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That one's always amused me more since at first glance it's inexplicable; even though the Northwest Angle[^], like Point Roberts is the messy result of border treaties being written ahead of detailed surveys.
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Other amusing findings, shared by the LA Times:
27% identified "gigabyte"as an insect commonly found in South America. A gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device.
23% thought an "MP3″ was a "Star Wars" robot. It is actually an audio file.
18% identified "Blu-ray" as a marine animal. It’s a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.
15% said they believed "software" is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
12% said "USB" is the acronym for a European country. In fact, USB is a type of connector.
The L.A. Times reported this study [^], and their reporting is echoed in the link provided by the OP here.
The study was carried out by a UK group that has a web-site, VoucherCloud.net, which promotes vouchers for all kinds of goods, and services. While a sample size of "2,392 men and women ages 18 or older" is impressive, there's no information on how the sample was selected, and the methodology.
I wonder about the diversity of the sample: could it reflect general technical ignorance of people who are "into" vouchers ? I can't find any information about the study on the VoucherCloud web-site.
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could it reflect general technical ignorance of people who are "into" vouchers ?
+5. I suspect this to be true, because for every example of the silly American ignorant answer, the writer made sure to put the correct answer (Which were incorrect in a couple of cases). You know, just in case the readers who were delighting in the silly Americans answers didn't know the answers themselves.
I'm not an expert on statistics, survey design or human behavior; but even I can see a big problem with this:
From the article:
They were given a mix of both normal and tech-related words, and were asked to choose from three possible definitions.
As harold aptroot pointed out, if there's an obvious joke answer, some people will choose it. Additionally, if people really don't know the answer or if they are just getting tired of filling in the survey, they may decide to choose random answers.
It's things like this that make me very skeptical when statistics and survey results are being reported.
What is this talk of release? I do not release software. My software escapes leaving a bloody trail of designers and quality assurance people in its wake.
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