"Welcome to the Verge" locks up my browser

The initial "Welcome to the Verge" post locks up my browser (firefox8, latest beta). My guess is that's due to the thousands of comments loading without pagination. It also looks like there's something running in the background that pops up "there's a new comment!" and that background process' performance doesn't scale well with so many comments. Seems like an easily solvable tech issue that wouldn't come up in beta testing due to lack of user volume.