Linked by snydeq on Wed 17th Nov 2010 23:34 UTC
Humor Windows NT name size limits, network cabling and protocols, Linux printer daemon commands, AD&D character alignments -- find out how much you know where it really counts by taking InfoWorld's 2010 Geek IQ Test.
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Vague question is vague:
by Laurence on Wed 17th Nov 2010 23:58 UTC
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

Which of the following has the best chance to protect your users' identities?

I'd argue that none of the options would because your IP is still getting logged all over the place and users are still giving away their details to social networks.

But if this is the same site that produced an open source quiz which got the answer wrong for the history behind the naming of Linux, then I'm hardly surprised I found fault with this quiz too.

Reply Score: 3

No it isnt
Member since:
2005-11-14

What's wrong with /etc/rc.d/cups restart?

Reply Score: 5

Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

What's wrong with /etc/rc.d/cups restart?


Heh... I went with the chanting option on that one... none of the others are valid on any Linux box I use, and the mystic chanting fits my past experience of CUPS setup...

Reply Score: 4

Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

Hehe, oh my! For some reason I get a picture in my head of Barack Obama and David Cameron dressed in black robes and doing a dance while chanting at a printer! Now, where's that psychiatrist? ;)

Reply Score: 2

kolmyo Member since:
2005-07-11

Isn't that "restart" method just some Red Hat wrapper for /etc/rc.d/ scripts? I have always thought so since I haven't seen that program shipped with any distribution after ditching Red Hat Linux 6 ten years ago.

Though I admit I could be wrong. I haven't even tried using "restart" because running an init script works with every distro and is much more logical.

Reply Score: 1

Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

Isn't that "restart" method just some Red Hat wrapper for /etc/rc.d/ scripts? I have always thought so since I haven't seen that program shipped with any distribution after ditching Red Hat Linux 6 ten years ago.


I'm sitting in front of a RHEL5 box... no 'restart' command here that I can find...

Reply Score: 2

steogede2 Member since:
2007-08-17

>> Restart [printer name] (from the quiz)

I think the quiz master might be thinking of the command you would give to lpc if you were using a Linux system which used bsd-lp/lpr (can't be many these days). That said, I don't think any lpc will accept "Restart" with a capital R as a valid command.

edit: Added lpr and bit about case sensitivity.

Edited 2010-11-19 13:51 UTC

Reply Score: 1

Wrong!
by malxau on Thu 18th Nov 2010 01:29 UTC
malxau
Member since:
2005-12-04

One of the questions asked how to install Win2k, and claimed the correct answer was WINNT or WIN32. This is not correct - the correct answer is WINNT or WINNT32. Makes you wonder about the merit of these quizzes.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Wrong!
by Delgarde on Thu 18th Nov 2010 04:09 UTC in reply to "Wrong!"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

Makes you wonder about the merit of these quizzes.


And that was the only think that makes you wonder? ;)

Reply Score: 2

eww
by Anonymous Coward on Thu 18th Nov 2010 02:39 UTC
Anonymous Coward
Member since:
2005-07-06

That THING asked me questions about Windows, and accused me of watching Television and owning an iPhone.

Windows warps the brain, and if I ever watch Television, it's the Simpsons, or Futurama, not f***ing Alley McBeal. I got the free Win Mobile phone from Verizon, and put Android on it....

<megalomania>
I've talked to int21h, I have the root password. How dare they speak to me in that manner.

Come back when you've fiddled with CP/M, or at least hex edited a piece of software as a prank.... then you can talk to me...
</megalomania>

Reply Score: 6

It's a Windows test!!
by sergio on Thu 18th Nov 2010 03:48 UTC
sergio
Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm a Unix guy, I have no idea about Windows therefore... I'm not a GEEK!!! Hurra!!!

Girls, look at this! I AM NOT A GEEK!!

Reply Score: 11

RE: It's a Windows test!!
by flanque on Thu 18th Nov 2010 10:27 UTC in reply to "It's a Windows test!!"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Probably got something to do with us Unix folk spending less time behind the monitor fixing things. ;-)

Reply Score: 6

RE: It's a Windows test!!
by coolvibe on Thu 18th Nov 2010 10:51 UTC in reply to "It's a Windows test!!"
coolvibe Member since:
2007-08-16

That might explain why I am married and have some sort of a life. I'm a Unix guy as well ;)

Yes, the quiz was terribly windows centric.

Reply Score: 6

RE[2]: It's a Windows test!!
by yoshi314@gmail.com on Thu 18th Nov 2010 11:21 UTC in reply to "RE: It's a Windows test!!"
yoshi314@gmail.com Member since:
2009-12-14

i got a 60% and it told me i probably use an iphone.

sigh :]

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: It's a Windows test!!
by l3v1 on Thu 18th Nov 2010 13:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It's a Windows test!!"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

I got 70 and still says the same ;) Maybe it's the only thing it says, I'm not interested or bored enough to do it again to see ;)

Reply Score: 2

RE[3]: It's a Windows test!!
by helf on Thu 18th Nov 2010 20:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: It's a Windows test!!"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

hehe, I only scored a 60% too. It came close, tho. I don't own an iPhone but I do own an iPod Touch :p

Reply Score: 2

I failed big time...
by Bully on Thu 18th Nov 2010 12:21 UTC
Bully
Member since:
2006-04-07

only 45% right.

