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2011 Geek IQ Test

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the what-do-you-know dept.

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snydeq writes "Active Directory object catalogs, quad-core processors, Debian default configurations, Star Trek TNG guest appearances — find out how much you know where it really counts by taking InfoWorld's 2011 Geek IQ Test."

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Trick Question (5, Funny)

Elgonn (921934) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049258)

What geek willingly goes to InfoWorld?

Re:Trick Question (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049462)

What geek willingly goes to InfoWorld?

20 years ago I had a free subscription to it. It was fun to read Notes From The Field. Quite a lot of the rest was just technology companies tooting their own horn and InfoWorld only too happy to print it and accept the advertising $.

Re:Trick Question (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38049466)

What geek willingly goes to InfoWorld?

The submitter, who is clearly a lackey at IW, and probably has some sort of backroom deal with Geek.net to keep frontpaging their stupid shit.

Re:Trick Question (5, Insightful)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049990)

What website doesn't know how to implement working radio buttons?

Seriously, I look at the first question, and it's like they expect me to remember the answer or something. How am I supposed to take the test and then share the results on Facebook?

Also, this seems to be less a "Geek IQ" quiz and more a "IT terminology quiz with the occasional splash of science-fiction knowledge questions" quiz.

Re:Trick Question (2)

synapse7 (1075571) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050364)

Anybody try reading articles from the site? Since when is a ppt style slide show a valid means to present an article, and the index for the article I was viewing showed 21+ slides, wtf.

Slashdotted (1)

extremescholar (714216) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049266)

Evidently, they didn't actually take this test... it won't start.

Re:Slashdotted (2)

S77IM (1371931) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049358)

Maybe the real quiz is whether you're geeky enough to figure out how to load the quiz.

  -- 77IM

Re:Slashdotted (3, Interesting)

xaxa (988988) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049568)

I found the print view [infoworld.com]

I scored 6 out of 20. I don't care, it's a test of random facts, not a test of skill.

According to someone who gave me and my housemate a ride home (and some confused looks) after clubbing on Saturday night, we're geeks since we were trying to work out something physicsy from first principles (I don't remember the details) while dressed, essentially, as humanoid robots from the future [google.com] .

Re:Slashdotted (2)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049706)

Umm, it's a test of a: obscure geeky stuff and b: up to date technology issues and questions, with a twist of geeky humor as expected. It's a test of random facts if you're googling this stuff or just simply don't work with technology or fit in as a typical "IT guy". (even though by default a slashdotter is inundated with technology).

I got a 16/20, and feel like I should have known about VINES (though I know about other network stuff).

Re:Slashdotted (4, Interesting)

xaxa (988988) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050252)

It's still just little random facts and trivia. That's not an IQ test. Change the subject from obscure scientists to footballers, from the mechanics of Windows and Linux to bits of cars, and from Heroes to some soap, and you've got exactly the kind of quiz that I would avoid at the local pub.

Re:Slashdotted (1)

GIL_Dude (850471) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049822)

Thanks for the print view. I had gotten to question 17 and then the quiz started failing. The print view allowed me to finish (and no, I didn't cheat). But, I only got 70 (14 out of 20). It says I am a "geek dilettante". Damn! And I got the Morgan Batesman / USS Bozeman one right too. Where's that trophy? (I'm not interested in the prostitute; just the trophy - see, more geek cred!)

Re:Slashdotted (1)

SDrag0n (532175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050192)

I got that one right too, although I did it more by process of elimination. At the time I was watching ST:TNG I didn't know who Kelesey Grammer was.

Cant' take it (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049274)

I keep getting "There was a problem loading the quiz. Please try again later". Does that mean I pass?

Re:Cant' take it (2)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050288)

I keep getting "There was a problem loading the quiz. Please try again later". Does that mean I pass?

No, because you actually went to the page in the first place...

A link to "Geek IQ test" is no different from one of those "Find out who's been reading your Facebook profile" links. If you clicked it, you fail.

