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Question: If you had an ARM microcontroller with MIDI and audio capabilities, SD card and screen (and free time), what's the coolest thing you could make?
Asked by Colin (1.136.110.x) on January 30 2020, 10:15pm
Reply on February 3 2020, 4:07am:
    hmm something that could administer electric shocks to me when I played out of time or out of key
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Question: I noticed, that you don't escape " and ' in strings in projectfiles/statechunks and I wonder, how do you copy with parsing layoutnames like "I know, I "should" do this, but will not!" How do you know, which " is part of the string and which not?
Asked by Mespotine (195.37.187.x) on January 30 2020, 4:36pm
Reply on January 30 2020, 7:09pm:
    In that case we'd use `... but if you needed that in a string, you'd be screwed! Then we go lossy (or use a textblock or base64 encoding if needed). So if you do a string "'`hello`'" in a track name, it won't preserve all of those characters (do it in an item or project notes, you're OK though)
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Question: Are there any circumstances under the hood, that GetSetMediaTrackInfo with I_WNDH parameter may return NULL or it always valid no matter what?
Asked by Pony (78.152.169.x) on January 28 2020, 9:08am
Reply on January 29 2020, 2:34pm:
    You should always check to make sure the pointer is non-null before dereferencing it... It should only happen if the track pointer is invalid...
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Question: Do you have an email for companies to contact you directly regarding business, collaborations etc? Keep up the good work!
Asked by Robert (84.19.36.x) on January 27 2020, 10:40am
Reply on January 29 2020, 2:34pm:
    support@, but in general we’re not really interested...
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Question: Another weird question, haha. Is simple 2D cartoon animation possible in MS PowerPoint? Just thinking of making a funny story with simple cartoons.
Asked by Abhi (117.234.209.x) on January 27 2020, 5:23am
Reply on January 29 2020, 2:35pm:
    Probably, it’s been decades since I’ve used powerpoint though and even then I barely touched it.
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Question: Why Cockos? What does it mean and in what language? And what's the relation to the rooster? Thank you
Asked by Stuart (207.244.66.x) on January 25 2020, 4:31pm
Reply on January 29 2020, 2:35pm:
    There is an origin story you can find if you search...
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Question: Any workflow or project organization tips for utilizing a 16-core Ryzen to it's full potential and avoiding high RT-CPU bottleknecks? (sends, folder track FX etc.) Reaper becomes really sluggish and gltichy at only ~30% CPU utilization :(
Asked by Ryan (154.5.28.x) on January 25 2020, 10:15am
Reply on January 29 2020, 2:36pm:
    Not really but I guess avoid PDC on the master track would be a good start...
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Question: Do you skate? ¯Ō¯Ō¯
Asked by Pony (78.152.169.x) on January 24 2020, 2:30pm
Reply on January 25 2020, 5:37am:
    Nope
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Question: can I play with madness?-
Asked by jason (185.65.135.x) on January 24 2020, 1:38pm
Reply on January 25 2020, 5:37am:
    What’s madness?
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Question: Reaper's fast growing feature set is attracting more and more professional users, and I expect the user base will keep growing quickly as you continue to improve it. Is there a concern that the growing user base will far outgrow the service that a tiny company like Cockos can provide? You've mentioned you don't want to expand because you're not good at managing people, but surely you only need to hire one trustworthy person who IS good at managing people, and let them deal with the rest?
Asked by Joe90 (82.27.227.x) on January 24 2020, 12:57am
Reply on January 24 2020, 3:38am:
    When we need to expand in order to adequately support the user base, we will!
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Question: To whom do you plan to pass the 'Scythe' when you can't code anymore?
Asked by soulreapah (110.54.151.x) on January 22 2020, 1:25pm
Reply on January 22 2020, 1:46pm:
    Maybe I can code from San Junipero?
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Question: is this a reasonable question?
Asked by bertrand (136.24.120.x) on January 20 2020, 11:11pm
Reply on January 21 2020, 10:47pm:
    stack overflow
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Question: i suspect a global attack on free speech-- what's your opinion? (silicon valley&,or,politicians)
Asked by 2020 (2.25.95.x) on January 19 2020, 5:56pm
Reply on January 20 2020, 12:32am:
    Depends on what you mean by free speech, I guess?
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Question: Our boy Connor McGregor is back! Did you watch last night's fight?
Asked by Mommy (104.223.93.x) on January 19 2020, 2:11pm
Reply on January 19 2020, 2:33pm:
    Of course not
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Question: Is Windows 10 secretly free? I recently downloaded free & original ISO file from Microsoft website. And there is no 'activation' watermark in my newly installed Windows 10. Also it is shown as 'Windows is activated' in settings, even though I didn't activate it or purchased any key for it. Does Microsoft giving their precious Windows for free now (at least, for Home users)? (I have Win 10 Home edition, btw) (Don't know if Pro is free like Home)
Asked by Bill Windows (59.99.116.x) on January 18 2020, 5:12pm
Reply on January 19 2020, 2:57am (edited at January 19 2020, 2:58am):
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Question: How did you 'get' schwa? Was there a formal job interview, did you know him before or?
Asked by wasereb4 (89.247.253.x) on January 15 2020, 3:39am
Reply on January 15 2020, 1:38pm:
    At the schwa store! In all seriousness, he expressed interest and then made a long technical and philosophical campaign which was ultimately successful.
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Question: Hey. Do you consider adding new features/bug fixes/updates to the ninjam server architecture?
Asked by David (74.101.225.x) on January 13 2020, 9:42pm
Reply on January 13 2020, 11:32pm:
    Not really, but I'd take patches and merge them into our codebase as appropriate.
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Question: hey- will you return to your birthplace @ some point?
Asked by 2020 (31.124.45.x) on January 12 2020, 12:50pm
Reply on January 12 2020, 1:15pm:
    I go to the area from time to time, but the actual place (town, hospital), probably not.
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Question: Have you ever been in Disneyland? If you were, what was your favorite ride/experience?
Asked by Georgy (108.185.102.x) on January 10 2020, 9:28am
Reply on January 11 2020, 12:48pm:
    Not in many many years. My most fond memory as a kid were the boats we could drive around, I think...
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Question: Do you consider yourself a fast code reader?
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on January 9 2020, 1:42pm
Reply on January 9 2020, 1:52pm:
    No idea. How do I check?
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