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A Virginia Tech university graduate and a couple of chums have come up with what one YouTube commenter rates as the "Greatest. Invention. Ever" – an iPhone-controlled beer-dispensing cannon. Ryan Rusnak, 25, first rigged up a bog-standard refrigerated beer vending machine to dispense refreshment at the touch of his Jesus Phone …

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Oh no...

...this is a bleak day: I now have a compelling reason to own an iPhone! Woe is me!

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You could

Always move the fridge closer to your chair.

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Move the fridge closer?

Where is the funny cool in that?????? You get out too much! :)

I want one, you think they will make and ship to the UK? Oh and give us a multiple client options

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Ah but

Can it pull a decent pint of Adnams?

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Fire

a Broadside?

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Na

A Wells Bombardier would be far more appropriate - and a much finer ale..

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oh no no no

Broadside is far nicer, though you are right, broadside implies more than one can at a time :)

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coool.....

I wonder if im the only person that wants to aim the canon at the blokes TV/window/computer/girlfrined....

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personally

I think this is a bleak day for civilization.

Beer should not be treated in this way.

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No it's OK

These are some of the crappiest of the American beers, worthy of no respect.

A Bud for me? Nah, just fire mine back into the toilet from which it surely originated.

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Bud

Ahh, that reminds me of an incident in a pub that happend yonks ago near Temple Bar. I bumped into a lovely Bud promo girl and asked her whether she knew the similarity between Budweiser and having sex in a canoe. Well, she wasn't very amused when I told her it's both fucking close to water.

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All that effort

To fire small cans of crap American beer. Make it accept 500ml or 568ml cans and I'll buy three. ;-)

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Throwing cans of beer

I think, Maximum Overdrive was that dodgy film with the murderous can vending machine...

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\m/ With AC/DC soundtrack \m/

Indeed it was. And the first thing to cross my mind when I saw the headline. Second was the AC/DC soundtrack to the film.

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iWant one.

Could be adapted for soooo many things.

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RE: iWant one

Unfortunately, the wives/partners of Stella drinkers will see this as a horrific development.

/Yeah, it's stereotypical, so what?

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It tweets, too?

Please. if there's any justice in this world, let it go badly wrong and beat them to death with their cans of "lite" pisswater.

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ARGHHHHH!!!!

Thats 2 of my favourite assumptions wiped out in one go...

1. The iPhone is mainly useless

2. All Yanks are dumb...

Stirling work though, hope they get it released on Android soon.

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next for the brewing technology

I hope the young men will make enough money to purchase better beers. Bud Light is a lighter version of a not very good lager. Pabst Blue Ribbon is mild, rather bland lager that has become trendy among the black jeans & canvas sneaker crowd.

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Re: next for the brewing technology

Have you had the misfortune to try Bud 66? It's the wateriest pish I have ever tasted, and I generally like wussy watery beer of the kind blokes despise. It was the official beer of a festival I went to last year and you couldn't get much else. It was like water that once dreamed it was beer, and then it woke up. And it came in pathetic little bottles ("It's awful, and such tiny portions" etc) which just added insult to bankruptcy. I stayed sober in protest.

I can't stomach full-strength Bud anyway. It is an ugly substance.

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Watery beer...

...is of course properly termed "sex in a canoe".

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Cold

This is why Americans chill their beer - it deadens the tastebuds and so it doesn't taste as bad. Micro-breweries in the US can still produce decent stuff though, it's not all bad.

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Bud 66, MGD 64, Select 55, et al...

= used beer, rebottled.

That is all.

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@"= used beer, rebottled."

Thats why they only sell one brand at a festival. You don't really buy the beer as hire it for a few hours.

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Couldn't agree more

There's a certain person in my life who drinks Bud, and every time he offers me one I want to throw it back at his head. Absolute rat's piss.

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Re: @"= used beer, rebottled."

Beer never truly belongs to us.

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@ Number6

The only exception I've found to the "say no to Yank beer" is Sam Adams.

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Bud

Budweiser (the US one) is possibly one of the cheapest beer to make, and massively marked up = Yanks raking it in from idiots. Of course, if they will make it from bloody rice, it's no wonder it tastes like used urinal blocks.

Still, just when you think they can't make it any worse, you get Bud Light, and the utter abortion that is Bud Ice <shudder>. I sometimes wonder why I didn't like beer in my youth, and then realised why - I grew up in a place that served Tenants, Bud and Rolling Rock.

Nowadays, I'm in the west country and suddenly every pub has a glorious variety of breweries, including my new favourite, Bath Ales. Pint of Gem, lovely... In fact if a pub only has a row of Stella, 1664, Carling, Strongbow and Peroni, it's an indication to walk out.

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Letters, Digits.

"It was like water that once dreamed it was beer, and then it woke up."

Homeopathic beer?

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Mmmmm Gem

I still think St Austell's Tribute has the slight edge though.

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Re: Letters, Digits.

I was kind of trying for something different because I'm sure it has been described in terms of homeopathy before. But that is accurate.

It's shit.

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There's 66 variants?

