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Why do cats meow?  Because if they let on they could talk we'd make them buy their own tuna.

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Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll get an otter." Now they have two problems.

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1 I saw a rumor last night that MS is finally throwing in the towel in the browser wars and writing a new browser using Chromium's engine.
Edge really needed work on speeding up the JS engine but I'll be sad to see it go because, while I admit Chrome works better, I have always preferred Edge's rendering.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, December 05 2018 12:00 AM (Q/JG2)

2 Yeah, that rumour is getting broader circulation now.  Basically just leaves Gecko (Firefox) and Blink/Webkit/KHTML, which are all forks of each other (Chrome/Safari/Opera).

Still plenty of browsers, just not many rendering engines.  Not sure that's entirely bad.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, December 05 2018 11:17 AM (PiXy!)

3 Edge's rendering engine was my favorite by a wide margin.  It's a lot of little stuff, like:  find a page that's got lots of nested paragraphs (e.g., blockquotes within blockquotes).  Microsoft products (not just Edge, IIRC, but Word and stuff too), if you drag-select a whole lot of text, will highlight just the text, meaning you get sort of a ziggurat effect.  Chrome just creates one large highlight blob consisting of the largest bounding rectangle, so the highlight encompasses a lot of whitespace.  I know it's a small thing but it looks lazy to me.  Also, there's Chrome's insistence of including half a dozen scheduled tasks for updates and telemetry.  And the way it does per-user installations to avoid proper filesystem security is just lazy too.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, December 06 2018 01:23 AM (Q/JG2)

4 I've seen a lot of speculation on discussion boards about MS throwing in the towel and doing an OS X with Windows: ie dropping the windows kernel and laying a Windows UI and backwards compatibility on top of the Linux kernel.  This seems to be mainly based on WSL and the amount of stuff they've been opensourcing lately.  It would make some sense from a cost reduction and overall headache reduction point of view as maintaining the Windows kernel isn't where they are making their money these days.
I don't know if it will happen, but imagining Steve Ballmer's reaction if Windows went Linux is certainly amusing smile

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Thursday, December 06 2018 05:49 AM (Q7Wqc)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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