The last couple of decades has seen the Federal Government become blinded to the consolidation in just about every industry and this is just one more example. Hopefully they will wake up and start viewing consolidation as bad. Competition is the only thing that drives customer service and consumer benefits. The baloney that a merger will result in vast improvements for consumers ignores the fact that it has never happened. There are no industries who were allowed to consolidate where things got better for the customers. None. Charter has had a long term record of terrible customer service. Time Warner has had a long term record of terrible customer service. It is total fantasy to think that combining the two would result in anything different. The tide needs to turn.
The manufacturer of Little Trees makes all of their products in the good old USA and have to continually battle the issue of knock offs and outright counterfeit products coming in and stealing business and damaging their reputation for quality. It would seem that they might have found a way to work with the non-profit, but I don't blame them for aggressively defending their turf. I know there are those who hate anyone who is successful, but that's where jobs come from and where a lot of people get their paychecks.
General Motors is a big fan of protecting THEIR computer software. They are now asserting that when you buy a new GM car, you are renting THEIR software which is highly restricted. They would love nothing more than to force every GM owner to come back to an authorized GM dealer or repair shop to get repairs. There is a huge competitive issue here. Independent repair shops are more convenient, lower in price, and fully capable of repairing your GM car. If GM gets their way, those independents will either have to pay GM a lot of money for the rights to work on their vehicles or they will be driven out of business. In either case, the cost to the consumer will increase dramatically.
I am not going to panic over the connector change. Sure I have a lot to stuff that fits that connector, but I also know there there will be a huge market for an adaptor that several people will sell and the price will be competitive.
I think back to Apple eliminating other connectors, dropping the floppy drive, dropping the CD/DVD drive, dropping the hard drive, and changing other ports and connectors. The panic that ensued was overdone for sure, but in the end it was the right thing to do.
There are people still running Windows 95 and unaware of the new world around them. The same with the new connector. Eventually we will buy it and life will go on. There are bigger things in the world than what kind of connector comes on and Apple device. We still have the option to buy or not.
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