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Believe it or Not (Answers)

 1. This one is false -- in fact, the Difference Engine was powered by steam. And the size of a locomotive.
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 2. This one is true -- think twice before hitting that "Download now" button.
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 3. Nope! The Melissa virus was named in honor of a Miami stripper (not Melissa Gilbert).
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 4. Strange, but true. Apparently some makers of... potentially unwanted programs... don't want them called spyware.
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 5. True! According to some reports, he also managed to crash a cellphone.
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 6. Absolutely true, and well-named, we maintain.
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 7. False! Did we get you? A kludge is actually an inelegant -- if effective -- solution to a problem.
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 8. This is true. We don't know how much storage space Shakespeare's works would take if converted to audio, though.
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 9. False! The odds are precisely even, because each toss of the coin is an independent event. (This one's gotten a lot of gamblers in trouble)
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 10. False! A megaflop is a measure of processor speed.
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This was last updated in May 2007
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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