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But just the same,  I also think that those that complain so loudly  about the patent office would probably feel very differently if it were their intellectual property, invention, or idea  being appropriated by someone else without compensation.

A someone who made a living (kind of) for 30 years by writing, copyrighting, and selling music, I have to say I heartily agree with Al.  I know that he's involved in the arts, too, so we both have a first hand interest in cases like this.

I don't want to get this into politics or a fight.  Just to be clear I agree that people want to protect their work and I agree that they should be able to.  The problem with quite a few patents issued today is that they are being issued for things that should be copyrighted not patented.  "Look and feel" and software code fall in the area of art not physically built stuff.  One example I've seen recently is that many patents today simply describe a concept with no actual design or build evidence to support them.  That isn't what patents were for way back in the day.  At one time you had to turn over your invention for review to get your patent approved.  It seems that has changed.

Like I said, I'm not here to fight and I shouldn't have made the first comment, so I won't say anymore on it.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you think of this commercial
« on: August 29, 2012, 11:46:09 AM »
The commercial is funny (at least a little) to me.  Mostly because I know that most of us are not like that.  Some people do want to use clams in beer but that's another thread.   ;D

I have been to BWW and I can say, with no reservations, that you haven't missed much.  Most of their dishes are not even actually wings but chicken fingers with sauces.  At least that's my recollection.  YMMV


The Pub / Re: Cell-phone woes
« on: August 29, 2012, 08:04:52 AM »
My complaint with phones (I have an old flip phone 5 yrs generation past the "brick" phone) is that the battery life goes and then the reception diminishes....I can't take a call from inside my house anymore, and even out back it fails me.  My wife's Iphone 4s is 3 of 4 full bars at same location.  Time for an upgrade.

Oh, and texting inside the house is becoming verboten as that reception has gone fast.

If you are on Verizon, you can try updating your tower map.  Dial *228 and select option 2 from the menu.  Wireless carriers are constantly adding/deleting towers.  If you haven't updated your tower map your phone can struggle to find towers that will talk to it.

I don't guarantee it will help but it has made mine work better over the years.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: star san and pbw question
« on: August 28, 2012, 03:07:40 PM »
Ok so don't rinse the star san,  and rinse the PBW
second question- with a bottle drain tree and bottle washing attachment do i first use the PBW, then run tap water, then run the star san?

It depends.  If you are starting with clean bottles, just rinse with Star-San.  If you still need to get the gunk out, then PBW, rinse and then run the Star-San through.  I put my empties away clean so I don't have to work so hard on bottling day. :D



Samsung seems to have lost their case with Apple right now. I'm wondering if the Apple Samsung verdict will have any influence on this situation.  As far as consumer confusion goes; I could definitely see some people assuming that Fox is selling the beer under a subsidiary company.

These would get nailed to the wall in a US court, technicalities aside, they are blatantly trying profit from Fox's work.  Who knows what a Colombian court will decide.


As for Apple v. Samsung, the US is the only country Apple will win their suit in.  As far as I know (and IANA-IP-L) we are the only major player that grants "look and feel" or "software" patents.  Without going too far on this topic, we need to stop and invalidate all these patents that do not have any physical product behind them.  Apple wasn't the first company to produce a flat, rectangular case with rounded corners.  If they get their way, they will be the last one to.

/end rant/


All Things Food / Re: New Hottest Chile...Carolina Reaper?
« on: August 28, 2012, 12:34:26 PM »
They would likely be useful in anesthesia production but I can't imagine eating them.   :o

I like hot peppers but Hungarian Yellows were the end of the line for me.


I love and use habaneros frequently, but that's my limit.

I like habaneros as well, I prefer my peppers to have some flavor as well as a bit of heat.

I like habaneros too, in moderation.

The problem I had with Yellow Hungarians could have been caused by the conditions I grew them in.  I lived in Lincoln, NE and had a very productive garden but it can get hot and dry there in late summer. 

We made chili one afternoon and put less than 1/2 a pepper and only a few seeds in 1.5 gallons of chili.  We thought we were going to die when we tasted it.  I'd swear it could have peeled paint off a car and it just kept getting hotter.  We gave a few peppers away but no one ever asked for more.   ;)  Maybe I should give them another try.


All Things Food / Re: New Hottest Chile...Carolina Reaper?
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:45:10 PM »
They would likely be useful in anesthesia production but I can't imagine eating them.   :o

I like hot peppers but Hungarian Yellows were the end of the line for me.


The Pub / Re: Kia Sorento
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:59:59 AM »
Funny, it was hard to get a standard transmission.  Nobody wants them anymore but both my wife and I learned on standards and our kids will be learning to drive in a few years so we want them learning on a standard so that they know how.

This has always been my thinking too.  I make the kids learn to drive my F150 5speed manual before they can get their license.  The older one thought it was fun, the second one has fought it pretty hard but was the only person in her group who could move a car out the way one night because it had a manual in it.  She still doesn't like to drive a manual but now understands when Dad said "you don't have to ever buy one but you need to know how to use one so you don't stranded somewhere just because the only car available is a stick shift."  8^)

The next one can see over the dash of my truck yet but I've still got a year.

I've heard good things about the newer Kias. 


The Pub / Re: Cell-phone woes
« on: August 27, 2012, 07:24:12 AM »
My house house has 3 LG Env3 that are between 2 and 3 years old.  We've had a couple of bad batteries but other than that no issues.  I've had phones last 5 or 6 years and I abuse (physically) my phones pretty badly.


I have 2 in primaries right now and the marching band season starts tonight.  The short story here is no brewing for awhile.   :-\


The Pub / Re: I'm bidding on a house! Bar?
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:09:28 PM »
That works even better!  Thanks for the edit.   ;D


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:07:15 PM »
Here Comes the Sun - George Harrison

The Pub / Re: How often do you have a crowning moment of brain damage?
« on: August 24, 2012, 07:30:32 AM »
How often do you have a crowning moment of brain damage?

Every time I open one of these threads.


These are like driving past a car wreck.  As much as you may not want to look, you just can't help yourself.

Equipment and Software / Re: Reliability issue with Chest Freezer/Keezer
« on: August 23, 2012, 03:18:53 PM »
I can only speak to my experience but I purchased a new 7.5 CF freezer 5 years ago (I think, maybe 6) and use a Ranco digital controller.  It is still working great.

My experience with used, direct purchase, appliances is that they were replaced for some reason.  I don't typically expect much out of them.  Many people would say I have a massive pessimistic outlook on the world (think Eeyore or Marvin) but I am not surprised by failures.

If I were you, I would buy a new one.  Treat it right and you may be pleasantly surprised.


The Pub / Re: I'm bidding on a house! Bar?
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:28:52 AM »
Reading through this thread is just another reason I'm happy to live in Iowa, I guess.  I've honestly never considered "defensibility" as a feature when buying a home.   ::)

When I was in high school, we watched a documentary about meth in economics class.  It was about a little rural city in Iowa that survives by robbing stores in the surrounding cities, where they buy off the police with meth, because nobody has jobs because they're all high on meth all the time.  Drugs are really, really bad and drug addictions suck.

When I was in high school, I lived with my parents.  I went so far as to poison the air in my room to keep my mom out.  She couldn't come upstairs at all for a while and my dad made me stop.

I can't deny that could have happened.  But generally, if the "little rural city" doesn't have a name, it's a bit more difficult to buy into the story.  Most days "back in high school" feels more like "back before running water" to me. 

Deal with the world you live in but around here you can feel safe.


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