gmletzkojr writes: "As we all know, Christmas is that mystical time of year where geeks and nerds of all types set up their complicated lighting schemes, animatronics, etc. for the neighbors to see. So, what sort of projects do you all have to impress and annoy others with this year? I would post my project, but I didn't have time to complete my 17 ft tall walking Santa. Maybe next year..."
EggsAndSausage writes: "Microsoft has admitted — in a roundabout way — that Vista has "high impact issues". It has put out a call for technical testers to participate in testing of Service Pack 1, due out later this year, which will address "regressions from Windows Vista and Windows XP, security, deployment blockers and other high impact issues."
It's hard to know whether to be reassured that Service Pack 1 is coming, and thus that there's now a sensible timeframe for considering deployment of Vista within businesses, OR to be alarmed that Microsoft is unleashing an OS on the world with "high impact issues" remaining in it.
Dave's Banjo writes: Fox news has a story about a man building his own UFO. From the article: Thirty years ago, when Carrington was 27 and obsessed with science fiction, he set out to build a UFO look-alike. Despite his lack of engineering experience, Carrington pored over books, magazines and studies about aviation and spent nearly $60,000 for some of the materials needed for this saucer. I think it will be great if he pulls it off, though he will have to strip the 'U' from the title. Man builds 'FO' which, let's face it, doesn't sound nearly as cool.