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Submission + - At long last Google improves Chrome's memory and battery usage->

Mark Wilson writes: Chrome has long been maligned as a huge drain on system resources. Open more than a few tabs and you'll notice that memory usage skyrockets, and performance can slow to a crawl. Run Chrome on a laptop that's not connected to main powers, and you've probably seen the battery meter plummet whenever you use the browser.

Now — at long, long last — Google is doing something about it. The latest version of Chrome boasts a number of improvements designed to reduce the browser's footprint, including a new intelligent tab restoration system that keeps the least viewed tabs suspended in the background until needed. Chrome 45 is also far more aggressive at actively cleaning up memory.

The new memory-saving technique helps to reduce the impact of webpages by an average of 10 percent, but the saving can be even greater on more complex pages. This is something that is further assisted by the new Flash-killing feature that pauses any non-essential Flash content.

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Comment Re:Same old story... (Score 4, Interesting) 109

Here in the UK, developers are on the hook for flood risk minimisation etc for years afterward, and have to pay a bond which they only get back after so many years without any flood damage occurring in the development - the bond is set at a level where if they spend the money on the flood defences the developer will profit if they get the bond back.

Plus, "flood plains" are often a misnomer - my house is in a flood plain, except the river is 200 metres away and 8 metres below ground level, and if it flooded then the entire city would be in a heap of trouble. It hasn't flooded in 150 years, and the defences are such that flooding will be done upriver outside the city, but still my house is classed as being on a flood plain...

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 242

Free, yes, but its still being released in tranches to those systems eligible for upgrade, so not everyone that can upgrade has been able to do so thus far.

If everyone had had full access to the "upgrade now" button at launch, you might have a point, but right now its not any indication of a failure at all.

Comment Re:Epix was one reason they were forced to stream. (Score 1) 291

So, no, it's not a matter of governance

Horseshit. I know from personal experience that your "cash cow" theory is pure fiction.

My previous home had both Comcast and Qwest/Centurylink. I had 12-20Mbps from the latter and 20-50Mbps from the former at various points up to 8 years ago. Both of those companies are entirely capable of providing broadband when they are not faced with la-la land anti-business governments making their job into a minefield.

Rationalize all you want. It's your fault. Enjoy.

Comment Re:really... (Score 1) 612

If its the "duh, obvious!" aspect you are going for, do you want to know how many people my wife see's as a GP who have entire religious texts that they have "received from their deity" and written down? Its not uncommon for people to write significant texts down that they believe have been gifted to them by a "god".

So the possibilities we have here are:

1. The text is older than thought and it was co-opted to form the basis of Islam
2. The timelines are screwed up and everything actually fits together as understood
3. The parchment is old, but was reused to create the Koran that was tested

Possibilities 2 and 3 leads on to...
a. Muhammad received it from heaven
b. Muhammad made it up deliberately
c. Muhammad made it up delusionally

Those scholars you quote think that the truth is actually possibility 1, while Muhammads claim could equally cover options a and c as sources, from his perspective.

Comment Re:Epix was one reason they were forced to stream. (Score 1) 291

You can't even get cable? Plain old cable tee vee? What the actual fuck?

I had cable in an 80 year old house outside Detroit in 1983. 32 years ago.

Like I've said before; you deserve it. You've made your bed with your la-la land government — so live in it. Next lifetime, change your ways and vote for grown-ups.

Comment Re:Epix was one reason they were forced to stream. (Score 2, Funny) 291

I live in Seattle


I live within walking distance of actual livestock and real, operating farms, twenty minutes way from a metropolitan area, and I have 60 Mbps business class service. The fact that Seattle, WA is still a broadband desert is so damning it defies belief. Whatever the fuck it is you Seattle knuckleheads have done to yourselves to end up like this....... all I can say is; you deserve it. You really do.

You've governed yourself into a permanent Internet backwater. Congratulations. Go rename your volcano Mt. Talolhowakaji or whatever the 'natives' are demanding.

Comment Re:Thank the Lord... (Score 1, Insightful) 292

The East Coast is in the "longest hurricane drought in recorded history," something the "climatologists" got 100% wrong when they attributed Katrina to "global warming" and predicted "more extreme weather." The media, their fear-mongering "science correspondents" with their AGW group-think and their preferred celebrity climatologists were wrong then and they're wrong now. We can no more explain why no hurricane has made landfall in the Gulf in 10 years than we can explain why their is an outlier sequence in the Pacific today.

Comment Re:Not a new idea (Score 1) 388

Names out West are not like names out in the Old New World, but rather an exquisite form of trolling... even many of the native american names for territories were derogatory references to "those crazy tribes over the hills", like if we officially called places Redneck Forest and ValleyGirl Valley.

Washington State was so named because they originally asked the US Congress to name them Columbia (hey, the Columbia River flows through here, and we're right under British Columbia, and Lady Columbia features prominently on the state flag. But no, Congress was busy forming the District of Columbia from swamp lands generously annexed from Maryland and Virginia at the time, and they didn't want to get confused with a bunch of rowdy Westerners. FINE, the rowdy Westerners responded. We'll pick something ELSE.

That said, it'd be neat to have Mt. Rainier renamed to the native Mt. Tacoma, which means something like "mother of the rivers". But it will never fly because that's one of the things the City of Tacoma tried to do back when they were trying to wrest money and prestige from the City of Seattle back in the railroad prospecting corruption days.

Comment Naming things after politicians (Score 1, Insightful) 388

Naming things after politicians is stupid. Politicians are gone and forgotten in a matter of years; things like mountains are around for hundreds of years.

If you want to name a building after a politician, knock yourself out, but I fail to see why anyone would support remembering some politician for hundreds of years.

Every successful person has had failures but repeated failure is no guarantee of eventual success.