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YouTube Adds Play Icon To Page Titles To Show Which Tabs Are Making Noise

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the better-work-browsing dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "YouTube has added a new play icon to its video pages that only appears when content is playing. The icon disappears when you hit pause, allowing you to quickly see which tabs are making noise. The new feature is a very minor tweak that will be very useful for YouTube users. Because the service auto-plays content when you open a video, if you have multiple YouTube tabs it is often tedious to figure out which ones need to be paused or closed."

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150 comments

Plug (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474675)

See also: You Tube Options for chrome (and possibly other borswers?) It allows you to totally stop autoplay, and has those tab icons already in there - one for videos which are playing, another showing which are paused.

There's a bunch of other options in there in addition, just wanted to call those two out in particular.

Re:Plug (1)

taiwanjohn (103839) | about a year ago | (#44474715)

Are they "located" in Chromium or in YouTube?

Re:Plug (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474757)

Would you like a tall, chilled glass of carbonated anal juice?

Re:Plug (1)

kayditty (641006) | about a year ago | (#44475359)

In Mozilla/Firebox-based browsers, Flashblock has been doing this for years. I've always used a combination of flashblock+noscript for this purpose.

Belong in the browser, maybe? (5, Insightful)

grasshoppa (657393) | about a year ago | (#44474703)

Seems to me that the browser should offer visual alert as to which tab is makin' noise, and should give you tweakin' options ( such as mute all tabs but currently focused tab, allow unmuting of tab via right click on tab, ect... ).

It's great that youtube is doing this, don't misunderstand me. But it seems to be making up for the lack of options in the browser.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474731)

Maybe because the browser doesn't know? Atleast not with flash.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475207)

> Maybe because the browser doesn't know? Atleast not with flash.

Then add code to the browser so it knows:
- for browser-generated content that's simple
- for external code loaded into the browser process, ask the OS's sound API about the process's settings
- for code running in other processes, ask the sound API which processes are currently playing sound. Might need Chrome's parent process for forwarding because such access might need too high privileges for Chrome's per-tab sandboxing. Other browsers won't even have that problem.

Problem solved.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (2)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#44475895)

for external code loaded into the browser process, ask the OS's sound API about the process's settings

That'd depend on there being functionality in the operating system to 1. enumerate open audio streams, and 2. track an audio stream back to something associated with the plugin's assigned drawing surface.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

taiwanjohn (103839) | about a year ago | (#44474741)

Yes. Actually, given how log this has been a PITA, it's rather amazing that no browser has such a function yet. Maybe there's a 3rd party add-on?

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (3, Insightful)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#44474775)

I was under the impression that the browser couldn't know whether a plugin (i.e., Flash) is making noise.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

casab1anca (1304953) | about a year ago | (#44474851)

I'm sure the browser plugin API can be extended to provide generic activate/deactivate operations (that would map to play/pause for Flash), then the browser (and in turn, the user) can be in total control of which tab/plugin is active.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (2)

icebraining (1313345) | about a year ago | (#44475059)

Yes, but that would need Adobe to implement such a feature, and why would they?

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

mysidia (191772) | about a year ago | (#44475187)

Yes, but that would need Adobe to implement such a feature, and why would they?

Because support became mandatory under the plugin developer agreements for the latest version of the browser, and on the new version of Xyz Browser; the flash plugin will be deprecated/unsupported, until updated support compatible with the latest plugin API is available, and eventually blacklisted plugin after support for the old revision is phased out.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475245)

they don't care enough.

Firefox already doesn't support flash.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475885)

What are you talking about? Flash works in Firefox, unless you mean Firefox mobile in which case that's more a fault of Flash not supporting Android.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (2)

Rob the Bold (788862) | about a year ago | (#44476167)

Yes, but that would need Adobe to implement such a feature, and why would they?

Because if something becomes sufficiently annoying, the cost of co-workers/spouses/roommates/bosses/etc. getting annoyed with you and your flash-web-ads blaring will exceed the benefit of using it for the purposes you want it for.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475149)

Surely now is the time to implement it though as more and more moves to instead of flash for playing?