WTF does that have to do with IQ? (5, Insightful)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049276)

Ookaaay... exactly what does knowing obscure trivia about shows from 50 years ago have to do with IQ? I could see it as a geek score for bragging rights, or a hint if you might want to have a professional look into whether you've got Asperger's, but IQ? Seriously?

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049298)

"Geek IQ," not regular.

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (5, Informative)

Tim C (15259) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049424)

IQ tests test various types of reasoning, not knowledge.

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (1)

jeffeb3 (1036434) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049894)

Exactly, this is BS, IQ is a measure of how well someone learns, not how much they know. Full disclosure: I failed miserably.

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (5, Insightful)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049300)

Incorrect as it is, "IQ test" has come to mean a test of knowledge and fact rather than one of ability.

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38049422)

Incorrect as it is, "IQ test" has come to mean a test of knowledge and fact rather than one of ability.

Yes but only since it was noticed that knee-grows weren't doing so well at the test and it was getting harder to excuse that in terms of "cultural bias" when they're born in this country and have been part of American culture for over 200 years. People with brains who are unafraid to use them were saying "that makes no sense, it is a flimsy explanation at best and a lame excuse at worst". They still wanted to be politically correct so they had to do something. So they decided IQ testing was now a knowledge test and somehow not the aptitude test it was designed to be.

They still have to ignore the way people with high IQs tend to make more money, better decisions, have more education, etc. But that's normal. People who care about political correctness have been practicing this kind of selective memory and mental gymnasia for a long time now. They've reached a point where they can feel good about nearly anything without blinking. Kim Jong Ill a terrible brutal murderous dictator and a tyrant? Man, stop forcing your American cultural biases on the Koreans. Etc.

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049496)

Even worse, I'm sure this is not going to show up as a bell curve with the median being a 100 score.

So, rather than testing intelligence, its testing trivia, and rather than being a bell curved test its basically a "top 50 list" or whatever.

I would assume, not being to load the quiz, that its not going to be actual geeky questions, its going to be all about mass media references to geeks, which is a population that generally doesn't care very much about the mass media or its vapid opinions.

It would be interesting to design our own, REAL, "geek IQ test". Sample some extra-class ham radio exams, some CCNP cert BGP questions, some organic chemistry questions, some "end of chapter" questions from Knuth and Feynman's Lectures, mostly selected because I'd ace those, but they're not a bad start.

If you must insert "trivia" into an "intelligence" test at least make it relevant to the subject, like "what color is RMS's beard?" not some TV show.

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (2)

GIL_Dude (850471) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049864)

"what color is RMS's beard?"

That's a trick question as it depends on what he has been eating recently. Bazinga!

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38050724)

So it's toe cheese coloured then?

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (1)

shaitand (626655) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049904)

"Sample some extra-class ham radio exams, some CCNP cert BGP questions, some organic chemistry questions, some "end of chapter" questions from Knuth and Feynman's Lectures, mostly selected because I'd ace those, but they're not a bad start."

That would still be a knowledge and not aptitude test. You've simply changed the trivia topics.

An aptitude test would require deriving the answer with the prerequisite knowledge and data provided in the question.

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049650)

So it should be about not putting the round peg in the square hole? Damn you geography! Damn you all to heck!

Not really (3, Insightful)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049688)

Not really. Or not outside of the bizarro world of Internet marketing.

Actual IQ tests still at least try to measure certain kinds of mental aptitude. While some degree of knowledge are unfortunately inherent in being able to even ask the questions, much less answer them (e.g., someone has to be familiar with rectangular blocks before you can ask them to count blocks in a picture), that was never the focus of actual IQ tests. How much you know about some obscure subject -- be it Star Trek or Victorian novels -- is just not part of the definition of IQ.

