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Comment Re: Maybe NOW we can have Nestle chocolate back (Score 1) 319

Update: found a pic of their old [70s/80s/90s(?)/early-00s(??)] chocolate bar wrapper:

It looks like it began disappearing from US stores sometime around 2005, and Nestle pulled the plug and quit selling it altogether (in the US, at least) as a cost-cutting measure during the Great Recession (when the few stores willing to re-stock products *at all* eliminated anything they regarded as 'niche').

Comment Re: Why not just use Splenda? (Score 1) 319

Yep. You can also blend aspartame and AceK (and in fact, that was what Pepsi did with first-generation Pepsi ONE, now reintroduced as "Diet Pepsi with aspartame"), but then you end up with a worse shelf life than aspartame alone.

Basically, aspartame breaks down over time, loses its sweetness, and eventually decays further into formaldehyde. I'm not sure what AceK breaks down into, but its half-life is comparable to aspartame's.

The main advantage of sucralose + AceK over aspartame + aceK is that aceK's taste-neutralization lasts longer than its sweetness. So, with sucralose + aceK, Pepsi can use enough Splenda to maintain acceptable sweetness long after the aceK has started breaking down, and use the aceK purely for taste-neutralization (nobody really minds if it's "too sweet" when fresh). With aspartame + aceK, you still get the flavor-smoothing effect, but after 3-6 months, it tastes almost as bad as pure decayed aspartame.

Tip: if you have diet soda that's ~3 to 12 months old, try adding a packet or two of aspartame or sucralose per 12oz before drinking... assuming you didn't store it in a hot Florida garage (causing more formaldehyde), this trick can resurrect an otherwise-ruined can/bottle of diet soda.

Comment Re: Why not just use Splenda? (Score 3, Informative) 319

Splenda by itself doesn't quite taste like sugar. Combining it with acesulfame potassium neutralizes the 'off' taste (Pepsi has a patent on it... it's why the semi-new Diet Pepsi without aspartame tastes so good, and why Diet Coke -- even with Splenda -- is still kind of gross.)

UNFORTUNATELY, AceK is even more unsuitable for baked, cooked, or melted foods than aspartame, so it's a one-trick pony that only works for cold beverages (but, combined with sucralose, works miracles).

Comment Maybe NOW we can have Nestle chocolate back (Score 2) 319

Years ago, I used to *love* Nestle's plain chocolate bars (the ones in red wrappers with white writing that were basically "Nestle Crunch, without the 'crunch' part".

At some point over the past 20 years, they silently vanished from the shelves of American stores (though Nestle Crunch remains), and Hershey's vomit-flavored chocolate was all that remained. Well, and Dove... Dove is better than Hershey's, but not as good as I remember Nestle chocolate being.

Hopefully, this will be the game-changer that gets Nestle back into American stores & breaks Hershey's hegemony.

Comment Re: Don't give him ideas (Score 1) 549

Exactly. I didn't vote for Trump, and I'm not happy that he's going to be president, but hysterical articles like this are just getting silly.

America will survive Trump, just like it survived G.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Herbert Hoover (among others).

If Trump actually tried doing this, and the Republicans in Congress didn't stop him by modifying the statutes the FCC is tasked with enforcing, they'd be kicked out *wholesale* by angry voters in 2018 (the Republican Party almost never supports primary challengers against incumbent Republicans, but challenges DO happen anyway when voters are sufficiently pissed). Trump has plenty of hot (fart-scented) air, but if you accepted as true everything some Democrats are saying right now, you'd think he was literally omnipotent or something. He's not, any more than Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and even Reagan & before were.

Comment Re: Don't give him ideas (Score 1) 549

I'm not sure whether Apple allows you to block Amber Alerts, but Android *absolutely* does... and you don't need root to do it, either. Launch text messages, go to settings -> advanced -> wireless alerts, then (cell broadcast) settings. From there, you can de-select amber alerts.

(disclaimer: Nexus 6p, Android 6.0.1)

Comment Re: data likely to become self-fulfilling (Score 1) 204

Kind of like how you can be arrested in Florida with no justification from the officer besides, "Resisting Arrest Without Violence".

The circular logic *alone* makes my head hurt. It basically gives the police authority to arrest anyone for anything at any time, then justify it if challenged by claiming the person they arrested gave them so much as a dirty look.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1, Interesting) 403

IE6 wasn't made to be "as proprietary as possible". It was made the way it was because it had to be compatible with web pages made for IE4 and IE5.

In 1997, Microsoft's only real competition for IE was Netscape Navigator... and Netscape Navigator 4 was a hot mess. Netscape 4 sucked worse than a whore with braces. Web developers HATED Netscape, because it would literally crash your whole computer and take Windows down with it on a regular basis. And W3C took an eternity to get its act together and agree about how css and dom should work.

Compared to Netscape, IE4 was like a gift from ${deity} to the world's web developers. Unlike Netscape, it actually worked. And IE4's DHTML did stuff that other browsers using "standards-compliant" HTML couldn't reliably do until ~2004. IE5 built upon IE4,and IE6 was their first real attempt to implement the new standards-compliant HTML. And from what I remember, IE6 or IE7 actually did a better job of rendering HTML5 than Firefox until ~2008. Microsoft even bent over backwards to allow web developers to use standards-compliant html 5 without screwing up their ability to use IE-specific DHTML.

Hell, back in 1998, Microsoft could have probably sold IE5 for Linux for $89 AND SOLD MILLIONS OF COPIES if it ran at least as well as IE5 for Windows. People here seem to have forgotten just how truly awful Netscape 4 was.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 725

Right. Because bringing a car with a driver who falls asleep while using Autopilot to a complete stop in the middle of a rural interstate at 3am so someone else can rear-end them at 80mph is obviously safer than keeping the car moving along at the speed of typical traffic and staying in its lane.

A stopped car on a mostly-empty limited-access highway is just about the deadliest road hazard imaginable.

The accident in Florida happened because the driver didn't understand that something that's reasonably safe to do on an interstate isn't necessarily safe to do on a country road with cross traffic.

Comment Re: Small tidbit (Score 1) 121

The internal PC speaker is a single-bit i/o line without a DAC (digital audio from it is bitbanged 1-bit pwm. Google: RealSound ). Assuming you could read the port all, the audio quality would be really bad since there's no way to quantize sampled pwm. And having at work at all assumes the i/o's data direction register can be changed.

Basically, this exploit takes advantage of the audio chip's ability to use any line as an input or output, so you can sample stereo and output mono, or output stereo and sample mono.

Comment Re: government regulations (Score 1) 333

And your solution is likely to be far worse. Government regulations are what enable us to live without having to scrutinize every business transaction as if you were bargaining with the devil for your immortal soul.

Places like Denmark, Switzerland, Singapore, and California have fairly expansive regulations. Somalia has basically no government-enforceable regulations. By all accounts, Somalia should be the ultimate libertarian utopia. In reality, you'd have to be completely INSANE to choose life in Somalia over life in Denmark, Switzerland, Singapore, or California.

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