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Two British Mensa directors quit over cyber security concerns

UK arm of society for those with high IQs accused of exposing members’ personal data to hacker attacks

https://www.ft.com/content/7e00a348-d768-4618-b1c9-eb040b2c54e1

Blah security blah passwords...



He told the Financial Times that Mensa holds a lot of sensitive information — including the IQ scores of members and failed applicants; instant messaging conversations on its website; payment card numbers from the online shop; as well as passwords, email details and home addresses.

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Mensa?  The organisation that: Requires you to spend £25 just to find out if they'll let you in. And then £60 a year to stay a member.  Where there are no tangible benefits to me

Now there's an organisation of which I have never seen the point.  It's not something you would want, for example, to put on a dating profile. If you want to be liked then broadcasting the messag

MENSA is the the "steroid gym badge" of the brain. I used to work with a bloke who was a "member". I preferred the colleague, where by means of a few chats, I realised he was very clever, but didn't m

12 minutes ago, MrPin said:

MENSA is the the "steroid gym badge" of the brain. I used to work with a bloke who was a "member". I preferred the colleague, where by means of a few chats, I realised he was very clever, but didn't mention it.

It's the better approach.  I went to a decent uni but don't mention it in RL - it was over thirty years ago for starters - but occasionally at work conversations turned to such matters as degrees and when asked would say it.

People are hugely more impressed by achievements if you don't go around bragging about them.

I was on a tube one evening which had a bunch of Aussie girls out on the razzle who were clearly a bit into it.  One of them was going on to the stranger opposite - though at full volume for the whole carriage to hear - that Sheila or whoever, she pointed her out, had been in the Australian hockey team in the Olympics.  To give credit to Sheila it wasn't her doing that and she looked a bit embarrassed; she was about ten years older than the rest of them and seemed out of place. 

The general reaction, as you would expect from a London tube train, was "so what" but I think that was more because it was being foisted upon them without being requested.

If however I had known somebody for a few years and it only came out in a discussion about playing for sports teams that they had been in the Olympics then I would have been hugely impressed.

It isn't the achievement that impresses - it's the modesty.

I used to sometimes join a a lock-in at a friends local.  They were a nice bunch but the big problem was that it was hard to leave and I really didn't want to be drinking until two n the morning so I didn't go much.  One of the lock-in regulars was nicknamed "leg", as in legend rather than lower limb.  I asked my friend why and it turned out that he had been a reasonably successful rocker and had been one of the main members of The Strawbs.

That he had never mentioned it, let alone boring on about it, was the most impressive bit.

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49 minutes ago, spygirl said:

He told the Financial Times that Mensa holds a lot of sensitive information — including the IQ scores of members and failed applicants; instant messaging conversations on its website; payment card numbers from the online shop; as well as passwords, email details and home addresses.

Payment card numbers? What sort of fucking idiots are they for storing that? (I suspect it's actually just poor journalism).

I was never tempted to apply because of the members. See photographic evidence above.

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5 minutes ago, mooncat69 said:

Payment card numbers? What sort of fucking idiots are they for storing that? (I suspect it's actually just poor journalism).

I was never tempted to apply because of the members. See photographic evidence above.

My mother was/is a member but only because it pissed her mother in law, who was an expert in everything, off 9_9

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7 minutes ago, MrPin said:

Yes I think so. I could brag about a lot, but not as much as some people here.

I managed to completely kill a conversation when a recruitment agent asked me what university I went to.

Some of my peers went on to be very 'successful'. Looking back, I'm comfortable, but don't have much to brag about. Just the small and important things that make life worth living.

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I liked that the League of Gentlemen, superb writers and comic actors, all went to somewhere so nondescript it could actually form a basis for one of their comedies:

Bretton Hall Theatre School near Wakefield. 

It had originally been a teacher training college and closed for good in 2007 with remaining students transferring to Leeds Uni.

That's about the worst alma mater possible yet they are all excellent.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bretton_Hall_College_of_Education

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Mensa?  The organisation that:

  • Requires you to spend £25 just to find out if they'll let you in.
  • And then £60 a year to stay a member. 
  • Where there are no tangible benefits to membership. 
  • And where the barrier to entry is that you need to show you're clever?

IMO wanting to join should indicate that you're a fool and immediately disbar you from ever being able to join.

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1 hour ago, Frank Hovis said:

Now there's an organisation of which I have never seen the point.  It's not something you would want, for example, to put on a dating profile.

If you want to be liked then broadcasting the message: "I'm much cleverer than you are" is not a good idea.

Or ... I much better at taking IQ test than you ...

Apparently beardy is going out with gawky.

Must be the first people in Mensa to have sex, even if it it was with each other ...

 

 

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Roland Berrill, an Australian barrister, and Dr. Lancelot Ware, a British scientist and lawyer, founded Mensa at Lincoln College, in Oxford, England in 1946, with the intention of forming a society for the most intelligent, with the only qualification being a high IQ.[6]

The society was ostensibly to be non-political in its aims, and free from all other social distinctions, such as race and religion.[10] However, Berrill and Ware were both disappointed with the resulting society. Berrill had intended Mensa as "an aristocracy of the intellect" and was unhappy that the majority of members came from working or lower-class homes,[11] while Ware said: "I do get disappointed that so many members spend so much time solving puzzles."[12]

American Mensa was the second major branch of Mensa. Its success has been linked to the efforts of early and longstanding organiser Margot Seitelman.[13]

 

Thees more than sniff of eugenics and Ayn Rand superman about it.

