IT and the Oscars

Some said it was the year for cowboys, while others pointed out all the portrayals of real individuals in the nominated films of the 78th annual Academy Awards, held Sunday, March 5, 2006. We couldn't help noticing that several of these films made us think of information technology and networking terms. Take our quiz and test your knowledge of IT terms and Oscar trivia.

Some said it was the year for cowboys, while others pointed out all the portrayals of real individuals in the nominated films of the 78th annual Academy Awards, held Sunday, March 5, 2006. We couldn't help noticing that several of these films made us think of information technology and networking terms. How many can you guess in the clues below?

1. This term for the sudden failure of a software application or operating system shares its name with the Best Picture winner.
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2. Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of a legendary country music star whose last name sounds like this computing term for a place to store something temporarily.
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3. To load an operating system into the computer's memory, you do this. It's also the favored footwear of characters in Brokeback Mountain, the movie that scored Ang Lee his Oscar for Best Director.
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4. In Brokeback Mountain, the colors of headwear donned by cowboys Jack and Ennis could be said to symbolize something about their characters, as in a common information security paradigm. If Ennis identifies a security weakness in a computer system or network and exposes the weakness in a way that will allow the system's owners to fix the breach before it can be taken advantage by others, what does he wear on his head?
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5. Best Picture nominee "Good Night and Good Luck" tells the story of this person, who once said: "The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it."
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6. Best Visual Effects winner King Kong doesn't have anything in common with this cracker who intentionally inundates a Web site or network with data packets. Offering this angry ape a bag of peanuts won't satisfy his gargantuan appetites, either.
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7. When their film won the Documentary Feature category, its representatives came on stage carrying stuffed versions of the flightless bird whose cartoon cousin also stands for the Linux Operating system. What is that bird's name (and what were they wearing)?
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8. Amy Adams was the Oscar-nominated Best Supporting actress in this film, part of whose title is also a term for a coding error in a computer program: June ____.
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9. Best Supporting Actress Rachel Weisz won for her performance in The Constant Gardener. Speaking of which, it might take a constant gardener to grow a perfect vine -- or a court settlement to protect this popular handheld from Research In Motion.
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10. Best Actress winner Reese Witherspoon was born under the sign of Aries, the sign of the zodiac characterized by an animal whose name is the acronym for this place in a computer where the operating system, application programs and data in current use are kept so that they can be quickly reached by the computer's processor.
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11. Fill in the blank with an acronym that describes a system for archiving data such as business records and reports to one or more optical disks in a compressed but easily retrievable format. Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote, author of "In ____ Blood."
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And the winner is:
How many answers did you guess correctly? E-mail us and let us know how you did and what you thought of the quiz.

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This was first published in March 2006

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