230.10.x) on July 5 2017, 2:17pm
Reply on July 5 2017, 7:53pm:
    So that I can use REAPER on linux! Also it helps find more bugs. Valgrind is awesome.

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?
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