Internet Explorer IQ story was a hoax

By Shawn Knight · 43 replies
Aug 3, 2011
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  1. Late last week several news outlets ran a story claiming that Internet Explorer users had a lower IQ than other browser users. The study was supposedly carried out online by…

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  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Well this is a surprise indeed.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    As I pointed out in the original thread: the whole thing smacked of being a phishing scam. I mean really, how vain to you have to be to download some strange PDF to validate your opinion of your own intelligence.
  4. What manner of gibberish is that? lol. shame on you Ms(r) Cranky.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Downloaded that garbage, did we....?
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    ups-a-daisy :haha:
  7. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    People still shouldn't be using IE though, sorry but the web developer in me despises every version of IE, it is not only the browser with less support for modern standards it is also the only major browser that runs only on one single platform.
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Does this mean that the Acai Berry Diet, Free Green Card site, and might also be less than legitimate? :confused:
  9. red1776
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    No, not at all. Given the, "innocent until proven guilty", principles of modern jurisprudence, you can't even suggest they they might be less than upstanding(*), until they've emptied your bank account, and you've cried about it for the cameras of you local 6:00 news.

    "I thought I was getting my dream of a life partner, now I'm forced back to my blow up doll for companionship"! He said as he slobbered all over the nice newsman's microphone.

    (And in case you were wondering, the "upstanding" wording, was a thinly veiled reference to the victim being the erection that he had so desperately desired to inflict on the nice Russian girl).
  11. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    this is exactly why journalists should verify their story before publishing it. case and point, WMD.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Not really a good example. To verify the presence of WMD in Iraq before any publication of those claims, the press would have had to declare war on Iraq, then go in and search for said weapons themselves.
  13. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I would hardly call a platform comprising 90% of all desktop PC's, numbering in the hundreds of millions, a problem.

    Besides, from their stagnation earlier this century, MS has rather quickly come to IE 9, which is a pretty good browser. If a person stopped using IE a few years ago, and hasn't checked out the new version, they might still be under the impression that its horrible and crappy. I don't use it that often, but when I do use it, or play with a new version, I find it to be very fast, responsive, and stable.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Given that most of my posts are a "bit afield" of the topic, and having admitted that I have no room to talk, is this posted in the correct thread? If so, how so? Perspiring minds want to know...:confused: :eek:
  15. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    They caught a few people out on here, that's for sure :D
  16. Windows users may have a lower IQ.
  17. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I'm almost positive he was saying that in response to Mario's comment.
  18. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I was talking about IE9, but I suppose that fast, responsive and stable would be good qualities in any potential East Slavic bride as well.

    I would add feisty for the bride, but perhaps not the browser. Like this:
  19. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    I feel really stupid now. Even though it actually wasn't any kind of a strange PDF-file, being ballsy resulted in falling for the hoax completely :eek:
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    I don't think you can say that, without implying that Mac OS users are smarter....:suspiciou
  21. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    ...unless it's the linux users who are smarter.

    ...then it comes down to retardation race between people that keep Steve Bullmer in a job, or keep a Jobs in a j....pulpit.
  22. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    dude serious?

    that's is NOT the only option to finding out WMD. that's propaganda talk, also known as cool aid. if declaring war on nations is the only option for you to find out other's secrets, the world would be bursting in flame and no one would be alive by now. there're ways to verify a report. you just gotta do a better job verifying the "source". if you can't. don't publish the story.
  23. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    I still thing people using IE are retarded.
  24. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Booster Posts: 232   +14

    I knew it. I myself don't use IE but still, computer savvy people shpuld have known that this was a scam.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Yeah dude serious.

    And if only for the fact, that finding out the truth would ultimately have taken longer than Messrs. Bush & Cheyney's, very "successful", "rush to judgment".

    There were 2 fully involved propaganda machines between the press and the fact or fantasy of WMD in Iraq, ours and theirs. The press, is to one degree or another, dependent on our government for "the truth", and must take much of what comes out of the White House on faith.

    Iraq was a closed society at that time, and had a "White Palace" press secretary to disseminate their version of the "truth" also. (I think he was killed, at the very least captured).

    So, if any investigative reporter had a general, more advanced knowledge of the truth about WMD in Iraq, and wasn't listened to, that is a tragic oversight in history.

    My suggestion to you would be the time honored, "if you want anything done right, do it yourself", instead of talking smack here at TS.

    I look forward to any revelations that "howzz-ileaks" could, in the near future, provide for our general betterment and enlightenment, promoting world peace, and perhaps even upholding the ideals of the Miss America Pageant. :)

    I pulled this out to deal with it separately. This is hyperbole. We possess the ability to almost knock the earth out of orbit, hasn't happened. The world is constantly in flames, simply not all once. We just change the location of the fire periodically, out of convenience, necessity, and situational exigences.

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