Future Versions of Chrome Will Predict Your Next Link & Pre-Render Pages Automatically

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Kakkoii

Firefox has had this feature forever -_-.

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MattGreer

So if I'm at work, and Chrome somehow guesses I need to go to some site of ill-repute, can I tell my company that I didn't actually click that link??  BAD IDEA, and it's going to make me go back to IE, sadly.

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Michael Ellis

This is just asking for zero-day attacks.

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afunyun

I use Canary and we've had this feature turned on for a while (I'm on Chrome 14 right now)

 

It works. It's like URL prediction that makes it feel like the webpage loads instantly

 

Trust me

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Neufeldt2002

"Trust me"

Famous last words before something awful happening.

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Pokedex1010

You better be able to turn this "feature" off, otherwise, cue endless streams of virus infection clean ups.

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someuid

Reading the blog, I see this is being done in partnership with an owner's web page, meaning the web page owner can identify what links on the page should be pre-rendered and the browser will do so.

Expect companies to make a major mess of this.

I hope this can be disabled.  If not, hopefully someone will write an add-in that will intercept and discard the pre-rendering tags or requests.

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icebox1701

Not to mention the iresponsible load put on servers. I can see this being blocked serverside. I don't want to overprovision my servers just because some idiot alorythm misses it over and over.

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Neufeldt2002

No thanks, I'll pass. In today's world I just don't see the need to pre-render anything on the net. I can see this being useful on dial-up and slow connections, but that is it. Also, I wonder how long until someone figures out how to get the pre-rendering engine to pre-load malware and viruses? Anything that does that on the net, in my opinion, is dangerous because then the end user doesn't even need to visit the page to get hit.

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Taz0

Yeah, I'd hate for it to pre-load the page that's behind the "Confirm Purchase" link on a shopping site, the "Send" link on my webmail account when I'm half way through writing my email or even the "Logout" link at the top of this very page.

In computing, side effects can be quite a pain in the ass. On some websites, practically every link you click has a side effect, be it changing a preference, upvoting or liking something, affecting your history, performing an irreversible action, being charged for content, etc.

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urdead4g

Agreed! Not to mention if people are being capped, this kind of thing could speed up the cap!!

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kixofmyg0t

Agreed.

 

I can see this turning into pre-loading ad's more than anything else. Oh and the glorious security holes this could lead to! Now you won't even have to visit an infected page to get mal-ware! Thanks Google! Ur teh bestest!

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Marthian

lets hope for a way to disable this. or better yet, maybe it be disabled by default.

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