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Helen Thomas
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but for one hiccup

Internal web applications have been programmed to proprietary IE browser.


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Helen Thomas
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Here's another for the clueless

The brightest website on the planet : http://www.mensa.org/home.php

Why is it so dim ?
"For more information, please select one of the options from the menu on the left side of the page."

Bacon
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Do you have an article on the IBM move? That is very interesting.
Helen Thomas
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It was on Linux world.

I'll have to try and find it again.
Steven Bell
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I saw it on new.google this morning.

Helen:
hmm, I didn't see any problems with the mensa site in firefox. Is that what you were refering to with the link?
[ January 31, 2005: Message edited by: Steven Bell ]
Helen Thomas
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Welcome to the Mensa International web site...Mensa "provides a forum for intellectual exchange among members"

Don't you think that they might have engaged in intellectual exchange with some Web site designers ?

It looks more like a web site to engage in the darker side.
Helen Thomas
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Use a non-standard browser and get arrested
Bacon
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I found this article on Linux Today, and this one on info world. The only article that confirms the rumors is of dubious reliability.

I could not find anything on Linux World.
[ January 31, 2005: Message edited by: Ray Marsh ]
Peter Rooke
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Mensa; Maybe they could not find any Web site designers with a IQ in the top 2% - The original densa quiz


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Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
Use a non-standard browser and get arrested


This would be great if it turned out to be true. Anyone have anything to corroborate this?


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Helen Thomas
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I can't find the IBM- Linux article and the Lynx link looks dubious.

My densa results : Look away if you want to do it yourself.

You scored 7 out of 12 - You are below average, which is normal for Densa!
Remember to try out our other Densa quizzes, as well as the other brain teasers and puzzles.

The Densa Test, Your Evaluation
Remember, this is just for fun.

Is there a fourth of July in England?
Yes! You answered [ no ]
It comes after the third of July!

You got this one wrong!

How many birth days does the average man have?
1 Just one!
You answered [ 1 ]

You got this one right!

Some months have 31 days; how many have 28?
12, all of them! - You answered [ 12]

You got this one right!

In baseball, how many outs are there in an inning?
6 - You answered [ 0]
Three per side! Even the 9th inning has 6, but the game is called at the 3rd out when the home team is behind. Also, score yourself a penalty of -1 if you think you don't count the 6th out in the inning.

You got this one wrong!

Can a California man legally marry his widow's sister?
No - You answered [ no]

You got this one right!

Divide 30 by 1/2 and add 10. What is the answer?
70 - You answered [ 25]

You got this one wrong!

Now pay close attention, or your math teacher will be upset with you: 30 divided by 2 equals 15, 30 divided by 1/2 equals 60 (did you forget about inverting and multiplying?), add 10 and get 70! If you still think 30 divided by 1/2 is 25, then what does 30 divided by 2 equal??

If there are 3 apples and you take away 2, how many do you have?
2 - You answered [ 1]
You took them, remember?

You got this one wrong! You are in a store, if there are three apples and you take away 2, you will get busted for shoplifting!

A doctor gives you three pills telling you to take one every half hour. How many minutes would the pills last?
60. - You answered [ 60]

You got this one right!

A farmer has 17 sheep standing in a field and all but 9 drop down and die. How many sheep are left standing?
9 - You answered [ 9]

You got this one right!

How many members of each animal did Moses take on the ark?
0 - You answered [ 2]
Moses didn't take any animals on an ark, Noah did!

You got this one wrong!

A clerk in the butcher shop is 5' 10'' tall. What does he weigh?
meat - You answered [ meat]

You got this one right!

How many two cent stamps are there in a dozen?
12 There are 12 2-cent stamps in a dozen! - You answered [ 12]

You got this one right!

Your Score
You scored 7 out of 12 - You are below average, which is normal for Densa!
[ January 31, 2005: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
Bacon
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Helen... I wouldn't sweat it. I find self-proclaimed intellectuals a frightfully pretentious lot. Many times, they're such big egg-heads that simple things in life completely evade them. Lets see... lets take an "IQ" test to sort out the bright ones. Then we'll make another test to find others like ourselves. Sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Measuring intelligence an extremely subjective task.

I know what some may say... "You're just one of the average ones and all that rot is sour grapes."

To that I simply say... "uh... could you please repeat the question?"
Helen Thomas
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Thanks Ray.

To have got all 12 I would've had to answer the baseball question. That would have been weird.
Peter Rooke
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"Frightfully pretentious lot"; I think thats why Densa exists, its a joke site!
Steven Bell
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I got 12 out of 12 on the densa thing, although I've heard many of them before so I guess it wasn't really fair. The butcher one almost threw me.
Helen Thomas
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Opera gets vocal

On the IBM-Linux rumour this article gives the rumour more credibility.
IBM goes silent over Linux move

Though IBM volunteers have set up an internal IRC (Internet relay chat) channel where Linux problems are discussed online, users may experience problems running IBM's internal Web applications. Most of those applications are written for the Internet Explorer browser, which has not been ported to Linux. Internet Explorer is the only browser supported by IBM's internal support desk, according to another IBMer.

"If you don't use Internet Explorer, you might not get very far with them helping you with the problem," he said.

The majority of IBM's Linux users to date are technical users in the company's product development and research and development groups -- users who are technical enough to support themselves, the sources said.

IBM is using Wine to run Lotus Notes software on thousands of clients, according to sources, but ironically, the company's internal use of the open-source Windows operating system emulator did not translate into a ringing endorsement in a guide to migrating to Linux clients, published recently on IBM's Web site.

Wine is mentioned only in passing, in a section entitled "What to do if all else fails," and it is called a "temporary workaround" to get an application running on the Linux client. "This is not a solution for the long run," the guide states.
[ February 01, 2005: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
 
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