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Comment: Re:Exiting...Giving up...Spinning off (Score 1) 188

by ndavis (#49112175) Attached to: Why Sony Should Ditch Everything But the PlayStation

Say what you will about Sony but in the 80s and 90s you want a damned good cutting edge piece of gear that will easily last the better part of a decade if not longer? Then YOU BOUGHT SONY

Sony's quality was acceptable enough in the 70's and 80's but had already begun to turn to shit by the time the 90's were underway.

If you wanted very good Japanese electronics, you bought Pioneer or Kenwood. If you wanted damned good, you BOUGHT DENON. :)

I agree with this!! I had a Sony Dual Tape Deck from around 1985 that still worked as of 5 years ago when my Mom gave it away. In 95 I purchased a Sony 5 disk CD changer why because my Dual Tape Deck worked so well. Fast forward 3 months and the CD player doesn't work anymore as it was still under warranty I took it to be repaired. After a week the shop calls me back says they cannot fix it but have contacted Sony and they will refund my purchase. I then purchase another Sony CD player thinking I just got a lemon. This one has broken just after the warranty was up and I had to pay to have it fixed. Needless to say I don't purchase Sony products now because I want to own the best but because I'm settling on something that is affordable or meets my needs.

I've seen this time and time again with companies if you want to stay high end KEEP YOUR PRODUCT QUALITY HIGH!! If you want to lower quality you better lower the price or risk loosing market share rapidly!

Comment: Re:This is why I block ads/trackers in the router. (Score 1) 370

by ndavis (#49029375) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

I use AdBlock and Ghostery's lists to block ad networks and trackers at the router level. Any computer/phone/smart device that connects to my network automatically has ads and trackers blocked. So far, so good. Granted, it's not simple enough for the everyday person to implement. Also, I don't buy any smart TVs because their software is most often crap, you shouldn't have to accept an EULA to use a TV (or a coffee machine, toaster, etc), and they have the capacity to be bricked unlike a regular "dumb" TV. And then there's this eavesdropping and injecting additional ads BS.

I agree but the real problem is that most of the TVs out today are Smart TVs. I just purchased one because I didn't have much of an option. I ended up with a Vizio E series but I really would just like a dumb terminal.

Comment: Re:What are Autism rates in Mississippi (Score 1) 297

by ndavis (#48998387) Attached to: Mississippi - the Nation's Leader In Vaccination Rates

Interesting? Why is this modded interesting? If anything, it should be modded 'funny'. As there is NO relation between vaccination and Autism, there should be no question about it, because that might some people make believe that there IS some sort of link.

"What are the rental car rates?" would be a just as relevant.

Not sure if you read my post but my reasoning was to show that no link exists between vaccines and autism. We are in agreement that vaccines do not cause autism but I'm hoping that something like this might prove it at least a little bit.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by ndavis (#48968339) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

If vaccinations aren't mandatory for a fairly large proportion of the population, herd immunity is compromised and then not only do you get the poor children of anti-vaccine types getting diseases like measles, but those children who cannot, for health reasons, receive the vaccine, are put at substantial risk.

I'm willing to compromise, however. Don't vaccinate your kids, and they are not allowed in a school, daycare, public park or anywhere else where they may come into contact with other children.

I agree with the schools or any public learning institution. However it would be nearly impossible to ban them everywhere. However I think unless you child cannot be vaccinated if it is shown your child was a carrier and possibly spread a disease that was preventable the parents should be responsible for all financial costs associated with the outbreak. If more people are involved they can all share the cost. So as an example the Disney outbreak in CA all the kids that came down with measles who were not vaccinated by the parents request will be financially liable for all the medical costs for those who are infected if they received a vaccine or spread it to children who could not be immunized.

This will put the financial burden on the parents who choose not to help society and possibly bankrupt them. They could even end up paying millions if a child is disabled because of their choice. In the event of death I would think that they could be brought up on charges of negligent homicide.

This gives everyone a choice but if that choice affects other people you are forced to pay or possibly go to jail. Of course for this to work you would also have to have definitive rules in place on what constitutes a child that cannot get a vaccine.

Comment: Re:So what next? (Score 1) 94

by ndavis (#48916939) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

And don't give Bernie Madoff to try to refute me. He was a sacrifice to ensure that we think the regular Joe Rich Person could go to jail. They can't.

Bernie didn't go to jail because of us he went to jail because he broke the rule of being wealthy which is to not take advantage of wealthy people/companies. In doing so they were upset with him and able to use that to put him in jail. If it wasn't for that he would have been fined and probably be living a wealthy live in Europe!

Comment: Re:No s**t Sherlock (Score 1) 368

by ndavis (#48667805) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
I never said it was always the officer and I was not assuming that what I said was many videos show where the suspect is already restrained or not fighting back but where the officers are showing full or excessive force. Many videos typically depict that scenario and in these cases whatever happened prior does not matter when a police officer is beating you with a nightstick while you are down on the ground. Police do not get to dole out punishment which it looks like some of this is.

Comment: Re:No s**t Sherlock (Score 1) 368

by ndavis (#48667493) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

Yes, it goes both ways. Very often the viral videos you see of police brutality does not show what led up to the transgression, so, a portion of the cases may be misrepresented by way of missing context. This way, everyone has an objective look at the entire encounter. The cameras are a win-win for everyone.

