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Comment Re:Use Mahindra & Mahindra (Score 1) 434

but it all catches up with everyone eventually.

Not necessarily. This board is likely full of people who are fairly well-off, have valuable tech skills that are highly transferable, and have the ability to leave a sinking ship for other nations if need be. Rural farmers don't have that so much, and can't just pack up and skip the country if things go south in a bad way. The rural voters have really screwed themselves.

Comment Re:Tractor Breakers, not Fixers. (Score 1) 434

Yes, but that's not at all what you said before. You claimed that modifying the tractor would "void the warranty". That is a complete lie. The mfgr cannot "void the warranty", they can only refuse to honor a warranty if the problem is shown to be caused by damage caused by the end-user, as the law clearly states.

Comment Re:John Deere is a problem (Score 1) 434

The same reason the US and EU governments both investigate large mergers and block them if they think it's too anti-competitive. Try getting Boeing to buy out Airbus and see if the EU doesn't step in and block it. And authority? Why would you think a large government wouldn't have the authority to block a large corporate merger? They do it all the time.

Comment Re:I use them quite a lot (Score 2) 188

I'm not sure why Google would want to get rid of them

Because everyone is all about "minimalism!!!" these days, and Chrome is the poster child of this. I'm actually surprised these features have lasted this long, or even got in there in the first place.

Go back 15 years and look at the UIs we used to have: we have far more features than today. Now everything needs to be designed to run on a small tablet screen and operated with your thumbs.

Comment Re: Liability (Score 1) 434

Actually, most people fall into the moderate spectrum. It's just the fringe loonies that are VERY vocal about their position. And with the internet, you get to hear from them a lot more than you used to.

I'm sorry, that's just not what I'm seeing, at least on the conservative side. I don't see it on the liberal side; those people seem reasonable to me, but then again I don't hang out with college-aged people, and everything I'm reading about that crowd is pretty scary. On the conservative side, I'm seeing friends and family members I've known a long time buy into the stupidest crap straight out of right-wing news. This wasn't a thing 5+ and certainly 10+ years ago; it's all new thanks to the alt-right Facebook groups and news sites. Middle-aged people who normally are against the war on drugs and are pot smokers are big fans of Trump and Sessions; it's an utterly amazing display of cognitive dissonance. When pressed, they really think that Sessions will "come around" on the drugs issue even though all evidence is that he's a hard-line "tough on crime" and anti-drug (esp. anti-pot) ideologue. People who are highly religious are all for new right-wing/Trumpist policies like repealing Obamacare and shrinking Medicaid which people in their own families rely on to have healthcare. In fact, it's utterly amazing how the Christian conservatives/evangelicals have rallied behind Trump, someone who is obviously only religious about being greedy. AFAICT, a lot of this comes from a reaction against society's growing acceptance of homosexuality, and also against immigration. For some, it seems that nothing is more important than "getting rid of the Mexicans", and they're happy to sacrifice all their civil liberties and freedoms for this cause.

Comment Re:Use Mahindra & Mahindra (Score 1) 434

Joe is trying to screw you over by selling you a crippled product. Fuck him. He's as much a part of the problem as the guards at Auschwitz. "I was just following orders" is no excuse.

If you can get all the salesman to quit because they're not selling anything, and you can waste the dealership's time and cause them to have zero sales, they're not going to stay in business for long. If they go out of business, great. That just hastens the demise of Deere, because they can't continue to operate a company with no dealers and no sales.

Sure, the office would have been open anyway, but they have a limited number of salespeople. The only loss here is 4 hours of the farmer's time, but if you always choose the path of most convenience every time, you get the situation we have here: sellers and mfgrs screwing you over. If every farmer did this, once a week, things would change.

Comment Re:John Deere has too many non farmers (Score 2) 434

Unless Trump somehow increases trade protection, the long term backlash seems imminent.

Yeah, it'll actually be pretty funny if Trump and the GOP are able to set up big trade barriers for farm equipment, eliminating foreign competition and forcing smaller farmers to buy new JD equipment which they can't service themselves (and the GOP-run FTC and DoJ will make sure JD's anti-DIY policies hold up), and running most of them out of business. Because most of these small-time farmers and their rural buddies are the people who voted Trump and the GOP into office.

Comment Re:Tractor Breakers, not Fixers. (Score 2) 434

If you modify the tractor in a way that is unsupported by the manufacturer, you void the warranty and John Deere is released from responsibility. It's not at all unlike your TV, or your cell phone, or millions of other products on the market.

The Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 disagrees with you. Go read it.

Comment Re:Tractor investors, not breakers. (Score 1) 434

Here in America, where the only German cars we get are high-end Mercedes, BMWs, Audis, and the only economical German cars are butt-ugly (and highly polluting) VWs made in Mexico, from everything I've read German cars are not all that reliable, and worse are specifically engineered to be impossible for you to work on them, and have atrociously expensive parts and service. One guy I knew had a BMW 2-3 years old that somehow developed suspension trouble and needed $1500 in repairs for it. An economical Japanese car is easy for you to do most maintenance and simple repairs in your garage and the parts are cheap.

Japanese cars are the ones you get if you want reliability and relatively inexpensive parts and service (best are the Japanese cars made in Japan). And don't whine about me comparing a $18-30k Honda or Toyota or Mazda or Subaru to a $40-90k BMW; those are the choices we get here.

Comment Re:John Deere Isn't The Only Manufacturer of Tract (Score 0) 434

Al Franken for president in 2020 and Jill Stein as VP. The bumper stickers will say "Franken/Stein 2020"

Totally off-topic and I know you're not supposed to reply to peoples' signatures, but this is great. However, I can guarantee the Democratic Party won't do it; doing something catchy which would be popular with people, instead of picking the worst possible corporatist neo-liberal candidate they can find, is anathema to the Democrats. If they really did run a "Franken/Stein" ticket, they'd surely win, for many reasons, and the memorability of that phrase would be part of building enthusiasm. So there's just no way it'll happen because of this. My prediction: Hillary will be "given" the nomination yet again, with some other crappy right-wing religious VP pick, and she'll lose, yet again, and we'll have 4 more years of Trump.

Comment Re:Liability (Score 1) 434

Then JD should have the owner sign an agreement that says JD not responsible for repairs/accidents due to non-JD service.

They don't need any such agreement. They already have a federal law that says this: the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975. It basically says that for repairing or maintaining your car (or other consumer good), you're allowed to use 3rd-party repair parts and have an independent mechanic (or yourself) do it, unless the manufacturer does all this stuff for free for you, and that they can't "void" your warranty because of this, but that they *can* refuse warranty claims that are actually caused by the non-OEM part or repair.

Maybe there needs to be a law.

There is, the one I just pointed out. Somehow, after 42 years, everyone's forgotten about it even though almost everyone in America drives a car and is affected by it. Honestly, even on car-related message boards, full of car enthusiasts, I see this come up constantly, with people asking "will my warranty be void if I don't take my car to the dealer to change the oil?"

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