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Comment: South Korean Reactors (Score 2) 360

by Martin S. (#48654931) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

If the US an Ally, South Korea perhaps, are responsible this is more likely to be a result of the North started targeting Nuclear reactors in the South yesterday, than anything to do with Sony.

The irony here, is that it that it looks like hacktivists were responsible for the initial Sony attacks, not the DPRK.

Comment: Wrong (Score 1) 130

by Martin S. (#48592985) Attached to: No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

The Mash is boiled to produce Wort which is fermented to produce Beer. It is at that stage that pasteurised beer is boiled to kill the yeast and kegged. Whilst live ale is casked and undergoes a secondary fermentation.

Despite outwardly similar appearances a keg and a cask are not the same thing. A Keg has a single opening on top into a throat or spear (a tube from top to bottom). While a Cast has two openings and no throat.

Comment: Pasteurisation is the problem (Score 2) 130

by Martin S. (#48590833) Attached to: No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

Pasteurisation denatures the proteins in the keg Beer which why the head on keg beer don't last and that allows the C02 escape in the glass and that is why Keg beer has the metallic smell. The gas added to keg is also a mix of nitrogen and C02 to try and minimise that metallic smell.

The naturally produced C02 of cask is retained by the head and also includes aromas from the Beer particularly the hops.

Comment: Gini Coefficient well proven (Score 1) 545

by Martin S. (#48537467) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

I find it surprising that many ardent self identified capitalist have such a poor grasp of economics. They object to economic equality despite the fact the Gini Coefficient is well proven and demonstrates that increasing economic equality promotes increased economic growth and supports a larger over all GDP.

Comment: Land Rover (Score 1) 195

by Martin S. (#48437003) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Land Rovers are like Meccano for grown men.

Chassis come in 90,110,127 inchs. Engines in V8 Petrol, TDI, Drive/Transmission in 4x4, 6x6 and even tracked varients.

Bodies include Utility, Pickup, Van, Station Wagon, Double Cab, Hicap, Light Weights and Forward Control, Trybacks.

Special Vehicle varients as Ambulances, Fire Tenders and Pumps, Armoured, Recovery Truck, Fire Tenders, amphibious and breaching vehicles to name a few.

+ - Our Sinking World->

Submitted by Maddie Kahn
Maddie Kahn (3542515) writes "If you want to preserve a fish you've caught on Kulinus, a tiny island in the Tigak region of Papua New Guinea, your best bet is to smoke it. Ice, available from the store an hour and a half away if you’re lucky enough to own a boat with a motor, is a foreign concept here. But when Brooke Jarvis meet Ramis Thomas, an elder in the village, ice is on his mind. The night before, most of the island was swamped by high tides, with residents staying up most of the night to keep their belongings from floating away. Thomas says that Kulenus now has perhaps a quarter of the land area he remembers from childhood, and though his concept of natural ice is from a vaguely remembered movie scene (you’re thinking of Titanic, another man offers), he’s heard that melting ice far away is the reason his island is disappearing. He wants to know how much ice has yet to melt—if it’s all already gone, perhaps his people can stay here, holding onto the edge of a tenuous situation. I tell him there’s a lot more. “Then we will have to move,” he says. “I’m sorry about our island, but life is important.”"
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+ - Systemd: Harbinger of the Linux Apocalypse->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It might not be the end of the world, but the design of systemd and the attitudes of its developers have been counterproductive

Now that Red Hat has released RHEL 7 with systemd in place of the erstwhile SysVinit, it appears that the end of the world is indeed approaching. A schism and war of egos is unfolding within the Linux community right now, and it is drawing blood on both sides. Ultimately, no matter who "wins," Linux looks to lose this one"

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+ - Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "In a follow-up to yesterday's story about the Chinese hackers who stole hospital data of 4.5 million patients, IDG News Service's Martyn Williams set out to learn why the data, which didn't include credit card information was so valuable. The answer is depressingly simple: people without health insurance can potentially get treatment by using medical data of one of the hacking victims. John Halamka, chief information officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network, said a medical record can be worth between $50 and $250 to the right customer — many times more than the amount typically paid for a credit card number, or the cents paid for a user name and password. 'If I am one of the 50 million Americans who are uninsured ... and I need a million-dollar heart transplant, for $250 I can get a complete medical record including insurance company details,' he said."
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