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Comment Mobile browsers evict less recently used pages (Score 1) 152

Besides, I can't help but notice that Chrome is somehow managing to keep working with 100+ open tabs day after day

That's because Chrome runs each tab in a separate process. It's far less likely for a single tab to top 1 GB than it is for all tabs put together to top 1 GB, reducing the need for a 64-bit binary. Firefox is working toward this model; search Bugzilla for "electrolysis" to find related bugs.

in a freaking phone.

I've noticed that if I have more than about three tabs open in Chrome or Firefox for Android, switching to another tab may cause the page to reload if it's been kicked out of memory. This "forgetting" interferes with the offline use case of opening a bunch of pages in tabs, going offline, and reading each page, and it interferes with pages that have forms on them.

Comment Re:Two uses for WebRTC (Score 1) 152

And except that 99.9% of users simply don't need to scan barcodes at all.

They don't need to use a price comparison or video chat app, but they want to.

I hope firefox will be forked by privacy and security conscious developers some day.

It has been. Read the other comments to this story, particularly this one.

Comment 64-bit browser and 32-bit Flash Player (Score 1) 152

no one who uses the newest Firefox has a 32-bit system anymore

"No one" is strong language. Netbooks tended to be 32-bit because (due to Windows license pricing) they shipped with less than 4 GB of RAM. Though netbooks are discontinued, some are still in operation, and several tablet PCs have similar specs. Besides:

a page using Flash

Do you expect to be able to use a 32-bit Flash Player inside a 64-bit browser? Furthermore, I limit Firefox's memory footprint on my machine by using Flashblock to control sites' access to Flash Player.

Comment System-level scrollbar overhead (Score 2) 152

Perhaps system-level controls have more overhead than application-drawn controls. Consider the "system resources" in Windows 3.1 and Windows 9x. All applications shared a single 65536 byte GDI heap and a single 65536 byte USER heap. Each system-level control, such as a window or a scrollbar, used up space in the GDI heap. One advantage of NetCaptor's tabbed browsing in the Windows 9x days was the ability to keep more pages open without taking up a whole window's worth of GDI heap space. Fortunately, this shared heap wasn't present in 32-bit applications for Windows NT, and once Windows XP displaced Windows 9x, there wasn't much of a problem anymore. I don't think OS X has precisely this concept of "system resources", but it may still impose overhead for each scrollbar, or it may impose overhead when CSS changes a particular box between scrollable and not scrollable.

Comment Two uses for WebRTC (Score 1) 152

"But privacy!" The last time I checked the spec, WebRTC required the user to click to activate the camera.

"But I don't see any compelling use for connecting my device's camera to a web site." Without WebRTC, how do you expect to be able to scan a barcode in order to submit a product's UPC or EAN to the product search web site that you are using? Without WebRTC, how would you make a video chat site without having to write a separate application for each PC operating system or mobile or set-top platform and get it approved by each platform's gatekeeper?

Comment Re:Consoles don't ship with 2 controllers either (Score 1) 263

Or he connects to the LAN to his college buddies or coworkers

Attending college is beyond the LCD. So is working for an employer that allows installation of games on PCs that are company property.

On the console side there's no LAN

Consoles have had LAN since Tetris on the Game Boy in 1989. Stationary consoles had LAN with the PlayStation's link cable (whose port is not present on the PSone). Command & Conquer: Red Alert: Retaliation, for example, worked with it.

Conventional wisdom says keyboard/mouse will have the advantage in FPS and RTS, but not fighting games.

So for which platform should a startup develop a fighting game? Startups don't qualify for a license to develop for consoles, and gamepads don't ship with PCs.

Or again, he connects to LAN

As you pointed out, a second computer is beyond the LCD.

and later (now) Internet, which are cheaper than getting extra controllers considering you can use the Internet for other things (you might already be paying for it)

Someone who is already using satellite Internet for other things isn't already paying for gaming Internet.

Comment Re:Windows 8 lets PC owner turn off Secure Boot (Score 1) 369

You would have what George Carlin would have referred to as "temporary privileges,"

And Microsoft has "temporary privileges" to have its software on one of my machines.

The fact that you're a shill for Microsoft is rather clear from your post history however, so I won't waste any more time on your (likely paid) advertising.

Believe what you want to believe. I've had other posters yell at me for calling the company M$.

Comment Lockout separates the tablets (Score 1) 369

That isn't much different from saying that I should have one tablet for games and one tablet for work.

Back in the PDA days, that was the case. Someone made a program called DSOrganize that added some basic PDA functions to the Nintendo DS, but Nintendo took legal action against distributors of the memory card adapters that people used to run DSOrganize on a DS. Or you might want the flexibility of an Android tablet for work but want to play iOS-exclusive games.

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