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 Saturday, 21-April-2007  15:25:34 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" has been released. Ubuntu Guide already has some guides available for the new edition and it is being offered through their ShipIt service where you can get Ubuntu discs delivered to your door for free. Here is a direct link to the download page. One particularly nice new feature is the ability to stably read and write to NTFS partitions. There is a big thread discussing all of this on the forums.

MaximumPC have taken a look at MP3 Bitrates and if the higher rates really pay off. But at what point do higher bit rates stop paying off and simply take up too much space? 160Kb/s? 192Kb/s? And can a hardcore audiophile really tell the difference between a 320Kb/s track and an uncompressed one? What about a normal music listener?

Youtube has erroneously deleted a controversial video of US Presidential Candidate, John McCain singing an impromptu "Bomb Iran" song to the tune of a Beach Boys song. This comes shortly after the deletion of ABC TV videos off Youtube after a 14 year old boy faked a takedown request. YouTube confirmed Friday that it had erroneously deleted and would restore a video of presidential candidate John McCain singing an impromptu ditty about starting a war with Iran. The Arizona senator joked about attacking the sovereign nation during a campaign stop in South Carolina this week, singing, to the tune of the Beach Boys song "Barbara Ann".

A software engineer has won an Apple laptop by succeeding in hacking into it by using a zero day exploit in the Safari web browser. Macaulay, a software engineer, was able to hack into a MacBook through a zero-day security hole in Apple's Safari browser. The computer was one of two offered as a prize in the "PWN to Own" hack-a-Mac contest at the CanSecWest conference here.

Dell has brought back Windows XP due to popular demand on some of its desktop and laptop computers. SMH also have something to say on that matter. Dell will sell XP Home and Professional on six PC models including two desktops and four notebooks. Although Microsoft has said publicly that it will stop offering licences for XP to PC vendors from January 2008, Dell could well be buoyed by the fact that most business users globally have so far expressed little intention to move to Vista.

On a similar note, HardOCP have posted their top 12 Vista tweaks. We've filtered and sorted through the hundreds of Vista hints and tweaks to find the ones that we think the most readers will find useful. While Vista still feels new, these hints and tweaks might help you settle into your OS.

Damn Interesting have posted an article about the science behind invisibility. Humans have long been fascinated by the concept of invisibility. From H.G. Wells' Invisible Man to Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility, purveyors of fiction have pondered what one would do if one could move about unseen. Invisibility is often portrayed as a perfect transparency– ala the Invisible Man– however this method is in conflict with the laws of nature as we understand them.



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