Reply Score: 2

RE: I failed big time...
by Soulbender on Thu 18th Nov 2010 15:41 UTC in reply to "I failed big time..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

So did I and just for the heck of it I took the IT personality type quiz too...and according to that Im an uber geek. Never mind that I chose "None" on half the questions.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: I failed big time...
by helf on Thu 18th Nov 2010 21:01 UTC in reply to "RE: I failed big time..."
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

I just took that one too. Ended up with "Holy split personality! The Shadow, The Scary Sysadmin — make up your mind already!"

Reply Score: 2

WTF?
by sorpigal on Thu 18th Nov 2010 12:23 UTC
sorpigal
Member since:
2005-11-02

Question 14: To restart the printer daemon for a Linux printer, you’ll use the command:
Correct Answer: Restart [printer name]


On what system is there a command called 'Restart' which is used to restart a daemon? Some other commenter mentions a redhat-specific 'restart' wrapper, so I suppose that's what this was referring to, but to capitalize the R indicates (1) that the authors are unix neophytes at best and (2) that no one who doesn't use this command regularly will choose this option. I went with chanting on this one since all options were obviously incorrect.

I can understand including a little Windows trivia, like the aero acronym thing, but there was far, far too much. Makes me pine for the days of the ludicrous speed nerd test!

Reply Score: 5

RE: WTF?
by Delgarde on Thu 18th Nov 2010 19:53 UTC in reply to "WTF?"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

Some other commenter mentions a redhat-specific 'restart' wrapper, so I suppose that's what this was referring to, but to capitalize the R indicates (1) that the authors are unix neophytes at best


Or that they're using one of those annoying editors that helpfully capitalizes the first letter of what it thinks is a sentence.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: WTF?
by sorpigal on Fri 19th Nov 2010 11:15 UTC in reply to "RE: WTF?"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

I use editors like that all the time and I put myself through the pain of going back every time it 'corrects' a word that should start with a lower case letter and uncorrecting it. I am not sympathetic for people who are so unobservant or lazy that they don't notice or don't bother to do the same.

Reply Score: 2

The point of the test
by spiderman on Thu 18th Nov 2010 16:16 UTC
spiderman
Member since:
2008-10-23

The only point is to make money for InfoWorld. Look at the page layout: 1 question per page, filling less than 25% of the screen, the rest being advertising.

Reply Score: 5

RE: The point of the test
by bitwelder on Fri 19th Nov 2010 11:35 UTC in reply to "The point of the test"
bitwelder Member since:
2010-04-27

What advertising?
If there was some, it was stopped by AdBlock filter.
If it passed the filter, I didn't look at it.
If I've seen it, I don't remember what was advertised.

All what I'm left with is a lame test that won't improve my picture of InfoWorld (and neither it does the utter insult that I should be an iPhone owner)

Reply Score: 1

I suck
by TaterSalad on Thu 18th Nov 2010 18:48 UTC
TaterSalad
Member since:
2005-07-06

11 out of 20, I suck. I knew a lot of the terms but I forgot quite a bit of it, especially the protocol stuff.

Reply Score: 2

RE: I suck
by Darai on Thu 18th Nov 2010 19:24 UTC in reply to "I suck"
Darai Member since:
2009-09-09

I only got 7 out of 20, but I'd have to agree with the others, it was way too Windows-esque of a quiz. A true geek know no bounds. ;)

Reply Score: 1

Hmm...
by looncraz on Thu 18th Nov 2010 19:52 UTC
looncraz
Member since:
2005-07-24

Not sure how, exactly, I guessed on 80%... and scored 80%.

Yikes. It didn't say I used an iPhone, so that was nice.

It called me a "geek hatchling."

Geek hatchling: You're starting to grok the meaning of it all, but you still have a social life.


This is rather funny as I'm very much NOT Windows-centric, nor Networking centric much like the quiz.

I guess I absorbed a surprising amount from my Win admin pals. I don't even know what Active Directory does! HAH! Seriously, never looked it up...

Guess I should do that now...

--The loon

Reply Score: 3

Odd...
by ba1l on Fri 19th Nov 2010 02:08 UTC
ba1l
Member since:
2007-09-08

As a Unix developer in my mid 20's, I scored a 6. I didn't even manage to get the Linux question right, since the joke option was just as likely to work as any of the others.

Apparently, my lack of knowledge about (old) Windows trivia means I'm a cheerleader with a Windows phone.

When a lot of the older network mentioned was still prevalent, I'd have been at most 10 years old. Hell, by the time things like FDDI or pre-AD Windows NT networks were on the way out, I was still in high school.

Reply Score: 2

2010 Microsoft Trivia Test
by fretinator on Fri 19th Nov 2010 17:12 UTC
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

1. Windows Genuine Advantage is ...
___ a. a famous Seattle beer
___ b. a means of validating the Windows license on a system
___ c. the feeling you get when your corporate offices are raided by the KGB

2. Silverlight enables developers to ...
___ a. replace some of their "blink" tags
___ b. create rich-content applications on the web using .NET
___ c. waste thousands of dollars creating applications that now only run on a phone

3. Office 2011 for Apple Macintosh is ...
___ a. an office located in a building in Cupertino right next to Office 2013
___ b. a powerful suite of applications empowering you to communicate in today's business world
___ c. a nice way to justify spending a load of cash on a shiny Mac Pro laptop

Reply Score: 2