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Today’s Firefox release aims to reduce your online annoyances

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  1. [5]
    omnivore
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    Auto-muting pages is very useful indeed. I find lots of news sites nowadays have a video at the top of the article. It's very rare that I want to watch the video vs. read the article.

    Auto-muting pages is very useful indeed. I find lots of news sites nowadays have a video at the top of the article. It's very rare that I want to watch the video vs. read the article.

    22 votes
    1. [3]
      Deimos
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      The thing I hate most about this is that often the video isn't even about the same thing as the article. If they don't have a video for that specific story, they just add one about a vaguely...

      The thing I hate most about this is that often the video isn't even about the same thing as the article. If they don't have a video for that specific story, they just add one about a vaguely related topic.

      28 votes
      1. frickindeal
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        Even sports sites do that. I go there looking for a summary of a particular game, and there's a Sports Center type news show that auto-plays, complete with un-muted audio. Why would I want that...

        Even sports sites do that. I go there looking for a summary of a particular game, and there's a Sports Center type news show that auto-plays, complete with un-muted audio. Why would I want that when I click on a specific game? Often they aren't even discussing the sport I'm reading about.

        Edit: you have to enable the blocker in Settings > Privacy & Security > Permissions, Check "Block websites from automatically playing sound." Then the option toggle will appear when you hit the circled i symbol in the address bar. I don't see an option to block all autoplay video though, and I'm on the latest FF, verified on the Mozilla site.

        Edit 2: I guess they named it weirdly. Block websites from automatically playing sound prevents video from autoplaying. They might want to clean up the wording there. If you want a link to try it out, this page loads a video only tangentially related to the subject of the article, and has autoplaying video and audio. FF now blocks it and just shows a play button. I feel like I've waited a long time for this feature.

        5 votes
      2. Cosmos
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        Yup. There's also the incredibly common practice where the "article" is merely a transcription of the video.

        Yup. There's also the incredibly common practice where the "article" is merely a transcription of the video.

        2 votes
    2. synergy-unsterile
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      uBlock Origin has an option to block all media elements (images, videos, music, etc) greater than a certain size (default is 4096KB, but is adjustable) which makes browsing much faster/tolerable....

      uBlock Origin has an option to block all media elements (images, videos, music, etc) greater than a certain size (default is 4096KB, but is adjustable) which makes browsing much faster/tolerable. This option has no impact on privacy because your browser will still make a request to find out the file size of the media element.

      The main problem is that this blocks very large images (usually in the background), but it's simple to click/tap on the blocked element to re-enable it temporarily or to turn off the media block on a per-domain basis in the extension popup.

      2 votes
  2. [6]
    unknown user
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    Uh-oh.. I used to check those in to a git repo that I used for my firefox profile. Looks like I will have to rely on backups instead from now on.

    Improved experience for extension users – Previously, extensions stored their settings in individual files (commonly referred to as a JSON file) which took some time to load a page. We made changes so that the extensions now store their settings in a Firefox database. This makes it faster to get you to the sites you want to visit.

    Uh-oh.. I used to check those in to a git repo that I used for my firefox profile. Looks like I will have to rely on backups instead from now on.

    9 votes
    1. [5]
      hamstergeddon
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      Don't quote me on this, but I think they use sqlite for databases in Firefox. Those are flatfile, so assuming the db names don't change between installs, you may be able to just start checking...

      Don't quote me on this, but I think they use sqlite for databases in Firefox. Those are flatfile, so assuming the db names don't change between installs, you may be able to just start checking those in instead of .json files.

      8 votes
      1. [4]
        unknown user
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        Yes they use it, but I thought that was a binary format, aren't they? I will check tomorrow but I doubt it.

        Yes they use it, but I thought that was a binary format, aren't they? I will check tomorrow but I doubt it.

        2 votes
        1. [2]
          Deimos
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          Git can store binary files too, it's just a lot less efficient if it can't figure out a diff (and you won't be able to view a meaningful diff between versions or anything).

          Git can store binary files too, it's just a lot less efficient if it can't figure out a diff (and you won't be able to view a meaningful diff between versions or anything).

          8 votes
          1. unknown user
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            Yeah, that is why I don't think it is useful anymore. I should be fixing my rsync backup setup...

            and you won't be able to view a meaningful diff between versions or anything

            Yeah, that is why I don't think it is useful anymore.

            I should be fixing my rsync backup setup...

            2 votes
        2. hamstergeddon
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          I'm not sure, I don't really have any experience tinkering with Firefox's DBs. I just remember hearing that and I did a quick google search to confirm it yesterday. Do let me know though if you...

          I'm not sure, I don't really have any experience tinkering with Firefox's DBs. I just remember hearing that and I did a quick google search to confirm it yesterday. Do let me know though if you find out. I'm curious.

          edit- Ah I see why binary files are a no-go for you, per your replies elsewhere.

          1 vote
  3. [3]
    Loire
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    Scroll anchoring making an appearance just as I begin to quit Reddit is mildly aggravating. With that said auto this is certainly great news. Yoyo pages a auto playing ads/video are the bane of an...

    Scroll anchoring making an appearance just as I begin to quit Reddit is mildly aggravating.

    With that said auto this is certainly great news. Yoyo pages a auto playing ads/video are the bane of an internet user's existence. I may have to make FF my browser of choice on the PC as well.

    4 votes
    1. [3]
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      1. [2]
        Loire
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        I would never use RES, or any other sort of ulterior tool for Reddit. Give me the original Reddit any day.

        I would never use RES, or any other sort of ulterior tool for Reddit.

        Give me the original Reddit any day.

        1 vote
        1. [2]
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          1. Loire
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            No particularely good reason. It's the same reason I don't use the new version of Reddit despite many swearing by it. I joined Reddit in 2011, and everything about it worked. I never felt the need...

            No particularely good reason. It's the same reason I don't use the new version of Reddit despite many swearing by it. I joined Reddit in 2011, and everything about it worked. I never felt the need for features like user tags or image expanders and what not.

            Nothing about it spoke to me or added to my experience. With that said, obviously page anchoring would have been a feature I would have enjoyed, however downloading the entire extension for that single feature never crossed my mind.

            1 vote