Look what that gave:

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59 minutes ago, Sucralose Ray Leonard said:

Never understood MENSA either .I prefer to think inside of the box myself. That's how I  know Schrödinger's cat is dead. I know a smelly Pussy when i, er smell one.

Years ago, I once stumbled on Mensa pub meetup.

I was watching them go to the bar. I genuinely thought they were from retard spas school on some sort of forced socialising.

I did speak to the girl - there was one, who was sort of hot in a Uni Challenge way, grans wardrobe  and it upset the blokes in the group who must have thought they were operating on some sort of buggins turn.

So, I said, how do you join Mensa ...

Well, you take a test.

So, its like the Scientologists then.

Err ...

 

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32 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

It's the better approach.  I went to a decent uni but don't mention it in RL - it was over thirty years ago for starters - but occasionally at work conversations turned to such matters as degrees and when asked would say it.

People are hugely more impressed by achievements if you don't go around bragging about them.

I was on a tube one evening which had a bunch of Aussie girls out on the razzle who were clearly a bit into it.  One of them was going on to the stranger opposite - though at full volume for the whole carriage to hear - that Sheila or whoever, she pointed her out, had been in the Australian hockey team in the Olympics.  To give credit to Sheila it wasn't her doing that and she looked a bit embarrassed; she was about ten years older than the rest of them and seemed out of place. 

The general reaction, as you would expect from a London tube train, was "so what" but I think that was more because it was being foisted upon them without being requested.

If however I had known somebody for a few years and it only came out in a discussion about playing for sports teams that they had been in the Olympics then I would have been hugely impressed.

It isn't the achievement that impresses - it's the modesty.

I used to sometimes join a a lock-in at a friends local.  They were a nice bunch but the big problem was that it was hard to leave and I really didn't want to be drinking until two n the morning so I didn't go much.  One of the lock-in regulars was nicknamed "leg", as in legend rather than lower limb.  I asked my friend why and it turned out that he had been a reasonably successful rocker and had been one of the main members of The Strawbs.

That he had never mentioned it, let alone boring on about it, was the most impressive bit.

Well? Don't keep us in suspenders, - which one of The Strawbs was he? Thoroughly underrated band.

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36 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

It's the better approach.  I went to a decent uni but don't mention it in RL - it was over thirty years ago for starters - but occasionally at work conversations turned to such matters as degrees and when asked would say it.

People are hugely more impressed by achievements if you don't go around bragging about them.

I was on a tube one evening which had a bunch of Aussie girls out on the razzle who were clearly a bit into it.  One of them was going on to the stranger opposite - though at full volume for the whole carriage to hear - that Sheila or whoever, she pointed her out, had been in the Australian hockey team in the Olympics.  To give credit to Sheila it wasn't her doing that and she looked a bit embarrassed; she was about ten years older than the rest of them and seemed out of place. 

The general reaction, as you would expect from a London tube train, was "so what" but I think that was more because it was being foisted upon them without being requested.

If however I had known somebody for a few years and it only came out in a discussion about playing for sports teams that they had been in the Olympics then I would have been hugely impressed.

It isn't the achievement that impresses - it's the modesty.

I used to sometimes join a a lock-in at a friends local.  They were a nice bunch but the big problem was that it was hard to leave and I really didn't want to be drinking until two n the morning so I didn't go much.  One of the lock-in regulars was nicknamed "leg", as in legend rather than lower limb.  I asked my friend why and it turned out that he had been a reasonably successful rocker and had been one of the main members of The Strawbs.

That he had never mentioned it, let alone boring on about it, was the most impressive bit.

If I was a member of a 70s folk rock band then Id keep that v quiet too.

You should heer the bloke round the corner from my mum. Bastard folk-rock.

Saying music is too commercial etc etc. Its the people music, not the companies!

Then raise up the issue of a folk standard that he re did and was made much more famous by someone else....

But its the peoples music ...

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Frank Hovis said:

It's the better approach.  I went to a decent uni but don't mention it in RL - it was over thirty years ago for starters - but occasionally at work conversations turned to such matters as degrees and when asked would say it.

People are hugely more impressed by achievements if you don't go around bragging about them.

I was on a tube one evening which had a bunch of Aussie girls out on the razzle who were clearly a bit into it.  One of them was going on to the stranger opposite - though at full volume for the whole carriage to hear - that Sheila or whoever, she pointed her out, had been in the Australian hockey team in the Olympics.  To give credit to Sheila it wasn't her doing that and she looked a bit embarrassed; she was about ten years older than the rest of them and seemed out of place. 

The general reaction, as you would expect from a London tube train, was "so what" but I think that was more because it was being foisted upon them without being requested.

If however I had known somebody for a few years and it only came out in a discussion about playing for sports teams that they had been in the Olympics then I would have been hugely impressed.

It isn't the achievement that impresses - it's the modesty.

I used to sometimes join a a lock-in at a friends local.  They were a nice bunch but the big problem was that it was hard to leave and I really didn't want to be drinking until two n the morning so I didn't go much.  One of the lock-in regulars was nicknamed "leg", as in legend rather than lower limb.  I asked my friend why and it turned out that he had been a reasonably successful rocker and had been one of the main members of The Strawbs.

That he had never mentioned it, let alone boring on about it, was the most impressive bit.

I once checked out on the bullseye in the third division of the local leagues against then big time hitters the Three Legged Stool while playing for the league's no hopers.  We won 5-4.

Due to my immense modesty it's something I've never mentioned since even given the ginormoty of the occasion!

 

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