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Comment: Re:Same Thing Almost Happened to Me (Score 1) 536

All that does is get you out of closing without penalty. You can walk away and not buy the house. But once you've closed, you own the property and all its inherent issues. So for that to work would mean the condition of sale was that broadband must be installed prior to closing. After that you have to sue. If the condition was only that broadband had to be available, you can try to sue the previous owners but you would have to prove that they acted in bad faith if they were the ones who said it was available. Maybe you can sue the cable company for acting in bad faith, but they have nothing to do with the property sale so it's a separate issue.

IANAL but I do have family who sued their home's previous owners.

Comment: Re:caveat emptor (Score 1) 264

by rhazz (#49335977) Attached to: Wikipedia Admin's Manipulation "Messed Up Perhaps 15,000 Students' Lives"

But for people who only can get to wikipedia through their basic cell phone plans .... that was the only source of information.

While I agree that there is genuine concern about wikipedia becoming a gatekeeper in general, I don't think it's valid to claim this was the sole source for people to be making college decisions on. Wikipedia Zero has only been around in India for about 2 years. What did they use prior to that to look up information on colleges? Did those other sources of information disappear in those two years? Just because a new, convenient source of information becomes available doesn't mean people should suddenly treat that as the only authority on the subject.

I would also question the article's claim that possibly 15,000 people were affected, since they don't seem to back up that calculation. I bet that is just the college's estimated yearly enrollment multiplied by the number of years the banned account was active.

Comment: Re:Not a diet, but a lifestyle change (Score 1) 492

by rhazz (#49328897) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds
So much this. When my wife started her diet her weight was stable at ideal + 30lbs. Since her weight was stable in her current lifestyle she thought that after the weight loss she could go back what to her usual intake was and be stable there. This seemed an obvious error to me but I was at a loss to explain it.

Comment: Re:Eat less than you burn (Score 2) 492

by rhazz (#49328789) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds
Have to agree with this. One of the biggest difficulties is becoming educated on what (enjoyable) foods you can still eat are. My wife chose to lose 30 lbs prior to having kids, and found a free app that enabled her to know her daily intake just by tracking content and serving sizes and setting goals - it was essentially a free competitor to the Weight Watchers app. The app had a large online database of specific food products along with their exact serving sizes, the only additional thing she needed was a food weight scale (~$30). Everything had a point scale and you were allotted X points per day, with an additional Y points per week if you choose to go out during the week.

It was frankly amazing to us how much caloric content is in very small amounts of food. One week my wife had done well and still had weekly points, so we decide to get a slice of Pizza Pizza. Of course the pizza slice had a high point cost, but the shocker was that a single serving of the garlic dipping sauce was almost as many points as the slice itself.

Overall, it worked out for my wife mainly because she enjoyed a variety of raw vegetables and fruits with low calories. Finding low calorie food that you enjoy is probably a significant hurdle for many. It also requires support from those you live with - I personally have a great metabolism and have a terribly high caloric intake which caused many temptations for my wife until I made concessions.

Comment: Re:Spies are sneaky (Score 1) 202

by rhazz (#49327021) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations
Because those grieving believe that the tragedy could have been avoided if the authorities had more power. They would trade much for the assurances that this could not happen again. The sister of the single casualty in Ottawa's attack last year is making this argument for bill C-51.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 316

by rhazz (#49320151) Attached to: Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy
~97% of electricity produced in Quebec comes from hydro. A lot of that is exported too (~$1 billion per year). HydroQuebec is also investing significantly in alternative energy sources because their hydro capacity is expected to peak in the next decade. Alternatives include biomass, wind, thermal, etc. It's a good thing. They do have a gas plant which is currently not used due to the huge surplus. (2011)

Comment: Re:Buggy whip makers said automobiles aren't... (Score 1) 451

by rhazz (#49291457) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future
And over time as the technology improves they will make fewer and fewer mistakes. Are they the future? Yes. But I believe widespread adoption even in a single country is at least 50 years away. It boggles me that people are pursuing self driving cars when we don't even have automated trains yet.

Comment: Re:So, don't download it (Score 1) 367

by rhazz (#49216671) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses
This ignores the fact that without the trolling and threats, Yik Yak might be a service that people want to use and benefit from. Your comment could just as easily be applied to the internet in general. I don't think society has a very bright future if every time the trolls move in, we simply let the forum or medium "die off". This is already happening with most sites that allow comments on news articles - the trolls have prevented any meaningful discussion and the commenting is shut down. It is not a good thing.

No, I don't think there's a law that will adequately address the issue without harming other freedoms, but letting potentially useful services die off because of random assholes seems too far in the other direction.

Comment: Re:Thing everyone is missing (Score 1) 340

To my knowledge Quebecker isn't really a derogatory term by itself, but then I am not from Quebec. Similarly I don't think "newfie" is derogatory (someone from Newfoundland), though the term is often used in many negative contexts. Quebecois is more of an official french term for someone from Quebec, though I've heard it used in both english and french contexts.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?