Community Question

Sorry to rant but I got to get this off my chest and I don't Facebook so, where we go.

My local cable company is experiencing issues, the networks are all raising their fees to be so high that only the major corporate broadcast companies can afford them. Therefore squeezing out all of the independent providers. We lost NBC a few months ago to a %400 price increase and poised to loose all Viacom networks. (I may be mistaken but I think Viacom is now part of NBC/Universal World Group. Oops correction, it appears Viacom owns NBC/Universal as of late 2012.) That of course is to set up a system where, though legally not a monopoly, they will have one hand that is always washing the other. Eg. Network A, (who no doubt has some money tied up into Broadcaster B), sells rights to Broadcaster B. So in essence they pay themselves to carry their own signal. This is a push by corporate media in an attempt to be in total control of broadcasting.

It appears they are trying to set the prices so high that the only players that will be left are, AT&T, Comcast, Time/Warner, Direct TV and the Dish Network.

And although history is filled with examples, stories, books and movies that illustrate the negative implications that this would have on society, they still insist on attempting this. Maybe those guys should take a brake from counting their money and watch a little of their programming to see just what happens when there are too few people involved in any large organization. Maybe a little Keanu a-la Johnny Nemonic would be a good starting look at a world with too few businesses.

In the end I guess it doesn't matter. They got their money either way so why should they care?

Sorry to rant but to be honest the reason I'm with my cable company is because 1: They offer the best internet in my area. Others have made the claim but no one has matched their level of service in my area. I get a much better signal and WAY better service from them as opposed to AT&T or Direct TV. (I've had TV through both and internet from AT&T. Very let down with both.) 2: Customer Service. At least in my area, if you have AT&T issues, you may as well get out your tool belt and start figuring it out yourself because it will be days before they get to you and you have to be there the whole day in order to not miss them and get put in the back of the queue. In fairness this was all over 5 years ago and I've refused to use AT&T anything as much as possible since so, maybe things are better. But, I doubt it.

It just sucks that I'm probably going to loose my reliable local company and end up with an (IMHO) inferior corporate provider for just as much if not more money. To my local I'm 1 in 500,000. To AT&T, Time and Comcast, I'd be 1 in 5,000,000. To my company I'm a valued customer and worth their time. To the big boys, I'm chump change and, in the past, have been tossed in a jar just like all of other chumps. Now that they have even more customers than they did then, I don't see that trend swinging toward my favor.

Once again, sorry to rant. -"Snatch your brain back zombies." -Jbone.
Dave Schulpius
Commented April 2014
Holy cats Antron007 *eek* I never intended to sound upset. That's the problem with typed words, I gotta be real careful how I put things. I'm not upset at all. Lord knows I've been known to stray off topic at times so I have no right throwing stones. However I do feel like Rich put it. He was able to put my feelings words more elegantly then I could have ever been able to.
Commented April 2014
This Forum IMO has the best decorum of any others that I have been on.! Considering the angst that this Community has been enduring its freaking amazing how civil and mature members are :D That's a tribute to our robot building passion :)
Dave Schulpius
Commented April 2014
My robot thought me everything I know. :P
Commented April 2014
@Rich "I just don't want the forums to become more about social discussions than EZ-Robots." - You're right man. I'm sorry. I failed to consider that this community has been growing, and more rapidly as of late. As numbers grow this sort of thing could become problematic and the valuable and relevant site could run the risk of becoming diluted.

@Dave - No worries. I'm cool if you're cool then we're cool :)

@Rest- At least you've managed to come up with some ideas for the site and we got a little info on PJ's media setup. (Nice PJ.) Maybe not a complete waste of time but this sort of thing won't happen again from me. Thanks for being forgiving and understanding.
Commented April 2014
I apologise, I didn't go into details about my project because it is not 100% ez-b power. It is a speech system to control the media pc ir remote. The ir module is connected to an arduino. It have a very simple c language loop that control the ir. It receive command via the ez-b ttl serial port. Ez-b is connected via bluetooth, control by the Denise speech recognition software ( I purchase from here Media pc is connected to the TV in front of the room, and , arduino, ez-b, ir sensor are in the back of the room. I am currently posting from my phone again I apologise, will be back home in 2 weeks. If interested will share pictures and videos. I never share it since I did not use ez-builder, instead I used the sdk and c++, it push command to arduino. I was waiting for the v4 to switch everything over and built my own personal A.I system base on a mobile robot structure. Something very similar to Lexi ( awesome project by XL-robot).
Asked on Tuesday, April 1, 2014