While true many videos do not show the suspects transgressions that still should not be a reason that the police get to go above the and beat someone when they are restrained or not resisting. The problem is that the officer can break the law when really he should be the one upholding it.

Comment: Re:How about criminal charges ... (Score 1) 515

by ndavis (#48581967) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

What can people do to curb this problem?

You want to curb the problem? Have some high profile prosecutions.

Charge them criminally, kick them off the force, strip them of their pensions, make examples of them. It should be a felony for a police officer to do this, because they wield so much more power in this equation.

If the police aren't going to bother either learning, or following the law ... they have no business being police officers. If they can't get it through their heads they have no right to prevent this, then when they do it, bloody well lay charges.

The police are becoming thugs. And if they want to be thugs and criminals, start treating them as such.

And if the "good" cops won't stand up and get rid of the bad cops, they're just as guilty.

None of this circling the blue wall crap, and being on paid suspension. Fire the bastards.

This is exactly the way I feel. While I have not had any issues with the police (and hope to keep it that way) I always worry that they will come for me next because good people did nothing. Right now the system is broken because the Bad cops are doing whatever they want and the Good cops (I know they exist) ignore the corruption in their own ranks.

If you prosecute the Bad cops then the good cops will start to watch them and keep those that might abuse their position instead of cowering in fear because if they do out a bad cop there might be retaliation.

Comment: Re:Split Comcast in two (Score 1) 135

by ndavis (#48401763) Attached to: Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

Give both access to their current cable network. Watch service improve and prices drop.

This might work. I live in an area where we only had Comcast and the speeds were 10mbps up and 5mbps down with a price around $55 or $99 with triple play package per month. You never received anything close to those speeds and at certain times the service was unusable. Three years ago Verizon FIOS came to the area and we signed up right away to service of 25mbps up and 15mbps down for less than Comcast was charging $89 per month with the triple play package and less fees. Now our rates have not gone up with Verizon and we have 50mbps up and down with Comcast/Xfinity increasing speeds as well and lowering costs.

Now I know this seems normal that speeds got better over time but I know people that live just over the county line that do not have Verizon and their internet service is much slower and prices are higher to the point where I don't see how they can't say Comcast is abusing the monopoly they have in the market except for the fact they must be paid off to not see it.

I think it should be run like the electric company one owns the wires and maintains them and everyone pays that company for the physical connection that is regulated or run by the government. Then have competition in the boxes that compete for your service.

Comment: Re:So, does water cost more? (Score 1) 377

by ndavis (#48377559) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

OK, if that's really how it works, why do American farmers plant so much agribusiness seed? Are they all wrong, and losing money? Because if there's one thing that a farmer will ask when you suggest a change to his growth protocol, is how is it going to make him more money.

Hybrid vigor is a thing, and the only way to maintain said vigor across generations is to grow inbred plants, and then cross them purposefully. This works without GMOs, and is easy to prove.

Again, for your option to be true, hundreds of thousands of farmers in the US are making terrible choices, season after season. 95% of soybeans planted in America come from agribusiness: The seeds people had just can't compete in yield. How do you explain farmer's behavior?

I think part of the reason for that the farmers not using these GMO seeds can't get the equipment necessary to reseed from your existing crop. I saw an interesting documentary on the GMO business and the big thing to do is take anyone who has a machine that can separate the seeds (typically not the farmer) would be sued for using it on a farm that has GMO seeds (where the farmer agreed not to reuse seeds) until they went bankrupt. This forced the farmers on GMO as they couldn't reclaim seeds from current plants. So the market didn't decide the companies decided for them.

Comment: Re:No more subsidies (Score 1) 353

by ndavis (#47935847) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Can't we fine them and jail the executives for fraud on not delivering promised product instead? Might put a kick in the pants.

I'm tired of punishments consisting of not paying the corporate robbers any more money but getting to keep all they made so far.

I agree with you it is ridiculous that these Billion dollar companies can take Billions of taxpayer funds and not deliver what they say. Then after all of that they get a huge bonus for ripping us off and making huge profits. These people should be jailed or the company should be forced to pay back all the funds with interest. Doing this will cause changes especially if you hit the shareholders by hitting earnings which should happen.

Comment: Re:Gotta hand it to them... (Score 1) 49

by ndavis (#47323561) Attached to: Google I/O 2014 Begins [updated]

Honda doesn't go "Oh by the way, you can't use your Civic anymore, since we can't be bothered to support it, but to show how nice we are, we'll provide a toolkit to help you port goods from your trunk to another company's vehicle".

Actually Honda has done this with prior electric vehicles and are doing it with the new Honda Fit EVs that is currently available. They are lease only so they don't have to bother with support later.

Comment: Re:Who would have guessed? (Score 2) 217

You should go visit an organic farm. It is clearly not what you think it is.

This is true although it depends on the organic farm. I can't remember the name of the documentary I watched but basically the "Organic" label has been taken over by big Agriculture with them changing the definition to fit what they need.

Saying this you can still find true Organic farms where they don't use pesticides and care about the soil's longterm health they are just harder to find.

Nothing happens.