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As we all (might) know, YT has been in a war against ad-blockers. I just learned the long and difficult way, that they are not, not really. It might be a part of it, but not as a be-all-and-end-all. It turns out that they are actually in a war against any non-Chrome browser users. (Typical Google monopoly.) Ad blocker plug-ins are something of a necessity nowadays, as ads are more of a nuisance than any form of information. All browsers have them, and most people use them, knowingly or not. Well, I found a way to beat them at their own game.

You see, there is undeniable (and quite obvious) code in Google-owned websites. They deliberately designed their pages to inject a 5-second pause before loading and/or playing video, that identifies the browser you use and if it's using a Firefox identifier (as named in the code) the pause executes, ads blow up, and messages about disabling add-ons slam you.

So what I'd done is change the identifier using a plug-in called "User-Agent Switcher" and suddenly all websites suddenly work flawlessly. I set it to Mac OS X/Safari 17, and everything works as it should. This told me 2 things: 1) It's not ad-blockers they're against, its OTHER browsers, and 2) that other browser is actually Firefox.

My idea is either add in a User-Agent string changer, OR a filter of some kind that if a website is owned by Google, that it reports another User-Agent string altogether, completely automatically.

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