Nacho Cheese Doritos are a perfect junk food and, until now, my only way of getting more Dorito flavor in my life was putting them in a pepper grinder and grinding them over everything. Things are about to change around here though, as the Real American Heroes at Epicurious have come up with their own Dorito-inspired seasoning mix.
Besides the tomato powder (which can be ordered online) all of the ingredients are super common, and making this mixture is just a matter of throwing everything in the spice grinder and pulverizing the heck out of it. To make this magic powder, you will need:
1/4 cup grated Parmesan1
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. tomato powder
After everything has been blasted into tasty, cheesy dust, use it to coat homemade tortilla chips (recipe linked below), taco shells (be your own Taco Bell), popcorn, or your entire body. I’m not here to judge.
Bug repellents aren’t all created equal—some are more effective than others. Last year, Consumer Reports named the top three repellents from their tests but kept the full rankings under wraps for subscribers. Now, to help people who need to fend off Zika, they’ve released the rest for free.
This is somewhat surprising, but good: after a few days of deliberation, the jury in the redo of the Oracle v. Google case concerning Google’s use of Java’s APIs in Android has resulted in a jury verdict finding that Google’s use was allowed as fair use. There’s not much to unpack here beyond what we’ve already written about the case. The jury form was a simple question of whether or not the use was covered by fair use, with a "Yes" check box meaning "finding for Google" and a "No" check box finding for Oracle The jury checked yes.
So, a few quick thoughts:
All things considered this is a good ruling in that it doesn’t lead to a crazy situation that undermines the reimplementation of APIs and other structures in different software, so *phew*.
This still sucks because fair use was the wrong vehicle. The APIs never should have been considered copyright-eligible in the first place, just as the judge in the original trial explained in his very detailed opinion. It’s only because an excessively confused federal circuit appeals court mucked things up, that the case had to go back down and be redone over fair use.
The trial itself was a weird one, because they weren’t really allowed to talk about the first trial and how a very large number of people in the tech industry didn’t think that APIs were covered by copyright at all. So that resulted in some weird conversations to explain why no one really thought this was infringing. They couldn’t say no one thought APIs were covered by copyright, so they had to talk about "open" and "free" in ways that were slightly misleading.
If anything, this may the most important fair use case to turn on factor 2, "the nature of the copyrighted work." That’s a factor that rarely is a very big deal, but without being able to (re)challenge the copyrightability, the focus was mostly on the nature of APIs and how the tech industry viewed them as free to be reused.
Of course, no matter what the verdict was there would be an appeal, and that’s absolutely true. Oracle will appeal. But it does make it more difficult to appeal. Oracle will have to challenge specific aspects of things, and will likely focus on the jury instructions, which it will argue unfairly biased the jury or something along those lines.
The Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit (CAFC) is still a disaster, and while I hope they don’t, there’s still a decent chance they’ll end up siding with Oracle on appeal. Remember, CAFC is a court that normally focuses on patent laws and has a long and disgraceful history of loving to expand intellectual property and believing, incorrectly, that any kind of use is "theft."
But, in the meantime, this at least lifts something of a cloud over the industry, and we can hope that (1) CAFC will get it right and if they don’t (2) that the Supreme Court will fix it, rather than ignore it, next time around.
Overall, a good result of a bad process and a confused judicial system. For now.
Any expert on the driving forces behind organizational innovation will tell you that leadership is one of the most important. In fact, I’ve discovered it to be one of the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation, and a necessity for any institution looking to prioritize leadership.
Over the next few weeks, I will dive into leadership’s effect on innovation, using examples in which management either helped or hurt innovation. I’ll also look at the steps leaders can take to make their organizations more forward-thinking.…
via Phil McKinney The Importance of Leadership in Fostering Organizational Innovation
Any true outdoorsman knows what it means to grab a saw and go to work cutting trees… and then there are the skinny-jeans-wearing hipsters who sprout some whiskers, don a pair of flaccid leather boots and a too-tight plaid shirt, and wander around looking like lumberjacks.
In these videos, which are actually commercials for Dinty Moore, these pseudo-lumberjacks are called out and asked to use saws, as would a real lumberjack.
The first one features chainsaws. The last guy was the funniest, to me.
While it’s pretty funny — and this next video cracks me up — it’s clear that these are actors pretending to be “lumbersexuals.” But not all of their ineptitude can be faked… and as I said, it’s certainly amusing.
Aside from sparklers, the most least piece of fireworks kids have access to are black snakes, those tiny pucks that grow into long ashen serpents as they burn. As far as pyrotechnics go, black snakes incredibly lame, except when YouTube’s NightHawkInLight super-sizes them. Once the mix powdered sugar and baking soda ignites, it becomes a miniature active volcano that appears out of nowhere.
The Department of the Army has recently released a gold mine including the updated Rifle & Carbine Training Circular Training Circular. This manual was last updated was 8 years ago in 2008. I’m sure that you – just like me – have spent a small fortune on firearms, optics, accessories and so much ammunition. How often do we train “right” […]
Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced a new line of rimfire rifles called the 10/22 Takedown Lite. The new rimfire long guns are designed with a lighter weight barrel assembly, a modular stock and take down easily for compact storage and transportation. The new Takedown Lite rifles use a tensioned target barrel assembly that place a […]
DIY air conditioners may seem like a cheap way to beat the heat, but they aren’t perfect. This video puts two homemade versions to the test and compares them to real AC units.
In this video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel, air conditioning specialist Chris Regan built two homemade AC units that cost around $30 to see how they actually perform. Over the span of an hour, both DIY units were only able to bring the testing room’s temperature down about three degrees. And half an hour of running, the temp began to rise back up. When they tested spot cooling with the DIY units, however, they found the air to be about 15 degrees cooler. So, best case scenario, you have to sit right next to your DIY AC to get any sort of benefit from it. A homemade unit is better than nothing, but you’ll be much better off with a real AC unit that can cool entire rooms and maintain the temperature.
When you’re laboring away on a woodworking project you’ll likely need multiple types of sandpaper, from a course grit for rough surfaces to a finer grit as you finish. But sandpaper is available in a wide spectrum of grit, so how do you know which to buy? Here are the only three types you’ll really need.
Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals simplifies it down into the three basic grades of grit that you’ll need for the vast majority of your projects: 120, 80, and 220.
120 grit is his primary workhorse for the majority of work. The lower the grit the rougher the paper, so Steve recommends you have 80 grit paper on hand for more aggressive shaping. And as you’d expect, the finer 220 grit is for finishing and surfacing a project. Watch his video for more sandpaper fundamentals and tips.