Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Aug 2015 23:34 UTC, submitted by toralux
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I didn't believe it would be possible at first, but after spending the better part of a week on Chrome 46 I'm blown away. Memory consumption seems to have halved, groggy slow tabs are snappier than ever and my battery life isn't shamefully bad anymore - also, my laptop's fans aren't constantly blowing.

It's going to take a lot of convincing to get me to switch from Safari back to Chrome on my MacBook Pro.

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RE[3]: But does it 'phone home'
by vault on Mon 24th Aug 2015 19:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: But does it 'phone home'"
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The RLZ identifier is only used if Chrome was downloaded as part of promotional campaign (i.e pushed through OpenCandy when installing other software). The build downloaded directly from Google website is clean.

Apart from that pretty much everything can be disabled in privacy settings. In fact that's all those unofficial builds like SRWare do - remove those settings completely. They rely on fearmongering to generate ad revenue themselves.

People are complaining that Chrome sends everything typed into address bar to Google. Well *OF COURSE* it does if you have search suggestions enabled. How else would it work? Every so-called botnet feature of Chrome serves a purpose. It's up to you if you want to use these features or not.


Having said that, I don't even like Chrome myself any more, for reasons other than privacy. It's becoming bloated and introduces intrusive features that I don't care for. User switching (with permanent icon in the titlebar) - that encourages people to share an OS account - a really bad decision, or that damned bell icon in the system tray/OSX's menubar, custom notifications not using the OS-level notification centre, or most of the features from New Tab page moved to already overcrowded "hamburger" menu. Meh. Don't even get me started on that extremely silly "you are now in full screen" popup on videos, that I can't get rid of unless I add every website to some sort of whitelist...even if I won't visit the site ever again. Yeah, running a video in full screen is apparently a big deal for Google devs.

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