Excellent post Rich! The one exception is the intentional slowing down... it's the additional garbage meant to 'help' the user (or, themselves)... i.e., data retrieval and the number of processes that are running in the background. Of course one does not have to look back very far back to see the incredible increase of resources required (memory/CPU) and, chewed up by the various browsers out there. The onslaught of tracking via-vis search engines certainly doesn't seem to have much (if any) benefit to the end user.