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Do You Use IE? Check Your IQ.

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Here’s a controversial study you might want to check out. And when I say controversial, I mean hot, hot, hot.

AptiQuant, an online psychometric testing company based in Canada, has just released the results of study looking at the relationship between intelligence and the Internet browser that a person uses. The study has shown that those who use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer are more likely to be dumb than smart. Stupid. Yes, those words have been used, and people are not liking it. Especially those who are rather attached to Internet Explorer.

As a matter of fact, some enthusiastic fans of one of the oldest Internet browsers have gotten so offended because of the report. It is actually being rumored that they are already filing a lawsuit against AptiQuant because of its claims.

On the one hand, AptiQuant does seem to have it for Internet Explorer. In a post published by PCMag1, it was revealed that the report used terms such as “nuisance” and “eradicate” in reference to the browser in question. That does show a negative attitude towards Internet Explorer, does it?

On the other hand, AptiQuant does clarify its report. CEO Leonard Howard himself says that the report’s conclusions state that if you have a low IQ, then you are more likely to use Internet Explorer to browse the web. It does not necessarily apply the other way around; that is, if you use Internet Explorer, you don’t necessarily have to be dumb. That should quell any dissatisfaction about the report, shouldn’t it?

In case you are the curious type, and you want to know exactly how the study was conducted, let’s go through it briefly. The psychometric testing company conducted the study over a period of four weeks, considering only people 16 years old and above. Believe it or not, there are many people looking for free IQ tests online, and they used the data from these people. Using the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) to these people and took note of the browsers that they used.

I am not sure if this method is scientifically unquestionable, but one would think that such a company would know how to go about these things. So, what Internet browser do you use? FYI, yours truly uses Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. Not that I am implying anything. ;)

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Posted on August 1, 2011 at by noemi

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Tool Senses if Your ISP’s Been Bad

Are you suspecting that your evil ISP is manipulating BitTorrent streams? You can now confirm it by using the Switzerland Network Testing Tool. The funky piece of sofware was developed by Robb Topolski, who got famous for figuring out that Comcast was actually doing what was suspected above and actually told on them.

The Electronic Freedom Foundation has democratized Topolski’s achievement via the said tool. The application is a command line open source utility that tests data communications integrity not just in networks but also in ISPs and firewalls. The tool spots IP packets that have been modified or forged and gives users a copy of those modified packets.

This is going to be a really useful tool for those who think they are getting duped by their ISPs.

Posted on November 30, 2010 at by Laptop Guru

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Netbook-friendly Gaming!

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I know, I know, one of the first things they tell you when you purchase a netbook is to forget gaming. You see, netbooks aren’t made to handle games. Sure, it can handle web browsing, watching non-HD movies, and maybe a little Photoshop (yes, I know of a few people who do that on their HP Minis), but gaming? No way, they say.

Well, we wouldn’t expect much from our netbooks in the gaming department. Most of them are running on a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, 1 GB RAM, and of course no video card. Those specs alone could make Firefox choke in the middle of watching a video on YouTube. Read more…

Posted on November 16, 2010 at by Ade Magnaye

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Google buys BumpTop. What this means

Although I’ve never imagined myself downloading and using it, I’ve always kept an eye on BumpTop. BumpTop is an interesting piece of software: it replaces your usual desktop with a 3-D desktop that literally tries to mimic a real, physical desk. With real, tangible objects that you can manipulate.

BumpTop makes the items on your computer’s desktop more like their real-world counterparts. Icons and folders are assigned a virtual weight based on the amount of memory they take up and their importance to you. You can move them by click-and-drag, or fling them across the BumpTop space. The program determines their importance based on how often you use them, but you can also alter that by hand. Read more…

Posted on May 5, 2010 at by Ade Magnaye

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Play Quake on your browser via HTML 5

This here is the future of gaming, folks. One day in the not-so-distant future, we’ll be playing games on our browsers – without any plugins of some sort.

Played Quake Live before? If you haven’t I suggest you do it – it’s an excellent port of Quake Arena with better graphics, and you play on your browser. However, it uses a plugin, so it’s not exactly the most optimal way to play games on your browser. Same goes for Flash-based games like Farmville.

So what if you can play Quake 2 on your browser – with no plug-in needed? All you need to do it woud be HTML 5 and WebGL. And Google has pulled it off, apparently. Check out the video demo:

According to Download Squad:

They started off with Bytonic Software’s Jake2, a Java port of the open source Quake engine. From there, they re-compiled the engine using the Google Web Toolkit (also OSS), created a WebGL renderer to display the graphics, moved multiplayer communications from UDP to WebSockets (part of the HTML5 spec), and bolted on an emulated filesystem to allow game and preference saves.

However, I’ve looked for the download link in the Google Code page. I can’t find it anywhere. Read more…

Posted on April 6, 2010 at by Ade Magnaye

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