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Saturday, December 12, 2009



Google's Big December Code Freeze

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 04:52 PM PST

apparently Google has a "code freeze" policy that goes in place sometime in December. If you don't get your product/service out the door by then, it gets pushed til when the freeze is lifted, likely sometime in the new year. A few Googlers confirmed this policy off-the-record, but all seemed concerned about publicly acknowledging it.

Wendy's says 'sayonara' to Japan

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 04:30 PM PST

Wendy's will close all of its 71 restaurants in Japan by the end of the month, the chain's Japanese franchisee, Zensho Co. Ltd., announced. The news arrived just a matter of days after rival McDonald's reported that sales in Japan were so poor in November that they offset strong results in Australia and hurt the entire Asian region.

Coming out late in life complex but not unusual

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 04:12 PM PST

Howard Selekman knew he had been attracted to men since he was 8, but in his 20s he still planned to marry a woman and have children with her. When he brought his fiancee to see his psychiatrist, the young woman was optimistic, even though she knew Selekman was gay..

World War 3.0: Apple vs Google vs Microsoft

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 04:11 PM PST

The superpowers of the technology world are at war, and like real wars, the battle is happening on several fronts. They're fighting on the desktop, they're fighting on mobile phones, they're fighting in the browser and they're fighting in your front room.

Car Doors Must've Sucked Back in the Days (PIC)

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 03:32 PM PST

The look on the brother's face is priceless.

'Krak' (that's falling branch in monkey speak)

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 03:20 PM PST

The secret behind the origins of human language may lie in the jungle chatter of a species of monkey, a team of scientists has claimed.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2009

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 02:52 PM PST

We love DIY projects here at Lifehacker. Whether we're building computers, backyard projects, or turning office supplies into artillery, we're always tinkering. Today we're taking a peek at the most populay DIY projects of 2009.

Whatever happened to those crunchy silver balls on cookies?

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 02:42 PM PST

They contain silver and so are toxic — and you're not actually supposed to eat them. WHAT?

A mother never forgets

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 02:22 PM PST

Guatemala pushes for DNA tests of kids adopted in U.S.

Ridiculously Sensitive iPod Wheel FFFFFUUUUUUU [Comic]

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 02:12 PM PST


Ten Must-Have Google Chrome Extensions

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 02:02 PM PST

With the Chrome Extensions gallery now fully up and running, the number of awesome extensions is multiplying at a rapid rate. What I've tried to do here is offer up the best, most useful and the must-have extensions for Google Chrome.

12 Weird Christmas Moments In Pop Culture

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 02:02 PM PST

Twelve of the most memorably jarring, incongruous or otherwise discordant moments in Christmas pop culture.

Iran needs up to 15 nuclear plants: foreign minister

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 02:02 PM PST

MANAMA (Reuters) - Iran needs up to 15 nuclear plants to generate electricity, its foreign minister said on Saturday, underlining Tehran's determination to press ahead with work the West suspects is aimed at making bombs.||Manouchehr Mottaki,...

Cloud Hacking Service Steals Wi-Fi Passwords in 20 Minutes

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 02:02 PM PST

For $34, a new cloud-based hacking service can crack a WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) network password in just 20 minutes. If WPA Cracker customers find the $34 price tag too steep, they can use half the cluster and pay $17, for what could be a 40-minute job.


Posted: 12 Dec 2009 02:02 PM PST

Broken Allegiance is a fan film, created by Australian fans of the Star Wars franchise. It is a live-action drama, taking place a few weeks between the events in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. It tells the story of two Sith apprentices, Ruan and Calis, who have escaped the Empire by fleeing Coruscant in a stolen transport.

Facebook Backs Off As Founder's Pictures Go Public

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 01:40 PM PST

In a not-uncommon development for the social-networking leader, Facebook's recently released privacy controls are leaving the company a bit red-faced. As a result of a new policy that by default makes users' profiles, photos and friends lists available on the web, almost 300 personal photos of founder Mark Zuckerberg became publicly available.

How Adults Achieve Happiness

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 01:30 PM PST

The results of a new survey on satisfaction — at home and at work — may surprise you.

Senate Poised to Advance $1.1T Spending Bill

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 01:20 PM PST

The $1.1 trillion measure combines much of the year's unfinished budget work -- only a $626 billion Pentagon spending measure would remain -- into a 1,000-page plus catchall spending bill that would give Cabinet departments such as Education, Health and Human Services and State increases far exceeding inflation.

Porn Star's HIV Nightmare Becomes Cautionary Tale

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 01:10 PM PST

The call that changed his life came as Darren James was getting ready to book tickets to Japan for another international shoot. AIM clinic officials told him he was HIV positive. "It was like a hit in the gut," James said. "My whole world stops. . . .Life was pretty much over."

