Whoever said techies aren't funny clearly haven't been reading the news -- or at least not reading it with an eye for irony. This week we learned that Gmail glitches that left customers without email for 24-plus hours wasn't really that big a problem; that microsoft is doing "really well" if it's accurate half the time; that seven years isn't all that long to wait for a patch; and that headphones and pacemakers don't mix.
And now on with the quiz. Match the quote to the quoted and rollover the ??? for answers. Simple!
1. "The reliability of cloud computing has been a hot topic recently, partly because glitches in the cloud don't happen behind closed doors as with traditional on-premises solutions for businesses. Instead, when a small number of cloud computing users have problems, it makes headlines."
2. "We're going on the offense with this reward."
3. "I think we did really well."
4. "When this issue was first raised back in 2001, we said that we could not make changes to address this issue without negatively impacting network-based applications. And to be clear, the impact would have been to render many, or nearly all, customers' network-based applications then inoperable."
5. "Take care of that beautiful blue marble out there in space, our home planet. I'll be keeping an eye from here."
6. "The main message here is: it's fine for patients to use their headphones normally, meaning they can listen to music and keep the headphones in their ears. But what they should not do is put the headphones near their device."
7. "A lot of people are excited in the company (Delve) to be doing something for the people who make sacrifices. We're proud of this."
A. One of the final tweets from NASA officials impersonating the Phoenix Mars Lander as it goes dark due to a lack of sunlight that's needed to power the batteries
B. Steve Littlejohn, Express Scripts spokesman and VP of public affairs, on the company's decision to offer a $1 million reward to nab an extortionist who is threatening to expose millions of patient records the company holds
C. Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) spokesman Christopher Budd offering an explanation for the seven-year stretch between the time when a bug in Microsoft's SMB (Server Message Block) protocol was first discussed and the release of a patch
D. Mike Reavey, group manager for the Microsoft Security Research Center (MSRC), when asked for a post-mortem evaluation of the first cycle of the team's Exploitability Index, which forecasted correctly less than half the time
E. Dr. William Maisel of the Medical Device Safety Institute at Boston's Beth Israel Medical Center on his study's findings that earphones could interfere with pacemakers when placed within 1.2in of the devices.
F. Matthew Glotzbach, product management director of Google's Enterprise unit in a blog post explaining why Google thinks Gmail outages of 24-plus hours was overblown by the technology press
G. Delve Chief Executive Alex Castro on his company's launch of a video-sharing Web site for troops, their families and supporters, a year and a half after the U.S. military restricted access to YouTube.
Rollover the ??? to reveal the answers