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Question: so,did you know the alphabet goes like this these days > youtu.be/3MZNxNd0vrY 72 takes later lol! love a bit of mac lethal - how about you? (check his> The History of America...Told in 27 Rap Styles) heheh.
Asked by 2020 (2.25.95.x) on November 21 2020, 5:52pm
Reply on November 22 2020, 4:37am:
    That's pretty good, if arbitrary ;)
Question: How do you feel about the "I'm leaving REAPER if you don't implement feature X" threads?
Asked by Jonas (84.62.157.x) on November 20 2020, 8:36pm
Reply on November 21 2020, 2:45am:
    They're a bit silly really, but like anything the attitude is as important as anything else.
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Question: How do You perceive people, who's native language is not English, but who writes on broken English on forum, does it trigger You somehow?
Asked by Pony (94.230.196.x) on November 20 2020, 4:07pm
Reply on November 21 2020, 2:47am:
    English is a pretty great language in that it's usually possible to figure out what people are saying even if it is used incorrectly. There's lots of redundancy. So using broken English isn't so bad. Does it "trigger" me? no.
Question: Should Chinese government and WHO face the consequences for of their irresponsibility?
Asked by Vitali (148.81.197.x) on November 19 2020, 8:25pm
Reply on November 19 2020, 8:50pm (edited at November 20 2020, 3:29am):
    And should ours (mine) too, while you're asking?
Question: What music player do you use currently ? (wrong answers only)
Asked by pmarin (83.44.17.x) on November 19 2020, 7:12pm
Reply on November 19 2020, 7:32pm:
Question: are you into social media? i mean you like spending time there or nah?
Asked by alpine (27.58.103.x) on November 19 2020, 5:17pm
Reply on November 19 2020, 7:33pm:
    Just twitter for news and random ramblings
Question: Hey- is the wife into coding or any of your musical adventures?
Asked by 2020 (2.25.95.x) on November 16 2020, 4:18pm
Reply on November 16 2020, 4:56pm:
    Nope (other than coming to the shows etc)
Question: Have you curious into new Apple M1 ARM-based macbook? Or maybe you just have preordered for one?
Asked by Thiekus (45.76.148.x) on November 15 2020, 6:35am
Reply on November 15 2020, 3:04pm (edited at November 15 2020, 3:07pm):
    Ordered one of the mac minis for our build farm. These days the appeal of portable computing isn't there so much, as all of my days are at home or the studio :/
Question: REAPER wins the "favorite software" award on KVR again kvraudio.com/blog/best-audio-and-m...Congrats :) Any comment about winning another year?
Asked by MS_from_Sweden (82.100.127.x) on November 15 2020, 3:22am
Reply on November 15 2020, 3:04pm:
    That is very nice of everybody!
Question: Since you incorporate in the pre-release desccription the term "Includes branch:" I am trying to understand what this mean.!! Using a translate the results ar icohoerent inmy lenguage! Could you help me to understand the meaning of this term? Thanks Justin.
Asked by javiramallo (84.76.39.x) on November 14 2020, 9:38pm
Reply on November 15 2020, 3:05pm:
    We use branches of the source code for REAPER to work on certain features/etc, which are combined into +dev builds. When those branches are deemed suitable for release, then we combine them into the main branch which is what the non-+dev builds are (releases and release candidates).
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Question: I really respect you and your team a lot, I think you're geniuses. But aren't you worried BLM (the organization, not the phrase) is dangerous and dividing our society? I went to their website and their payment processor is owned by the DNC. It all just makes me uncomfortable, like the DNC is fundraising off this. What are your thoughts?
Asked by bill (172.58.155.x) on November 13 2020, 12:27am
Reply on November 13 2020, 2:55am (edited at November 13 2020, 4:10am):
    There's a few things to unpack in your question:
    • As you mention, the phrase vs the organization is an important distinction.
    • But having said that, I'm looking at blacklivesmatter.com/about and everything seems pretty reasonable to me. It seems there has been a lot of poisoning of the term by various pundits and media organizations.
    • I'm not sure how the BLM organization is dangerous, and if an organization "whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes" is divisive, surely it's between those who are in favor of white supremacy and those against?
