theage.com.au is a news site that loves to reload the page that I'm reading, which annoys the hell out of me. It also automatically starts playing any video on the page as soon as I start scrolling down. Is there any way to stop it from doing both of those things, preferably in Chrome (but Firefox would be interesting, too). Perhaps some extension or something? Ideally I'd like to disable it only for that one domain, because some sites do use auto-refresh for legitimate (non-annoying) purposes.
Have you tried using Adblock for Chrome?
There is a FAQ on the website showing how to block for specific domains:
The format to block the ads on that domain would probably be something along the lines of...
Adblock is available for Firefox, too, but it is not made by the same person.
You could probably use flashblock if the videos are flash based - you'd need to click to activate then. You might need to whitelist sites you want flash to automatically load though