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2013-05-09 07:27:49 PM
Flash block. Enough said.
 
2013-05-09 07:28:43 PM
Stop going on Facebook. Enough said.
 
2013-05-09 07:32:06 PM

Princess Ryans Knickers: Flash block. Enough said.


scottydoesntknow: Stop going on Facebook. Enough said.


Do both of these.
 
2013-05-09 07:38:41 PM
I think this is just Zuckerberg trolling everyone. Pretty soon, it'll be "now there's a mandatory daily goatse in your newsfeed. What are you going to do about it? Leave?! Ha ha ha ha ha!"

And he's right. A few people will leave, but most won't.
 
2013-05-09 07:41:16 PM

ikanreed: Princess Ryans Knickers: Flash block. Enough said.

scottydoesntknow: Stop going on Facebook. Enough said.

Do both of these.


2nd.

also, its like they are really trying to drive people away. post above says most won't leave, well yea, but everytime one of those plays someone gets closer to going, and add the previous and next annoying shiat they pull and it adds up the abandoners.
 
2013-05-09 07:44:38 PM

Princess Ryans Knickers: Flash block. Enough said.


This.
 
2013-05-09 07:47:13 PM
It's not only a Facebook thingie, ban auto-play (video or audio) from the whole friggin' net!

/klicking a porn site and get instant groaning is really disturbing ... for my or your boss
 
2013-05-09 07:49:27 PM
Websites keep begging me to uninstall adblock.

You can thank Facebook (and every other site that puts up invasive advertising) for me ignoring your pleas.
 
2013-05-09 07:49:41 PM

Uzzah: I think this is just Zuckerberg trolling everyone. Pretty soon, it'll be "now there's a mandatory daily goatse in your newsfeed. What are you going to do about it? Leave?! Ha ha ha ha ha!"

And he's right. A few people will leave, but most won't.


except autoplay videos stand a chance of getting people busted at work, when their usage numbers drop drastically during the day they will reconsider
 
2013-05-09 07:50:45 PM
Auto-play is a scourge that needs to die the same death that the stupid 3D craze is slowly dying.
 
2013-05-09 07:52:38 PM

Fritriac: It's not only a Facebook thingie, ban auto-play (video or audio) from the whole friggin' net!

/klicking a porn site and get instant groaning is really disturbing ... for my or your boss


Plug some cheapass earbuds in. If you want to actually hear something, either put one in your ear or unplug 'em.

Boom. Next.
 
2013-05-09 07:57:45 PM
are they going to give me competitions where I can shoot the monkey?

Facebook are following the standard .com playbook - start small, get investment, grow massively, float, investors cash out, new investors start demanding profits, company pisses off customers to try to extract revenue, customers leave.
 
2013-05-09 08:02:33 PM
scottydoesntknow:Plug some cheapass earbuds in. If you want to actually hear something, either put one in your ear or unplug 'em.

Boom. Next.


Bad idea. With those cheapass earbuds i'll not hear that boss entering my office... :(
 
2013-05-09 08:03:59 PM

Fritriac: scottydoesntknow:Plug some cheapass earbuds in. If you want to actually hear something, either put one in your ear or unplug 'em.

Boom. Next.

Bad idea. With those cheapass earbuds i'll not hear that boss entering my office... :(


That's why you only put one in.
 
2013-05-09 08:10:00 PM
Deal with advertising and crappy site design with Stylish.  It's the only thing that makes this place palatable
 
2013-05-09 08:12:33 PM
oh god I hope not...

I hate the "suggested" posts enough as-is because they appear disingenuously in your news feed. it's obnoxious, I refuse to click on any out of spite, and it ruins the feed for me. I only tolerated the feed to begin with because it let me passively see what friends are up to, but now ads are mixed in and pissing me off. if those damn things started playing videos too, i'd never use facebook again.. it's just ridiculous, especially cause the news feed is front and center on the home page so there's no getting around it.. bah

/super cereal
 
2013-05-09 08:14:37 PM
It makes me smile and squeal when Facebook does something shiatty to its users.
 
2013-05-09 08:22:02 PM
Wait, Facebook has ads?

I'm sorry, I can't hear the auto-play videos over the sound of how awesome the Facebook Purity and Social Reviver extensions are.

I control my web experience. EABOD, Zuckerberg.
 
2013-05-09 08:44:40 PM
Wow, just like Myspace. Next can we customize our home pages in garish HTML?? please, please
 
2013-05-09 08:52:46 PM
Don't worry, they'll stick a yellow banner up at the top periodically that explains why ad blockers are bad for the site and everyone will feel sorry for them and start clicking on all the Featured Partner Links autoplay videos out of shame.
 
