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Comment: Re:Won't be drinking it (Score 1) 532

by Megane (#49561539) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

I actually started drinking Diet Coke years ago because of the aspartame. I had one too many cans of Coca-Cola that just tasted awful (this was in the Coke Classic era after the New Coke fiasco), and found that the aspartame in Diet Coke not only tasted better, but consistently better.

I think one of the reasons that regular Coca-Cola tasted bad may have been because I don't care much for drinking them really cold, and the HFCS was probably tasting bad when it wasn't chilled. Aspartame has its own problems (it's not shelf stable at neutral pH, but perfect at soda-water acidity), and to me it has a bitter "before-taste" (in contrast to saccharine's bitter after-taste) giving it a bite that I actually sort of like.

And I really do not like saccharine. I'm old enough to remember Diet Pepsi from the '80s. It was absolutely awful. And really, all this got started when cyclamates got a bad reputation. It's actually still banned in the US, due to a lack of motivation to remove the ban.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately (for them) (Score 1) 301

by Megane (#49547947) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs
But aren't PC sales on the decline these days? About the only thing driving PC sales these days (aside from simple replacement of broken computers) is when Microsoft end-of-lifes a version of Windows. And that may have been mostly because the computers that ran W2K and XP could be so low spec. Microsoft may have to force the end of legacy BIOS booting for this to happen in significant numbers.

Comment: Re:This never works (Score 5, Insightful) 301

by Megane (#49547815) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs
I came to say roughly the same thing. 4K resolution is absolutely overkill for video. Sitting six feet away from a 37" 1080p TV set to 720p in Windows (otherwise I can't even read the small text), I can watch a 480p video without feeling like I'm losing anything. I still don't have Blu-Ray, aside from a BD reader drive that a friend gave me because he wasn't using it. I put it on an Ubuntu box and have not even been able yet to play that Talledega Nights movie that was one of the earliest releases (I got it real cheap at a thrift store, it's my only BD disc at all).

+ - Car Companies Say Home Repairs Are 'Legally Problematic,' Seek Copyright Restric->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles.

In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle.

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Comment: Re:workshop (Score 1) 229

Or they could, you know, consider an account that has at least one retail code registered to have spent at least $5? I doubt there are many Steam-based games that you can buy at retail for under $5, unless it's some kind of super clearance sale item.

The point is to restrict accounts that have with no purchase activity at all, because apparently it's easy (and free) to create a bunch of them with an automated script. You can't (or shouldn't be able to) generate retail codes with a script, so you can't use a script to create a large number of accounts with registration codes. The important difference is an account created with no effort vs one created with the effort to register games worth at least $5.

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.