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Comment Re:What can I use instead? (Score 1) 409

After my computer slowing to a crawl, inspecting the task manager, discovering FF was using 1.5G memory, restarting FF, and seeing that it only used 500M memory with the exact same windows open...

That is because it has elements from previous pages cached for if/when you hit the back button or revisit your commonly visited sites. Closing and reopening it simply lets all that go. I can't imagine any other browser does anything much different. Perhaps they are better at hiding it.

Also, how much system memory do you have? I don't know any modern PC of anyone I own with less than 8GB, and most apps have a hard time breaking ~150M of RAM usage. Even if Firefox was using 2GB, I can't see how it would choke a reasonable system.

Comment Re:Had ex-employee leave me for six figure COBOL j (Score 1) 86

I made a shitton of extra money in 1998/99 during college, via y2k/cobol contracts. People would just come to the school and if you knew how to even declare variables, you could make $50 USD/hour.

Thing was, these were run on old unix mainframes that were still justifying their cost. I'm not sure the target audience with this thing though

Comment Re:Open source the problems! (Score 1) 100

First, licensed code... etc and so on... they probably can't just "open source" it.

However, even if they can, it may be a problem of design. If AMD's drivers were built with a paradigm that only really works on Windows, just being open source isn't going to be of much value. The driver would still have to be redesigned.

Comment Re: 25+ years (Score 1) 620

Your comment is irrelevant. Person was saying he was using NetBIOS, not over TCP/IP. This almost certainly means over NetBEUI, requiring actual stupid hubs, not switches. Mitigation off of this era of abomination usually called to at least move your transport protocol to TCP/IP, which would benefit the whole network just by using a switch.

Comment Re:Answer (Score 4, Insightful) 336

I don't know how to respond because this whole post is bullshit.

If you are using C++ as such a high level language as Java/C#, you may as well use them because you threw away some of the most useful/valuable parts. Also, Exceptions are EXCEPTIONAL and should be treated as such... only expected to be thrown when something exceptional happens, not as a means of flow control.

Comment Just works? (Score 2, Insightful) 484

What does "just works" even mean? Do you want it to be able to reliably make phone calls without having to worry about software failing? Get a non-smart phone.

If you want a "reliable" smart phone that doesn't need reset or suffer stupid ass software failures, get one of those $50 Samsung android smart phones. They are pretty reliable because they can't do much to begin with.

If you want a top of the line, super-newest-version, can-serve-as-my-PC smart phone, you are going to have issues, just like every other computer doing complicated tasks does.

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