OT Youtube flash video no longer shows "Stop Download" on right click menu!


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John Doe

All of a sudden... When I right click on a Youtube video, the menu is
missing the "Stop Download" selection. In both Internet Explorer and
Firefox. Can that sort of thing be done on the server side? Sure
looks like it. I have a dozen incremental copies of the Windows
partition. I have regressed twice, to a windows installation that I
know is before this problem showed up. So I'm wondering how it could
possibly be a setting on my end. But I will be a little bit surprised
to hear that the server can cause the right click menu to change. So
I'm confused.

Thanks.

Of course I'll post a reply if I figure it out.
 
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youtube updated their flash and html5 players and they removed that item from the context menu. if you really need that stop download menu item back you can force youtube to use an older player, but only for embed/fullscreen players. this has nothing to do with your computer at all, there's no setting or option that you can change to fix this.

For example the video:
Code:
youtube.com/watch?v=N_LLaajSPU0
can be played in an older player but using this url:
Code:
s.ytimg.com/yts/swfbin/watch_as3-vfli4x-mu.swf?video_id=N_LLaajSPU0
you just need to replace the video id (in my example N_LLaajSPU0) with whatever you're trying to watch. This is in no way a fix, but is one solution to get that option back.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

All of a sudden... When I right click on a Youtube video, the menu is
missing the "Stop Download" selection. In both Internet Explorer and
Firefox. Can that sort of thing be done on the server side? Sure
looks like it. I have a dozen incremental copies of the Windows
partition. I have regressed twice, to a windows installation that I
know is before this problem showed up. So I'm wondering how it could
possibly be a setting on my end. But I will be a little bit surprised
to hear that the server can cause the right click menu to change. So
I'm confused.

Thanks.

Of course I'll post a reply if I figure it out.
It doesn't have to be on the server - it can be in the web page, either
in HTML or JavaScript, for example.
 
J

John Doe

It doesn't have to be on the server - it can be in the web page,
either in HTML or JavaScript, for example.
That explains it. I guess that would be considered on the server.
Apparently Youtube changed those options in one fell swoop,
yesterday. The only other possibility that came to mind is some
Youtube profile setting of mine, but I'm sure that's not correct.

For now, I will use the flash player settings to limit the amount
of stored data. My connection sucks, so I have to conserve.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

That explains it. I guess that would be considered on the server.
Apparently Youtube changed those options in one fell swoop,
yesterday. The only other possibility that came to mind is some
Youtube profile setting of mine, but I'm sure that's not correct.

For now, I will use the flash player settings to limit the amount
of stored data. My connection sucks, so I have to conserve.
I realize I was a possibly bit unclear: I didn't mean it can't be on the
server, but that it could be elsewhere as well.

My knowledge is limited[1], but I have coded some JavaScript on a web
page to control how things are displayed.

[1] OK, *very* limited :)
 

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