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Anytime I update my Chrome or Firefox, they've always come out with a new version of it.
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"New! Improved performance! Better Javascript!"

But then it got me thinking...

How many things can you really improve on a browser before it's perfect? We've been using Firefox for over a decade and they're STILL adding "improved performance." You'd think after that many years, every major issue would be eliminated and solved.

What's left to fix? What could possibly be there that we haven't addressed yet?
post #2 of 10
security, broadband speed, etc have the browser being updated all the time.

What is perfect if we don't know what it is? One minute google chrome is the flavour of the month then its firefox and so on.

Media is changing all the time, so it will only get better but not perfect thumb.gif
post #3 of 10
My perfect browser would fetch me a beer lol. Teleport technology is on the way!
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The problem is that the Internet is like everything else. The standards for Web video change, the standards for HTML change, even the entire structure of the Web is transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6. If nothing ever changed, you could browse the Web on an AMD-K6 from 1997, using something like IE 3.0, and everything would work just fine. But if you try that in the real world, you'll be eligible for retirement by the time it actually loads a page, assuming it even could.

Since standards change, and new technologies are introduced and developed, then Web browsers have to change and improve, too.
     
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by frickfrock999 View Post

What's left to fix? What could possibly be there that we haven't addressed yet?

Lots of HTML5 stuff that's half implemented? Mega only works properly on 1 of the 3 browsers, Google is pushing out a new video codec, WebRTC has been right around the corner for some time now.

The patches won't stop any time soon.
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Browsers aren't better - they're more friendly to advertisers. These tabs that always stay at the top and sides of the windows using up space, the built-in pop-ups that can't be disabled without careful manipulation with add-ons, the absolute requirement to constantly be "updating" Java and whatever if you want anything to be useable - it's a joke. It's not "faster" it's not "better" (for you anyways) it's all about the people pulling the strings.

And trust me - nothing today is faster than it was yesterday. Every time we get a little bit more computing power - those resources get hogged by more crap on your screen. Everything stays the same speed, it just looks flashier. If you're a sucker for shiny things, you may think it's better but it's not.
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Cavi Mike View Post

Browsers aren't better - they're more friendly to advertisers. These tabs that always stay at the top and sides of the windows using up space, the built-in pop-ups that can't be disabled without careful manipulation with add-ons, the absolute requirement to constantly be "updating" Java and whatever if you want anything to be useable - it's a joke. It's not "faster" it's not "better" (for you anyways) it's all about the people pulling the strings.

And trust me - nothing today is faster than it was yesterday. Every time we get a little bit more computing power - those resources get hogged by more crap on your screen. Everything stays the same speed, it just looks flashier. If you're a sucker for shiny things, you may think it's better but it's not.

soooooooooooooooo true! forgot about all about the bloody advertizing thumb.gif

even on here biggrin.gif
post #8 of 10
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And trust me - nothing today is faster than it was yesterday. Every time we get a little bit more computing power - those resources get hogged by more crap on your screen. Everything stays the same speed, it just looks flashier. If you're a sucker for shiny things, you may think it's better but it's not.

Absolutely true. If I could disable 80 to 90 percent of the stuff that gets delivered by modern Web browsers, I'd do it. It's pretty sad that the K6 from 1997 I mentioned earlier could browse the Web in its day faster than a modern CPU can now. And it doesn't have to be that way. Mobile sites on slow ARM processors have most of the crap cut out and just deliver the content, and they're faster about doing it.
     
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post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by frickfrock999 View Post

Anytime I update my Chrome or Firefox, they've always come out with a new version of it.
But then it got me thinking...

How many things can you really improve on a browser before it's perfect? We've been using Firefox for over a decade and they're STILL adding "improved performance." You'd think after that many years, every major issue would be eliminated and solved.

What's left to fix? What could possibly be there that we haven't addressed yet?

If were we talking about a fixed standard, then you'd be right. But HTML is continually evolving, which means new code is constantly being written. Which means that new code will always be subject to latter revisions, security updates and performance optimization.

Then you have hardware optimizations (where code takes advantage of hardware acceleration, multi-core CPUs and larger amounts of RAM being the standard) and OS optimizations (eg new code to work better with Win7 themes that didn't exist back in the Windows 2000 / XP days).
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I want tab sandboxing in Firefox
    
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