Quiz: In their own words

Who aspires to have the conversational ease of a bot? Who finds it difficult to be inspirational year in and year out? Who thinks the difference between major and minor isn't about features but about time? Who is a master of understatement on the state of the economy? Take the quiz and test your knowledge.

You know the drill: Match the quote to the quoted then check your answers in the answer key.


The quotes

1. "Such is life. When you are on top, people try to bring you down."

2. "I wish I was as good at conversation as Elbot."

3. "The key to the computer equipment is no different to the key to a locked drawer. The contents of the drawer exist independently of the suspect; so does the key to it. The contents may or may not be incriminating: the key is neutral."

4. "We do not ship new versions of Windows every year. Likewise, coming up with an all-new 'aspirational' name [like Windows XP] does not do justice to what we are trying to achieve, which is to stay firmly rooted in our aspirations for Windows Vista, while evolving and refining the substantial investments in platform technology in Vista into the next generation of Windows."

5. "It is pretty clear the economic situation today globally is worse than people were predicting a month ago,"

6. "Google may discover a product that violates the developer distribution agreement ... in such an instance, Google retains the right to remotely remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion,"

7. "It's a real release because it's a lot more work than a minor release. It turns out you can [do] more than just a minor release in what is essentially a two-and-a-half year period of time. There's no reason to do just, quote, a minor release, in two-and-a-half years."


The quoted

A. Mike Nash, VP of Windows product management on Microsoft's decision to call the next version of windows by its codename, Windows 7.

B."Kill switch" terms linked to from T-mobile's G1, the first phone based on Google's Android.

C. Master Splyntr, administrator of the DarkMarket.ws Web site, in a forum post before the site was shut down in an FBI sting opperation. Master Splyntr was actually an FBI agent named J. Keith Mularski.

D. Fred Roberts, creator of the Elbot "chatbot," after winning the Loebner Artificial Intelligence Prize's bronze medal, having convinced 3 out of 12 judges they were chatting with a human.

E. Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt on a conference call with analysts discussing google's Q3 financials

F. The England and Wales Court of Appeal Criminal Division in its finding that Defendants can't deny police an encryption key because of fears the data it unlocks will incriminate them.

G. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussing Windows 7 at a Q&A session hosted Gartner analysts, during which he also said "[Windows 7], it's Windows Vista, a lot better."


Answer key

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