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Wolves LUG Christmas Quiz Answers

As revealed at the Christmas Bash, here are the answers to the quiz:

Congratulations to the winners.

1.BASIC
Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC.

2.CUTS
Computer Users' Tape Standard. This was a method of storing programs using audio cassettes, also known as the Kansas City Standard, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CUTS. With the right equipment you could store data at upto 2400 bits/sec (!) giving a capacity of around 400Kbytes per side of a C60 (it would only take 30 mins to save/load!)

3.COFF
Common Object File Format. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COFF. Although developed for UNIX a variant of this is used by Microsoft (the PE format).

4.ELF
Executable and Linkable Format, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executable_and_Linkable_Format. This is now the native file format on Linux for executables, .o, .so etc. files.

Right, now you have been lulled into a false sense of security with the easy questions, we'll start on the really hard ones:

5.What is the claim to fame of Adam Beckenbaugh.
He was the actor who provided the voice for bomb number 20 in the 1974 film “Dark Star” by John Carpenter. See http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1104654/.

6.Who were Huey, Dewey and Louie? (hint: not Donald Duck's nephews).
Huey, Dewey and Louie were the three robots in the 1972 film “Silent Running”, directed by Douglas Trumbull. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_running.

7.What use did some Tibetan monks have for a computer?
To calculate all the possible names of God (approximately 9 billion of them), at which time the universe would cease to exist. This comes from the Sir Arthur C. Clarke short story “The Nine Billion Names of God”. See http://lucis.net/stuff/clarke/9billion_clarke.html. This story is similar to the Towers of Hanoi legend.

8.How would you, as an adventurer, kill the dragon?
With your bare hands. This is from the Crowther & Woods Colossal Cave.
The game dialogue goes as follows:
“You are in a secret canyon which exits to the north and east.
A huge green fierce dragon bars the way!
The dragon is sprawled out on a Persian rug!!
> kill dragon
With what? Your bare hands?
> yes
Congratulations! You have just vanquished a dragon with your bare hands! (Unbelievable, isn't it?) ”

9.What large artefact was created by the Pak about 200 light-years from Earth?
The Ringworld. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringworld.

10.What is the name of second greatest computer in the Universe of Time and Space?
Deep Thought. The greatest computer in the Universe of Time and Space is, of course, “The Earth”. - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

11.Who is regraded as the first computer programmer?
Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace.

12.Why was the PNG file format developed?
Unisys held a patent on the LZW algorithm which is used in the GIF format. When Unisys tried to enforce the patent, developers rebelled and developed the PNG format which is patent-free. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Network_Graphics.

13.What unique computer is capable of “once and future computing”?
Hex from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hex_(Discworld).

14.Who famously sang the song “Daisy Bell”?
HAL 9000 in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey”, although this was not the first computer to do so. Arthur C. Clarke was visiting Bell Labs (the birthplace of UNIX) where he saw a demonstration of a IBM 704 singing the song. See http://www.bell-labs.com/news/1997/march/5/2.html

15.What login and password would you use to access W.O.P.R.?
falken/joshua. This is from the 1983 film “War Games” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WarGames.

16.“Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the war room.”
From the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” staring Peter Sellers, See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Strangelove.

17.How many Enterprise's did Captain Jean-Luc Picard command?
3. The U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701-D, The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E and the H.M.S. Enterprise (a 19th century brig on the Holodeck in the opening sequence of “Star Trek: Generations”) See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starship_Enterprise and http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Talk:USS_Enterprise_(brig). This was a trick question!

18.What computer has “the same IQ as 6000 PE teachers”?
Holly, from “Red Dwarf” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly_(Red_Dwarf).

19.What is a DMC-12?
The DMC-12 is a stainless steel bodied sports car, originally built in Northern Ireland, but now made in Huston, Texas by Delorean. When fitted with a Flux Capacitor, it becomes a time machine. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeLorean_time_machine.

20.Where is the Colossal Cave?
It is a of a cave within the Mammoth cave system in Kentucky. The cave in the game “Adventure” is actually based on the Bedquilt Cave, which is a part of the same system. See http://www.rickadams.org/adventure/b_cave.html

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