Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 26-3-2014: Language Is A Virus

Oh, now that’s a thing … 

I thing I need to pass on a message or two, to Neville the Editor, and the rest of the gang, at the Brentwood Gazette.

I’ve had word an old friend — Kay — is doing something a bit daring for charity.

She’s doing a sky-dive … !

Bless her, you can tell she’s not worried about heights, can’t you … !

I hope it goes well for her.

And ALSO hope she manages to raise a pile of cash for whatever her charity is!

At any rate: as soon as I know more, I’ll let you know.

Let’s move on, though … 


After all, today’s Wednesday: which means, obviously, that it’s time for the Brentwood Gazette’s weekly Teaser.

Here’s this week’s viral* questions … 
Q1) 26th March, 1999, saw the release of the Melissa virus: which spread through Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Word.   What is MS Word?
Q2) What kind of application is MS Outlook?
Q3) True or false: Melissa is classed as a virus, because it need to attach itself to something to spread … 
Q4) Computer viruses are a form of what’s called ‘malware’: ‘malware’ is a contraction that’s short for what … ?
Q5) One type of malware disguises itself as an innocent form of software: and is named after which mythical wooden object … ? 
Q6) Back in 2010, Security firm, Symantec, named Shaoxing as the ‘malware capital of the world’.   In which Asian country is Shaoxing?
Q7) What name is given to malware that allows someone to bypass your computer’s normal login process: a front door, back door or porch door?
Q8) What name is given to malware that locks you out of your computer system, until you pay the software’s maker … ?
Q9) In 2005, Sony’s music division issued copy protection software that effectively acted as malware: and left security holes in people’s PCs.   What was that software on: DVDs, blu-ray films or music CDs?
Q10) Finally … the first computer virus was called Creeper: and started infecting machines in which year of the 1970s?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers: this week and last week’s questions are covered by the usual Creative Commons License† …
Q1) 19th March saw the Mars Odyssey probe start photographing Mars.   How exactly: by thermal imaging, with a visible light camera or by gamma ray spectrography?
Q2) The imaging started in which year of this century: 2002, 2007 or 2012?
Q3) In which year was the probe launched … ?
Q4) Roughly how long is a Martian year: 676 days, 686 days or 696 days … ?
Q5) What name have scientists given to one Martian day: a day, sol or mon?
Q6) One system used by planetary scientists starts the Martian calendar on 11th April of which year of the 1950s?
Q7) Mars has what’s either the largest or second largest mountain in the solar  system, depending on how it’s measured.   What’s that mountain called … ?
Q8) Mars’ atmosphere is 96% what: nitrogen, oxygen or carbon dioxide … ?
Q9) Mars is also known as what: red planet, white planet or blue planet?
Q10) Finally … name either of Mars’ moons … 
A1) By thermal imaging.
A2) 2002.
A3) 2001.
A4) Roughly 686 days: or 686.971 days, if you to be want accurate.
A5) Sol: which means a Martian year is roughly 668 Martian days long.
A6) 1955.
A7) Olympus Mons: or Mount Olympus, if you want the English version of the name.   It’s an extinct volcano.
A8) Carbon dioxide.
A9) Red Planet.
A10) Phobos and Deimos: or Fear and Terror, after the two sons of Mars, the Roman god of War.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you later.

*        Very relevant, actually: a friend got hit by one, only a few days ago.   Keep ’em peeled, people … !

†        As you’re possibly a newcomers … all it means is that you’re free to copy, use, alter and build on each of my quizzes: including the Teasers, Gazette Teasers and the Friday Question Sets.   All I ask in return is that you give me an original authors credit on your event’s flyers or posters, or on the night: and, if you republish them, give me an original authors credit AND republish under the same license.   A link back to the site — and to the Gazette’s, if that’s where you’ve found these — would be appreciated.

No comments: