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Comment History repeats itself (Score 4, Insightful) 80

Why on Earth are they trying to turn Firefox into the Mozilla Application Suite!? There's a reason that failed, and Firefox, originally just an afterthought to quiet those complaining about Mozilla's bloat, won out.

What is wrong with "do one thing and do it well?"

In any case, I look forward to the next project, which spins off a browser from the Firefox project for people who just want a browser.

Comment Re:twisting is good, though (Score 1) 137

Amazon is trying a very old business model:

1) Undercut everyone on price.
2) Drive all competitors out of business.
3) Profit! ...not new at all. What is particularly dangerous is that retailers with enough market share can do more than just manipulate price. Witness Walmart's insistence on "explicit" music being edited without any packaging notice. That's the sort of thing that happens when a single retailer wins.

The battle has sadly mostly been lost for music, to Apple. (Ironically enough.) I would hate to see the same damn thing happen to ebooks.

Comment Re:11k Is Too Big? (Score 4, Insightful) 582

The fact that helloworld.c compiles to 11k has less to do with bloat than it has to do with people generally not caring about 11k. You could get rid of that 11k, but to do so, you'd have to make trade offs that either make real programs either slower or bigger, or make compilation slower. Very few people would make those trade offs in the other direction. Those that do either use special purpose compilers or (more likely) write in assembly.

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