However the notion is increasingly MISUSED to basically mean "whatever way we can play on your insecurities and need to reassure yourself, to get a click out of you". This can mean knowledge of trivial things, or even things completely unrelated to intelligence, like optical illusions, deliberately ambiguous pictures, paraeidolia, or whatever.

When you see stuff like "93% of people can't tell whether the ballerina rotates to the left or right" on some "IQ Test" ad (you know the kind I'm talking about), it doesn't really mean that the definition of IQ or of IQ Tests has changed. It just means that some dishonest marketers are aiming exactly for the kind of idiot who'd (A) not realize it's a stupid scam, and (B) is insecure enough to actually want some website to pat him on the head and tell him that he's so smart after all.

It's not really all that different from preying on some people's sexual insecurities to sell them penis enlargement pills.

Don't get me wrong, I'll be the first to say that IQ is pretty meaningless for anything except taking an IQ test. But still, it at least means that. Memorizing trivia that's fully useless to anyone and for anything else than a trivia contest, is just not the same thing as high IQ.

Re:Not really (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049854)

I'll be the first to say that IQ is pretty meaningless for anything except taking an IQ test.

Why all the hating on symbolic manipulation, logical reasoning, and pattern recognition? That seems to be the backbone of trash talking the concept of IQ tests, I've always wondered why. I find symbolic manipulation, logical reasoning, and pattern recognition very useful, profitable even. I would predict that the loss of those skills would be a pretty severe blow to my lifestyle and intellect. I know there are many more categories in Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory but those three are usually by far the least controversial parts of IQ tests.

Even the Flynn effect makes sense, if you assume in our society the folks at the bottom don't survive to reproduce (cannon fodder, literally, etc)

Finally the benefit of a scientific theory is the ability to make predictions, is there not overwhelming data that IQ tests "work" at making predictions about large enough groups?

Re:Not really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38050290)

Why all the hating on symbolic manipulation, logical reasoning, and pattern recognition? That seems to be the backbone of trash talking the concept of IQ tests, I've always wondered why. I find symbolic manipulation, logical reasoning, and pattern recognition very useful, profitable even. I would predict that the loss of those skills would be a pretty severe blow to my lifestyle and intellect. I know there are many more categories in Cattell-Horn-Carroll theory but those three are usually by far the least controversial parts of IQ tests.

Because some racial/ethnic groups do better than others despite being on relatively equal footing in terms of acclimation to culture (or being at a disadvantage and still doing well such as many Asians) and that contradicts political correctness, the orthodoxy of the day. That's why. It is easier for people to hate the substance of the test than to question the orthodoxy.

Same way the Church would rather threaten Galileo with the instruments of torture and declare his telescope an object of evil than look through it and see for themselves that the heavenly bodies are not perfect spheres like the doctrine of the day taught.

It's a shame everything has to be done in such an immature way. The real question would be, why do some groups do better than others and can we give them some kind of remedial education to help them achieve equal results? But you see to solve a problem you first have to admit there is a problem. Right now the PC crowd is like the alcoholic who thinks he can stop anytime he wants.

It's not about that though (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050504)

Actually, I've yet to see anyone who says that logical reasoning flat-out is unimportant. (Except when you apply it to their Bible or Quran, I guess.)

What is the actual objection is that the ways used to measure it, actually measure more whether you trained the application of that exact measuring method, than a more general ability to use logic in the real world or in a real world job. It's, if you will, like I were to measure your mental abilities by your gear-score in WoW. Sure, it can be argued that you need SOME amount of intelligence to know what to get or how to function in a group or even follow directions for what to do at the boss, but at the end of the day, I really just tested how much time you were willing to dump into raiding in WoW.

But otherwise nobody will actually tell you that the ability to do logical reasoning is bad. It's just being measured badly.

