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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?

Comment Re:UAC is for idiots (Score 3, Insightful) 187

A dialog that pretty much only appears when (un)installing software is hardly obnoxious in my opinion. Security popups may well be ineffective for most people, but as a power user I know when UAC prompts should and shouldn't appear; getting a prompt when one shouldn't pop up is a useful warning sign.

Comment Re:No they did not. They have failed HARD. (Score 1) 296

I think I learned about uBlock from someone's sig here. It accomplishes the same goal as Adblock Plus/Edge, but uses significantly less memory. A freshly launched Firefox instance with Adblock Plus (only one empty tab open) used slightly over 230MB of RAM; with uBlock that figure is down to around 100MB.

I too first started using Firefox when it was called Phoenix, but I disagree that Mozilla has failed. In my experience Firefox is fast and responsive. Resource-minimalness (is that even a word?) isn't an issue for me, as I don't think Firefox requires unreasonable amounts of disk space or RAM. Especially after switching to uBlock. I suppose RAM usage starts to matter more if you like to keep hundreds of tabs open; it's a valid concern but not relevant for me.

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