This is just the best thing that could happen on a Friday, or any day really. The cloud-obsessive parody account Big Data Borat realized something: It’s extremely difficult to tell Pokémon and big data services apart.
Behold: Crebase, Adabas, Feebas, Azurill, Hekaton, Akiban. This is beautiful.
Big Data Borat will really put you through your paces with the hilarious, but incredibly difficult, “Is it Pokémon or #bigdata technology?” Google Drive-hosted quiz. The quiz pokes fun at industry knowledge tests that tech companies give to job applicants. And Big Data Borat has especially high standards. We’re always looking for new insights into what drives and underlies tech, and this is an epiphany for the ages. (No peeking at the answers below.)
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.