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« Reply #122655 on: June 13, 2017, 09:09:38 pm »

http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/servantwages.htm
http://www.express.co.uk/expressyourself/348130/The-real-life-Downton-Abbey-The-true-story-of-servants

Reading up on it, the base-level wage of a maid was about $1300 / year in todays money and sites are saying they did 17 hour days 6 days a week (they got Sunday morning off for church and one afternoon a week, no actual "days off" however). That works out as 25 cent an hour in inflation-adjusted figures. You got paid every 3 months, a share of your wage which was counted yearly, but that was apparently only because of legislation introduced to protect the rights of domestics in the Edwardian era (post 1900), so before that you had to wait a whole year to get paid, and if you left early because the employer was totally fucked, I'm betting you didn't get paid.

What actually ended the situation was factory and office jobs in the industrial era. There was a mass exodus out of the "service" jobs at this time and domestic employers tried to entice the girls back with "prettier uniforms" but it didn't help (previously they'd deliberately given them ugly uniforms to cement the "underclass" status of the servant caste). That's the surest sign it was exploitative. As soon as workers had other options, they told the gentry "go fuck yourselves" in no uncertain terms.
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« Reply #122656 on: June 13, 2017, 09:12:19 pm »

32 degrees isn't hot at all you wimps.
Finally, someone gets it. I regularly face 40+ temperatures in summer, easily getting past 45 and sometimes peaking at 50. 32 ain't nothing.

Pfft. I imagine you think sub-10 is too cold.
It's so cold it might as well be a crime.
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« Reply #122657 on: June 13, 2017, 09:12:43 pm »

Gentry? You underestimate how dang exploited these people were! You could own a stay in servant with very little actual pay yourself.
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« Reply #122658 on: June 13, 2017, 09:23:37 pm »

Main pay was probably in room and board.
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« Reply #122659 on: June 13, 2017, 10:15:57 pm »

32 degrees isn't hot at all you wimps.
Finally, someone gets it. I regularly face 40+ temperatures in summer, easily getting past 45 and sometimes peaking at 50. 32 ain't nothing.

Pfft. I imagine you think sub-10 is too cold.
It's so cold it might as well be a crime.

Temperature? Live with 80-90% humidity and then come talk.  :P
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« Reply #122660 on: June 13, 2017, 10:20:32 pm »

https://timeline.com/boontling-language-boonville-cc765109e201

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« Reply #122661 on: June 14, 2017, 12:09:36 am »

Main pay was probably in room and board.

Might be part of the reason live in servants aren't around anymore.  If you own your property allowing someone else to use a few rooms is essentially free.  Once electric comes around though suddenly there is a cost associated with keeping that space lit that you can't easily just throw aside as 'buy your own candles Jeeves.'
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« Reply #122662 on: June 14, 2017, 01:33:02 am »

32 degrees isn't hot at all you wimps.
Finally, someone gets it. I regularly face 40+ temperatures in summer, easily getting past 45 and sometimes peaking at 50. 32 ain't nothing.

Pfft. I imagine you think sub-10 is too cold.
It's so cold it might as well be a crime.

Temperature? Live with 80-90% humidity and then come talk.  :P

Teneb is Brazillian, I don't doubt they do. :P
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« Reply #122663 on: June 14, 2017, 02:43:13 am »

Idly browsing SNES games on Ebay (I've reached the point in my collection where games worth buying are ludicrously expensive, so my best bet is finding a decent bundle where the good game wasn't noticed), and came across a listing that just blew my mind. $239.99 for 57 copies of Madden. The same seller has numerous other similar listings, which leads me to suspect that this is their method of unloading the games nobody wants.

This would make sense, given that the shells can be reused for repro carts or to replace broken shells for other games, except for one minor detail. Sports games for retro consoles (with a few exceptions) have very little market appeal (due to a combination of obsolete mechanics and ancient rosters) that they can often be had for a quarter each.


