Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The Daily Teaser — 8-3-2016: International Women’s Day

You know, I’ve been thinking.

One thought that occurs?   Is about Transmission: the app that’s caused problems, recently, for Mac owners.

How on Earth did it get onto the manufacturers servers?   I don’t know if I could tell you that: but it seems the Transmission main servers suffered a hack attack, in the run-up to the problem.

The makers have since improved security, so hopefully, it shouldn’t happen again.

There’s something I’m wondering, though.

Transmission is the default BitTorrent client on Ubuntu desktop: so I have to ask if the hack attack means Ubuntu and other operating systems are safe from an attack like this.   In other words, an attack that sneaks malware onto a system, from legitimate software’s own servers.

I don’t know if I’ve got any answers, there.

But I HOPE if that’s the case?   It takes a long time to happen.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with Olga scoring ten and Debbi bagging nine.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s themed questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and Video … 

Q1) 8th March is International Women’s Day: as organised by the UN.   2016 sees the event highlighting gender … what?
Q2) The day sparked violence in 2007.   In which city: Turin, Moscow or Tehran?
Q3) The earliest celebration of Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909.   Where: Birmingham, New York or Paris?
Q4) The commonest symbol for the female sex is a circle with a cross underneath: ♀, in other words.   It’s also used to represent which planet?
Q5) What name is given to the medical study of female reproductive health?
Q6) Which ‘M’ is something women do, but men don’t?
Q7) 2010 film, Made In Dagenham, dramatized a series of strikes by women workers, in 1968: strikes that sought equal pay.   The (real world) strikes were at the Dagenham car factory owned by which company?
Q8) Someone who advocates rights for women is usually known as which ‘F’?
Q9) Which Commonwealth country was the first to grant women the vote?
Q10) Which iconic figure wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women?
Q11) Finally … 8th March, 1910, saw Raymonde de Larouche become the first woman to be awarded what?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 7th March saw Alexander Graham Bell receive the patent for the telephone.   In which year of the 1870s?
A1) 1876.
Q2) Bell developed what became known as the telephone, as a spin-off from devices for teaching whom: the blind, deaf or mute?
A2) The deaf.
Q3) Famously, there’s arguments about who invented the phone.   Bell … or Elisha … whom?
A3) Elisha Gray.
Q4) The phone turns sounds into what kind of signal: electrical, audio or optical?
A4) Initially, into electrical.   (Your phone’s microphone will contain a magnet that turns your voice into an electrical signal: which then gets transmitted down a — copper or fiber-optic — landline cable, or converted into a broadcast radio signal, and sent over a mobile phone network.)
Q5) Talking of the devices, themselves … your home phone is usually called what: a landline, cell phone or radio-telephone?
A5) A landline.
Q6) A phone line between two (or more) specific locations is usually called what: a rented line, leased line or bought line?
A6) A leased line.   (I believe many military, academic and commercial computer networks were initially connected with leased lines.)
Q7) In the UK, they’re mobile phones.   What’s the US term for them?
Q8) If you have to start a dialing a phone number with the +44 prefix, you’re making an international call to which country?
A8) The UK.
Q9) If you’re making a phone-call by VoIP, you’re calling by Voice over … what?
Q10) Finally … landline based phone-calls, are traditionally routed through what: an exchange, interchange or router?
A10) An exchange.
I’ll leave you with this quote from the Prophet’s Last Sermon …
“O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have right over you. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”
The Prophet Muhammad, in his Last Sermon
And this video … 

Had a good day.

*        I’ll let you have that one Olga: it’s nearer to the answer I wanted.   (Dad’s Army, you mean, Olga?   Yes, like I say, it’s not an Oscar winner, I think: but is an entertaining watch.   Toby Jones, Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon were perfectly cast.)

†        I’ve used it occasionally, Debbi: for those of us who like offering friends open source alternatives to Windows, bit-torrent apps like Transmission offer a fast way of downloading them.   (I’ve just used the updated version to download a copt of Ubuntu, as an example: just over a gigabyte of data, downloaded in just under four minutes.   Fairly rapid, for my system and connection.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Being a bit less than technical, I'll leave that kind of thing to people who enjoy doing techie stuff. Such as yourself! :)

1. equality
2. Tehran
3. New York
4. Venus
5. gynecology
6. menstruate
7. Ford
8. feminist
9. Australia
10. Mary Wollstonecraft
11. an airplane pilot's license