Carlton green wrote: PH wrote:
pete75 wrote:As for the rest of your post utterly ludicrous.
Indeed, now we know his opinions are based on some crackpot extreme political beliefs rather than anything to do with hubs or cycling, it's easily ignored.
Is that really the case? I’d agree that nationalism and racism are too often the sources of much trouble but beware of suppressing people’s experiences of life too because that also leads to trouble too - that topic is poisonous and best avoided. Let’s just set aside the ‘crackpot and extreme’ beliefs, decide that they are not relevant to us, and examine the practical (as in applied to cycling use) aspects of the comments instead.
Being og German nationality and living in Germany I feel insulted by the OP's ludicrious claims about my country. While there is a lot to criticize about Germany I am very thankful to what possibilities it has opened for me. The claims of the OP about Germany are not just hilarious and far from any reality - they are insulting. The only thing that helps keeping cool ist that this guy has very obviously absolutely no clue what he is talking about and I feel sorry for anyone who takes him serious. His political and language related claims seem to be as "well" founded as his technical claims. I would simply consider him to be either a very simple mind or a troll, poisonous to any forum.
Carlton green wrote:Do some companies gather data about their customers and use it inappropriately?
Obviously yes. But I am absolutely sure that the Rohloff AG is not part of that game - in total opposite to what the OP claims.
As a side note: I am a huge advocate of privacy. But anyone who jumps on the OP's train should as a start be sure that
- he does not have an account with i.e. Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagramm etc.
- does not use any Google Services
- ist not using any services by Amazon let alone be a customer of their's
- does not use the internet w/o a fully loaded suite of ad- and tracking-blockers
- does not use an Oyster card
and so on and so on.
Carlton green wrote: Personally I’d be OK with someone having my machine’s serial number if it actually helps them to provide the correct replacement parts to me but it’s questionable as to whether they need to keep owner details too - thin end of the wedge or just efficient customer care?
A machine's serial number is not personal data and having them is a plain necessity to be able to provide the correct spare parts. This is just normal with almost any technical product. The OP massively confuses a lot of things: Obviously he has all the rights to modify his hub. He can even create spare parts on his own and build them in to the hub if he likes. If he wants to buy anything from Rohloff they have all the rights to sell or not sell to him and apply conditions to that - it is a different contract from the original one when buying the hub (ignoring the fact that he did not even buy the hub from them or a dealer but
second hand privately).
Carlton green wrote:Technical points made by the OP have been discussed and each should be judged on technical merit rather than any other beliefs. It certainly appears that the OP has a large (technical) knowledge base and as such it wouldn’t be sensible to simply discount all his comments.
To me it rather sounds like the OP mainly does have a very strong and very biased opinion rather than a serious technical knowledge base.