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Heading off to CERN in half an hour!

I am looking forward to possibly visiting the Large Hadron Collider, but also to seeing lots and lots of computers, including the one on which a "WWW" platform, apparently a successor to the current "web 2.0", has been developed.

The current "web 2.0" is astondingly ill designed and flakey. For example, to post this message, I had to close chromium, which refuses to do anything for the past 2 days when I click on the Note button on this website, and open Firefox instead. Firefox proceeded to use 99% CPU and hang for up to 1 minute while loading this page, and is currently using 39% cpu as I type into it.

It's my understanding that the new WWW platform developed at CERN avoids these problems by using something called "static HTML" and something else called "javascript not invented yet", and a third technology called a "reload button" that can reliably restart a web page if something goes wrong with eg, an AJAX connection (though I don't think the WWW playform has AJAX per se).

Can't wait!
Oh it also has something called a "Back button", which works on *any* WWW page. Hard to imagine, I know.

joeyh at 2013-08-14T05:49:13Z

Matthew Gregg likes this.

If you haven't used Firefox in a long time and it's behaving oddly, you might want to try resetting it to defaults by picking "Troubleshooting Information" from the Help menu, then clicking the "Reset Firefox..." button.

As somebody who occasionally has a flaky internet connection, I'll agree that's AJAX-heavy interface is often frustrating (say, when you click a link, and the request times out, and you're stuck watching a spinner for eternity) but it's gotten a lot better since the initial migration and a shift-reload generally clears things up.

(entertainingly, I had such a freeze during my first attempt to post this comment, and had to reload the page to make it work)

Screwtape at 2013-08-14T06:03:20Z

Fortunately you can use the lightweight XMPP-gat... oh, wait.

Adam Sjøgren at 2013-08-14T21:09:34Z