Linked by David Adams on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 08:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While it's been a low-level grumbling for years, the issue of Flash on mobile devices (and particularly the iPhone/Touch/iPad ecosystem) has reached fever pitch over the past few weeks, with Steve Jobs as self-appointed Flash basher-in-Chief. The OSNews crowd, that is, dyed-in-the-wool technologists have, by and large, not been big fans of Flash, with its spotty availability and performance on alternative platforms, resource hogging, and instability. And though it's quite useful for web video and other specialized interfaces, it drives the tech savvy crazy when it's used for utterly superfluous multimedia bling. So we've had a lively discussion of the pros and cons of Flash, and whether device users should be free to make their own decision about whether it's worthy to install on their iPads. But we're leaving out an important detail. As Daniel Eran Dilger, a Flash developer, points out, almost all the important existing Flash infrastructure won't work anyway. Update: A worthwhile rebuttal to this point of view.
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I call bull!
by fatjoe on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 09:53 UTC
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As mentioned on other corners of the interwebs, roughlydrafted is nothing but a big pile of mac fanboy. His Reality Distortion Field is almost as large as Steves...

Anyway, this whole discussion is pointless. There are many other cellphones that can do Flash very well. There are even some "cheap" phones that do Flash (although some can only do Flash Lite). The mouse hover "problem" is actually present in plain HTML pages too. You dont see Steve kicking out Safari for that, do you?
Steve Jobs have no business dictating "good" technologies on me, period. If Flash is bad, it will die out. If the HTML5 vaporware ever gets here and its better, it will eventually kill Flash.

One tiny correction to the article: Apple excluding floppies did not promote USB. At that point, computers already included USB ports, Apple excluded floppies to save money. Crediting Apple for random events in history just makes you look like a typical fanyboy, please don't do it.

EDIT: I am not a big fan of Flash, but things have gotten much better in the recent years. It is by no means the mess that apple apologist claim it is.

Edited 2010-02-22 10:02 UTC

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