Videos intentionally not available on mobile (2)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#44475915)

I believe that's up to the publisher of each video. Nothing implements HTML5 DRM yet. Everything with Flash implements Flash DRM. And I'm under the impression that for certain premium videos, YouTube refuses to show the video unless it can enforce ad playback. I've seen notices to the effect "You must install Flash Player" on several YouTube videos on PC, and "The content owner has not made this video available on mobile" on my Nexus 7 tablet.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (2)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#44476197)

Chrome uses its own flash player developed by Google, it can interact however they want it to.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1, Informative)

ThePhilips (752041) | about a year ago | (#44475283)

Maybe there's a 3rd party add-on?

Yes.

There are more than one. Search for FlashBlock or AdBlock.

Works for me.

How to make life harder for Flashblock users (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#44475961)

I've seen several video sites that put a transparent HTML5 div that covers up the entire Flash plug-in area. Without Flashblock, the div is supposed to trigger JavaScript that sends a play event to the Flash object. But if Flashblock is installed, the div will block click-to-play actions, and thus the site will refuse to play video unless the user knows to retype the appropriate hostname into Flashblock's whitelist.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (5, Funny)

Mr Thinly Sliced (73041) | about a year ago | (#44474759)

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe?

If the Redhat guys have taught me anything it's that it belongs in systemd.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

mrclisdue (1321513) | about a year ago | (#44475675)

Thank you for my morning smirk.

cheers,

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about a year ago | (#44475693)

And another thanks for a morning smirk from a Fedora user.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474829)

Yep the browser should do it, because I don't only have one browser window with multiple tabs open. I always have multiple browser windows open, each with multiple tabs open. This new tab indicator won't help much if I don't know which browser window the sound is coming from.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475951)

Seems like sound is good for your attention since you're so riddled with ADHD you need multiple windows with multiple tabs.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#44474971)

the browser should offer visual alert as to which tab is makin' noise

Or better still .. just mute any sound in the background. Of course you'd need an option to turn it off, because there are almost certainly some people who youtube songs in tabs and run them while working in other tabs, but my gut tells me that these people would be in a minority.

Re: Belong in the browser, maybe? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475169)

Your gut is way off. People put music on YouTube in the background all the time.

I wanna be a minority (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#44475989)

my gut tells me that these people [who minimize YouTube] would be in a minority.

Some of my best friends are in minorities [tvtropes.org] .

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474993)

Chrome has it in the browser..the favicon is animated with a equalizer overlay. The article says it too...

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475017)

Did your "g" key break, or are you channeling a frontiersman?

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about a year ago | (#44475031)

It would be even smarter if youtube just disabled the auto play feature.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475105)

That makes playlists a pain to use, but I suppose an exception could be made for them.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#44475447)

You are aware that this would allow you to open a few dozen windows, let them play their annoying ad while you go to the bathroom and then return to your ad-free YouTube experience, yes?

Won't happen.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

Rich0 (548339) | about a year ago | (#44475469)

As opposed to just using youtube-dl...

I almost never watch youtube videos in the browser. On my ISP at least they buffer all the time (on a 30Mbps connection). So I just queue a bunch up for downloading and watch them when they're done.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (2)

mysidia (191772) | about a year ago | (#44475173)

Seems to me that the browser should offer visual alert as to which tab is makin' noise, and should give you tweakin' options

Not only that... but unless it's a trusted site or 'safe site' set by me; I want all sites muted by default.

The problem is that plenty of the time, some random site i'm visiting will bring up some 'ad video' and start playing things on my speakers without my consent. Also some webmasters with questionable design aesthetics will create annoying background music.

Background music on some random site starting at some random time unexpectedly on some background tab is no good, when I have 20 tabs open.

Trust and how to gain it (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#44476013)

but unless it's a trusted site or 'safe site' set by me; I want all sites muted by default.

So what should site operators do to gain your trust?

The problem is that plenty of the time, some random site i'm visiting will bring up some 'ad video' and start playing things on my speakers without my consent.

I haven't seen that happen much. But then I use the Flashblock extension for Firefox, which turns SWF objects on sites that aren't whitelisted into click-to-play controls. Or are these random sites using HTML5 video now?

