View Full Version : Just How Stupid are IE Users

02-08-2011, 07:59:10


Dyl Ulenspiegel
02-08-2011, 09:15:18
How many IE users do we have here on CG? Or, more simply, what does Keith use?

02-08-2011, 10:51:19
some US government employees are given a very old IE by default and have to make a special request to get anything else


at least partially explains the IQ thing

Dyl Ulenspiegel
02-08-2011, 11:42:09
What is the maximum IQ allowed for US government employees?

02-08-2011, 12:38:45

ten points higher than the national average!

Dyl Ulenspiegel
02-08-2011, 12:41:32
The tea party will cut that by 10% to... ehm... uhm...

02-08-2011, 12:43:20

02-08-2011, 14:55:04

Lazarus and the Gimp
02-08-2011, 16:54:05
I used it until it just stopped working six months ago.

02-08-2011, 22:43:13
The Uni defaults to IE8.

I have admin rights, so I've got the latest Firefox. I used to have Chrome but whatever configuration the Uni uses kept fucking with it, so I couldn't be bothered with it.

03-08-2011, 11:39:35

not as stupid as us!

03-08-2011, 11:52:44

03-08-2011, 12:16:07
Ah yes. Another survey for people to say "The things I like make me better than everyone else"

Never ceases to amaze me what people need to validate their own existence.

03-08-2011, 12:36:48
all you really need is a mug of beer and a willing reindeer

Dyl Ulenspiegel
03-08-2011, 13:11:36

not as stupid as us!

Hey, it says nothing about government employees!

03-08-2011, 13:30:14
I wouldn't understand if it did.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
03-08-2011, 13:37:50
What was the question again?

Cheshire Cat
03-08-2011, 14:49:02
on our company PCs we are forced to stick with the standard set of SW & tools chosen by the company IT
that supposedly helps keeping sw maintenance and assistance cheap and easy

I'm currently posting from IE 6.0.2900.5512.xpsp_sp3_gdr.100216-1514
I hope that won't propagate any harm onto CG

regarding my IQ, I'm so stupid that I don't know what it means

I saw last week an old man wearing this t-shirt:


I found it VERY smart

03-08-2011, 14:57:53
Not nice to call Funko an old man!

03-08-2011, 15:06:15
okok old fart then

Lazarus and the Gimp
04-08-2011, 04:51:06
News just in. It looks like non-users on IE are more likely to believe hoax stories.

A story which suggested that users of Internet Explorer have a lower IQ than people who chose other browsers appears to have been an elaborate hoax.

A number of media organisations, including the BBC, reported on the research, put out by Canadian firm ApTiquant.

It later emerged that the company's website was only recently set up and staff images were copied from a legitimate business in Paris.

It is unclear who was behind the stunt.

The story was reported by many high profile organisations including CNN, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and Forbes.

Questions about the authenticity of the story were raised by readers of the BBC website who established that the company which put out the research - ApTiquant - appeared to have only set up its website in the past month.

Thumbnail images of the firm's staff on the website also matched those on the site of French research company Central Test, although many of the names had been changed.

The BBC contacted Central Test who confirmed that they had been made aware of the copy but had no knowledge of ApTiquant or its activities.

Research claims
ApTiquant issued a press release claiming that it had invited 100,000 web users to take IQ tests and matched their results with the type of browser they used.

It also supplied extensive research data.

The results claimed to show that Internet Explorer users were generally of lower intelligence.

The BBC sought alternative views for the original story, including Professor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University's Statistical Laboratory, who said: "I believe these figures are implausibly low - and an insult to IE users."

No-one on ApTiquant's contact number was available for comment.

Graham Cluley, senior security consultant at Sophos, examined the source material for the BBC after concerns were raised.

"It's obviously very easy to create a bogus site like this - as all phishers know it's easy to rip-off someone else's webpages and pictures," he said.

Mr Cluley also looked at the pdf file containing the data that many people had downloaded from a variety of sources and said it did not appear to contain malware.


04-08-2011, 07:50:19
That just means non-IE users are more likely to feel superior to IE users.


I have to use all of them for work and IE is hellishly bad, though every version develops a new way to be terrible, even 9 is awful.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
04-08-2011, 08:38:15
So your IQ varies a lot over the day.

04-08-2011, 08:43:30
it's always low due to lack of sleep at the moment.

04-08-2011, 10:24:50
who is that Venom guy?

04-08-2011, 11:05:17
Laz has me on ignore :cry:

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
05-08-2011, 01:57:15
Now if only they'll put out a press release showing that the majority of news organizations who scour the web for any piece of unresearched crap about bogus studies in the hopes of passing it off as real news in lieu of actually doing, you know, actual journalism are a pack of sham artists more interested in money than informative reporting, the circle will be complete.

05-08-2011, 07:43:06
You want the Bad Science column.


09-08-2011, 23:29:56
I just stopped using IE as it kept crashing my AOL account!

09-08-2011, 23:42:29
I just stopped using IE as it kept crashing my AOL account!