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The U.S. economy’s contraction in the second quarter was the worst on record.   The Newsy You: News of Today

Started 7/30/20 by MerlinsDad; 1071 views.

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Firefox now. I have others.

Did you try the settings in some of those instructions? On mine I noticed the exact setting menus are not worded the same and the check box was for stop auto-play video, video + audio, neither instead of the way a couple of the articles broke out the selection tree.

It took me a while to find the settings on an Ubuntu 16.04-LTS machine running FIrefox 75.something.

Under Firefox running on Windows, the various menus are not all in exactly the same places, and they move around from update to update just like under most Linux builds.

On mine running on Ubuntu 18.04, I clicked Edit | Preferences, which opened up a new tab called about:preferences.

On the sidebar of that page, click on Privacy and Security

Scroll down until you find a section called "Permissions"

Inside that section should be an expandable line that says Autoplay. Click on the Settings button that is on that line. It will take you to another sub-page, and there's a drop-down menu to change the default settings. This pristine installation says "Block Audio".

Click on the little downward pointed chevron or caret symbol to the right of that edit window, and it will give you choices of Allow Audio and Video, Block Video, and Block Audio and Video.

Select Block Audio and Video.

There is also a large edit area beneath it that lets you input a list of specific sites to exempt, permit one of those things, etc. so you can filter by site for those you need an exception for it to function. My exception list is still blank on all the computers.

I'm not sure where the settings are under Windows but it's probably similar.

You can also access this by clicking the "hamburger" 3 line thingy in the far right edge just below the tabs and the X to close the application entirely,

But it's pretty effective for most sites, as evidently now Firefox developers realized that the arms race for stopping annoying content is ongoing and most average people don't have the expertise to keep up with it. By building it into the browser and using updates to deal with newly discovered threats, it is likely far more secure for more people than everyone having to go research how to block the latest exploit site operators have implemented.


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That seems awfully complicated.  I wish those sites would realize if people leave and never come back, their autoplays are defeating the purpose. 

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That seems awfully complicated. I wish those sites would realize if people leave and never come back, their autoplays are defeating the purpose.

Some people who run some organizations truly think that the solution to whatever problem they run into is to double down on whatever they were doing.

Maybe if enough people leave and never come back that the site becomes insolvent, their traffic is replaced by other sites that don't bombard people with those autoplays and creepy ads.

A long time ago when the Information Superhighway was more of an Information Wagon Trail, I learned to never, ever respond in a positive manner to spam.

It's a simple rule but it seems to be kind of organic. And most people quickly understand how to implement it.

The advertising cartel has not quite figured that out. The more obnoxious and intrusive and bandwidth and CPU and memory hogging a site is, the more it drives people away.


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It’s like telemarketers. They may make hundreds of calls a day. If one person pays $20,000 for a scam, it’s worth all the wasted calls.

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It’s like telemarketers. They may make hundreds of calls a day. If one person pays $20,000 for a scam, it’s worth all the wasted calls.

Yes. And it makes the site unusuable for regular users.

Speaking of unusable - the bi-weekly Texas Workforce Commission "teleserv" call pilgrimage has zero provisions to backtrack or review answers and questions if you even get into their system. And it shuts off at 18:00 hours. If the call is dropped, too bad. It is a total "Charlie Foxtrot" of inefficient design, a choke point through which everything is filtered, and you just get this "due to overwhelming call volume yada yada yada"

I suspect there are a lot of people who have never gotten a dime of unemployment because they can't navigate the bottleneck.