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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.