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Rapid Firefox

Sometimes in the tech world you get this feeling that you are slightly behind,like not all of your programs are up to date and they may be a year or two old.

Lately though some programs have updates that  are so regular that if your program was up to date a couple of hours ago ,it isn't any more. Firefox is one of those programs,in fact it has the tiniest release intervals ive ever seen,I think it should be renamed.Maybe something like Tasmanian Devil(with a jetpack).





I'm not complaining about this ,Frequent updates are a good thing ,I'm just suggesting some more appropriate naming."Rapid release" just doesn't do Firefox's bewildering update release speed justice.Its kind of like describing the way a minigun fires its rounds as "rapid release". It just sounds wrong.Come to think of it "rapid fire" would be a better way to describe things than "rapid release" (for both Firefox and the minigun).

At least with the "rapid fire" we know that the people who maintain Firefox are actually working really hard(I wonder if they sleep at all) ,and who cares what the worlds fastest browser is when you use the one with the fastest updates?

Well done Firefox crew for working so hard,may you ,um ,"release" many more.

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