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If you're doing firmware/software people can just mail you devkits, proto boards.

devkits and proto boards do have bugs, especially during the early iterations. There are many occasions that I (firmware engineer) need to sit down with FPGA/Hardware engineers to figure out why the system is not performing as designed, sometimes it is firmware issue, sometimes it is hardware, and it was the combination of firmware/hardware and ambient temperature!! It is way more ineffective to perform this kind of debugging with someone in a remote site.

That could be quite time inefficient, depending on where you live...

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