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Comment: Re:Mid-engine sports cars (Score 1) 130

by drinkypoo (#49566351) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

There is no reason that a company couldn't custom design a safe frame first and build a car around that, but the big (3?) names aren't nimble enough or interested to become that until more Tesla-like companies come along to shake up the market.

It costs a lot to build a safe car. Tesla and Audi A8 drivers walk away from accidents that tear their cars in half. But you'll note that these are some of the most expensive cars to produce. Cadillac is now using the same techniques (plus some, so they can build an aluminum unibody with steel floor pans) so your wish has been granted, the first genuinely safe cars are coming out from a big 3 automaker. Problem is, they're coming from the marque that doesn't share platforms.

Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 394

The intent isn't to save more fuel though, it's to improve that 0-60 time,

They only shave a couple of tenths, though, because of all the mass they have to add to support the hybrid system. It makes a pretty small difference there. The only place it makes a big difference is in fuel economy. It brings supercars into the twenties and hypercars into the double digits. So I don't buy all that bollocks about it not being for fuel economy. The only exception is that Koenigsegg without gears, it truly couldn't function without it.

Comment: Re:Taste (Score 1) 531

by drinkypoo (#49565019) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Weird... I never worried about anything I ingest. But Sucralose / Splenda was the first thing that I ever drank that gave me an instant headache

Are you sure it didn't also have Acesulfame K?

I can taste aspartame right off, yuck. Never felt anything weird from it myself. But I still prefer sucralose, I've never felt anything weird from it either. I used a whole lot of it last time I was on the Atkins diet. My lady is afraid of it so we use stevia, and now monk fruit extract. When they bother to fill their shelves, Safeway now carries it without sugar, as a liquid. It's got some preservatives, of course, even though it sits on the shelf for about a picosecond.

Comment: Re:Still Acesulfame K (yuk!) (Score 1) 531

by drinkypoo (#49565009) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

The other sweetener I've seen showing up in sodas lately has been stevia. I normally avoid the stuff like the plague - tastes worse to me than aspartame does, though in a rotting-organic-bad way rather than a metallic-fake way. Maybe cola flavors can mask that, though.

No, no they can not. Cola in particular is horrible with Stevia. However, Zevia's Ginger Ale and Ginger Root Beer (which really just tastes like root beer) are both very good. I have been somewhat nauseated by their other flavors, so while this may be subjective, at least I'm discriminating.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 532

by drinkypoo (#49564983) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

We have alternatives, people! Tap water is good for us, good for the environment, stunningly cheap and tastes pretty good.

Time for you to google "tap water amoeba death"

Also, tap water is absolutely fucking horrible for the environment. Here's how it works: we take water out of waterways and process it with chemicals, then when you're done you flush it down the toilet and then we process it with some more chemicals. Very little of this is necessary; country-dwellers can crap in a hole and process their drinking water with a RO membrane, using the waste water for irrigation, or via distillation, while city-dwellers' effluent can be processed with ponds.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 532

by drinkypoo (#49564965) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

I forgot to mention though that saccharin is still dead in the market because it has a really strong aftertaste.

No, it's back, it just only shows up in specific places. For example, you can get sugar-free tonic water made with it. In that case, the quinine completely covers up the taste of the saccharin. For the same reason, I predict that stevia will enjoy widespread use in root beer and ginger ale, but not in lemon-lime soda or in cola. In the former cases, you can barely taste the leafy aftertaste. In the latter, it's all you can taste — at least, these are my experiences, and they jibe with those of my lady.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 532

by drinkypoo (#49564939) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

The fruit and other foods which make a tiny amount of methanol also make ethanol, which protects the body from the methanol which by the way turns into formaldehyde. So diet soda consumed with similar protection food should be fine, however it is open question if drinking alone would be fine.

So what you're saying is that it's okay to use it as a mixer? That's what I'll tell the cops when they catch me tipping up my flask. "Well, it's part of my weight loss program..."

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