IQ Hoax Proves The Rest Of Us Are Just As Dumb As IE Users

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LatiosXT

I guess to add to the fuel for a flame war... I actually found IE9 decent enough to be my alternate browser on my main computer (I use Firefox as the primary). When it comes down to usability, it's fine. And in fact, it beats Chrome in one website I go to, which was why I didn't bother with it.

In terms of customizability, of course it has nothing against Firefox, but then again, what does?

In terms of actually using the darned thing? IE9 would probably a third choice, which is far from choosing Opera (I don't care what people say about it) and Safari (lol, Apple software on Windows).

 

I was going to comment as well, wouldn't this finding be dubious anyway with a "lower IQ" person asking his "higher IQ" friend for some help, and ends up using another browser?

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m1k3_flrs

Did anyone read some article a few months back, I can't remember if I read it here or on different site. But anyway, the article "stated" that Mac users had a higher education level than a PC users. My thoughts, I thought it was plain bull sh*t.  

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iceman08

I like the smiley face under the "M" in the image

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falcondown01

Nice catch!

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dracx619

thank you for reporting this story in a professional manner. the author who did it on gizmodo straight out said "you are an idiot if you use ie." sure insult the readers but if one of them calls you out you get de-starred or banned. oh gizmodo....thanks max pc, you rock.

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D00dlavy

There's a mathematical principal that I cannot remember the name of right now.  But, generally, when you have a large sample of data, you are going to settle into a nice parabolic curve and the average will be further removed from extremes in this sample.  “Sea of Screaming Heads” or something of the matter... I forget, I was drunk in class.

In other words, though, I am willing to wage that most people who CARE about their home computer are somewhat smarter than those who DO NOT.

THIS MEANS NOTHING FOR IE, OR FIREFOX, OR ANY OTHER BROWSER.  It just means that power users are more likely to switch browsers i.e. customize their computer.  I'm an exception to this rule, I suppose, as I have BIG OLE DINOSAUR BRAINS, I've been a lifelong gamer and PC builder and I'm a coder/designer by trade.  I like to think I know some shit, and I choose IE because of “Protected Mode,” I like the UI, and I rarely, if ever, have to worry about a website breaking on me.  IE 9 is secure, fast, and free.  So is FireFox.  So is Chrome.  Pick one and STFU about it.

So, if I'm smart... and given the masses who use IE, does my statistical contribution change the context of this data?  Obviously not.  And the last thing we need is another thing to fight about.  It’s hard enough being a Jew... who wants to be a Jew who uses IE?  :-P

If you're one of the ten people who use Opera, however, different numbers may be used to represent you... but they really don't mean shit.

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D00dlavy

BTW, Opera is awesome.  I wasn't taking a stab at it, really.

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Ghok

Well, I'm an Opera user and I called it as being bullshit. Which I guess makes me smarter. Which means the study is TRUE.

I'm now ready to, à la Kirk, destroy a super computer by talking to it. :)

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TerribleToaster

Self fulfilling prophecy. o_0

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Atomike

The image for this story is wonderfully ironic. Love it.

If you're wondering what I'm talking about, then just ignore this message. And enjoy your Mac.

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someuid

Yes it is.  Your and you're seem to be the most mis-used words on the internet, along with their and there.

I saw the wrong usage of your/you're on a greeting card the other day.  Sad.

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ShyLinuxGuy

Even though I personally feel IE9 isn't good enough and IE will never be, IE9 is a *small* improvement. It's faster and made a few small strides in being a more secure browser, but it till carries over artifacts of older IE versions, like the fact it still uses ActiveX and the same control options. Few addons and little room to tweak...it makes much more sense to use Firefox (or Chrome or Opera, in that order). It's also highly integrated into Windows--not a good  design.

Anyone in IT of a large company or organization still deploying and supporting anything below IE8 is not acting in the best interests of the organization to say the least. Anybody in IT who is deploying IE at all if it's not absolutely necessary in the organization (usually for some HTML-centric app), needs to realize that Firefox is *just* as deployable, and what's more, deployment software such as Altiris can do much more than Group Policy ever can in  concern to deploying browsers and their settings. I helped deploy Windows 7 last spring on over 100 computers in my school's computer labs  and had also deployed Firefox with a predefined profile (including addons, such as Adblock), and it was dead simple--a few mouse clicks.

Whew...don't ask me how or why I got into the deployment rant...

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falcondown01

Gee and I almost felt like I was smarter for a minute.  Guess I'll just have to stay at a holiday inn then......lol.

 

Thanks for the follow up story Brad. 

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Brad Chacos

You gotta at least TRY to be fair. Stupid journalistic integrity...

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falcondown01

Yeah I hear you.  If everything was black and white there wouldn't even be a story most of the time.  Every now and then we go with what we have.  

 

Thank for the response and love the beard.  Unfortunately I am cannot sport such a mane.....Grown on I say.  Later.

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SmurfEater

Honestly, who cares? Why did this make major news?

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D00dlavy

Are you looking for an answer other than, "It's sensationalism?"

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TerribleToaster

This is hilariousness. That is all.

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