[PLUG-TALK] It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

Keith Lofstrom keithl at kl-ic.com
Sat Jul 30 15:30:58 PDT 2011

On Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 02:06:41PM -0700, Galen Seitz wrote:
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/29/aptiquant_iq_survey/

A study purporting to show that IE users have IQs of 80.  I
read about that on a computer at the Beaverton Library, which
only offers ... Internet Explorer.  Considering the percentage
of publically usable or corporate-provided computers with only
IE on them, there is probably inflation of the higher IQ
brackets because of that.

I filled out one of the nice comment cards, suggesting the 
addition of Firefox or Chrome to the computers and appending
that URL, and put it in the box at the help desk on the second
floor.  Even if you are not a frequent Beaverton Library user,
you might want to stop by and do the same.  

I'm not sure how Multnomah County libraries stack up - I vaguely
remember Firefox there.  Note that while Firefox is in the
middle of the pack on the first graph of that article, the 
second graph shows it dominating usage for IQs above the 17th
percentile, with Chrome second for IQs above 26th percentile.
This suggests that Firefox or Chrome are the best choice for
people with about any IQ above 80, and that people below that
should probably stay away from computers.

IE9 goes linearly downwards from 18% of morons to 12% of
geniuses, with Safari and Opera never bumping above 10%. 
IE9 stays in 3rd place for IQs above the 11th percentile.

One scary thought is that the users of ancient windoze boxes
running IE6 and IE7 are even dumber than this study suggests,
and their machines are so virus-ridden that malware artificial
intelligences live on them, and are the actual entities taking
the test.  We can expect IE10 will have a module recognizing
when the browser is pointed at the Aptiquant IQ test, correcting
the outgoing answers.  Assuming Microsoft can find a contractor
willing to figure out the right answers for them.


Keith Lofstrom          keithl at keithl.com         Voice (503)-520-1993
KLIC --- Keith Lofstrom Integrated Circuits --- "Your Ideas in Silicon"
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