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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RE[3]: This is BS
by darknexus on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 11:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This is BS"
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And it's inaccessible and Adobe, like with everything else, doesn't give a damn. I've written to them before about it and have actually been derided openly for raising the issue, essentially being told that while Macromedia might have worked at it, Adobe doesn't give a f*** and won't ever give a f***. That's why I hate Flash and, even if the OS X performance issues were fixed, I'd still hate it because any web site that uses Flash for more than content playback is about as unusable for me as a page can get. Add to that an alternate Flash plugin can never be developed completely, given that some of the spec still isn't released, and I have plenty of reasons to find Flash the bane of my browsing experience.

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