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Hanselminutes Podcast 269 - Community vs. Evangelism vs. Marketing vs. Authenticity with Brandon Watson from Windows Phone

June 14, '11 Comments [3] Posted in Podcast | WinPhone
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Windows Phone 7 from HTCScott sits down with Brandon Watson, a Director on Windows Phone. He works with the Developer Community, but what does that really mean? What is Community vs. Evangelism vs. Marketing vs. Authenticity? Scott pushes on this point to better understand his own job at Microsoft

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:37:32 PM UTC
Ugh, Brandon hit one of my pet peeves:

"The sad truth about mathematics is that it is an indisputable fact that 50% of the population is below-average intelligence."


Here's a thought experiment:


You have 10 people.
9 of them have an IQ of 120.
1 of them has an IQ of 110.
Therefore, 90% of them have above-average intelligence (the average is 119).


In similar news, nearly 100% of people have an above-average number of legs!

I'm not trying to discount illusory superiority, though, just the abuse of mathematics :)
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:20:56 AM UTC
I'll amend my comment - IQ (since I was the one that used it as a stand-in for "intelligence") is intended to be a standard normal distribution of a population, in which case exactly half the population should fall under the mean (and half above the mean), so Brandon's quote is strictly true. To the point he was making, however, that it is wrong for most programmers to think they are of above-average intelligence, it was invalid, unless IQ is normalized based off programmers.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:47:16 AM UTC
Noah - Good points, I think you are technically both right depending on the direction one looks at it. Not fighting at all! I'm saying that the set is 'all people' and that even if 6 billion new smart people showed up, the 'mean' (which is IQ=100) would have to change (per the definition as I understand it, and I may be wrong) and the curve would change and a BUNCH of people would find their IQ lowered, but not their intelligence.

All in good fun, truly. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!
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