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Golden Penguin Award 2007
Each year at Linuxworld, one of the most eagerly anticipated events is the "Golden Penguin Bowl." The Bowl pits two opposing teams in a gauntlet of trivia about sci-fi, robots, Linux, and open source software.

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On Aug 7 2007, Pogo Linux CEO Tim Lee and his teammates from Rackable and Penguin Computing (The Geeks) defeated an opposing team stacked with Dell employees (The Nerds). Here's what Tim had to say afterwards: "I'm glad we got the win, although I'm ashamed that we got the Star Trek question wrong. We really thought the answer was 'Spock's father.' A big thanks to my teammates Don (Becker from Penguin Computing) and Michael (Grace from Rackable) for bringing their A-game. We were behind early on, but steadily battled back because we Linux geeks always band together."

Read CRN's article about the event

Watch the undergound video of the event

• 2007 Golden Penguin Bowl Questions & Answers •

Q What CPU powered the original Terminator?
A The 6502, as seen in the scrolling "Terminator view" scenes.
Q In Terminator 2, how did the Terminator describe his CPU ?
A As a neural network "A learning machine".
Q What was the name of the BUS invented by IBM that was designed to replace the aging ISA architecture ?
A MCA "Micro Channel Architecture" bus.
Q What does the acronym "PCMCIA" stand for?
A "Personal Computer Memory Card International Association"
"Peripheral Component Microchannel Interconnect Architecture"
"People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms".
Q What new software license was just announced by the Free Software Foundation ?
A The GPL version 3 (or LGPL version 3).
Q How long ago (in years) was the last update to the GPL, the GPL version 2 released?
A 16 years.
Q What varient of *BSD uses the puffer fish as its logo?
Q In the Sci-Fi series "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" name the three robots shown.
A Crooooooow, Gypsy, Tom Servo
Q Name the fourth MST3K Robot whose essential job everyone forgets
A Cambot
Q What Linux distribution does Michael Dell use on his laptop?
A Ubuntu
Q If you click on "buy" on a system at the Dell Linux web site, what operating system does Dell recommend?
A Dell recommends Windows Vista Home Premium.
Q Name the movie featuring the NS-5 domestic Robot?
A I Robot
Q What kind of computer "brain" powers the NS-5?
A Positronic
Q Which famous cryptographer claims he can losslessly compress random data by 50% with his fists?
A Bruce Schneier
Q What is the name of the algorithm Bruce invented for the Advanced Encryption Standard contest?
A Two fish
Q According to Microsoft, how many of its software patents does a Linux distribution violate?
A 235
Q In the previous five years, how many suits have been filed against Microsoft for software patent violations?
A 96
Q Who has said of the Python language, "One Python programmer can finish in two months what two C++ programmers can't complete in a year?"
A Guido van Rossum
Q In the famous "Monkey boy" dance video, what does Steve Ballmer think Microsoft needs?
A Developers
Q The Mars rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity" have now been working on Mars for more than 3 1/2 years. How long were they designed to operate?
A 90 days
Q The Mars rovers run what operating system?
A VxWorks (but the rover "drivers" do run Linux on their workstations.)
Q In the Star Trek episode "Space Seed", ship's historian Marla McGivers falls in love with what visitor to the Enterprise ?
A Khan (Khan Noonien Singh)
Q What was the name of Khan's ship?
A The SS Botany Bay
Q Which Free Software developer, founder of Cygnus Solutions and also the creator of G++, saw the GPL as a "business plan in disguise?"
A Michael Tiemann, now with Red Hat
Q Name the other two founders of Cygnus Solutions.
A John Gilmore and David "Gumby" Henkel-Wallace
Q Who founded Penguin Computing in 1998?
A Sam Ockman
Q Name the movies made from these Phillip K Dick stories.
(1) "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale"
(2) "The Minority Report."
(3) "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
A "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" became Total Recall
(2) "The Minority Report." stayed as Minority Report
(3) "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" became Blade Runner.
Q After his death, how was Phillip K Dick resurrected for Wired Magazine?
A As an android
Q What ubiquitous technology did the ALOHA protocol from the University of Hawaii inspire?
A Ethernet
Q What was the name of the IBM competitor to Ethernet, originally developed in Sweden, now deceased?
A Token Ring networking
Q What is the name of the first commercial video game?
A Pong
Q What was the first hardware modification needed to the original arcade console?
A To double the size of the coin box.
Q What race in Stargate originally owned these large, pyramid-shaped space ships?
A The Gua'uld.
Q What the rather visual clue that a human has been taken over by a Gua'uld?
A Glowing eyes
Q What programming language was created by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto and combines syntax inspired by Perl with Smalltalk-like features?
A Ruby
Q What Web application framework, written in Ruby, describes itself as "Web development that doesn't hurt"?
A Ruby on Rails
Q According to Arthur C. Clarke's third law of prediction "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from" what?
A Magic
Q In Clarke's 1945 paper "Extra-Terrestrial Relays - Can Rocket Stations Give Worldwide Radio Coverage" what was he the first to describe ?
A Geostationary satellites as telecommunications relays.
Q What 1983 movie featured the WOPR mainframe?
A War Games
Q From the movie, what is the only winning move in the game "Global Thermonuclear War"?
A "The only winning move ... is not to play."
Q What happened to Pluto this year that changed the shape of the solar system?
A Pluto was demoted to "dwarf planet" status.
Q What caused the demotion?
A The discovery of Eris, or UB313, which is a dwarf planet larger than Pluto.
Q Why does debugging matter, according to this creative Microsoft advertisement?
A Cylons
Q What extension to the VI editor was created as a joke after Microsoft retired "clippy"?
A Vigor, the helpful VI paperclip!
Q What is exceptional about the internet connection of 75-year-old Sigbritt Lothberg in Sweden?
A It's the world's fastest, at 40 gigabits-per-second.
Q State Asimov's original three laws of robotics.
A 1). A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2). A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3). A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Q Who recently filed a patent application for "an advertisement supported free operating system"?
A Microsoft
Q What operating system did the mothership in "Independence Day" run?
A Mac OS 9, due to the virus compatibility.
Q What is the origin of the term "wiki"?
A It comes from the phrase "Wiki Wiki", a Hawaiian-language word for fast.
Q Who described Microsoft's C# language with the phrase "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?"
A James Gosling, creator of the Java language.
Q Would you have made money investing in the "Backrub" search engine, pictured here in 1999?
A Yes, it became Google.
Q What are: Blum Blum Shub, Mersenne twister, Lagged Fibonacci generator, Linear congruential generator algorithms all examples of?
A Pseudorandom number generators
Q For what purpose is the internet "really, really, great" according to the muppets of Avenue Q?
A For porn
Q Why should you never use a color laser printer to print anonymous notes?
A Color laser printers add yellow "tracking dots", encoding the date, time and printer serial number onto every page printed.
Q What company invented the now ubiquitous "Secure Sockets Layer" protocol?
A Netscape. RIP.
Q Which rival high energy physics lab created the magnets that recently broke under test at CERN, delaying the European research lab's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment?
A Fermilab in Illinois, USA
Q What is the new varient of BSD, being developed by Matt Dillon, is designed to enable native clustering and single system image capabilities?
A Dragonfly BSD
Q What is the new name for the network protocol analysing tool formally known as "Ethereal"?
A Wireshark
Q Classic Science Fiction: HG Wells or Jules Verne : "Journey to the center of the Earth"?
A Jules Verne
Q What memorable phrase did quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli use to describe scientific ideas so bad they weren't worth considering?
A "Not even wrong."
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