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Sep 15 2011

Call me crazy, or even curmudgeonly, but I figure if you’re going compare something to Second Life (or compare Second Life to something else) you should at least have some idea about what Second Life actually is.

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So, a big and controversial story circulating at the moment is a study by Aptiquant, where 100,000 people were invited to take an online IQ test, and their results correlated with the make and model of Web-browser that they were using. The results played into popular prejudices, indicating that users of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 had IQs in the ‘moron’ range.

A juicy story indeed, with graphs and charts and all-sorts. Except that it took less than one minute to determine that the company behind the study, Aptiquant, doesn’t appear to exist.

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Jan 5 2011

Hype is the short form of the word hyperbole. Hyperbole is “obvious and intentional exaggeration”, as I have expounded on on at least 400 billion separate occasions, and may be either positive or negative in form.

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Dec 27 2010

Journalists. We rely on them for news about business, politics, world and local events, and more. Most of what we know about our world comes to us through a journalist at some point or another.

When it comes to writing about technology, things get shakier, and when it comes to anything to do with Second Life, journalists tend to be a major let-down, as I’ve noted before.

This Christmas was no exception.

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