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Piggybacking: Firefdox is using up my Internet bandwidth, autostarts videos even though autoplay is off (was:Re: gnome-software is using up my internet data

I wanted to try piggybacking on this in hopes that Roberto (or someone else 
reading this thread might be familiar with how to solve a somewhat similar 
problem in Firefox.  (And sorry for the top posting, and, if nobody responds, 
I'll (eventually) start a new thread.

I use Firefox 52.n on Wheezy.  I have the autoplay feature turned off, but 
quite often (I'm not sure it is every time) when I go to a youtube page, the 
video starts playing (even with autoplay turned off -- by that I mean the 
little button / slider on the youtube page).

Does someone here know how to prevent this?


On Thursday, November 15, 2018 08:55:16 AM Roberto C. Sánchez wrote:
> I find this sort of thing intensely frustrating.  As a software
> engineer, it is unacceptable to me when default settings are chosen
> without considering the potential harm to those whose situations don't
> satisfy the developer's assumptions.  In this regard, the whole
> gnome-software mess is just as bad as the near total inability to
> control when and how updates are downloaded/installed in Windows 10.
> Now that I got that off my chest, here is the change I had to make in
> /etc:
> --- a/xdg/autostart/gnome-software-service.desktop
> +++ b/xdg/autostart/gnome-software-service.desktop
> @@ -3,4 +3,5 @@ Type=Application
>  Name=GNOME Software
>  Exec=/usr/bin/gnome-software --gapplication-service
>  OnlyShowIn=GNOME;Unity;
> -NoDisplay=true
> +NoDisplay=false
> +X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=false
> By the way, systemd is also part of the problem in this area too.  For
> example, if you check the output of these commands:
> systemctl status apt-daily
> systemctl status apt-daily-upgrade
> I had to mask them on all of my systems because: a) on my servers and
> workstations I already have a solution that I like (cron-apt) which
> systemd's apt-daily sometimes interfered with; and b) on my laptops I
> consider it unacceptable that system boot automatically kicks off an apt
> update, especially when I am tethered to my phone or on crappy hotel
> wifi.
> This is another one of the areas where I feel Debian has fallen short
> with regard to the "universal OS" philosophy.  I personally think that
> those defaults are wrong and that those services should default to
> "off".  But even if the decision is made to default them to "on",
> disabling them should be trivially easy.  I've been a Debian developer
> for more than a decade and a Debian user longer than that and it took
> quite a while for me to figure out that either of the above things was
> happening and then to figure out what to do about it.
> > 2. Is there a way to set a metered connection in debian so every time
> > I connect using usb tethering the system knows not to use more data
> > than completely necessary at the time?
> > Or every time I use a particular connection it know not to use more
> > data than necessary?
> I don't think that this is possible.  I mean, network-manager can't even
> manage to connect to a VPN without leaking your DNS queries, so I would
> completely shocked to find that it had support like you describe.  Your
> best bet is to just disable the offending services.
> Regards,
> -Roberto