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  • Aug 24th, 2014 @ 7:06pm

    Re: Re: Exactly!

    Don't know where you are, but in my neck of the southeast, it's certainly not unusual to push past 35C for a week to 10 days running. It's only marginally cooler inside my house, because I don't turn on the air conditioning unless my kids come home to visit. Nothing wrong with the separating butter blobs here!

    Maybe you need to try a different brand…. or just consume it faster! ;-)

  • Aug 23rd, 2014 @ 11:21am


    When you care enough to leave your butter on the counter, it will be long gone before it has a chance to spoil. In high summer, it may melt into a formless blob that's easier to scoop up with a spoon, but there's nothing wrong with it. Why even bother with a butter dish cover, when it just gets in the way?

    I'm not sure most people realize how much time it actually takes for butter to go bad. They'd also be surprised to learn that the extra flavor associated with "Country Butter" comes from allowing it to go slightly rancid in the churn.

  • Apr 25th, 2014 @ 6:09pm


    "I'd argue that my phone records are a hell of a lot more revealing and private than my bank records."

    Is that point even arguable any more? There's enough research in circulation now to make that proposition look more like an established fact. Is there a judicial equivalent to Ivory Tower oblivion?

  • Apr 25th, 2014 @ 5:55pm

    Re: Re: can a 3rd party give a privacy guarantee creating a reasonable expectation?

    That would certainly seem to create an expectation of privacy -- if everything else in almost every TOS you'd actually care about weren't specifically focused on getting you to relinquish ownership of any and everything else you might conceivably expect to retain.