Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 28-5-2014: The Turing Test

Oh, now hang on: MORE Buffy … !

Sorry, sorry: I’ve been borrowing a friend’s box set of the complete Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Which is as much fun as it ever was.

Personally, though … ?

I’m just glad Google reacted the way it did to the name of the particular episode I’m watching.

No, really!

Typing in Doublemeat Palace could’ve had some more … um … 

Well … 

Um … unfortunate results.

But I’m digressing, aren’t I … ?

Yes I am.

Today is Wednesday: which mean’s it’s time for this week’s Brentwood Gazette Teaser.

Here’s this week’s, covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
Q1) 28th May, 1936 saw scientist Alan Turing publish his paper that defined modern computers; he and his computers were used to break codes in which war?
Q2) The paper is commonly known as ‘On Computable …’ what …?
Q3) We call them computers: what did Turing call them?
Q4) Turing worked at Britain’s code-breaking centre, in Bletchley Park: what was that centre’s formal name … ?
Q5) More to the point, name the German cipher machine which he helped crack: apart from the Lorenz … ?
Q6) Which of the German Armed forces was using that machine?
Q7) The computer chip at the heart of a computer — smartphone, laptop, embedded, server, desktop or tablet — is a CPU: or Central Processing … what?
Q8) One feature of the computers conceived by Turing is short and long term … what?
Q9) The Turing Test is one the scientist devised: to test for artificial what?
Q10) And finally … Turing eventually committed suicide by eating a poisoned  what …?

Here’s last week’s questions and answers … 
Q1) 21st May was the date the late Harold Camping predict that the Rapture, and Judgement Day, would take place.   In which year?
Q2) In which month of that year did Camping claim the End of the World would happen: September, October or November … ?
Q3) He’d previously claimed the End of the World would happen in which year of the 1990s?
Q4) The Rapture is when God’s Chosen are taken where … ?
Q5) According to the Book of Revelation, the battle at the end of the world, will take place where: Armageddon, Armandhammer or Armaglaswegian … ?
Q6) That Last battle is associated with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Conquest — or Pestilence — is on a white horse, War is on a red horse, Famine on a black horse: who’s on the Pale Horse … ?
Q7) Those marked with the Number of the Beast will — according to some — be cursed by God, at the End of the World: what IS the Number of the Beast … ?
Q8) Which band had a 1982 hit with ‘The Number Of The Beast’?
Q9) Which 1976 film, and its 2006 remake, see the Antichrist being born to the US Ambassador to the UK … ?
Q10) Finally … which US band had a 1987 hit with ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’?
A1) 2011.
A2) October.
A3) 1994.   (On September 4th.   Or possibly 6th … )
A4) Heaven.   (Although 1 Thessalonians 4:17 says those Raptured will met the Lord “… in the air.” )
A5) Armageddon.
A6) Death.   (Death had tried a skeletal horse: but had to stop, every-so-often, to wire bits back on.)
A7) 666: although some offer 616, or 888, as an alternative.
A8) Iron Maiden.   (Despite accusations they’re Satanists, the band’s regular long-term drummer, Nicko McBrain, is a devout born again Christian.)
A9) The Omen’.
A10) REM.

Enjoy thos: I’ll catch you next week.

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