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | about a year ago | (#44476019)

Chrome had a feature to do this briefly in Dev, now that you mention it I haven't seen it in a while. The tab icon is supposed to have faked volume bars animating over it.

Re:Belong in the browser, maybe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44476345)

It's great that youtube is doing this, don't misunderstand me. But it seems to be making up for the lack of options in the browser.

Absolutely: it illustrates a failure on the part of the browser programmers. Ideally, the browser should treat every web page as potentially malicious, not trusting it to fix the user interface.

Security hole? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474705)

Sounds like a security hole waiting to happen.

Re:Security hole? (0)

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) | about a year ago | (#44474747)

How? Seriously. What could possibly be insecure about this feature?

Re:Security hole? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474787)

Somehow, Youtube has to slurp up your info on what tabs you have open. See http://it.slashdot.org/story/13/08/04/1257249/new-javascript-based-timing-attack-steals-all-browser-source-data [slashdot.org] for an example of how that's bad.

Re:Security hole? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474795)

It only needs to know whether a given tab is active or inactive and whether that tab itself is making noise. Since these are both properties of the YouTube tab itself, this shouldn't be a problem, right?

Re: Security hole? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474833)

So now Google is sending over code to my computer saying in addition to playing a video, my tabs should blink. How is that code being sent? What's to stop a maliciously man-in-the-middle from sendig code that tells my computer to upload my next few keystrokes somewhere? Or maybe just the keystrokes when a one of a few popular banking pages are active?

Re: Security hole? (3, Informative)

vux984 (928602) | about a year ago | (#44474931)

So now Google is sending over code to my computer saying in addition to playing a video, my tabs should blink

This ability to change the title is something that any javascript enabled page has been able to do since the dawn of javascript.

How is that code being sent?

OMG, your right, and I just noticed that when you use gmail and go from your inbox to a message it puts the subject of the selected message into the page title, and it does this without loading a whole new page... OMG OMG ...how is this done its keylogging when i click on a message and code from a server something something... MITM vulnerability just waiting to happen... oh noes my bank infos...

Stupid troll.

Re: Security hole? (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#44474977)

This ability to change the title is something that any javascript enabled page has been able to do since the dawn of javascript.

I just got a 2001 visual of apes shattering bones with big chunks of wood..

Re: Security hole? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44476279)

This is a great indication that javascript, as it is implemented, was a bad idea. It's fine for an internal network, where you can trust the server, but it should never have become a standard on the internet.

Re:Security hole? (1)

flimflammer (956759) | about a year ago | (#44475349)

...er, no. Each page is in charge of itself, setting the icon when that page has playing content. There is nothing about iterating over what tabs you have open or other nonsense.

Why not just fix the autoplay? (3, Insightful)

dbIII (701233) | about a year ago | (#44474709)

Why not just fix the autoplay?

Re:Why not just fix the autoplay? (1)

imess (805488) | about a year ago | (#44474739)

Firefox: plugins.click_to_play = true

This also seems to mess up Youtube's play "icon" detection before you activate the video.

Re:Why not just fix the autoplay? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474793)

Just for everyone's information, Opera has the same option: Settings -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Content -> Enable plugins only on demand.

Or then, in opera:config, enable "Enable On Demand Plugin".

You're in for a rude shock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474809)

The plugins.click_to_play pref was removed as Firefox switched to per-domain and per-plugin prefs.
To get per-element click-to-play back you need this extension [mozilla.org] in Firefox 24 and above. Ironically it re-uses the original pref.

Re:Why not just fix the autoplay? (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#44474949)

Why not just fix the autoplay?

Fixing things is ssoooo Google 1.0

Re:Why not just fix the autoplay? (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | about a year ago | (#44475249)

Fixing things is ssoooo Google 1.0

You mean Google is finally out of Beta?

Re:Why not just fix the autoplay? (2)

MrL0G1C (867445) | about a year ago | (#44475143)

Because less Adverts shown = less money for google.

Someonr needs to write a plugin that stops auto-redirects based on a site blacklist, I hate when I watch a video and then want to read the comments and find the page redirecting to some other video.

Re:Why not just fix the autoplay? (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | about a year ago | (#44475663)

That would have been way too easy and that's what everyone asked for. No, for Google, the convoluted cheesy hack that doesn't solve the underlying problem is a much better idea.

