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Quiz: IT's about time!

 

Time : It's been called an illusion, a dimension, a smooth-flowing continuum and an expression of separation among events that occur in the same physical location. Illusion or not, if we could control time, vacations would be longer and meetings would be shorter! How much do you know about this fascinating phenomenon?

1. Our current calendar system was instituted by Pope Gregory XIII, back in 1582.
Who instituted the Julian calendar?

2. Neither too early nor too late, a JIT compiler turns Java bytecode into instructions that can be sent directly to the processor.
What does JIT stand for?

3. Admiral Grace Hopper famously used foot-long pieces of wire to illustrate how far an electrical signal can travel in this very brief unit of time.
What is it?

4. Whether it can be said to exist or not, this describes a level of computer responsiveness that a user senses as immediate or that enables a computer to keep up with some external process.
What is it?

5. This concept states that an individual elementary particle can not only be in more than one place at any given time but can also cross its own trajectory and interfere with the direction of its own path. Is it:
a. superposition
b. quantum interference
c. entanglement
d. superstring theory
Answer

6. Coordinated Universal Time is the standard time common to every place in the world. By what name is it more commonly known?
Answer ( Look to the second sentence of the definition. )

7. This, the most accurate type of timepiece in the world, should neither gain nor lose a second in the next 30 million years.
What is it?

8. This is a periodic fluctuation between two states, such as the back-and-forth swing of a pendulum.
What is it?

9. This word, from the Greek words for with and time , describes events that happen at the same time.
What is it?

10. According to NIST, what percentage of recordable disks will fail within 50 years?
a. 13%
b. 23%
c. 53%
d. 73%
Answer

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This was last updated in August 2008
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