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Comment Re:Excellent. (Score 1) 674

How many people contribute absolutely nothing to their society? Picking up cans and bottles from the streets and recycling them is already a tiny contribution. Doing volunteer work for the Red Cross etc. is a much larger contribution. Donating blood contributes to society. Donating one's organs after death is a contribution to society.

Comment Re:I have seen that happen. (Score 2) 410

I closed Firefox, opened it again, with that post in one tab and this reply in another. 174,192K. I wonder why the difference is so big.

Viewing HTML5 video seems to make Firefox's memory usage grow fast and, more importantly, stay high even days after the video tabs have been closed.

Comment Re: Oh, they're a big company, (Score 1) 527

I don't understand why anyone wouldn't remove the Get Office and Skype apps right away. I uninstalled them immediately after install and haven't seen any ads. Also Windows Update or Store or whatever has not reinstalled them. Seems reasonable to assume that not everyone (including citation-needer person) has problems with these ads.

I wouldn't mind getting paid by MS for writing this but I doubt that will happen.

Comment Re:Might as well upgrade when it comes out (Score 1) 172

They brought back just enough of the classic desktop to keep people from revolting,

I suppose you're talking about the start menu, and possibly multiple desktops too. Apart from those, there actually seems to be a lot of more of Moden UI stuff in 10 than in 8.1; for example the familiar Windows Calculator is a "Metro" program in 10 as far as I can tell. Windows Photo Viewer can only print, browsing/viewing images happens in the modern UI Photos application.

Comment Re:Unchanging UIs? Not just for old people (Score 1) 288

I suppose I'm missing something obvious here, but why is it important that Seamonkey is faster than Firefox (I'll take your word for it that it is faster)? Surely any browser would render content much faster than a dial-up connection can transfer data?

I assume dial-up means about 56 kbps at most, or more likely around 30kbps; though I'm not at all up-to-date in that department.

Comment Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 74

There are many, many wonderful desktop applications for all operating systems that are free (as in beer) and don't track the user or display advertisements. So it's not immediately obvious that "free" programs come with strings attached. I wonder why it's so different on mobile platforms; is it just easier to do tracking and ads there?

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.