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Porting Lemmings In 36 Hours 154

An anonymous reader writes "Aaron Ardiri challenged himself to port his classic PalmOS version of Lemmings to the iPhone, Palm Pre, Mac, and Windows. The porting was done using his own dev environment, which creates native C versions of the game. He liveblogged the whole thing, and finished after only 36 hours with an iPhone version and a Palm Pre version awaiting submission, and free versions for Windows and Mac available on his site."

Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox 3.6 RC, Nears Final 145

CWmike writes "Mozilla has shipped a release candidate build of Firefox 3.6 that, barring problems, will become the final, finished version of the upgrade. Firefox 3.6 RC1, which followed a run of betas that started in early November, features nearly 100 bug fixes from the fifth beta that Mozilla issued Dec. 17. The fixes resolved numerous crash bugs, including one that brought down the browser when it was steered to Yahoo's front page. Another fix removed a small amount of code owned by Microsoft from Firefox. The code was pointed out by a Mozilla contributor, and after digging, another developer found the original Microsoft license agreement. 'Amusingly enough, it's actually really permissive. Really the only part that's problematic is the agreement to "include the copyright notice ... on your product label and as a part of the sign-on message for your software product,"' wrote Kyle Huey on Mozilla's Bugzilla. Even so, others working on the bug said the code needed to be replaced with Mozilla's own."

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child Screenshot-sm 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Submission + - Microsoft Mud Won't Stick To Google (bnet.com)

Michael_Curator writes: "Microsoft is trying to discredit Google's enterprise push by highlighting a bug that probably affects fewer users than there are Democrats in the state of Utah. The issue revolves around Google's sync feature for Microsoft Outlook; while it doesn't pose a significant threat to Microsoft in and of itself, add this convenience to the price comparison between a $50 per user cost and the cost of the Microsoft Exchange, Office and PowerPoint stack, and you see the beginnings of a serious impact on Microsoft's dominance. Put this together with the growth in market share of the Android operating system (for laptops as well as smartphones), the sharp rise in adoption of Google's Chrome browser and the growing dominance of Web-based business software, and you have the makings of a veritable avalanche rushing Microsoft's way."

Submission + - Marijuana smoke damages DNA (examiner.com) 8

mmmscience writes: http://www.examiner.com/x-1242-Science-News-Examiner~y2009m6d17-Marijuana-smoke-damages-DNA The campaign to legalize marijuana has a new obstacle to overcome. Researchers from the UK and Sweden have discovered that smoking the cannabis plant causes DNA damage that could potentially lead to cancer. Because cannabis is less combustible than tobacco, the report states that it has 50% more carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. And what's more, there is the added danger of smoking technique: marijuana smokers inhale more deeply, meaning 3-4 cannabis cigarettes a day is equivalent to 20 tobacco cigarettes.

Submission + - Google Scripting A Mobile Future (bnet.com)

Michael_Curator writes: "Google's recent moves in the mobile device market are aimed at a community more important than end users. While other smartphone vendors are marketing their hearts out to customers and playing carriers like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint off against each other, Google is going straight to the heart of the matter, the developer community, introducing a scripting environment allowing developers to create new mobile features directly on devices using Android. The future of enterprise applications is playing itself out on the Internet, and while platform vendors like Oracle, Cisco and Microsoft are hoping to translate the strengths of their respective software stacks out onto the Web, Google is working its way into the enterprise from its position of strength on the Web, and is using the rise of mobile devices like smartphones as its primary wedge."

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