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Comment: Re:Conditions of instability: (Score 2) 207

I have huge issues with Firefox, mostly with regards to memory management. However, stability is not one of them. I have maybe one or two crashes a year, and that's with a minimal, carefully culled selection of extensions.

The big disappointment is AdBlock Plus. This extension is the source of most slowdowns, and after the v27 update, AdBlock slows Firefox down to a crawl, and sucks up so much memory that regular restarts are needed to keep the browser from going berserk due to running out of memory.

I do know that AdBlock merely aggravates Firefox's memory management issues, though, rather than causing them. On its own, Firefox will still choke itself to death over time, and it appears to be related to its JavaScript engine.

Comment: Re:Why aren't we using PNG? (Score 1) 155

by Waccoon (#46422215) Attached to: New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

It would help if many paint programs had a default JPEG quality level higher than 70%. That's okay when dealing with 10 megapixel photos that are only shown on the screen or destined for 4x6 prints. Not so nice when dealing with large prints or artwork. I hate seeing Death by JPEG on sites like DeviantArt all the time.

Comment: Re:Those who can do, those who can't teach. (Score 2) 451

by Waccoon (#46422157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Some people just like to play dumb and ask for external opinions. Kind of like when someone asks you something that they could Google in 3 seconds.

When people ask specific questions, I try to understand their skill level when answering. When people ask very general questions, I assume they're just interested in conversation.

Comment: Re:Mc Donalds have beaten them (Score 1) 225

by Waccoon (#46264689) Attached to: Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

A movie was made about this. The BigMac and various other menu selections definitely do go bad just like any other kind of food. Except for the french fries. They seem to have unnerving regenerative superpowers.

As for the movie itself, I can't say I agree with the author's conclusions at the end, but on the whole it was interesting to watch.

Comment: Re:9.1 (Score 1) 1009

by Waccoon (#45949143) Attached to: Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

I have a lot of issues with people saying Win7 is more responsive than XP. It's not... by a longshot.

For one thing, the new composited display system in Win7 is tremendously slower than the old 2D system in XP. I can't get anything, from desktop games to video to even drag-n-drop to run as smoothly or responsively as in XP. Switching to basic mode makes no difference. Win7 finally made Windows feel as sluggish as a Mac, now that Microsoft is using a similar display system as OSX.

Most people don't seem to notice, but given how much graphic design work I do on a daily basis, I most certainly do, and it annoys me to no end.

Comment: Re:Yes, they are. (Score 1) 380

by Waccoon (#45931395) Attached to: Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

What's a release? A complete re-engineering with a massive UI overhaul? "Service packs" and "technical improvements?" A new version number? A pricetag on the update?

For quite some time, OSX has seen only small changes here and there. It's iOS that gets the major overhaul on a regular basis.

Also, a new version of OS X is something like 20 or 30 bucks, while a new version of windows is ten times that amount. There's little excuse to still be running OS X 10.1

Other than what many people in this thread are complaining about the new OSX (and Windows8): old stuff not working on the new OS.

Comment: Re:Amazing Apple engineering (Score 1) 234

by Waccoon (#45836217) Attached to: Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

The problem is not Apple offering Thunderbolt as a faster SATA. The problem is, as usual, them demanding people move to it RIGHT NOW and exclusively. It's also expensive, and even the fastest SSDs still can't max out SATA.

Remember how many times Apple changed video connectors for no good reason?

Comment: Re:Understandable, but... (Score 1) 378

by Waccoon (#45794459) Attached to: Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

I work for a Fortune 500 shipping company that sends medical supplies to hospitals. I can tell you right now that even though our trucks have our own company logo on the side, they are under lease. We don't have old, retired trucks just sitting around -- they go back to the rental company. We have extra capacity only when we're not at our busiest, and things don't get fixed unless they actually break.

I should also probably point out that I don't work at a particularly good Fortune 500 company, though.

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