Proposals for Incorporating Machine Learning in Mozilla Firefox

Friday June 18th, 2004

Blake Ross writes: "I will be doing research this summer at Stanford with Professor Andrew Ng about how we can incorporate machine learning into Firefox. We're looking for ideas that will make Firefox 2.0 blow every other browser out of the water. People who come up with the best 3-5 ideas win Gmail accounts, and if we implement your idea you'll be acknowledged in both our paper and in Firefox credits. Your idea will also be appreciated by the millions of people who use Firefox :-). We'll also entertain Thunderbird proposals."

#105 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nuke Anything + Bayesian Filte

by Ashmodai <>

Friday June 25th, 2004 6:52 AM

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As I'm against internet censorship (*cough* <> *cough*), I'm strictly against the idea of presets. I also think that you would be, technically, violating the Terms of Service of some sites by filtering out all advertising. Especially if they provide memberships which disable the advertising. Self-promotion is indeed a common problem (imagine every site you went to had dozens of pop-ups and banners about how great it is and why you should buy a ten-year membership right now), but advertising, how unpleasant it may seem is an essential part of surviving as a free service provider. Don't even think about claiming donations would make up for it -- the reality is that only a fraction of the users are willing to donate money, and even they will only donate small sums. Few sites can survive by donations.

I do not think Firefox should promote the blocking of legitimate advertisings (excluding malicious code and techniques, eg. pop-ups, pop-unders and illegal content).