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Comment Re:Here's an idea for a feature (Score 1) 230

To compliment radarskiy's comment, I'll add that awful memory management has been a well-documented problem in Firefox for over 8 years.

Saying that a plugin/extension is causing obscene memory usage in a browser is in the same league as blaming a virus for an OS crash. It's a cop-out, and flat-out wrong.

Comment Re:Here's an idea for a feature (Score 1) 230

Yesterday I caught Firefox using 2.6 GB of memory with only three windows (not tabs) open. I used the profiler to track what was causing the long, regular 2-3 second freezes, and it's always the garbage collector. 95% of any web page's rendering time was caused by the memory manager choking. I closed all but one window, and set the last window to "about:blank." Memory usage didn't even budge. Almost all of that RAM was used by the Javascript heap.

The only time I've ever seen applications use more memory is when I'm running video games, and those programs are designed to waste as much memory as possible.

Comment Re:Wake up, Mozilla morons (Score 1) 230

Not to trivialize your problem, but if there's one nice thing I can say about Firefox is that it's been exceptionally reliable. I've had about 1 crash throughout all of 2015, and that's with Flash installed. Seriously.

I do know that Firefox's hardware graphics acceleration gave me many issues over the years, though that seems to have been resolved since I got my latest nVidia graphics card a couple years ago. My best suggestion is to disable hardware acceleration. Indeed, I can't think of why plugins, extensions, or profile setup would be affected by suspending the system, but if an application uses some "odd" hardware acceleration techniques, problems can persist even across many different video cards. Java (both applets and desktop apps) had the same problem for a long time.

Comment Re:How does Ubuntu Linux compare? (Score 1) 556

I think the point here is that Linux distros are not immune to the business tactics of proprietary, commercial software. Ubuntu has just tested the waters, and end-users need to keep on their toes.

Given that the industry as a whole is moving towards the model of giving everything away for free and profiting from data mining, it won't be long before sponsored ads and opt-out become the norm in the world of FOSS, too. Yeah, it's nice that if a FOSS project turns bad it can be forked. It's nice to say that the efforts of the distros don't affect the kernel itself. However, "Linux" itself isn't useful for much outside of servers and embedded systems, so almost everyone using this OS will be getting a distro, and that requires people to make educated choices as to which distro they can trust.

Lambasting people's concerns as mere FUD isn't going to help. There's real reason to worry about this stuff.

Comment Re:Why the fuck isn't Mozilla panicking?! (Score 1) 407

I did look into this, and Opera has changed the name of the command-line switch to disable updates (at least once). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. That's the problem with products that are in a state of constant development -- you can't just use a Google search to get tips, because the information you find may be out of date.

I use Autoruns to disable most startup processes on my machine. However, on top of a background process, Opera also uses the Task Scheduler to run the browser to check for updates, so you need to disable that as well. Most browsers use multiple update schemes at once, so if the browser doesn't allow you to disable updates from the UI, it's always a toss-up whether you can do anything about it. Bypassing this nonsense may have been simple 5 years ago, but these days it's not trivial by any means.

Comment Re:It's malware. Sue them. (Score 1) 581

Good luck with that as long as binding arbitration is legal in the USA.

Against my recommendation, my dad wanted me to install Windows10 on his HTPC. I liked reading the part of the Windows10 EULA (near the bottom) where MS effectively declares that my own IP rights are invalid while theirs stand. My dad still doesn't know why I go through so much trouble to keep Win10 off my workstation.

Comment Re:Just follow these simple instructions (Score 1) 581

Gee, and it only requires me to have all the latest updates installed as prerequisites.

Why install the spyware/telemetry/nagware updates first, then struggle to disable them? As has been demonstrated with Windows10, I can't trust that MS won't alter my preferences at any time they choose.

Comment Re:Translation:quit optimizing for Intel technolog (Score 1) 152

That's all nice and well from the Linux side of things, but it's the Windows market that makes them money.

I stopped buying AMD graphics cards because the Windows drivers kept shitting themselves and making my life miserable... consistently over a period of many years. Even with their driver [branding] overhaul, it's going to take a lot of time to rebuild trust and convince me their hardware is worth buying again. That's not NVidia's fault.

Comment Re:Some thoughts (Score 1) 258

Could you explain why you would expect an atmosphere at all, even a thin one made of helium? Is it because the planet is so far from the sun that solar winds are unlikely to blow the helium away, or the energy of the helium is so low it can't achieve escape velocity, as happens on Earth?

Oceans of liquid hydrogen sounds like mighty awesome stuff.

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