    • The biggest criticism I've seen of BLM (organization) is that (some of?) the founders are allegedly Marxists? If true, I don't see that as particularly interesting thing in and of itself. What is this, the 1950s?
    • ActBlue (the payment processor you mention) is a non-profit, not owned by the DNC, see wikipedia/actblue.

    If you think I missed something important and want to have a good-faith(!) discussion about it in the comments, I would be happy to. Otherwise --perhaps it would be worth re-evaluating and re-fact-checking the concerns you have about it?
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Question: you ever come to D.C. We'll muck around with this, since you mentioned Led Zep a few years back - ajawamnet.com/ajawamnet/remixoflz.html
Asked by ajawamnet (96.255.42.x) on November 13 2020, 12:03am
Reply on November 13 2020, 2:55am:
    Ah nice
Question: I saw this on slashdot today ... did you guys actually do this?? "Back around 2004 Foobar and Nullsoft were sort of rivals. Peter Pawolski would trash winamps codec quality, and nullsoft would just trash foobar. This all culminated to some people from nullsoft registering gaybar2000.org and setting up a site that was a complete mirror of the fubar, but with homoerotic imagery. They even went as far as to take a resource editor to the foobar2000 exe and replace the play button with a crudely drawn penis."
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on November 12 2020, 10:04pm
Reply on November 13 2020, 3:02am (edited at November 13 2020, 11:04pm):
    I remember someone doing it, not sure who it was. I am sorry for and regret any complicity in a hurtful joke of such poor taste. Ugh, shame on younger-me.
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Question: yo! so on a scale of 1-10,how would you rate yourself as a 'musician' ?
Asked by 2020 (2.25.95.x) on November 12 2020, 11:59am
Reply on November 12 2020, 1:55pm (edited at November 12 2020, 9:16pm):
    Does one judge a musician by their worst moments or their best moments?

    (a number seems like a meaningless thing, but...) maybe I'm up to a 5, on a good day, in the right context? Which is to say that I can fake it...
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Question: What is the future of the music industry? (asking for a friend=)
Asked by Starving Artist (77.111.247.x) on November 12 2020, 4:48am
Reply on November 12 2020, 1:55pm:
    No idea! :/
Question: Do you remember what you ate the day you signed on the dotted line to sell Nullsoft?
Asked by Will (23.125.224.x) on November 11 2020, 7:08pm
Reply on November 11 2020, 9:10pm:
    Nope, it was a very long (24h+) process with lots of lines and not much sleep. I remember going to a hotel the next day and having a cookie, that's about it.
Question: Socialism - ForTheWin or ForTheLose ?
Asked by Pooooooooooooooooooooooony (2.58.194.x) on November 10 2020, 2:22pm
Reply on November 10 2020, 2:37pm:
    If you mean healthcare for all, treating everybody with dignity and taking care of them, and paying for it with progressive taxes, then win?
Question: Have you tried github.com/microsoft/mimalloc for memory allocator? I have tried this and works slightly or more faster than MSVC build in CRT malloc (which used standard Winapi HeapAlloc AFAIK). I was succesfully inject this on top CRT malloc function into MSVC libcmt directly rather than using hook dlls they provide (may publish that tricks in someday).
Asked by Thiekus (45.76.148.x) on November 9 2020, 3:02pm
Reply on November 10 2020, 2:37pm:
    I haven't
Question: Do you remember anything about the project(s) that would have prompted Nullsoft to acquire the "webamp" domain names?
Asked by Jordan Eldredge (107.142.111.x) on November 9 2020, 6:15am
Reply on November 9 2020, 1:40pm:
    Don't think it happened while I was there, and if it did it was outside of my sphere, sorry! Probably just general trademark acquisition...
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Question: The Reaper community is really active in writing scripts and extensions. Do you have some examples where you were deeply impressed like "Woah, didn't think of that one! Chapeau!"
Asked by Frzzlbrtzzz (2.247.249.x) on November 8 2020, 9:49pm
Reply on November 9 2020, 1:41pm:
    Lots but off the top of my head I can't say... :)
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