[mythtv-users] Per Card Volume Control Bounty started

Tom Lichti tom at redpepperracing.com
Thu Sep 7 17:33:57 UTC 2006

Brian Wood wrote:
> I think what you are trying to do is well-intentioned but impractical.
> $500 US is less than you could make flipping burgers at a Manhattan  
> McDonalds for two weeks,  the actual value of performing such a  
> project on the open market is probably closer to $5000 or probably  
> more. At that level accounting protections would be a necessity, and  
> I think the IRS would begin to take an interest as well.
Well as a counter point, Plutohome paid I believe $1000US for the telnet 
frontend interface, which I imagine was harder to code that what this 
entails. I can't speak to the accounting/IRS implications. Heck, there 
is an old patch that may be close enough to working that it might not 
take much to tweak it for current SVN. I just don't personally have the 
knowledge to do it myself.
> You might get a student to undertake the project as an "assignment",  
> but you would be right back to the open source project that Myth  
> already happily is. The "Summer of Code" was an example of this sort  
> of thing, how well did that work out ?
I don't know, actually.
> The failure of such a project would reflect poorly on Isaac, even  
> though he has expressed his negative opinion, some people would  
> associate him with it no matter what he says, and the result would be  
> negative publicity for the entire project should somebody fail to pay  
> up.
I don't think he's against bounties per se, just the collection method. 
I'll let him speak to that.
> I think Myth works because it is open source, and would not and could  
> not work otherwise.
> I believe this is what you will "learn", but I would hate to see the  
> lesson come at the cost of the project as a whole and Isaac's  
> reputation as well.
I can't see that happening, but I can't tell the future. I think Isaac's 
reputation will survive intact, though.
> But of course this is only an opinion, and I would love nothing more  
> than to be proved wrong on this.
Me too.


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