Which for those of you who don’t know what the Mad Biologist’s Pentultimate Political Philosophy is, it’s very simple: people have to like this crap. Recently, I upgraded to Firefox 4 and I’ve been having ‘stability issues’, although they seem to have decreased in frequency somewhat. Which brings me to this excellent post about the increasing unreliability of personal computers:
Here’s one we all know well: you visit a page you visit everyday, probably a page you visited just minutes ago. Nothing has changed on your end, but suddenly the page locks up. The little egg timer tells you the page is loading, but it never finishes loading. At some arbitrary point — there’s no indication of when to give up, you just have to guess — you decide to give up and try to close the page. But the page won’t close. It’s THAT stuck. Is it really that difficult to close a page that is stuck? If so, fix that shit guys. It’s been going on for years and it’s gotten worse, not better.
I use a Mac, but this is also familiar (italics mine):
Of course one can always go into Task Manager, and manually close the page. And nine times out of ten when we do that we get the message “The program is not responding.” Reeeeally? You mean, it’s acting like it’s locked up or stuck maybe? You know, the whole reason I had to resort to task manager in the first place? If the PC can detect the program is not responding, and you have asked that program to stop because it is not responding, I don’t need to be told it’s not responding, I just need it to close. That’s the whole reason I opened up the goddamn task manager and tried to close it. The solution is obvious, the program should be stopped. Break the goddamn connection, and can you do that without shutting down every open tab? Fix that shit guys, it’s ridiculous and it makes people not like you.
Amen Selah to that. There is one good thing to come from all of this though:
On the lighter side, I guess we needn’t worry about Artificial Intelligence taking over the world when computers can’t close a stuck webpage on their own.