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Yes, well if they are really running an eye tracker with your webcam to time GC pauses, then it's a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.

But umm... they don't really do that, right?

I think that was tongue in cheek. There are related ideas though, like doing aggressive GC of tabs which are invisible. Browsers are doing better and better jobs of prioritizing work based on how it will affect user perceptions of performance.

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