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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Which Browser do you use ?? Do you have intelligence ? and Do you know how it is determined !!

In English language, nexus is a connection, tie or link. Etymologically, it is from Latin – bind.  For modern children – Nexus is the professional wrestling stable in WWE that competed on its Raw brand and originally consisted of eight rookies of NXT season 1 headed by Wade Barret.  

For most of these information, we browse the internet through a web browser – a  software application  which retrieves, presents and transmits information resources on the World Wide Web. An information resource is identified by a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) and may be a web page, image, video, or other piece of content.  The primary purpose of a web browser is to access the WWW.

There are very many web browsers [don’t confuse with search engines] and most popular amongst them would be :  world wide web (1991); Mosaic (1993); Netscape Navigator (1994);  Internet Explorer (1995);  Mozilla Navigator (2002); Safari (2003); Mozilla Firefox (2004) and Google Chrome (2008)

The first of the above -  WorldWideWeb was  later renamed to Nexus to avoid confusion between the software and the World Wide Web.  It was the  first web browser and the only gateway to web at that time.  Internet Explorer commonly known as IE is a Microsoft product, included as a part of the MS Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995.

Before proceeding further, answer whether it was by choice that you use the browser ?  do you have multi browsers on your desktop and task bar ?  OR   has your Office limited your options by providing only one – say Internet Explorer  ???

One more Q !   Does your choice of browser determine intelligence ?

Going by a recent research made and released by Consulting firm AptiQuant, Internet Explorer users have a lower than average IQ.  The study gave web surfers an IQ test, then plotted their scores against the browser they used.  IE surfers were found to have an average IQ lower than people using Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Users of Camino and Opera rated highest.

The report has sparked anger from IE supporters, who have threatened AptiQuant with legal action. Researchers gave over 100,000 web surfers a free online IQ test. Scores were stored in a database along with each person's web browser data.  The results suggested that Internet Explorer surfers had an average IQ in the low eighties. Chrome, Firefox and Safari rated over 100, while minority browsers Opera and Camino had an "exceptionally higher" score of over 120.

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. The findings have been treated with scepticism by Professor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University's Statistical Laboratory.    The study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr James Thompson, senior honorary lecturer in psychology at University College London, said it had always been known that IQ test results are a combination of innate ability and other variables. "Life is an IQ test and a personality test and an IQ result contains elements of both (but mostly intelligence). "If an IQ test doesn't motivate someone then that is a good predictor in itself."

IQ is Intelligence Quotient – a score derived from one of several different standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. The term "IQ" comes from the German Intelligenz-Quotient. When modern IQ tests are constructed the median score is set to 100 and a standard deviation to 15.  There are many scales and one amongst them Lewis Terman, developer of the Stanford-Binet intelligence test, chose the category ranges for score levels on that test using a standard deviation of 16.   Terman's Stanford-Binet Fourth Revision classification IQ Range ("Deviation IQ") Intelligence Classification

164 and over Genius and near genius
148 - 164   Very superior intelligence
132 - 148   Superior intelligence
116 – 132   Above average intelligence
84 - 116     Normal or average intelligence
68 - 84       Dullness
52 – 68       Borderline deficiency
Below 52     Mental Deficiency

But understand that neither the above scale nor the research results are likely to have any direct bearing on life.  Success depends on many factors, one amongst them being luck, then opportunity and more…  so never judge your child or anybody else by looks or by IQ or by any other test – there are always things in life beyond your perception.   --   and success  does not spring from any particular yardstick

Regards – S. Sampathkumar.

PS :   Posted by an User who uses IE at Office; Google chrome at Home and since some sites have problems with Chrome, also use Mozilla firefox…. !!

Article made on 3.8.2011 and posted now.... !!!!


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