Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hiatus

I haven't published anything in a while. I've gotten so much into the ins and outs of IQ and Mensa and other High IQ groups that I stopped writing for my blog. I want to report on the subject of IQ about the reality and the myths and the personalities and... there's really a lot of things to say on the subject but I'm still going through discovery. I'm meeting people regularly. Some are undeniably smart and some (I'm thinking of 1 in particular) are dumber than the dumbest people I've ever met.

In other words, there's a lot of angles to the subject and I haven't found the right ones yet. I had started writing 1 massive article but the more time passes and the more it seems like a wrong approach.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mensa



Recently, I was talking about Mensa and about taking the Mensa test. After a long wait of 5 weeks, I have finally received the results, which are positive. So it means I'm joining Mensa. Just need to send them my form and subscription fee.

Receiving the positive results is a nice moment that boosts your ego, and I'm sure I'll keep my smile until bed time. But of course new questions arise like the precise measurement of all my cognitive abilities.

When I took the Mensa test, there were 3 exercises of 25 questions each

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Abstract reasoning

I knew that I rocked the verbal reasoning test since I finished it way in advance and I had plenty of time to review almost all of the questions. And indeed, I obtained a perfect score.

I knew that I did good with the numerical reasoning. I finished it a little in advance and had enough time to double-check 2 or 3 questions that I was not totally confident about. And indeed I obtained a perfect score.

Last, I knew that I didn't do so well for the abstract reasoning. I realized that I still had 5 questions to answer only 2 minutes before the time expired, so I quickly answered "A" to all of the last 5 questions and only had the time to correct 2 of these. So I obtained a not-too-good score only worth of the 4th percentile. But fortunately, it doesn't disqualify me.

I'm pleased to be accepted, especially considering that of all Mensans I've met so far (about 10 of them), not a single one had joined based on the Mensa test. All of them joined based on a WAIS or WISC test.

Mensa is an organization I've been looking up to for a couple of years but I had been moving around all too often to be able to really apply. Finally, this chapter has come to a close and a new one, as a Mensan is beginning. It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me and I'm feeling good.



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Windows XP is the new asbestos



At the beginning of this month, I was publishing an article about Windows XP being dead. As predicted in my article, but I admit that it doesn't take a genius to make such predictions, Microsoft released an ultimate security update on the day that it declared WinXP's support to be over.

I was also predicting... (still doesn't take a crystal ball) that computer mafias would have a peak of activity in launching their new viruses for Windows XP, since nobody's gonna come and save the day for WinXP users.

Microsoft has recently released an advisory bulletin about a security issue with Internet Explorer (IE). It concerns all versions of IE on all versions of Windows. This issue is critical and is already being exploited by malicious people. Just by visiting the wrong website with IE, the website would be able to remotely take control of your computer and install whatever program it wants so that the mafias can, whenever they have the time, do what they want with your computer. That means recording all your keystrokes and making screenshots of what you do so that they obtain your credit card details. That also means copying your computer's files in case there's anything with a resale value. That also means using your computer's calculation power for mining bitcoins, which they won't share with you. It also means using your computer to launch attacks against new targets (DDOS or just using you as a proxy). Or using your email program to send viruses to your contacts. Or using your hard drive for storing and streaming illegal videos that perverts will pay for viewing. Or finally, encrypting all the content of your hard drive and demanding a ransom before they unscramble it.

That security issue in IE will NEVER be fixed for Windows XP. If you're still using WinXP, your system is now obsolete and it is risky to use it.

Conclusion

WinXP is the new asbestos. Get rid of it! Replace it! FAST!
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