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    Bad news for IE fans!


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    >> AptiQuant stressed that using IE doesn't mean you have low intelligence. "What it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer," said AptiQuant CEO Leonard Howard.

    Why? Because 52% of the internet population uses Internet Explorer?

    Me thinks AptiQuant folks behind this study aren't very bright.
    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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    I'm sure on average, people who run Linux have higher IQs than Windows users, too.

    But really, while I'm sure that's true, I agree with Spiegelhalter in that those scores seem a bit unrealistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The BBC Article
    Researchers gave over 100,000 web surfers a free online IQ test. Scores were stored in a database along with each person's web browser data.
    Canada has privacy laws about stuff like that...

    Lets see now... (Opening IE) where did I stash that Mensa card....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
    Lets see now... (Opening IE) where did I stash that Mensa card....
    Come on Tater, everyone knows they don't let Canadians into Mensa.
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    Now, please, for the love of all things good and holy, think about what you're doing! Don't just run around willy-nilly, coding like a drunk two-year-old....
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewHunter View Post
    Come on Tater, everyone knows they don't let Canadians into Mensa.
    Yeah right... like you've got "insider" information...

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    LOL....you figured me out! I will just have to ask some of our new friends.....
    Quote Originally Posted by anduril462 View Post
    Now, please, for the love of all things good and holy, think about what you're doing! Don't just run around willy-nilly, coding like a drunk two-year-old....
    Quote Originally Posted by quzah View Post
    ..... Just don't be surprised when I say you aren't using standard C anymore, and as such,are off in your own little universe that I will completely disregard.
    Warning: Some or all of my posted code may be non-standard and as such should not be used and in no case looked at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
    Canada has privacy laws about stuff like that...
    I don't know why. I don't consider my IQ, which is a test result, and the browser cache, stuff I saved from elsewhere to make pages faster, very private. They're barely even my property. Besides, isn't a survey optional?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteflags View Post
    I don't know why. I don't consider my IQ, which is a test result, and the browser cache, stuff I saved from elsewhere to make pages faster, very private. They're barely even my property. Besides, isn't a survey optional?
    It's about gathering identifying information without informing the client...

    IQ is personal... but browser information that could be used to locate or persecute someone because of their IQ is private and therefore illegal to gather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewHunter View Post
    LOL....you figured me out! I will just have to ask some of our new friends.....
    And who are they going to ask?

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    Haha.....exactly.
    Quote Originally Posted by anduril462 View Post
    Now, please, for the love of all things good and holy, think about what you're doing! Don't just run around willy-nilly, coding like a drunk two-year-old....
    Quote Originally Posted by quzah View Post
    ..... Just don't be surprised when I say you aren't using standard C anymore, and as such,are off in your own little universe that I will completely disregard.
    Warning: Some or all of my posted code may be non-standard and as such should not be used and in no case looked at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
    It's about gathering identifying information without informing the client...

    IQ is personal... but browser information that could be used to locate or persecute someone because of their IQ is private and therefore illegal to gather.
    Well, hang on, I'm making a dubious argument actually. The important part of the quote is about storing "web browser data". Well, what's your user agent?

    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:5.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/5.0.1

    Anonymous "web browser data" right there, and enough to reach the conclusion the report says. So, it's my fault for mentioning the cache in the first place. But if you consider your user agent private, you had the choice to avoid the survey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whiteflags View Post
    Well, hang on, I'm making a dubious argument actually. The important part of the quote is about storing "web browser data". Well, what's your user agent?

    Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:5.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/5.0.1

    Anonymous "web browser data" right there, and enough to reach the conclusion the report says. So, it's my fault for mentioning the cache in the first place. But if you consider your user agent private, you had the choice to avoid the survey.
    I didn't even know about it until the story came out...

    That's not the point... If they're gathering IP addresses. Anything that could lead them to my door... they are breeching my right to privacy.

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    Well I don't see a cause for alarm. There is a remote chance that something personally identifying, like a mac or ip address, is being collected, but I think we're overthinking it. We only have the article to go on and I've already confounded "web browser data" with user agent data because I know more vocabulary than the author.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
    If they're gathering IP addresses.
    I would be surprised if every site you ever went to didn't have a log of your IP. I mean you are asking them if you can connect to them. Seems to me that there wouldn't be an expectation of privacy. It is like being mad that your has a license plate.


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