groghunter

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May 28, 2016 at 8:02
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groghunter paulaston's article
May 28, 2016 at 7:53
5 hours
Robot Bike Co R160 - First Look
@andrextr: It would be interesting to figure out, or hear from Weagle himself, exactly what he's tuning with that upper link.
groghunter paulaston's article
May 27, 2016 at 17:54
19 hours
Robot Bike Co R160 - First Look
@westeast: I love how every Libertarian tells everyone else that their arguments are just "YOU WANT TEH GOBMINT TO BE IN CHARGE WHAT ARE U A COMMIE?!" No, my arguments can't be summed down to that, at all. but when you ignore any points I make so you can turn my arguments into that strawman, it's really easy to argue against, in't it? Your other argument is that we're worse off without child labor, being fired for being injured on the job & receiving no medical help, or really any kind of workers rights. those are the things you're saying are better than the "wholesome meat act". & oh look, an anti-GMO screed, (here, I'll give you a chance to educate yourself. go find an anti-gmo study. Now look & see if it was conducted by some guy who makes a shit ton of cash writing books about "GMO IS TEH DEBIL" you won't be able to find one.) lets see, after that, you somehow tie more regulation into a large corporation having more power. That's some interesting metal gymnastics. & then, somehow, you're going tie labor & consumer protections into people waging war, like somehow if there were no governments, then nobody would kill each other. Truly, yours is a staggering intellect.
groghunter vernonfelton's article
May 27, 2016 at 17:39
19 hours
Pivot Switchblade - First Look
@slowrider73: Similar geo is not the same geo. small changes= big effect is the name of the game with bike frames.
groghunter paulaston's article
May 27, 2016 at 17:37
19 hours
Robot Bike Co R160 - First Look
@andrextr: Good find on that last photo. That seems to be at full compression, looks like that top link isn't moving too far. kinda reminds me of the switch infinity slider, where there's not a lot physical movement to achieve the design they're trying to accomplish.
groghunter paulaston's article
May 27, 2016 at 14:32
23 hours
Robot Bike Co R160 - First Look
@hamncheez: Well, you wrote a novel, but here's at least a couple of things I take issue with: I can vote with my wallet? bullshit. because MS or Apple or who the fuck ever can spend a shit ton on whitewashing their image in advertising, & gain 100 customers for every one who "votes with their wallet." Let me address something completely idiotic you said: you want to explain to me how Comcast is a government created monopoly when the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 made it completely illegal for local government to sign exclusivity deals with cable providers? They are ABSO-FRICKIN-LUTELY allowed to compete, but they ABSO-FRICKIN-LUTELY won't. & our consumer protections in this country have so little teeth at this point that they aren't even afraid to publically say it: http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/05/charter-wont-compete-against-cable-firms-because-it-might-buy-them-later/ So you want to say that collusion never lasts? You provided one of the best possible examples of how wrong you are, as cable companies have had unwritten agreements to not compete with each other for, at the very least, the last 24 years. & the result is anything but a vibrant market: we pay twice as much for 1/10th the speed as other developed nations.
groghunter vernonfelton's article
May 27, 2016 at 14:12
23 hours
Pivot Switchblade - First Look
@jerrytek: That's an odd conclusion, because you never really question my analogy, just the conclusion. But I think you're wrong, in that companies have had some very successful custom parts. Specialized had special shock lengths & attachments for over a decade, & trek is still making DRCV. We may have all woken up to the fact that hedshock is shit, but Cannondale had a very successful run with it. I think the line between independent components & what the moto world looks like is closer than you think, & certain companies are trying to dip their toe over it all the time.
groghunter vernonfelton's article
May 27, 2016 at 14:01
23 hours
Pivot Switchblade - First Look
@slowrider73: & my point is you brought up the Kona as an example that all the changes were unnecessary, but it says in the article that pretty much the entire reason they went with the parts they did was to make the geometry work. Sure, the Kona might have had lots of easy to replace components, but they couldn't have given it the geo that this bike has, which is far better than what that Kona had.
groghunter vernonfelton's article
May 27, 2016 at 12:32
1 days
Pivot Switchblade - First Look
@jerrytek: Oh, I'll respond to that one: ever compared the difference in price between a car part available at Auto-zone, to one that you can only get at a dealer? THAT'S why we don't want every bike having custom componentry hanging off it.
groghunter paulaston's article
May 27, 2016 at 12:29
1 days
Robot Bike Co R160 - First Look
@westeast: I'll defend the position that government is better trusted with that power: simply put, regardless of how crappy our democracy may get, I still have a vote over who gets elected. I've got zero power over anyone in a business structure. ever. Unless there are laws against them pursuing profit at the cost of their workforce, but that puts power in hand of government, which is apparently like having a gun held to your head in some way that holding your next paycheck is not(at least from what I can tell of your post. I disagree, in that I at least have a vote over government. I don't have anything over a business.) Furthermore, you're completely ignoring history. We HAD laissez faire capitalism. For essentially the entire 19th century. The laws we have now were written during the early 20th century in response to robber barons & others using laissez faire capitalism in order to enrich themselves completely at the cost of others, for example, using child labor(& worse conscripting orphans for it.)
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