Monday, 20 February 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20-2-2017

Hmmm … 

I’ve got the radio on, at the moment: Radio 4’s Today programme, is my default early morning  listening.

Radio isn’t as distracting a TV, I think.

They’ve just announced an interesting bit of news: at least, interesting to a technology watcher like me.

It seems that Google and Bing have signed up to a voluntary code of practise: that means they will make sure links to illegal content — usually to sites like Pirate Bay or Demonoid — that host pirated content.

I’m thinking it’s a small step.

But possibly one that’s circumventable.

After all, we can always uses something like Tor.   The web browser always you to — in theory — get around such restrictions: by routing you around the ’Net so that you appear to come from another country.

You can also subvert it — possibly — by using a search engine that hasn’t signed up to the code.

There’s a few of them … 


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Trevor* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring five out of five.   The day ALSO saw Olga‡ looking in to say ‘¡Ola!’

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

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

Q1) 20th February, 1935, saw Caroline Mikkelsen become the first woman to set foot, where: the Arctic, Antarctic or the Moon?
Q2) As a result, she has a what named after her: mountain, glacier or crater?
Q3) Exo-planet, Kepler 37b, was discovered: on 20th February, 2013.   The star it’s orbiting is in which constellation: Aquila, Taurus or Lyra?
Q4) The US Emergency Broadcast System was accidentally set off: on 20th February of which year?
Q5) Finally … 20th February, 1958, saw Royal Navy docks, where, shut?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers … 

Q1) Government vets set up exclusions zones around an abattoir in Essex: as a result of suspected cases of Foot and Mouth disease.   On 19th February of which year?
A1) 2001.
Q2) Pedro Lascurain became president of Mexico, on 19th February, 1913.   For how long: 30 minutes, 45 minutes or one hour?
Q3) The first Bollingen Prize in Poetry was awarded on 19th February, 1949.   To whom: Ezra Pound, Walt Whitman or T. S. Eliot?
A3) Ezra Pound.
Q4) Nicolaus Copernicus was born on 19th February, 1473.   The astronomer was born in what’s now which country?
A4) Poland.
Q5) Finally … President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066, on 19th February, 1942.   The order interned whom: German Americans, Italian Americans or Japanese Americans.
A5) Japanese Americans.   George Takei has written about it: as he And his family were interned as a result of the law.
Here’s a thought …
“The fame you earn has a different taste from the fame that is forced upon you.”
Gloria Vanderbilt, born February 20, 1924.
And a song … 

Have a good day!

*        Morning, Trevor!   Did mention Just a Minute is back on, tonight?

†        Yes, it could be bad, Debbi … !   Oh, I caught a clip of Anna Kournikova being interviewed by Graham Norton, this morning.   Is it me, or has she picked up a really thick New York accent, there?    (She sound likes she’s just got off the set of The Sopranos!)

‡        That it is, Olga, that it IS … !   I don’t think I catch all of the rally: but Nuremberg was the first thing that sprang to mind.   At ANY rate?   Have a good day, whatever you end up doing!   (And you’d be VERY welcome, if you can make it!)


trev-v said...

a1 Antarctic (although whether this was on the mainland or an island is a matter of dispute.)

a2 Mountain

a3 Lyra

a4 1971

a5 Sheerness

Debbi said...

I love DuckDuckGo. Great alternative to Google.

1. Antarctica
2. mountain
3. Lyra
4. 1971
5. Sheerness Docks on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent

I don't know about the accent, Paul. I've heard thicker NY accents. :)

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Sorry, Paul. I hoped to catch up yesterday, but went running with my friend, fell and although at the time I didn't think anything was amiss, later one my knee started hurting and I ended up with a painful and swollen knee by the evening (and not feeling up to much). A bit better today but still swollen.
With regards to pirate sites, I'm a writer and if I decide to offer my work for free (and some of it I do) it is up to me, but I don't appreciate the thought of people stealing it from me and I'm sure everybody else is the same. You wouldn't want to have to work for nothing, I'm sure... Most of the people I know who work in creative things have a hard time making ends meet (I don't cover costs with my books, that's for sure).