Foul stuff, all the Anheuser Budweiser available in the UK although the bottles you can get hold of on US airbases are almost palatable.

To cheat you should try Budweiser Budvar, it's a Czech brew that's rather excellent (because it's nothing to do with Anheuser Busch) and goes well with a curry.

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To be fair

Most of the world's best *and* most interesting beer comes from the States - the craft brewing renaissance first took hold in the Pacific Northwest 20+ years ago, and the rest of us are still catching up.

No relationship to random supermarket swill that holds 95% of the market, of course.

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The mark of the beast, lite?

I don't think Bud 66 is sold in the US. The best I can say of regular US Budweiser is that there are worse beers sold here--though I know that Brits may strain to comprehend this.

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Errm, not quite..

"Most of the world's best *and* most interesting beer comes from the States" - you need to get out more. Look up "Beer in Belgium" in Wikipedia..

I was amusing myself with going through about 150 different beers in a local pub in Belgium (yes, I once lived there too - bit of a contrast with Singapore and London :-), and that was 30 years ago. The most potent one was/is "Kwak" beer, which is served in a special glass where you don't just drink the beer, you also inhale the fumes, a rather lethal combination (2 for the brave, 3 for those with a death wish). I'm still quite partial to Hoegaarden, which my local super imports at frankly ridiculous prices.. The Belgians offered beer first as medicine (hence the link to monks and monastries), and seldom was medicine taken so enthusiastically..

You'd almost forgive them for inventing techno when you look at their other great idea: planting a brewery in the middle of a student town (Leuven). In principle they could skip the intermediate step of botlles and cans and just use hoses :-).

I'm pretty sure the UK and other countries have been at it for some time too, IMHO the US are merely catching up..

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I agree!

I did my Baccalaureate in the North of France (Lille) and did all my revisions drinking Kwak... hehe, I did better than anybody thought I would!

A brilliant invention, the guy should get a medal!

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micro brewers and decent pubs

Spent some time in WA state.

A fine collection of micro breweries up there, much of the beer is wonderful (honest)

More importantly, although pubs are few and far between (and strangely outnumbered by churches - please Americans you HAVE got that VERY wrong) if you get known in a decent bar they WILL find warm glasses and leave beer to warm to a sensible temperature before serving it! (Try the bar in Sammamish for proof - just say the two Daves sent you.

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Which ones?

"The best I can say of regular US Budweiser is that there are worse beers sold here"

What, Tesco Value Bitter?

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hmm...

You know, Bud isn't so bad from America. What we get over here is absolutely horrific, but rarely you can find the proper American Budweiser, and it's good on a hot summers day, similar to Brahma in my opinion.

You can occasionally find the decent Budweiser lurking around in the UK. They stopped selling the easiest way to get it years ago... Big Bud, which was imported, unlike the crated bottles. For the World Cup, the Budweiser in the Aluminium bottle was imported also...

It's the old problem of taking a local recipe, and making it in a different location. Beer takes so much of its character from it's ingredients, franchising it, essentially.. barely works.

I'm a bit particularly about beer, I won't buy a locally made version of a foreign beer, ever.

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You pretty much nailed it...

...about how all your major American brands need to be consumed ice cold, so that it kills the taste. Stay with the craft/microbrews and smaller brands -- Dogfish Head and Magic Hat are good ones -- and you're OK in the States.

I wonder if he could adapt that thing to launch cans of Guinness Draught or Newcastle, at least?

Pint of ale icon, because it's 16:06 on the US East Coast right now. Almost there.

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either hire it, or...

...kind of like the software moguls claim: you don't really own the beer, you've just bought a license.

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Oh dear

American Beer != Beer.

Beer in Tins != Beer

Beer thrown across room != Drinkable Beer.

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You're no sailor

Beer in Tins = Floats!

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Wonder if.....

.....this device could be loaded with martial aids?

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Sorry - 'marital' aids?

Oh, no I was wrong, just reading too fast.

carry on.

ttfn

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Me too

Paul - you're not the only one who misread that. I thought of flying d!ldos and was rather fearful!

Oddly, flying shurikens, I'm ok with... especially if it's aimed at American beer drinkers..

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beer goggles == marital aids

in many cases, instead of the '10' for bo derek in that film a more realistic idea is the number of pints required to make the girl attractive enough to....

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Restock

Aside from the lolly water 'beer' samples, this has got to be the single most compelling reason to buy an iPhone. Now if they could port the system to Symbian for Nokia owners and we can look at some ales worthy of such a system, we can realise nirvana like conditions while still being alive.

As an aside, what happens when you open the can after such shaking and jostling. I can only imagine it would be a very heady beer with little else. Nice proof of concept, now to tweak it for the real world!

As a further aside, is something of this nature likely to appear in a forthcoming BOFH chapter???

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Beer

Quote: I can only imagine it would be a very heady beer with little else. /quote

Err, I refer you back to previous comments re: Bud and it's inbred cousins.

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FAIL

And now they need [to invent] a device to stablise the fizzed-up beer can, which would otherwise spew its contents on opening; and produce one for each of these idiots.

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