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Submission + - Why Beer Skunks: Trans-Iso-Alpha Acids (

erfnet writes: "The Technical University of Munich, along with a German beer-maker, have kindly published a "Comprehensive Sensomics Analysis of Hop-Derived Bitter Compounds During Storage of Beer" They determined 56 hop-derived sensometabolites which contribute to bitter taste during storage, increasing with time and temperature. If we had only had this information during our College days, we could have been even geekier! "Duuuuude, it's not skunked, it's suffering from 'proton-catalyzed cyclization of trans-iso-a-acids'." ."

Submission + - ReCaptcha Security Flaw ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: ReCaptcha's audio challenge option can be easily exploited. Here are the steps to reproduce:

1) Go to google's recaptcha site (or any other page with a recaptcha):
2) Press the Audio Challenge button.
3) Paste the following in as soon as the audio starts and then press enter:
kitten kitten kitten kitten kitten kitten kitten kitten kitten kitten
4) The site should return with a "Correct!" message.

This works with other words, besides "kitten", but the above has a high rate of success.


Submission + - $90 Million for Perpetual Motion ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Utah Scammers convince Odessa Missouri to spend $90 million on perpetual motion machine.

From the article,

Tony Bamvakais, Odessa’s mayor, also went on the trip to Florida. Told of the experts’ opinions on Tuesday, he said the generator was not a perpetual energy machine. But it was so efficient that it kept on producing power when it was unhooked from an outside power source, he said.

Odessa’s Board of Aldermen will have a meeting this evening on the proposal, but it is closed to the public because it deals with development matters. The mayor said Odessa had offered the developer, Manna of Utah, a site and agreed to provide $90 million in revenue bonds for the project.


Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."

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