Well if what you're expecting is for an instantaneous drop in rent once the controls are gone then yea, you'd be sorely disappointed.
What would actually happen if the controls were gone is rent would immediately go up. All those eViL rich landlords getting greedy and all. Then once everyone left because they couldn't afford to live there anymore the landlords would slowly come to the realization that something is better than nothing and drop the rent prices back to more sane/affordable levels.
So no, it's not an instant realization of dropping rent prices, but after some time rent prices would eventually start to drop below where they started in the first place.
It's nice to finally have the confirmation of what I already knew was happening with video game reviews. There have been far too many games over the last few years that completely sucked that got above average to great reviews from the vast majority of reviewers out there. You sit there and scratch your head like, but everyone said this game was good... but its horrible.
This particular game I haven't played yet so I can't speak as to how good or bad it is. But, because of this situation in the industry I took to never buying games at full price at launch anymore and waiting several months for them to go on sale before buying. This is regardless of reviews etc. It's sad, but its what we as gamers have to do to protect ourselves from getting burned all of the time. Aside from that, I would recommend going off user reviews rather that editorial reviews of games, you'll get a more accurate representation there I believe.
The manufacture isn't "implicated" or have any "liability" at all. Nor are they even obligated to replace the faulty units. Now it would be bad customer service not to fix the problem with the units in question and if they don't other companies may not want to buy from them in the future. But none of this implies the manufacture bears any responsibility in the theft that has taken place.
I build my own computers and upgrade them. I've also worked jobs where people pay me to upgrade theirs. Again, I really don't see a difference between modding your own stuff, and paying a professional to do it when the stuff is something you don't have sufficient knowledge of to do yourself.
Try applying that "modding" part to an Apple computer and let me know how that works out for ya.
I'm with Sal on this, I actually have had Comcast for internet for the last four years and have had only minor issues. Even though their level 1 support personnel are recruited from the "special" school, they have been responsive to me for support issues.
As far as speed goes, I get between 20-25Mb down and between 3-4Mb up from them consistently (with the option to upgrade to a 30Mb or 50Mb line). How long ago did you have service from them?