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    Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Meanwhile Google starts to trial autoplay videos in search results.
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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    No don't do auto play video, PLEASE GOOGLE! It's annoying enough everytime I view an article a completely unrelated video starts playing at the top of the page. Will just make the 'Stop HTML5 autoplay' extension a must have like adblockers.

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Instant Search/Autocomplete is THE go-to spellchecker these days.
    Can't really think of any other reason to have it, though...

    AutoPlay is just Google's way of telling you to use Bing as your default search engine, I think... maybe they're about to buy Bing out?

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    I use Duck Duck Go as my main search engine now and don't really miss anything about Google.

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Instant search is the first thing I turn off on google....so no loss there for me

    My biggest annoyances on sites these days, thanks to adblockers, is auto playing videos. Yes it's great review sites etc have videos but honestly let me click play don't just assume I want to watch them....

    I may not actually want to watch the video or I may be on a metered connection etc and if as in a lot of cases they have audio active (I hate this even more when using multiple tabs) it could be really inconsiderate to other people if all of a sudden you hear random media playing.

    Now Google are doing this 'for advertising' rather than user benefits which says it all really.
    Advertisers (and that includes google technically) are failing to take notice of people getting sick and tired of the amount of advertising online and instead of reacting by making things better they just seem to want to add in more things to annoy us... More and more people are using adblockers for a reason and that reason is there's just too many adverts online already.

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Plus the instant loading of search results means you can't, say, load a search result and then immediately correct/change the search term based off of returned results because as soon as you start typing your results go poof. Great little change.

    Ugh. NO AUTOPLAY! I already have to run extensions to block popups and annoying ass noisy ads.

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Autoplaying videos can go take a running jump.

    Is a magic 8 ball making the decisions at google these days?

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by iggy View Post
    Is a magic 8 ball making the decisions at google these days?

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Autoplay vids should be tagged as malware

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    I wonder whether scrapping instant search is some sort of resource-saving measure? Obviously we don't know how it's all implemented, but ISTR that performing a search after every typed letter must be considerably more computationally intensive than just searching the once? It's not at all unusual for Google to make drastic changes to their services in order to save money e.g. forcing the VP9 codec on everyone in Youtube, even those whose processors were unable to smoothly decode it, and/or decreasing battery life. There's no reason they couldn't detect hardware capabilities and selected codecs dynamically, exactly like they do with ciphersuites - AES-GCM is chosen on machines with AES-NI or similar, otherwise chacha20-poly1305 is used, which is considerably faster in software.

    And IMO I don't find any autoplay videos acceptable, the only exception being e.g. the main content on something like Youtube. An autoplay video means I'll usually just close the tab and avoid the website in future rather than trawling through the page to mute the wretched thing. I guess I'll be finding a more permanent way to disable them if this idiotic idea makes it through trials!

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    suddenly i find myself thinking, what's bing like these days...?

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Personally I love the idea of Google autoplaying adverts.

    Google, if you're going to shoot yourself in the foot, may I offer you the loan of a shotgun? Bazooka, maybe? Small tactical nuke?

    But seriously, Google, are you really that stupid? That utterly, gob-smackingly, mind-bogglingly moronic?

    Oh.

    Okaaay, then.


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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by roger that View Post
    Autoplay vids should be tagged as malware
    11 years between posts! That must be something of a record

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    11 years between posts! That must be something of a record

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    LOL good spot

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Gonna be honest here, the only good place for autoplaying videos is when you're browsing porn sites so you can get a quick snapshot of whether you'd like the video or not or whether you're going to waste precious "you" time.

    It wouldn't work in anything else for me because how can i get a snapshot of whether I would like a video on thorium reactors when all i see is an image of a guy talking, a glimpse of a reactor and some graphic?

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    Re: Google killing off Instant Search, a standard feature since 2010

    Quote Originally Posted by Tabbykatze View Post
    Gonna be honest here, the only good place for autoplaying videos is when you're browsing porn sites so you can get a quick snapshot of whether you'd like the video or not or whether you're going to waste precious "you" time.
    Maybe that's what they're aiming for. Perhaps their stats show that is what people use the internet for. After all, regrettably, as the song goes...*



    *not necessarily my view, but...

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