So where the heck do all those resources go?
I started my computer use in the days of the DAI, the Commodore 64, Apple ][ et al, and the PC XT (hey, with a genuine turbo button :) ).
512K was a luxury then (insert the 4 Yorkshire men sketch if you will), yet now 16GB isn't enough? WTF? I have a MacBook at home which has 16GB, and that has as yet to use more than 10GB when it has pulled in something via MacPorts or Brew that needs compiling, and the previous one was quite happy with 8GB, not hitting swap at all. Ditto for Linux, 16GB means you're practically swimming in RAM resources, so where on Earth does MS waste all those resources on? Spyware?
That said, wasteful computing has been sort of a Microsoft default from day one. *ANY* other compilers would produce tighter and faster code than Microsoft, even those from IBM, and it appears nothing has changed at all.