I like a good book, every now and again.
Terry Pratchett’s a perennial favourite.
So is Iain M Banks.
So, when a medical company funded by entrepreneur, Elon Musk, came up with what looks like an Iain M Banks inspired neural lace — a device that, in Banks’ Culture novels, lets characters hook up to computerised devices — I was … unsurprised.
Then … ?
Then ARM announced it was making chips that could be inserted into a living human brain: mostly to help people with spinal damage move various body parts.
Lord knows what any other applications are.
After all, we’ve recently had a large spate of ransomware. There’s also discussion of security problems with the Internet of things.
My point? Is that we’re getting nearer to a a cyberpunk future: complete with Intrusion Countermeasure electronics, capable of killing a person.
I have to ask …
Let’s move on, shall we?
Yesterday’s Teaser saws Debbi* putting in her answers: scoring five out of five in the process. It also saw co-worker, Elizabeth†, trying her hand: also scoring five out of five.
Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?
Q1) The New York Stock Exchange was founded: on 17th May of which year?
Q2) The Exchange’s main trading floor is in which New York Street?
Q3) The Exchange is sometimes known as the Big … what?
Q4) When trading on the Exchange’s floor, trades take place in what’s called an open … what?
Q5) The opening and closing of trade is usually signal by the ringing of what?
Q6) The New York Stock Exchange is generally considered the world’s largest: by market capitalization. What’s the next largest?
Q7) Thirty companies on the Exchange — including Apple, Goldman Sachs and Wal-Mart — are listed on the Dow … what?
Q8) A bull market is one where the Stock Exchange’s prices are what: rising or falling?
Q9) A bear market is one where the Stock Exchange’s prices are what: rising or falling?
Q10) Finally, and famously? The New York Stock Exchange’s best known collapse was named after the street the Exchange is on. And took place, when: 1927, 1928 or 1929?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Mary, Queen of Scots, fled Scotland: on 16th May, 1568. She fled to which country of the UK?A1) England.
Q2) The May 16th Notice was released on 16th May, 1966: by the Chinese Communist Party. It kickstarted what: the Great Leap forward, the Cultural Revolution or the Great Firewall of China?A2) The Cultural Revolution.
Q3) John Prescott, MP, punched a protestor who’d egged him: on 16th May, 2001. Which government post did Mr Prescott hold?
Q4) Theodore Maiman switched on the first optical laser: on 16th May, 1960. That first laser had a red coloured beam. Because it used a what, to focus the light: a synthetic ruby, a synthetic sapphire or a synthetic emerald?A4) A synthetic ruby.
Q5) Henry Fonda was born: on 16th May, 1905. In one of his last roles, he played Norman Thayer, Jr. In which film?A5) On Golden Pond.
I’ll leave you with a thought …
“The U.S. stock market was now a class system, rooted in speed, of haves and have-nots. The haves paid for nanoseconds; the have-nots had no idea that a nanosecond had value. The haves enjoyed a perfect view of the market; the have-nots never saw the market at all. What had once been the world’s most public, most democratic, financial market had become, in spirit, something like a private viewing of a stolen work of art.”Michael Lewis.(You try feeding ‘New York Stock Exchange,’ and ‘quotes,’ into Google: see what you get!)
And a tune …
Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrows teaser.
Have a good day.
* Scary seems to sum it up, Debbi! I keep looking at the suits and thinking there’s Cyberman AND Dalek references in there. The little monitor things on the suits reminded me of Dalek eyestalks: with the spacesuits ability to spread the virus reminding me of Cybermen. Go figure … !
† Cheers for looking in Liz … ! There’s a How To, if that’s any help …