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A non-trivial percentage of visitors hit Google Search with an empty cache and no cookies. I know the numbers but aren't sure I can share them, but it's enough that relying on caching to solve latency woes doesn't work.

In 2007 Yahoo shows that ~40-60% of users hit their pages with an empty cache[1].

Newer numbers would be good :)

[1] http://www.yuiblog.com/blog/2007/01/04/performance-research-...

That's fine, but are you asking your frontend devs to solve Google's latency woes as a normal part of their interview?

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