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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BaSsGaz

The new animations are so CPU intensive!

Is there a way to disable those animations ? While they look pretty cool. It's hogging my CPU.

Try this yourself; Animate a lesson pic or two, Press Shit+Esc (if you're on Chrome) and see how much Duolingo is using from your CPU. It's quite bad.

August 7, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bookrabbit

They also make me feel sick as they trigger my motion sensitivity and take me into the zone where a migraine becomes likely:( The strange lurch the mobile screen sometimes inexplicably does also does this. Duolingo doesn't need to be animated it is fantastic as it is. I would hate not to be able to use it anymore. I am unable to play most games because of this, or watch certain films or be a passenger.

Please stop tweaking and concentrate on content. Please!

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janet240859

You are not wrong! I'd rather have the content issues in French resolved than have animations that were a novelty for a nanosecond or so only. I get that these development options need different skills, and everything I have on here is free. You have to wonder whether Duolingo gave it to an intern as a training exercise - I cannot imagine any other motivation. I don't see it adding to their income stream.

EDIT: A lingot for the tip on shift-Esc; now that IS useful!

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Press Shit+Esc seemed pretty useful on the surface of it...

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janet240859

I was too much of a lady to comment!

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Linda7Italian

Songve. Bless, that was one in the eye!

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jon786634

Yes pressing shit+esc should take care of it

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Best computer command I have ever seen.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wippii

Hovering over a skill to activate its animation caused Firefox's CPU usage to go from 1% to 15-19%! That's insane.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dpatkat

Experienced same with Firefox but not in Chrome.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

CPU usage reported by Chrome is not system wide rather it constitutes CPU usage distributed inside the browser. You can open Task Manager or Activity Monitor to see the system wide CPU usage.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

On a Mac ( ̣iOS 10.14.6) you can click the battery at top menu then click any program listed showing a lot of energy usage and see exactly what it is using.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

Nice tip!

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

I like the one for Politics in Vietnamese. A temple that collapses. But how much memory could it possibly use if you are not animating?

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

Can you share this animation? Some helpful links (if you need help): link1, link2.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

duo.mov I have it on my desktop but when I copypasta here it only has name. Where do I need to put it to bring it here? Take your time to answer so It's not the first thing one could say...

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

I'm very impressed of your skills :)

Go to https://giphy.com/create/gifmaker and upload your recording. Then follow this guide to post your gif here.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

https://media.giphy.com/media/RJ8WFsaR2Kc5NgqUrE/giphy.gif

Ha, ha. It's so easy once you know what to do...

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

You need still some practice but thanks! It’s nice!

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Finlay745011

the stuff you see in shift + esc is not the amount you are using, it is the percentage of the cpu that chrome is using for duolingo, for example, on my pc, chrome uses around 0.2% of my cpu, and if the number in shift+tab for duolingo is 10, then it is using 10% of that 0.2% for duolingo, so it is using 0.02% cpu. to see how much cpu chrome is using, open up the task manager by right clicking on the taskbar (in windows).

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klgregonis

I think the animations are cute - but so unnecessary. It's actually pretty easy- the pictures etc. are all in a template that each page references, so you only have to make the changes on the single page - but this is one of those - for the sake of looking cool things that just - takes up bandwidth.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

for the sake of looking cool things that just - takes up bandwidth.

Are you sure about your claim? I thought they are moving vector graphics.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Who who in their right mind would want to disable animations like Politics in Vietnamese : https://media.giphy.com/media/RJ8WFsaR2Kc5NgqUrE/giphy.gif

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fallingleaf_271

Lol funny. Very accurate too.

Interestingly enough, the 'drink' skill in Chinese has a picture of..... a hamburger. And the 'gourmet' skill has a picture of.... a bucket of paint. So does the 'restaurant' skill. And the 'house' skill has a picture of.... a plunger.

Well played, Chinese team! Good thing I have high-speed internet : D

Also, (sorry that this is off-topic) Songve, I tried to follow you but the button didn't appear on your profile. Did you block me or is this a different issue altogether?

Edit: Hold it. HOLD IT. How come Vietnamese has those cool castles at the checkpoints and Chinese doesn't?

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

My profile on private so I can't follow folks and they can't follow me. And I can't see Leagues, which is the reason I put it on private.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fallingleaf_271

Ah ok.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MsZucchini

I just got the castles last night on the Japanese tree.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LizC210211

I have castles on my Chinese tree. I noticed them a few days ago so you might get them soon. Have you cleared your cookies recently?

August 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Here's a Duolingo correction they missed: "Press Shit+Esc " should be "Press ❤️+Esc"

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrancaisRowlet

Wow! I just tried it out on Firefox and my CPU usage jumped from 5% to 21% !

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/uphilldweller

When are Duolingo going to learn that whilst change is good for some of its students; opt outs are a classy recognition that not everyone is the same?

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/merkavar

Is chrome well known for being a system hog?

Is it the animations? Does the system usage drop on other websites?

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

I got memory warnings on Safari before the animations and switched to Chrome. But my CPU fan goes on more. What's it all mean? I dunno.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janet240859

Songve, its obvious the fan was going on to get rid of the smell.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Songve

Ha, ha You're right, Janet. I use that command too much.

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michelle203728

@Janet240859 Your comment just made my day! LOL

August 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sc1F1N1nja

Is this a feature only a few people are getting as a test? I don't have them.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dogomolo

Any new change can produce a negative outcome, hence test it in small scale first.

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chromalogue

Well, that would explain the ten-minute lag when I opened up my windows for the night. Jeez!

August 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nyagret

I don't see these animations. Hopefully I never will. Animations are distracting as hell. Please don't permanently implement them, Duolingo!

August 13, 2019
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