2013-05-09 08:56:45 PM

poot_rootbeer: Don't worry, they'll stick a yellow banner up at the top periodically that explains why ad blockers are bad for the site and everyone will feel sorry for them and start clicking on all the Featured Partner Links autoplay videos out of shame.


That would be pretty weak.  I can't see how anyone would think that would work.
 
2013-05-09 08:57:31 PM
I want an animated GIF block. Finish off my "I'm in control" trifecta.
 
2013-05-09 09:01:28 PM
Were are you guys seeing ads on Facebook? I never seen them.
 
2013-05-09 09:19:59 PM
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2013-05-09 09:26:16 PM

scottydoesntknow: Fritriac: scottydoesntknow:Plug some cheapass earbuds in. If you want to actually hear something, either put one in your ear or unplug 'em.

Boom. Next.

Bad idea. With those cheapass earbuds i'll not hear that boss entering my office... :(

That's why you only put one in.


I'm not sure that offering the other one to the boss will really do much in this situation.
 
2013-05-09 09:34:52 PM
Fritriac: /klicking a porn site and get instant groaning is really disturbing

I can't recall, but did versions of windows (post winxp) add the ability to control volume on a per app basis, and more importantly, make those settings easy to access?

I know on the creative labs sound cards you could control all sorts of shiat with their proprietary software, but on the windows boxes at work, we were hosed if we wanted to listen to music while surfin the web as well (I was a web developer at the time, so surfing the web and checking out the design** of other sites was literally part of my job description).

Because that was one of the things that annoyed the shiat out of me in windows, back before adblockers and flash disablers existed (back then it was damned MID files we were trying to stop).

Sound control panel from ubuntu.
lordargent.com
Just mute or lower the volume for the plugin that plays the sound in Firefox, problem solved** :D

** checking out the design, figuring out how they did it, and throwing what we learned into some other site down the road.
** I use noscript so autoplaying video is no trouble for me, but I keep the volume on the plugin down so that I can watch a dumb video on youtube while also watching a TV show or movie on the 2nd monitor (youtube is at a lower volume and doesn't require my full attention because it's mostly videos with no dialogue, ex, video games or cat videos :P ).

www.lordargent.com
 
2013-05-09 09:35:28 PM
I don't get it.

"Video ads, especially those with audio that plays automatically, generate the juiciest kinds of revenue."

Why would a company pay extra to be hated?

I know annoying advertisements are proven to be more effective, but still....
 
2013-05-09 09:42:24 PM

torquestripe: Everytime I see that Facebook "F" i say "fark YOU ZUCKERBERG"!
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But how do you really feel?
 
2013-05-09 09:59:23 PM

lordargent: Fritriac: /klicking a porn site and get instant groaning is really disturbing

I can't recall, but did versions of windows (post winxp) add the ability to control volume on a per app basis, and more importantly, make those settings easy to access?

I know on the creative labs sound cards you could control all sorts of shiat with their proprietary software, but on the windows boxes at work, we were hosed if we wanted to listen to music while surfin the web as well (I was a web developer at the time, so surfing the web and checking out the design** of other sites was literally part of my job description).

Because that was one of the things that annoyed the shiat out of me in windows, back before adblockers and flash disablers existed (back then it was damned MID files we were trying to stop).

Sound control panel from ubuntu.
[lordargent.com image 603x482]
Just mute or lower the volume for the plugin that plays the sound in Firefox, problem solved** :D

** checking out the design, figuring out how they did it, and throwing what we learned into some other site down the road.
** I use noscript so autoplaying video is no trouble for me, but I keep the volume on the plugin down so that I can watch a dumb video on youtube while also watching a TV show or movie on the 2nd monitor (youtube is at a lower volume and doesn't require my full attention because it's mostly videos with no dialogue, ex, video games or cat videos :P ).

[www.lordargent.com image 850x239]


Windows 7 and above do. XP, I can't remember. Click the speaker icon, then click mixer. Should give you sliders for each application that is or can play audio.

/AdBlock, DoNotTrackMe, and Stylish FTW.
 
2013-05-09 10:10:14 PM
wildcardjack
I want an animated GIF block. Finish off my "I'm in control" trifecta.


Depending on what exactly you mean by that, what you want might have been in Mozilla browsers since the days of Netscape Navigator.
In Seamonkey you find the setting under "Preferences->Privacys&Security->Images".
I guess in Firefox you'll have to use about:config and set it manually:
image.animation_mode
none - will prevent image animation
once - will let the image animate once
normal (default) - will allow it to play over and over
 
2013-05-09 10:36:47 PM
NoScript ftw
 
2013-05-09 11:19:41 PM
I've never heard of Stylish - thanks for the head's up! I'm gonna be the coolest kid in the cubicles tomorrow!
 
