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Comment Re:or how about less sugar anyways? (Score 3, Informative) 327

Part of the reason everything is better in Europe is because of the high taxes. Low taxes lead to inequality, which leads to civil unrest, which leads to suffering. It's like the path to the Dark Side, but for civil societies.

The happiest nation on Earth, Denmark, has

  • Federal income tax up to 15% for higher earners
  • Healthcare tax
  • Land value tax
  • Local income tax too! Around 25%
  • There is a ceiling on income tax though ; you can't pay more than 51.5% when all income taxes are added up
  • There's a 25% sales tax on nearly everything though
  • They even have a tax on stupidity being a member of the state church.

Taxes are good for the health of a civil society Why do you think the happiness levels in the USA correlate so strongly with the drop in tax levels promoted by the richest?

Comment Re:or how about less sugar anyways? (Score 1) 327

You might want to get yourself some Black Blood of the Earth, which was developed for just such a reason.

Or an Aeropress. I find that as long as you don't let it steep more than about 30 seconds, the coffee an Aeropress makes is much less bitter than filter or french press, the taste is almost chocolately in nature.

Cold-brew produces similar results in terms of flavour as well - but it's powerful ju-ju, I've not titrated the dose right yet. Last time I tried it I had one glass of it cold over ice in the morning but all the little wheels in my brain spun all night while my body slept.

Comment Re:or how about less sugar anyways? (Score 1) 327

The US formulation has PGPR in it. They claim not to have changed the recipe in the UK, but given the number of people complaining it's not as good as it used to be that stretches credibility.

I've found Dairy Milk to be too sweet and greasy and not chocolately enough for years though.

Sadly Cadbury's owned my go-to choice of "everyday" (not every day) chocolate, Green & Blacks, which means the Despoiler Mondelez own them too. The cracks are already starting to show, with their US arm now releasing bars that are no longer labelled "Organic". I'm not the kind of person who thinks "Organic" bestows magical qualities on food, but it displays a willingness to compromise has been forced into the heart of the company, and who knows what will change next.

Comment Re:No you won't. (Score 3, Informative) 327

Sugar is worse than fat. Fat doesn't spike your insulin making you hungry again shortly afterwards.

The start of the real obesity epidemic in the USA correlates strongly with the research that sugar companies paid for that painted fat as the enemy, and the frenzied replacement of fat in many food products with sugar. See "low fat!" on a label? They had to find something to replace it with, and that was usually sugar.

Comment Re:JUST GREAT! (Score 2) 327

Sorry, but they do. I believe that labelling law requires them to do so (at least, in the EU - this is presumably one of the laws that TTIP etc seek to muzzle by bringing standards down to the lowest common denominator, ie, the USA).

Yorkie has 25% cocoa solids by mass - which surprised me, it's actually more than our UK favourite, Cadbury's Dairy Milk, which has 22%.

No PGPR, or butyric acid, aka "What vomit smells of", the stuff that makes Hershey's so "special" either.

I won't buy Nestlé on principle though. They deserve their reputation as "Swiss Bastards". Sadly, Cadbury's is in the process of being ruined by another giant "food" corporation, Mondelez (used to be Kraft), chocolate in the UK has kinda lost it's taste for me.

Comment Re:It's pointless (Score 1) 260

Signing paper documents, or electronic ones, with your hand, makes me cringe.

It's so, so easy to forge now. I keep a transparent PNG of my signature I made by signing on a drawing tablet on my computer and sign PDF forms with it, so anyone could do the same.

I'm buying a house this year and the amount of paperwork various entities are demanding is staggering - but they're all happy to receive it as PDF files with *zero* means of checking that they're valid. A 12 year old with LibreOffice could forge convincing replacements for these documents.

At some point the penny is going to drop and lawyers are going to start demanding documents as cryptographically signed digital files and the paper will go the way of the dodo.

Comment Re:Whitelisting renders your computer useless... (Score 1) 54

Much of that is down to a single Windows design decision - deciding that a file is executable because of how it's name is spelled, rather than whether the user has explicitly enabled it to be executable.

Unix got this right. DOS got this wrong, and Windows is still paying for that mistake 35 years later.

But yes, the core problem here is the differential levels of responsibility. You should have to pass a test to get the whitelisting lifted so you can actually use the computer like a computer, and not a multi-appliance.

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