As for the Flynn effect, that's the most bogus explanation I've ever heard, no offense. The effect of warfare on the US population since WW2 has been minimal, and even less important in Europe. Starvation is also no longer a major factor. The vast, immense, overwhelming majority of people who would have flunked survival of the fittest in the past, now do pass their genes on just the same. In fact, even the opposite can be better supported: the dumb procreate faster. You can't explain an effect by something that's just NOT THERE. You might as well blame it on Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy (maybe smart kids don't ever sleep with their head under the pillow;)) at that point.

Re:Not really (1)

shaitand (626655) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049932)

There are definitely gimme internet tests but they aren't all that way. I received the same score when tested online as I received when tested in high school.

And why memorize a copyrighted TV show? (2)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049306)

Especially when some geeks avoid memorizing 50-year-old TV shows on principle because they aren't 95 years old [wikipedia.org] .

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049614)

They should just call it GQ, "Geek Quotient".

I could live with that (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049852)

Yeah, I could live with it being just GQ. Even Geek EQ, I suppose. It's just "IQ" that seems horribly misused IMHO.

Re:I could live with that (1)

anyGould (1295481) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050892)

Yeah, I could live with it being just GQ. Even Geek EQ, I suppose. It's just "IQ" that seems horribly misused IMHO.

Of course, that quiz needs to be a *lot* larger if they're going to claim a general "geek score".

Take the Bozeman question, for instance - as written, 5% of your mark boils down to "are you a Next Gen Trek geek?". (I happen to be one, but such is.). You could easily be a SW fan. Or BSG or Firefly or B5. Heck, you might be a Trek fan and prefer DS9. (Or be young enough to grow up with Voyager and not know how badly you have it).

If you're not detailed up to at least "geek code" standards, I'd say you're not trying hard enough.

Re:WTF does that have to do with IQ? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049718)

I guess it should be the "Geek Quotient" rather than the "Geek intelligence quotient"... but then again, you really expect a lot from infoworld writers if you expect them to know what words IQ actually stand for.

Interpreting the Results (5, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049288)

If you get to the results page, you failed the test. No one sits through a painfully slow survey that requires a complete page reload (including new ads) every time you answer a question. I got to 2 questions before I bailed, so I figure I am middle of the pack. If you didn't click the link in the first place, you are a genius. 3-5 questions and you are slow but employable. 6-10 and you should probably stick with help desk duties. 11-19 and you should seek professional help. Go all the way, you should post out for the management opening.

Re:complete page reload (including new ads) (4, Informative)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049490)

How do we rate your Geek IQ if you didn't find the Print Page?

http://www.infoworld.com/print/178807 [infoworld.com]

1 Page and not an ad in sight!

Print pages are a beautiful thing.

Re:complete page reload (including new ads) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38050780)

Print pages are a beautiful thing.

Think of the page hits lost, man! Must! Get! Hits!...More! Hits!...HITS!!!!

Re:complete page reload (including new ads) (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050912)

Plus it has all the answers right there, so you've no excuse for not scoring 20.

NB When I tried the print page two hours ago, I got the answers to the first question (but not the question) with radio boxes by three out of four, followed by a button with no text, and some header and footer guff. I think it was quite reasonable to assume that they'd bodged the print page completely, although now it seems that it was merely slashdotted.

Re:Interpreting the Results (2)

Ltap (1572175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050264)

Just visiting InfoWorld safely seems to require a battery of Firefox addons, including NoScript and AdBlock Plus. I shudder to imagine what it would be like unprotected.

Re:Interpreting the Results (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050706)

If you didn't click the link in the first place, you are a genius.

Sweet! I saw that the link went to InfoWorld and had questions about Windows shit and said "fuck that, I don't need you to validate my geekiness with your 3-paragraph ad-laden web pages."

KNEEL BEFORE MY AWESOME BRAIN POWER!