Why The Recession Is Not Officially Over

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 01:10 PM PST

All those pundits who declared the current recession dead and buried, obviously haven't been talking to small business owners...

Xbox Year in Review 2009: Top Rated Events & Biggest Games

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

The top rated games, the biggest events, and a look at 2010.

Top 7 Tales of Greed and Abuse In 2009

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 01:00 PM PST

#5 - Fight Club at School - Many parents complain that schools have gone too far with no-contact rules banning tag or even high fives in the hallway. But the staff at one high school near Dallas took things to the other extreme when they made students settle their disputes with bare-knuckle "cage fights" in a locker room enclosure...

One of a kind computer desk...

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 12:50 PM PST


Weird Crime: Cops Accidentally Help Man Steal ...Totem Pole?

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 12:30 PM PST

The totem pole was carved by Northwest Indian Robin Young. It had stood in Rotary Viewpoint Park for 24 years until last Monday, when West Seattle police became unwitting accomplices to a crime.

What Do You Think This Lady Thinks About Sarah Palin? [Pic]

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 12:20 PM PST


Super-massive black holes observed at the center of galaxies

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 12:10 PM PST

An international team of scientists has observed four super-massive black holes at the center of galaxies, which may provide new information on how these central black hole systems operate.

Larry Flynt: My Name Stands for Quality Porn... Not Trash!

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 12:10 PM PST

A jury has ruled that Larry Flynt's estranged nephews infringed on their famous uncle's trademark when they launched their own smut business. They listened as Flynt sat in his gold-plated, velvet-lined wheelchair on Tuesday and Wednesday and testified that in the porn business his name stands for quality. His nephews, he said, were besmirching it.

Drug kills cells through novel mechanism

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 12:00 PM PST

MIT and Boston University researchers have discovered that the drug hydroxyurea kills bacteria by inducing them to produce molecules toxic to themselves — a conclusion that raises the possibility of finding new antibiotics that use similar mechanisms.

Fast, accurate urine test for pneumonia possible

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 11:50 AM PST

Biochemists have developed a urine test that can rapidly and accurately diagnose the cause of pneumonia-like symptoms. The test should enable doctors to quickly provide appropriate treatments for patients with pneumonia, an illness that is often misdiagnosed using current tests.

CGI Characters Ranked From Least Creepy To OMG What Is That

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 11:30 AM PST

The more realistic a CG human is, the creepier they become. There's nothing spookier than a half-computer half-child CG face on the big screen. Here is a ranking of all the worst CG humans, in order of creepiness.

The perfect way to slice a pizza

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 11:20 AM PST

Ever concerned you're not getting your fair share? Mathematicians have finally found the answer

Nick Hogan Testifies His Injured Pal Wanted to "Kill *****"

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 11:10 AM PST

There was a jaw-dropping surprise on Thursday as Nick Hogan testified in a lawsuit stemming from his 2007 car crash that left a pal badly injured.

5 Cool Things You Might Not Know: James Cameron

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:50 AM PST

James Cameron once sat on NASA's Advisory Council?

Paramount's low-budget movie gamble

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:40 AM PST

"It's a fascinating, potentially game-changing concept, since it's a wonderful way for studios to replenish the pipeline with new ideas, but ideas that can be executed on a cheap budget. Even if most of the films never see the light of day, it could serve as a valuable way for Paramount to gain access to new talent, since presumably the studio..."

Sarah Palin vs. William Shatner on The Tonight Show

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:12 AM PST

Sarah Palin makes a surprise appearance and gives Shatner the smackdown he deserves!

New NASA Sky Mapper to Hunt Stars

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:00 AM PST

Researchers still use data generated by the now-defunct IRAS to guide high-resolution observations by large infrared telescopes.

Doctors to use robotics to operate on a beating heart

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 10:00 AM PST

If you've been waiting for the day to arrive when computers actually start performing surgery, that moment might soon be upon us. A French team has developed a computerized 3D model that allows surgeons to use robotics to operate on a beating heart, according to a report...

Hard-to-please Roger Ebert reviews 'Avatar', loves it

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 09:30 AM PST

"Watching 'Avatar,' I felt sort of the same as when I saw 'Star Wars' in 1977. Once again, James Cameron has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film. It takes a hell of a lot of nerve for a man to stand up at the Oscars and proclaim himself King of the World. James Cameron just got re-elected."

Google Chrome 4 Mac Is Still Missing One Small Feature [PIC]

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 09:20 AM PST


The 10 Biggest Dunking Fails of All-Time (Vids)

Posted: 12 Dec 2009 09:20 AM PST

See? White men aren't the only people who can't jump.

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