Not sure whether this is due to the lighter weekend traffic, or significant changes in the programming, but I notice that My Oracle Support - Flash version - is considerably faster today.
If this is a permanent change, then I am duly impressed.
Some areas of the UI are also starting to become operational. For example, I find if I 'follow the rules' for getting certification info - filling in lots of drop down boxes to get a strong filter - the result is returned in a not-unreasonable amount of time.
That means there is hope that eventually the UI will become less irritating as well.