90% geek (4, Informative)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049290)

Most of the questions actually dealt with brainy/smart/geeky stuff, however

Question 8: In the TV series "Heroes," Hiro flashes forward

doesn't seem to fit in the realm of truly geekworthy

Re:90% geek (1)

Defenestrar (1773808) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049570)

Never even heard of the series (do I fail because I don't watch television?), but if it's related to Hiro Protagonist from Snow Crash I'd say it's fair game. If you can count zero experience with cyberpunk, then you don't really qualify in my book. (You pass if you caught the pun, or play on words, in the last sentence). You don't have to like it, but you should at least have tried it. After all, Gibson could give anyone a migraine at first inoculation, but Stephenson is a pretty good initial choice.

ps - Did anything of Stephenson's make it to the screen?

Re:90% geek (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049722)

ps - Did anything of Stephenson's make it to the screen?

Fiction? No, or, not yet. Nothing even close. I don't mind, I don't really want to see crytonomicon turned into a hollywood action movie. I'm not sure if Snow Crash could even be turned into an action movie, and the era of "the internet user interface is like a drug trip" has kind of passed out of style since '98 or so.

Non-fiction, well, yeah, if you count closely derivative works, or basically ripoffs of his stories. No, if you are strict about requiring him listed by name in the credits or him having written the screenplay.

Re:90% geek (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049906)

and the era of "the internet user interface is like a drug trip" has kind of passed out of style since '98 or so.

Hmm let me rephrase that, even trying to convince people they will interact on the internet using the Second Life interface has gone out of style. Not just the interface itself, but even trying to convince people its an area worthy of consideration.

Re:90% geek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38050544)

but if it's related to Hiro Protagonist from Snow Crash

It's not. Nor is it related to Heero Yuy.

Re:90% geek (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38050036)

This test is garbage. One of the questions:

15. Related to quantum mechanics, what is the term for the observation that some physical quantities can be changed only by discrete amounts, or quanta?
a. Multiples of Planck's constant
b. Divisibles of Planck's constant
c. Integers of Planck's constant
d. Sex lives of Sheldon Cooper and Leslie Winkle

The correct answer isn't even listed. The way the question is worded, the correct answer should be "quantization"--that is the name for the phenomenon. The quantization for a particular observable may be in multiples of Planck's constant, or in multiples of some other Planck unit [wikipedia.org] , or in multiples of some other fundamental unit (e.g. charges are quantized (if you go down to the quark level) as (n/3)*e, where e is the charge of the electron). It really depends upon what observable we're talking about.

18. When Kelsey Grammer appeared on "Star Trek NG," what was his character's name and which ship did he captain?

It's typically written as "TNG" or, if you must, "Star Trek: TNG". No one writes "Star Trek NG". Hint: the "T" in "TNG" doesn't stand for "Trek", it stands for "The".

Considering that the test is flat-out wrong on some questions, and (as is usual for this kind of thing) selects a random and capricious subset of "geekdom" for testing purposes, I'm not going to put much stock in it.

(But, I did fail the test in the way others have pointed out: the only way to win is to not play at all.)

Re:90% geek (2)

glwtta (532858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050424)

doesn't seem to fit in the realm of truly geekworthy

I think you're supposed to take points off if you know this one.

I used my massive geek intellect to figure it out, though. Using such subtle clues as vague knowledge of when the show ran, the word "forward", and guessing that it probably wasn't Valentine's Day.

I got full marks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38049294)

The test doesn't show, either because it's Flash or hosted on Facebook or some other ad network. I awarded myself full marks for blocking the crap.

Trick! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38049310)

It's a trick.

You fail the test if you actually visit the link.

Star Trek? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38049316)

Star Trek TNG?! OMG you insensitive clod, Start Trek TOS is where it's at!

2011 Geek IQ test (1)

the_xaqster (877576) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049334)

1. If you are going to post a quiz that will probably end up on slashdot, should you make sure that your server can handle the strain?
2.????
3. Profit?

Hmm ... Interesting. (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049350)

Segmentation fault

(core dumped)

Got the technical stuff easily, but the contemporary stuff of media creating - meh.

we don't need no stinkin' subject (1)

balbord (447248) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049362)

Can't see the quiz. Maybe the quiz doesn't like to play with others (noscript et al)?

