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Xino 2013 Quiz Prelims


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Prelims for XQuest, the quiz organised as part of XINO 2013 on 3rd August, 2013.

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Xino 2013 Quiz Prelims

  1. 1. Team Number XINO 2013 QUIZ PRELIMS Participant 1 Participant 2 ========================================= Rules  The quiz consists of 25 questions to be attempted in 30 minutes.  The 6 top scoring teams will qualify for the final stage round.  Questions marked with a star (*) are tie breakers. ========================================= 1. A character’s facial expression, full of frustration and rage in the manga Gantz’ Chapter 55, originally released in February 2002 and the English translation in June 2009 gave rise to what? 2. The X project is an open design initiative to develop a 3D printer that can print most of its own components. Four 3D printing machines: "Darwin", released in March 2007, "Mendel", released in October 2009, "Prusa Mendel" and "Huxley" released in 2010 named each after famous biologists have been launched so far, as "the point of X is replication and evolution". Identify X. 3. *What is the significance of the old Nokia SMS ringtone of 'bip bip bip beep beep bip bip bip'?
  2. 2. 4. A self-contained, open hardware Linux-based handheld computer, first released in 2002 developed in, and primarily distributed within India, the product was envisioned as a low-cost alternative to personal computers. With initial goals of selling 50,000 units, the project had sold only about 4,000 units by 2005. 5. ________________ is "the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers". FITB. 6. *X was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, including the northern counties of present day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. Identify. Bonus: Why is his name famous in the tech world? 7. Which broadcasting technology is being dropped by FIFA for the next World Cup due to a lack of adoption by consumers? 8. The X was an American counterculture compendium published by Stewart Brand between 1968 and 1972, and occasionally thereafter, until 1998. Although the X listed all sorts of products for sale (clothing, books, tools, machines, seeds – things useful for a creative or self-sustainable lifestyle) the X themselves did not sell any of the products. Instead the vendors and their prices were listed right alongside with the items. This led to a visionary comparing it with Google and quoted the farewell message placed on the back cover of the 1974 edition of the catalog: “Y”. Identify X and Y. 9. ‘1, Hacker Way’ is the address of the headquarters of which famous tech company?
  3. 3. 10. ______________is the world’s oldest digital library started in 1971 by Michael Hart. FITB. 11. This application began life as "JavaCollect" and was started by Chris Wetherell; the initial idea was to collect headlines from various web sources. After he joined Google, the project was reimagined, ultimately evolving into the form we used to know it by until very recently. 12. *On which day did Gangnam Style reach 1 billion views? 13. In early 2013, It was reported that some New York restaurants begun banning this in their premises as this fad caused distraction for other diners as well as the staff. Its name comes from combining the word “Food” with that of a very popular sharing and social networking application. 14. Known for its extreme gamer culture, with gamers frequently landing in hospitals and psychiatric clinics, which nation has set up a video game addiction hotline? 15. The Delhi-Howdah Rajdhani became the first train service in the country to offer a service that had been in demand for a long time. What service? 16. In December 2012, Twitter released information about the year's top trends and tweets. One of the sections under Trends was "Countries". Which country was the most tweeted about, according to Twitter, in 2012?
  4. 4. 17. _____________ is an international crowd funding site founded by Danae Ringelmann, Slava Rubin and Eric Schellin in 2008. Unlike its main competitor, it allows funding all sorts of projects such as kickstarting a business or funding somebody’s education, with one of its biggest successes being “Let’s build a Goddamn Tesla Museum”. 18. After faithful service of over 150 years, which mode of communication has finally been retired in India recently? 19. Much of this country's details were not available in Google Maps until January 2013. Through the use of Google Map Maker, by a community effort, Google Maps now shows details of various landmarks from this country whose geography may not be a mystery anymore, but almost everything else is. 20. *Which music video was the first to use bluescreen technology in India? 21. .aq is the ccTLD for _______________ and is reserved for organizations that conduct work in or promote the region and requires physical presence or being a governmental organization signatory to the international treaty concerning the region. FITB. 22. The free laptop initiative of the Uttar Pradesh Government was highly publicized as bringing technology to the youth. However, it was cut short when it was found that the laptop would crash when the student would do something very basic, probably the first thing they would’ve done after receiving it. What did they do?
  5. 5. 23. On 21st May 2010, the ‘I Am Feeling Lucky’ button in Google was changed to ‘Insert a coin.’ Google was celebrating the 30th birthday of which game? 24. *The 10th edition of which OS/distribution was released on 10/10/10 at 10:10 UTC? 25. The ____________ is a heterogeneous computing developed by ARM coupling slower, low-power processor cores with more powerful and power-hungry ones, the intention being to create a multi-core processor that can adjust better to dynamic computing needs and use less power than clock scaling alone.