Re:Why not just fix the autoplay? (1)

NJRoadfan (1254248) | about a year ago | (#44475689)

If I recall, the autoplay crap was stopped with the channel design before the crappy "YouTube One" design they released a few months ago. Maybe just move back to the old channel designs since the new ones keep breaking stuff and remove personalization options. Meanwhile, YouTube's site interface continues to have bugs that have gone years without being fixed.... but we have a play icon on a browser tab.

not the right way to handle this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474711)

it should be a function of the browser

Noscript (2)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about a year ago | (#44474749)

= no autoplay

Firefox Extention (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#44474773)

= no autoplay

I use a Firefox Extension "Youtube AutoPlay Stopper" https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/youtube-autoplay-stopper/?src=search [mozilla.org]

Itws one of the many reasons why its my browser of choice.

Re:Firefox Extention (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474801)

Flashblock is a more universal extension. It flash crap on all sites until you explicitly click what you want to play.

Focus on the Video (3, Interesting)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#44474755)

Ignoring the whole Google+ war on facebook which is a larger topic in itself, and maybe a more interesting one(Google+ si growing vs The numbers are a lie). I would have hoped for real support for VP9 already, wasn't that the point already, Google own the codec and the largest browser share (paying firefox a few dollers too), and right now VP9 is the best quality codec. I would love a purge of low quality duplicate content with a merge of comments, and lyrics videos should become .kar files. The feature mentioned is a a welcome touch...but its simply that a touch. How about focus ion the higher quality video.

Re:Focus on the Video (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#44474953)

Ignoring the whole Google+ war on facebook

Way ahead of you...

Re:Focus on the Video (1)

mspohr (589790) | about a year ago | (#44475559)

Someone here uses Facebook?
What war?
Do I get a vote?
Are there drones involved?

Re:Focus on the Video (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year ago | (#44475053)

Ignoring the whole Google+ war on facebook

Isn't that like Luxembourg deciding its at war with Germany? Or Polish knights on horseback charging the Panzers?

Stupid Analogies (1)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year ago | (#44475083)

Ignoring the whole Google+ war on facebook

Isn't that like Luxembourg deciding its at war with Germany? Or Polish knights on horseback charging the Panzers?

Maybe a more sensible analogy would be Google Search vs Yahoo; Gmail vs Hotmail; Android vs iOS

Re:Stupid Analogies (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475929)

Oh, Slashdot's #1 Google Fanboy! Good joke Tuppe, trollolol. Have you jerked your mighty e-penis in front of your Google alter today? 'Oh Segey, have I made you happy, uhhhnn!'

You are too much sometimes..

Re:Focus on the Video (1)

Lennie (16154) | about a year ago | (#44475353)

Let's see:
- Google transcoded a large part of the YouTube videos to VP8, they'll need time to transcode them to VP9.
- Firefox doesn't even support VP9 yet.
- VLC doesn't even support VP9 yet, 2.1.0 will have it, it's the current development release.

I think you you need to have a bit of patience.

old problem (3, Informative)

Black Parrot (19622) | about a year ago | (#44474843)

I haven't had that problem, with youtube or a great number of other sites, for quite a while. For two reasons:

1) disallow scripting by default, stops a lot of autoplay.

2) sometime in the last couple of years Firefox quit trying to load every tab when you reload a saved session. For each window, it only loads the "active" tab, and leaves the other tabbed pages blank unless/until you select their tab.

The second also stopped the internet choke you used to get when you restarted a session and it tried to load several hundred pages at the same time. Hurray for progress!

Re:old problem (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#44476143)

The second also stopped the internet choke you used to get when you restarted a session and it tried to load several hundred pages at the same time. Hurray for progress!

Seriously ... several hundred pages open in different tabs?

I can say, without any doubt in my mind, that is the most retarded thing I've heard in a while.

The browser isn't the problem there bud, its you. Hurray for progress indeed. You've proven that advanced technology just makes a more advanced idiot, not smarter browser.

You've heard of bookmarks, right?

booo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474845)

ala grooveshark..

News? (2, Informative)

PerformanceDude (1798324) | about a year ago | (#44474855)

And this minor usability improvement on Youtube made the Slashdot front page why?????