2013-05-09 11:26:13 PM
Facebook has ads?

Oh yea, some people still browse without adblockplus and noscript.
 
2013-05-09 11:30:46 PM

born_yesterday: poot_rootbeer: Don't worry, they'll stick a yellow banner up at the top periodically that explains why ad blockers are bad for the site and everyone will feel sorry for them and start clicking on all the Featured Partner Links autoplay videos out of shame.

That would be pretty weak.  I can't see how anyone would think that would work.


m.fark.com
 
2013-05-09 11:58:19 PM

poot_rootbeer: Don't worry, they'll stick a yellow banner up at the top periodically that explains why ad blockers are bad for the site and everyone will feel sorry for them and start clicking on all the Featured Partner Links autoplay videos out of shame.


You can adblock that too.

Helpful custom adblock rules:
fark.com##td#rightCol
##div#abPleaBar
fark.com##div.hlSpacer.URLHover

//probably a bannable offense.
 
2013-05-10 12:01:28 AM

picturescrazy: torquestripe: Everytime I see that Facebook "F" i say "fark YOU ZUCKERBERG"!
I paid for my device out right and should not have to chase around to nullify this "F" bullshiat.
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I'm getting a vibe of indifference
 
2013-05-10 12:07:57 AM
And people wonder why AdBlock is a must-have for me...
 
2013-05-10 12:29:10 AM
ikanreed: You can adblock that too.

For me, adblock has moved way beyond just being an adblocking tool.

I use it to remove any objectionable formatting that I don't like from sites I frequent.

For example, I use it to banish the politics tab.

lordargent.com
And on feedly, all of those useless share buttons are history.
 
2013-05-10 12:37:07 AM
Wow, I was just reading the conjecture in the AOL/Netflix story about what would eventually kill netflix, and the literal last thought I had before reading this headline is "I dont think anything can kill facebook"

Apparently, I was wrong.
 
2013-05-10 12:43:43 AM

Uzzah: I think this is just Zuckerberg trolling everyone. Pretty soon, it'll be "now there's a mandatory daily goatse in your newsfeed. What are you going to do about it? Leave?! Ha ha ha ha ha!"

And he's right. A few people will leave, but most won't.


Facebook makes most of their money from revenue. The more annoying facebook gets, the less I find myself using it. The less I use it, the less money they make for ad revenue from me. (well, not me specifically because I block ads, but you get the idea.) You don't have to leave to have a financial impact on them.
 
2013-05-10 12:46:25 AM
Not a month goes by that I don't learn a new reason to be glad I don't participate in "Facebook."

/another glass of smug, please
//ice-cold and frothy
///with extra slashies
 
2013-05-10 12:46:28 AM

FriarReb98: Auto-play is a scourge that needs to die the same death that the stupid 3D craze is slowly dying.


I'm especially vexed by auto-play videos hidden at the bottom of Web pages.  I can't find the off button quickly!
 
2013-05-10 12:52:08 AM
What are these "ads" you speak of?
 
2013-05-10 03:03:26 AM

lordargent: ikanreed: You can adblock that too.

For me, adblock has moved way beyond just being an adblocking tool.

I use it to remove any objectionable formatting that I don't like from sites I frequent.

For example, I use it to banish the politics tab.

[lordargent.com image 695x201]
And on feedly, all of those useless share buttons are history.


That's pretty clever.
 
2013-05-10 05:11:30 AM

wildcardjack: I want an animated GIF block. Finish off my "I'm in control" trifecta.


Firefox.  Go to the local user settings page (I forget the exact string, something like user:local), search for "GIF," and set animation to "false" or "0."  Done.
 
2013-05-10 05:15:43 AM

SirHolo: wildcardjack: I want an animated GIF block. Finish off my "I'm in control" trifecta.

Firefox.  Go to the local user settings page (I forget the exact string, something like user:local), search for "GIF," and set animation to "false" or "0."  Done.


about.config, as The Voice of Doom said above.  I think "none" is the setting.
 
2013-05-10 05:17:01 AM
about:config

/sorry
 
2013-05-10 06:16:56 AM
They're probably just saying this to manipulate their stock price so that little Zucky can sell a few shares and make a boat payment this month.

Auto-play video ads in newsfeeds would signal the end of Facebook, and I think they know this.
 
2013-05-10 06:40:06 AM

Princess Ryans Knickers: Flash block. Enough said.


This a billion times over.  I don't care how insecure Firefox is, I'll build another computer JUST for browsing the internet if I have to, but I will NEVER use another browser unless Flash Block is a plugin.
 
2013-05-10 08:44:03 AM
Bookmarked for certain Adblock scripts...
 
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