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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."


#22 Untrusted websites

by Smigit

Saturday June 19th, 2004 11:09 AM

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sorry for the double post.

I was thinking about how Junkmail is a great feature of thunderbird and that you could implement a similar feature into firefox. Basically have the ability to somehow flag sites (or have them automatically flagged maybe) that you dont trust or dont want to be viewable for whatever reason. Like the junkmail all the non trusted sites will be analysed against certain criteria and then when you next go to a site that looks like one you wouldnt normally trust the browser will give you a prompt warning you before you view it that it looks like something the user wouldnt want to visit.

Simple case...you flag 30 porn sites, the next time a site that has the word porn in the title is loaded firefox will warn you that the site may be unsuitable or unsafe before you view it. I think this could be a rather useful parental control feature, say you could have it so that once a prompt is up, to actually continue to the site you need to enter in some sort of master password, allowing parents to block sites off to users or children. Some parents may wish to block their kids from any suites that supply file sharing clients for instance or illegal mps's or warez sites. could be a replacement for aps such as net nanny, or at the very least a way to stop ppl having to view trashy pages they may otherwise not want to see.

issue is youd have to visit the site 1st, and once wouldnt be enough and by the time your permissions are set up you would have been better off just avoiding those typses of sites anyway. lol could work but, would need to be refined.