Is this really "News that matters"?

Seriously?????

Re:News? (4, Funny)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#44474961)

No????? not????? seriously????? but????? outrageously!!!!!

Re:News? (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | about a year ago | (#44475703)

Aquiesce!!!

Re:News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475013)

It highlights novel ways in that the website owner can do little things like this in the browser when the browser vendors can't or won't do so.

Re:News? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#44475025)

And this minor usability improvement on Youtube made the Slashdot front page why?????

Many have expressed here their desire to have some information on which tab is making noise.

Re:News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475089)

Stop violating punctuation. It makes it harder to read and it gives an unprofessional impression, making the points bear less meaning to the reader.

If you want to accentuate something, try doing it with words instead.

Re:News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475119)

My thoughts exactly.

Re:News? (1)

lxs (131946) | about a year ago | (#44475411)

Summertime. Not much real news going on. It's almost like a real paper.

Re:News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475555)

"Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind." -- Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

Pretty sure it applies to question marks as well.

Re:News? (1)

physicsphairy (720718) | about a year ago | (#44475671)

I know, right? Now, a usability improvement facebook, that would be worth reporting, if only to keep the public alert as to the dangers of being struck by airborne swine.

Re:News? (1)

squiggleslash (241428) | about a year ago | (#44475711)

Because it's not a minor story, it's a major story.

Let me put it like this: Remember the old joke about NASA spending a billion dollars developing a "space pen" that can write in zero gravity, and then finding the soviets were just using pencils?

Now, that'd have been newsworthy if it were true, right? And here's Google doing the same thing. "I just opened seven Youtube videos in new background tabs", says Sergey Brin, "and I can't tell which one is making noise! I need to know, fast, pronto, double quick!" he says to his chief engineer, "Find a solution that's as Google like as possible, smart, simple, and brilliant!"

So a team of engineers at Youtube has sat there, seriously, for whatever time it takes figuring out options to this, and they've decided, and Google's management have endorsed, a system of Animated page icons, with presumably everyone from graphic designers to their smartest CSS guy involved to make sure that everything is just right. And they have, without shame, announced this to the world.

Cueing an international round of headslaps as the rest of us point and say "The problem is that the video is PLAYING you idiots. Why would we want the video to play in a tab we just opened in the fucking background? Here's the problem."

And "Soviet Google", whatever that is (Apple? Microsoft? Altavista?) scrolls to line 27192 of the ActionScript in YouTube.flv, and point at a line that says:

//
// OK, now everything's in position, we've loaded the player object, finally let's save the user a click
//

video.play();

Soviet Google would have done this:

//
// OK, now everything's in position, we've loaded the player object, finally let's save the user a click
// Update: 2013-AUG-05 - Users don't want the thing to autoplay, actually they hate this, disabled - sg
//

//video.play();

Even better (2)

Cant use a slash wtf (1973166) | about a year ago | (#44474897)

A mind-blowing concept that doesn't seem to exist in the default form of any browser I have come across; only in a few extensions and add-ons that don't always work exactly how I would like them to.
The ability to individually mute tabs. I'm no expert in browser-progamming, but surely if Chrome can have a separate process for each tab, muting individual tabs can't be much of a stretch. Every time I open up a range of tabs, with one having a stupid auto-playing video, I have to look through every single tab to find it.
Worse still if I have a flash game open in one tab (I know, I know, 'too old for flash games') that doesn't have a mute option I can't just mute that tab if I want it to temporarily shutup while I watch a video in another tab. Forget hover-boards, where is my tab-muting? It's 2013!

Re:Even better (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475041)

oh http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/02/25/2331248/google-chrome-getting-audio-indicators-to-show-you-noisy-tabs

Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474943)

Is it worthy of attention? Does that have to be reported by /.?!?!

