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<   No. 558   2004-08-06   >

Comic #558

1 Iki Piki: {websurfing} Damn these slow web pages! I don't understand it.
2 Iki Piki: We have massively fast supercomputers and astounding bandwidth. Why do web pages still take forever to load?
3 Spanners: Well it's been 500 years since the web was invented.
4 Spanners: In that time, so many competing browser standards have been devised that all the compatibility JavaScript is over a gig per page.

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I was looking at a web page the other day. It took ages to load, and ended up being quite short. Thinking that little information shouldn't take anywhere near that long to load, I took a peek at the source code, and found about a thousand lines of JavaScript designed to deal with the quirks of about a hundred different browsers.

Standards, who needs 'em!

2013-08-10 Rerun commentary: There's also the fact that they're accessing the Internet from deep space at the moment. The roaming charges must be astronomical.

Lest you think I'm merely making a joke, there are actual plans for such a thing.

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