A few days ago, a study by the Canadian consulting firm AptiQuant confirmed what many people had long suspected: Internet Explorer users are dumber than everyone else. But now a BBC report is questioning whether the study, and the firm itself, are actually real. The BBC found that AptiQuant’s website was set up only a few weeks ago, and photos of its staff were copied from the website of a company in France. By itself, that doesn’t necessarily indicate that AptiQuant is a fraud — it could just mean it’s new and, like many people on the Internet, steals photos — but even the mere possibility that the study could have been faked has us feeling foolish, gullible, and dumb. Now we truly know what it’s like every day for people who use Internet Explorer.
Internet Explorer story was bogus [BBC News]