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    And it all boils down to half of what exactly? What test or tests? What determines intelligence. How accurate is this 100 barrier?

    The problem Abachler is that we just don't know. What we have been able to do so far was to measure certain aspects of what we consider intelligence. The bird's eye view is still unattainable mostly because we can't even agree with what intelligence really is (if it needs to be anything, for that matter).

    Many people - among them scholars and professionals - strongly disagree with these IQ tests. They may prove something. The problem is that we don't know what. What's worse, people fare in the same tests differently according to the time of day, mood, and emotional status. It's just nearly impossible to draw statistical data from them. When seen isolated, these tests may have some median. But that's really because all statistical data can draw a median. It just doesn't mean anything as brewbuck suggested.

    However, even more important than that is that we really took the extra steep and agreed to measure and compare results in such odd terms as children, infants and animals. Can you see how wrong this is?

    Any statistical data draws its power from acceptable levels of homogeneity. But to say that an infant has an IQ of X is an absurd because certainly that child didn't take the same test as of an adult who is being also measured on the same scale. I'm not even going into animals, because I find the whole notion of expressing an animal intelligence in numbers as complete rubbish. We can't seem to agree on our own, how can we even start to hope understanding an alien brain?

    All in all, I belong to that group of people that looks at these tests as merely tools for a specific task. They may prove useful, if correctly tailored, too measure in general terms certain levels of aptitude for a job position for instance. But never to measure intelligence. The whole notion of IQ tests is wrong from the start. If anything we should be looking at Aptitude Tests or something similar.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_g View Post
    Does that mean that the average persons mental capacity is closer to that of a pig then someone with an IQ of 140? I doubt it.
    Its more than just a quantitative scale, there are qualitative differences between subjects with IQ's that difer by more than the norm. The difference between someone with a 140 IQ and the average person, is in fact abotu the same as the difference between the average person and a pig. The additional cognitive domains that tend to be active or better developed in the subject with a higher IQ often create secondary adn tertiary perceptions that are simply not present in subjects with fewer or less well developed CD's. Studies have shown that marriages where one partner is mroe than 30 points higher or lower than the other tend to fail at a significantly higher rate than those where the partners are closer in IQ, knowledge by the subjects of the difference in their IQ's had little or no clinical significance on the statistics. Primarily the increased failure rate was attributed to problems with communication.
    Until you can build a working general purpose reprogrammable computer out of basic components from radio shack, you are not fit to call yourself a programmer in my presence. This is cwhizard, signing off.

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    Want to see something really uncool?
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/258659580.png

    This started last week. And I'm paying 29.90 EUR for that.

    This is my crappy line as seen by dmt. Look at the received FRC, CRC and HEC from just 14 minutes of uptime. Also note the skyrocket attenuation... and they want me to upgrade to ADSL2. Hmm, s... them!
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    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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