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Comment loaded question (Score 2) 126

Are remote software teams more productive than what? Than local software teams? That is an impossible question to answer without knowing much more about the teams, isn't it?

OTOH as a person running a software business with different types of teams (I have local, I have remote teams) I can say that as long as there is somebody in the remote team capable of understanding the requirement at the business level and capable of managing the team there shouldn't be any reasons for the remote team to be less productive.

Unfortunately as all things in life this also is not as simple, it is very difficult to ensure that the remote team understands the business really well, so rather than trying to achieve the unachievable you have to give out requirements in short, easier to manage portions and you have to coordinate daily.

Comment Re:The smarter thing to do (Score 1) 157

Not that easy, some ROMs straight don't exist except in some display or sales-pitch cartridges.

And yes, as you can imagine, they command insane prices. Collectors are kinda nuts that way. There are generally 3 kinds of games that are rare and hence valuable: Those that only exist in low number because they were just produced for events or to pitch them to investors (e.g. Nintendo World Championships), those that were produced so late that nobody gave half a shit about NES games anymore (e.g. Little Samson) and those that are SO bad that even without the internet word got around that they suck (e.g. Action 52).

So believe it or not, the most valuable games are those that are simply too bad to even play them. Nobody gives you a cent for Mario 3, but you don't even want to know what you'd have to pay to get a real stinker.

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 159

Laws apply universally, so saying that I care about a law protecting MY property is pointless. It protects everyone's property, I do not enjoy personal protection laws. Unlike a certain group of "property" holders.

You see, that's the problem with the examples presented too many times by proponents of insane copyright laws: Most of them are far fetched and don't translate well into reality. I once, in a discussion, had someone argue that it's "impossible" to produce content the way the users want, despite exactly that being offered by those that copy the content. One really has to wonder whether the reality distortion field comes free with the conviction or whether it already has to be in place to become part of the copyright cult.

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 159

Sorry, but just 'cause you invest a lot of time and effort doesn't make something valuable. By that logic any sandcastle built by the average 5 year old costs millions. And don't make me ask for money for the space station I built with Lego when I was 10!

Value is what someone who wants something gives it. By definition. You can ask for a price, but if that price is below what I value it, there will be no sale.

What you, as the creator, can attach to a commodity is its cost. Not its value.

Comment Re:Ryan and Rand (Score 0) 368

I am fascinated by all this puke inducing collectivism and more importantly by the arms race between those, who want to steal and those who are stolen from. What is most fascinating is the mental acrobatics required not to see how the collectivist theft is destroying the economy and society, it is very much like the climate change denial, the same processes are at work I think.

Draconian budget cuts - what a fascinating turn of a phrase. Completely political, completely disregarding reality, the opposite of what the government Ilis actually doing, completely missingvthe point, but used as one of those proverbial dog whistles and used fairly successfully at that.

I am utterly fascinated to see what it will look like when the USA (or a large enough European state, or Japan) actually run out of cheap credit, it is a morbid type of curiosity in me, I know it is a train wreck that is very deadly and ugly, but I cannot take my eyes away, it is like a magnet, I want to see how the last century of collectivist policy of theft and destruction of individual freedoms at the hands of th e mob turns back against that very mob. The shitstorm is going to be epic! Fascinating

Comment Re:that's it. the end game. (Score 1) 368

Yeah, yeah, yeah, let's do that, let's just so that. I want to see all of these attempts at stealing from fully automated businesses, I have morbid type of curiosity, which makes me wonder and muse about all the ways that company owners will find and use to get around all this collectivist theft. It is always interesting to observe arms races, this is probably the ultimate arms race: those who want to steal vs those who produce. It is fascinating.

Comment Sell me what I want! PLEASE! (Score 3, Insightful) 159

I want to buy. I really do. But what's offered simply is not good enough.

Take a show. Just choose one. You will not be able to see it here, not even for any sort of money you'd be willing to throw at the makers, until after it's been on local TV. Ok, you may say, that's understandable, so you get it a month later. Nope. Half a year to a year later. Why? Dubbing.

TV shows get dubbed around here. Invariably. And 9 out of 10 times they get dubbed badly. The dialogues are stale and it seems they go out of their way to take out any kind of joke or mood the original tried to convey, the lip syncing is hilariously bad (think old Eastern movies) and the sync actors seem to be whatever actor is currently out of luck and in dire need of work.

And when it finally gets available, hope and pray that you're lucky to get the original version instead of just the dubbed atrocity.

Can anyone imagine why people reach for torrents and other less legal sources? Why is it that I cannot simply buy the same DVDs that are available in the US?

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