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« Reply #122664 on: June 14, 2017, 03:00:36 am »

Hm, I'd have thought old sports rosters would be intriguing as a historical record. Maybe a certain player was only a member of a team for a brief period and made it into a game that happened to be released at the same time. I suppose only if the player was well regarded and of particular note.
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« Reply #122665 on: June 14, 2017, 03:45:07 am »

The rise of 3D printing would also make the use of old shells only for nostalgic reasons. One can manufacture a shell in any novelty design, as long as the business end of the cartridge lines up with the slot, and do so very inexpensively. If you use the right materials, (Like ABS), you can even make it smooth and shiny. (see also, vapor smoothing.)

I suppose that with certain sports titles, you also get the NVRAM chip and battery, as long as the NVRAM is suitably sized...  That means programmed eeprom replacements on the game's PCB would be a thing.

Outside of selling DeJap'ed RGP titles that never got sold in some markets as bootlegs, I would think that the best economy is still one of those super piracy/developer carts though. The kind that have a full FPGA in them attached to the cartridge bus, and can do ANY title, even those with special CPUs.

But that's a dangerous flirtation with ban-worthy territory.

Hell, with a 3D printer, you could make a custom shell with signal cutoff for one of those super cartridges so it can live on the EXT port on the bottom, with a load resistor based disconnect, so that when a real cartridge is plugged into the top, it uses that instead.  I would think that would be much more interesting than re-purposing old Madden carts.

(The EXT port is basically the same bus interconnect as the cartridge slot. It was engineered in as the means to attach the vaporware CD drive to the system, and was never used. Theoretically, a few load resistors and some straight line traces to another card socket at a 90 degree bend would let you install a recessed cartridge that would get loaded if the cartridge slot on top did not have a cart inserted-- OR, even be a place to put a live cartridge dumper or cheating device. The design of the SNES exposed the full memory and IO interface, because it was intended to upgrade the SNES with the very cartridge you plugged in, if you needed custom processors and the like. That's how SuperFX and pals work. Theoretically, you could put ANY cart on such an adapter, but I think one of the super pirate cards would be the most beneficial.)

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« Reply #122666 on: June 14, 2017, 06:11:39 am »

Temperature? Live with 80-90% humidity and then come talk.  :P
I do, as a matter of fact.

Idly browsing SNES games on Ebay (I've reached the point in my collection where games worth buying are ludicrously expensive, so my best bet is finding a decent bundle where the good game wasn't noticed), and came across a listing that just blew my mind. $239.99 for 57 copies of Madden. The same seller has numerous other similar listings, which leads me to suspect that this is their method of unloading the games nobody wants.

This would make sense, given that the shells can be reused for repro carts or to replace broken shells for other games, except for one minor detail. Sports games for retro consoles (with a few exceptions) have very little market appeal (due to a combination of obsolete mechanics and ancient rosters) that they can often be had for a quarter each.
You don't understand, man. Those are vintage. /s
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« Reply #122667 on: June 14, 2017, 09:28:40 am »

The rise of 3D printing would also make the use of old shells only for nostalgic reasons. One can manufacture a shell in any novelty design, as long as the business end of the cartridge lines up with the slot, and do so very inexpensively. If you use the right materials, (Like ABS), you can even make it smooth and shiny. (see also, vapor smoothing.)

I suppose that with certain sports titles, you also get the NVRAM chip and battery, as long as the NVRAM is suitably sized...  That means programmed eeprom replacements on the game's PCB would be a thing.

Outside of selling DeJap'ed RGP titles that never got sold in some markets as bootlegs, I would think that the best economy is still one of those super piracy/developer carts though. The kind that have a full FPGA in them attached to the cartridge bus, and can do ANY title, even those with special CPUs.

But that's a dangerous flirtation with ban-worthy territory.


Hypothetically speaking, even somebody that owned such a cart might find them a poor substitute for owning an actual cartridge of the desired games, either for practical reasons or because collecting is more than just being able to play the game.

Apart from that, the use of the circuit boards is a solid enough point, but the fact remains that the bundle in question overcharges for the cartridges in question.
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« Reply #122668 on: June 14, 2017, 01:45:20 pm »

You know... I wonder if the main character from Mass Effect is supposed to be Jesus.
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« Reply #122669 on: June 14, 2017, 01:51:31 pm »

You know... I wonder if the main character from Mass Effect is supposed to be Jesus.
Metaphorically, or like The Man from Earth?
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