What year is this? (1)

nirgle (554262) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049366)

A post back to the server with fresh page content and new ads etc, for every question? No thanks. For bailing on question 2 I award myself an IQ of infinity.

To pass the quiz... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38049370)

First part of passing the quiz, is getting the correct url:

http://www.infoworld.com/t/misadventures/the-2011-infoworld-geek-iq-test-178807

Not much of a geek (4, Insightful)

xrayspx (13127) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049504)

First question: Are you a good enough programmer to use radio buttons or checkboxes to build a multiple choice quiz?

Re:Not much of a geek (4, Insightful)

Ziekheid (1427027) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049550)

This. Seeing that I had to keep track of my own answers made me close the page.
This is 2011, come up with something better.

Re:Not much of a geek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38050274)

It originally was radio buttons. Not sure why they changed it. Maybe it was me ridiculing them for complete page reloads after each submit.

Wow... only 45/100 (2)

Mr Z (6791) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049600)

I don't even make it onto their scoring chart, and yet somehow I doubt you'd find anyone who knows me that doesn't think I'm a geek.

The problem with being "geeky" is that geekiness involves specialization, and let's face it, I don't know anyone who specializes in the Infoworld direction.

Re:Wow... only 45/100 (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050738)

I thought geeky meant not specializing. That is, it means writing the code in assmbly language, having the part number and pinout memorized for the TTL chip you are goimg to use for the glue logic, and using several colors of wire wrap to build it up with separate colors for data address and control lines. Plus powering it with a little thrown together linear supply because you've still got a bunch of LM317 regulators that you salvaged out of surplus syncronous modems you bought at a thrift shop in 1987. And using opamps for the time delay deglitching oneshot kludge because they induce less spikes on the power bus than a 555 or a 74123 would.

Also fabricating an enclosure for the thing too. Using wood metal and plexiglass as raw materials.

That isn't specialization though I suppose geekiness involves specializing in everything all at once.

Or has Slasdot really changed that much. Shame if it has...

Opposite of IQ test (1)

Cajun Hell (725246) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049622)

Isn't this pretty much the opposite of an Geek IQ test? This tests knowledge (to be nice) or trivia (to not be nice), whereas an IQ test would test reason, logic, problem-solving.

Strategy... (1)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049670)

I'll just come back in a while, when there are more comments bitching about the answer choices. Then I can go over there and ace the thing :D

I'd say InfoWorld failed the test. (1)

Qbertino (265505) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049708)

The InfoWorld site is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance. Please try again later and thank you for your understanding.

Hehe.

? Domain Controller in a Windows Server 2008 ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38049814)

What's the primary function of the Domain Controller in a Windows Server 2008 network ?

Geek answer: Does not matter. Install Linux to replace obsolete Windows Server.

Re:? Domain Controller in a Windows Server 2008 ? (2)

lahvak (69490) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050412)

On related note, I would be really worried if a technician working on my server suddenly started mumbling something about patch Tuesday. That would either mean that someone installed Windows on my server without my knowledge, or that the technician cannot recognize Linux. Hard to say what would be worse.

Apparently i failed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38049872)

Apparently i failed, with a score of only 40. Why do they think a serieus geek has time to watch movies or worse, a TV shows like star trek?

For a number of other questions i admit i just did not know the answer (why would anyone 40+ know who sells D&D right _now_?!). But overall, i blame the strong american cultural influences mixed into certain quiz questions. I suggest infoworld's staff answers 10 geek questions with a european background correctly first before their bits are allowed to cross the atlantic.

Re:Apparently i failed (1)

lahvak (69490) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050344)

Actually, if you know who sells D&D books right now, you are playing recent versions of D&D, which means you are NOT a geek.

Re:Apparently i failed (1)

nabsltd (1313397) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050898)

Actually, if you know who sells D&D books right now, you are playing recent versions of D&D, which means you are NOT a geek.

