[whatwg] HTML extension for system idle detection.

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at iki.fi
Mon Aug 31 00:11:04 PDT 2009

On Aug 29, 2009, at 00:47, David Bennett wrote:

> There currently is no way to detect the system idle state in the  
> browser.  This makes it difficult to deal with any sort of chat room  
> or instant messaging client inside the browser since the idle will  
> always be incorrect.

How could such a notification be abused? The first abuse use case I  
can think of is throttling Web Workers-based botnet computation to be  
less detectable by the user (i.e. taking over the user's compute  
resources while the user isn't experiencing the slowdown).

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

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