Unwanted music played by some websites

Ralf Mardorf silver.bullet at zoho.com
Sun Apr 21 07:24:38 UTC 2019


In my experiences with an Pad Pro, sound of websites is mute by
default, the user needs to unmute it, also when using firefox, a
browser I neither like to run under Linux, nor under iOS. I don't know
if this apply to all websites or just, if some audio and/or video
player is involved.

IMO default audio by almost all Linux distros, including Ubuntu and even
including Ubuntu Studio, is way behind the times, OTOH some websites
are just obtrusive.

Alternatively to control audio in a professional way by getting rid of
Ubuntu flavour's default audio configurations or by using a browser with
plug-ins to e.g. get rid of advertisings, all of us could stop visiting
obtrusive websites.

Almost all web designers are either unintelligent persons and/or
without scruple. By accident we could visit a bad website, but we don't
need to do it for a second time. If all of us would stop visiting
shitty websites, the web designers would be forced learbning to do a
better job. Playing sound without asking is a no-go. I probably don't
notice it, since I only turn on audio for my computers, to make music
productions. For everyday computer usage, I'm allowing the PC speaker
to send signals by a beep:

  $ lsmod | grep pcspkr
  pcspkr                 16384  0
  $ echo -e '\a'
  $ echo -ne '\007'

The amp is turned of, so there's no sound excepted of the wanted beeps.
IIRC Ubuntu does blacklist pcspkr by default, it's required to comment
the blacklisting out. That's at least what I see if I take a look at my
16.04 install:

  $ grep -B2 pcspkr /mnt/moonstudio/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
  # ugly and loud noise, getting on everyone's nerves; this should be done by a
  # nice pulseaudio bing (Ubuntu: #77010)
  #blacklist pcspkr

It's perfectly silly.

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