I know who sells the current books due to /. articles about how Wizards of the Coast screwed up D&D with the latest revisions.

Nits (2)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049900)

15. Related to quantum mechanics, what is the term for the observation that some physical quantities can be changed only by discrete amounts, or quanta?

The answers are just stupid. None of them (even the "correct" one) is a technical term. The actual correct answer would have been "quantisation" (or "realizing that quantisation is necessary").

18. When Kelsey Grammer appeared on "Star Trek NG"...

It's Star Trek TNG, not NG. Wikipedia and Memory Alpha agree with me (eg. there's a redirect on Memory Alpha to the correct page from "TNG" but not "NG"), though NG appears to be used sometimes by a few people.

Re:Nits (1)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050040)

Bunch of random questions about ancient technology, old TV programmes, Nicknames for old versions of OS's and some new tech ...

but everything the real Geeks either never knew, or have forgotten ...

Not a Geek text ... a Geek wannabe text ...

Re:Nits (1)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050198)

Yeah, I found the question selection to be pretty silly, too. It was pretty much just a bunch of obscure things you'd google nowadays. Even the TNG reference I mentioned was obscure--that captain had about 12 seconds of air time at the very end of that episode.

I got 12 of the last 15 correct after missing 4 of the first 5. I'm not sure if that meant the author got lazier or I got better at spotting the wrong answers.

Re:Nits (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050814)

well, obviously they were just trolling.

or they're just being infoworld as infoworld is. you know, because it's so fucking hard to hire geeks.

One question (2)

SteelKidney (1964470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38049964)

Do you recognize this:

GED/J d-- s:++>: a-- C++(++++) ULU++ P+ L++ E---- W+(-) N+++ o+ K+++ w--- O- M+ V-- PS++>$ PE++>$ Y++ PGP++ t- 5+++ X++ R+++>$ tv+ b+ DI+++ D+++ G++++ e++ h r-- y++**

Yes, and I can interpret it without the guide: 5 points
Yeah- I remember that/ Oh, God, I thought we were done with that nonsense: 3 points
What?: 0 points
Is that HTML?: Go away

NG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38050140)

Who calls TNG "Star Trek NG"?

Re:NG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38050902)

Probably InfoWorld.

OMG!!! Who frontpaged this? (1)

slydder (549704) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050154)

I am seriously questioning how this even got fronted here on /.

Seriously, didn't they even check where the link lead to? I'd bet both my tabletts that it was a iWhatever jockey that posted it and another that frontpaged it.

So that's where all the articles are coming from.. (1)

Cragen (697038) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050518)

On a side note, a lot of the "current" articles on InfoWorld seem to be very, very, very similar to articles that have appear on /. A co-inky-dink? (Use of geeky work to throw off the posse...) Prollynot.

meta test? (1)

notnAP (846325) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050880)

I tired of flipping through the questions and keeping track on my own of my score, while laughing at the auto-text that said I picked this or that when clearly I could not pick a damn thing without a frakkin radio button to poke, so I wrote a script to take the test for me, consulting wikipedia and (proud of this one!) the RFC library for answers. Eventually, I edited the script to filter out all future references to infoworld from my slashdot feed, and to extend a robot arm and hand from my monitor and slap me in the face if ever I decide to similarly waste my time again.
Does that mean I pass?

Re:meta test? (1)

slydder (549704) | more than 2 years ago | (#38050966)

Are you gonna post it on SF? If so I wanna join...

What about a DIY blog on the arm. That could really come in handy. Especially at work in case I ever find myself attempting to explain to anyone in the office anything of a Tech nature ( all are iThing users).

Frontpage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38051042)

I hope the guy who approved this to be on the front page read the comments.

Tip for taking the IQ test (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | more than 2 years ago | (#38051234)

Start on page 25 and answer the questions in reverse order.

For reasons that cannot be fully explained you may end up with a much higher score using this method.

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