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Old 06-15-2008, 04:14 PM   #168
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Originally Posted by kfarmer View Post
That's a pretty weak argument, actually.

There's a wonderful phenomenon of performance being achieved by creating subtle bugs: cut a few corners because you don't *think* people will hit those cases, just so you can avoid a potentially expensive check.

This is not a rare situation and is, actually, one of the ways third-party drivers (particularly those that require high performance, such as video) cause OS crashes.

So I wouldn't go around presuming that any perf issues are a matter of incompetence when there's plenty of industry evidence that perf increases could themselves be signs of incompetence.
No. The point of making a viewer for a portable device is that it should run well on the limited resources available to it. A viewer that supports all the esoteric features of the format, but doesn't display basic files well, is incompetent.
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