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."

#19 Smart prefetching

by levik

Saturday June 19th, 2004 10:39 AM

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I was sure this was already mentioned somwhere, but couldn't find it so here goes:

How about "smart" prefetching. For example, if the browser sees that you were just lokoing at page1.html and page2.html, and are currently on page3.html, and the page also contains a link to page4.html, I think it's pretty safe for the browser to begin fetching this in the background (it could be only the page's HTML if you are on a dialup, images and flash if you are on a broadband connection)

IFrames and remote javascript can be left up-prefetched to avoid making extra ad impressions in case the user doesn't continue to the pre-fetched page. (If they were loaded, such deceptive practice would end up hurting the web publishers in the long run)