LOL Steve I would suspect something has changed on your server. Just my thoughts as nothing has changed in 8.2 as far as thats concerned.
In fact I know the only thing I ever did for you to get the stats loading quicker for people like you was to comment on the line that stats your data directory size. That is a server thing how long it takes to get your actual directory size.
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Nothing has changed so must be your server had an update.
I am glad for you though as we have put alot of work in the 8.x series as far as look and feel as well as some other great enhancements like expanded captcha word filters plugin system etc.