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anaxcrosswords | 20:30 Fri 13th Jan 2017 | Internet
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Evening all.
Wonder if anyone is having problems with YouTube? For the record, I'm using Firefox and this issue has been around for several months.
In most cases, video playback is fine, and this even applies to very long ones (I like to watch playthroughs of certain video games and these can be 8-9 hours). But there are some - even shorties of under 10 minutes - that just won't play ball. Audio is good, but there are extremely long video pauses, and F5 doesn't help.
The only things I can think of are that YouTube might have different servers depending on uploader's location, and some might occasionally not be running smoothly, or (as I've found myself on occasion) it might be dodgy file reading during upload.
Any other ideas?

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Some Youtube videos use HTML5 whereas others still use the older Adobe Flash Player. Perhaps HTML5 is working okay on your computer but Flash Player isn't? (It's notoriously fickle). It won't do any harm to reinstall Flash, so it might be worth a try: First, go to your list of installed programs and remove any references to 'Adobe Flash Player'. Then RESTART...
20:38 Fri 13th Jan 2017
Some Youtube videos use HTML5 whereas others still use the older Adobe Flash Player. Perhaps HTML5 is working okay on your computer but Flash Player isn't? (It's notoriously fickle).

It won't do any harm to reinstall Flash, so it might be worth a try:

First, go to your list of installed programs and remove any references to 'Adobe Flash Player'. Then RESTART YOUR COMPUTER. (That's IMPORTANT!).

Next go here:
https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Deselect the 'optional offers'.
Click 'Install Now'.
Once the file has downloaded (in a second or two), click the downward-pointing arrow at the top left of your screen and then double-click on the installation file to run it.
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By crikey, Chris, you're good at this. Worked perfectly and I'd never have thought of it.
I need a permanent Chris on hand. Any chance you could move to Macclesfield?
^^^ How good's the beer around there?

;-)
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I'd tell you, but we don't use that sort of language on AB.
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Sorry to be a pain - and in all honesty this doesn't matter much. Can a re-install of AFP have any effect on AdBlock? I only ask because on Yahoo email you always get an advert at the top of the inbox, but AdBlock removes it after a few seconds. It's stayed there this time. AdBlock isn't affected on other sites.
I can't think of any connection between Flash and ABP.

It could be that Yahoo are now embedding ads directly into their pages, instead of having them called from external servers. (It's those external servers which ABP looks for. If an ad is actually part of the page ABP won't recognise it as an ad). That's how other websites, such as Facebook, are now getting around ad blockers.

However you could try blocking the ad banner directly:
https://adblockplus.org/en/faq_basics#blocking
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Hmm. That right click option threw up less than helpful stuff, but I did a page refresh and the ad disappeared.
Anax, now the ever-helpful Chris has helped you sort that out, you'll have more time to trip the light fantastic (or do the mashed potato). One complaint after the other? Brilliant!
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Cheers, Brainiac. Have received some nice emailed comments about that one, but with some relief. The last pair of words has been used a lot in the past couple of years and it felt a bit old hat when I wrote it. That said, the answer isn't good for standard wordplay and 'the other' happens to fit the surface reading nicely, so it was just a case of going for it and not worrying too much about the repetition.

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