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Submission + - Chrome users are best with numbers, IE users worst (

dr_blurb writes: After reading about last year's hoax report "Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage" I realized I was in fact already running a real live experiment measuring number skills: a site were you can solve Calcudoku number puzzles.

I analyzed two years' worth of data, consisting of over 1 million solved puzzles. This included puzzles solved "against the clock", of three different sizes. For each size, Chrome users were the fastest solvers, Firefox users came second, and IE users were the slowest. The number of abandoned puzzles (started but never finished) was also significantly higher for IE users. Analysis shows that the differences are statistically significant: in other words, they did not happen by chance.

I put up more details and some graphs, and also wrote a paper about it.


Submission + - Patent Absurdity - The movie (

Taco Cowboy writes: Patent Absurdity explores the case of software patents and the history of judicial activism that led to their rise, and the harm being done to software developers and the wider economy.

The movie is based on a series of interviews conducted during the Supreme Court's review of in re Bilski ââ a case that could have profound implications for the patenting of software. The Court's decision is due soon,

You can watch the movie online or download it, or both, @

You can even make your own comment(s) to the producer of the movie as well, @


Submission + - Operation Banner - British MoD Reminisce Northern (

Rapide writes: Here's a recently unearthed document outlining the British military view of its own role, function, successes and failures from 1969 to 2006 in Northern Ireland. The document, Operation Banner — An Analysis of Military Operations in Northern Ireland ( pdf), offers insight into the thinking of senior military officers and civil servants at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. The level of detail re operational matters proves that this wasn't intended to reach the hoi polloi.

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to work.