A useful upgrade....(snide comment inside) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44474981)

This is refreshing. It is much more common for a website to impose and upgrade that
a. breaks something
b. works fine if you have the fastest internet connection known to man on the fastest computer known to man. You, know, like the equipment the geeks--yeah, I'm talkin' about you!--used to develop the upgrade. For the rest of us mortals, the upgrade causes something to crawl along s-l--o--w---l----y.
c. no one asked for the upgrade
d. even if a. and b. don't apply, it doesn't benefit the usual user. ... and so on and so on. Ebay was one of the worst offenders a few years ago, rolling out some new upgrade announced or unannounced faster than you could keep up. I think the cause of this "upgrade-itis" is that people creating upgrades (the geeks) and the decision makers who launch them do not use the product. Ebay example: so many dumb things have occurred over the years that are obviously done by people who never shopped or sold there.

Another cause of this is the departments in charge of creating upgrades need to justify their existence and continued growth, and does the executive in charge of approving upgrades.

anonymous coward. Only the NSA knows who I am
 

Never load multimedia in the background (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475027)

Or just do what Safari does: Load the entire page in the background, but only load plugins and multimedia when the user clicks on the tab.

I find this to be the best system for websites like YouTube.

Flashblock (4)

palemantle (1007299) | about a year ago | (#44475163)

Flashblock (extension for Firefox and possibly other browsers) is particularly convenient to stop auto-play and start when necessary. Any decent script blocker will take care of this as others have pointed out.

Re:Flashblock (2)

pla (258480) | about a year ago | (#44475503)

This.

Thanks to Flashblock, I never wonder which tab has started making noise, because none of them do unless I manually tell them to start playing Flash.

FireFox actually has similar content built in as a config option, but unlike Flashblock, the stock click-to-play feature seems to break a lot of sites (I think it works by not even loading the plugin, so if the page uses a script to detect your browser's capabilities, they report that you don't have Flash and give up).

Re:Flashblock (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#44476103)

Or just get a browser that doesn't suck and doesn't auto-play flash by default without extra plugins.

this Google ad... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475285)

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This absolutely needs to be on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475317)

This absolutely needs to be on /.

Heh, I noticed this yesterday (1)

Trogre (513942) | about a year ago | (#44475341)

I noticed this yesterday when I restarted my browser and all several hundred tabs opened across five windows. A very welcome addition!

good but (1)

etash (1907284) | about a year ago | (#44475423)

too bad this displays as a square in firefox in the title bar.

Who doesn't disable autoplay? (1)

loufoque (1400831) | about a year ago | (#44475521)

Any sane person already disables autoplay.

Re:Who doesn't disable autoplay? (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | about a year ago | (#44476199)

Any sane person already disables autoplay.

I think you're right, that's mostly true. However, not all your co-workers are sane, and you can still hear them and their speakers . . .

Other sites too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44475629)

While I noticed the YouTube mod a couple of days ago, I also remember seeing something similar while playing an audio file stored in MediaFire.

Now fix the fullscreen bug (2)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about a year ago | (#44475743)

Lately the controls have been sliding out incorrectly when going full screen, the top of the time bar stays visible and functional.
I can't get the bar back with mouse over so I have to exit full screen mode to change sound. I can trick it to stay up by mousing over before it half disappears, or try going back and forth between window and full screen.

This happened when I switch to Opera (12.16) but back on Firefox (22) the bug is there so it must have been a coincidence and Google updated their code. It's running on Flash 12.2, because that's all that is available. I have a feeling Google doesn't test their stuff on 12.2, as there was some other breakage before : the obnoxious sound volume control bug, which would deafen you at 100% volume, after you unmuted, after you muted by error / because of the bug of the auto-hide slider that didn't pop out on mouse over.

I don't have or use an OS or browser with Flash 15 or 16 or whatever it is to know how it behaves. I even want to believe it's a conspiracy to make me move to Chrome or Windows but that's probably just bad support. Chromium seemed to use system-wide flash by default on my OS, by the way. I still prefer flash to html5 video somehow (or worse, stumbling on a raw file randomly opened by totem or mplayer plugin).

Looks more like a nail to me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44476235)

Although a "Play" button triangle does appear correctly in my task bar, on the actual tab it looks unevenly elongated, giving it the appearance of a slightly bent nail. Am I the only one?

(Not that this is a tech support forum but I'm running Firefox and Windows 7)

Youtbe isn't the problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44476285)

Youtube isn't the problem, its the obnoxious flash adverts that many other sites use to generate revenue.

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