Re: Should, if anything, enhance their business
Yeah, I remember reading that before. I am not surprised in the slightest.
I'm not too proud to admit I've done similar things myself.
Maybe not exactly that, but one time I had to calculate fastest routes for ships trading between ports in the Caribbean. It was all run offline - I just needed to build a table of routes along a predefined web of paths (which roughly mimicked traditional 18th century sailing routes) that would be loaded from disk by the game.
The first few iterations had to be left running for around 20 hours or so - iirc. (This was back in the late 90s when machines were still mostly single core processors.) After a couple of runs of this (each needed to be tested in game afterwards) I figured I'd see if I could optimise it a little.
I don't remember the exact details, but I found something monumentally stupid in the code. A quick fix, and the whole route network was being calculated in a few hours.