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Ask LH: Will Smoking Ruin My Looks If I'm 'Hot'?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been a smoker since I was 14. I’m now 22 and I consider myself to be smoking hot (pun intended). I’ve heard that cigarettes can age you prematurely, but judging by the photos I’ve seen, most of these people were pretty rough to begin with! Will smoking really ruin my good looks, or will I just go from a 9 to an 8.5? (I whiten my teeth professionally, so that’s not a problem.)


What's The Best Area To Pursue A Career In IT?

I asked 16 people already in the tech industry what advice they would give to someone keen to start working in IT, but not sure which area to pursue. Their advice ranged from “learn maths” to “software defined data centres are the future” to “take up plumbing instead”.


Cheat Sheet: How To Decipher The Autralian Federal Budget

Each year’s federal budget contains a heck of a lot of information that typically runs for hundred upon hundreds of pages. Here’s a cheat guide to finding everything you need to know.


BYOD? Why Not Bring-Your-Own-Team?

Payments startup Stripe is currently experimenting with a new way of hiring. Instead of recruiting just one individual, the company wants to bring in an entire team all at once. Stripe is calling this ‘Bring-Your-Own-Team’ and here’s why it thinks this is a good approach.


How A 'Non-IT Guy' Improved Origin Energy With Shadow IT

Origin is one of the biggest energy providers in Australia. Like many other large organisations, it can be bogged down by bureaucracy and inflexibility. But that didn’t stop one employee from conducting ‘black ops’ projects that would contribute to the development of new products and capabilities.


Why I Refuse To Feel Guilty For Torrenting Game Of Thrones

One year ago my brother in-law and I made a decision. We wanted to do the right thing. We wanted to try and pay to watch Game of Thrones season 5. Analyse that sentence for a second. I’ll add some italics for emphasis. “We wanted to try and pay to watch Game of Thrones.”


The 12 Cognitive Biases That Prevent You From Being Rational

The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn’t mean our brains don’t have major limitations. The lowly calculator can do maths thousands of times better than we can, and our memories are often less than useless — plus, we’re subject to cognitive biases, those annoying glitches in our thinking that cause us to make questionable decisions and reach erroneous conclusions. Here are a dozen of the most common and pernicious cognitive biases that you need to know about.


Opinion: Australia Should Take A Stand Against 'Killer Robots'

Lethal autonomous weapons (or killer robots as the media likes to call them) was the subject of intense discussion in the corridors and committee rooms of the United Nations in Geneva. The international talking shop played host to the third round of multilateral talks on this topic. The meeting followed on from increasing concerns about the rapid progress being made in areas like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and others have expressed concern about the direction these technologies may be taking us.


Taste Test: McDonald's Taro Pie

Taro is a root vegetable you may not be familiar with but it has been referred to as “chocolate for Asian people”. You can find it in a myriad of Asian sweet treats so it wasn’t surprising to see McDonald’s in Hong Kong selling taro pies. So how does it taste? Let’s find out.


17 Facebook Hacks Everyone Should Know

Ah, Facebook. There’s something to be said for having all your social media needs in one place, but the problems with Facebook are as numerous as its users. Here we’ve collated some of our most useful, interesting and amusing Facebook tips and tricks so you can take your take back your News Feed, Timeline and Profile.


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