I returned to my desktop earlier this morning to find the fans cranked up and the cpu spinning at something like 50% load. I wasn't running anything in particular on the machine, no background compiles going on. No, I tracked this down to two web pages with some active content of some kind that I'd casually left open. The pages were: viewing an article on www.economist.com (about 15% cpu); and a friend's blog www.rklau.com/tins/ (bounces between 12-40% cpu).
Remember when 'engineer' was a verb?
en•gi•neer vt to contrive or plan out, usually with subtle skill or craftAmusingly, when writing this note I visited ddj.com. It too loaded up a pile of crap, including a video with sound. Boy how DDJ has changed! And I guess (from the video) they don't see their apparent developer audience as populating cube farms.
en•gi•neer•ing n the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and sources of energy are made useful to systems