Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Jan 2011 06:32 UTC
Internet & Networking "The promise of HTML5's video tag was a simple one: to allow web pages to contain embedded video without the need for plugins. With the decision to remove support for the widespread H.264 codec from future versions of Chrome, Google has undermined this widely-anticipated feature. The company is claiming that it wants to support 'open codecs' instead, and so from now on will support only two formats: its own WebM codec, and Theora." Sorely disappointed in Ars' Peter Bright. Us geeks reviled web developers for sticking to Internet Explorer when Firefox came onto the scene, and yet now, the same arguments we used to revile are used to keep H.264 in the saddle. How us mighty geeks have fallen.
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RE: It's all stupid!
by ChoK on Thu 13th Jan 2011 12:16 UTC in reply to "It's all stupid!"
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Problem is, browser vendors can't fix a hole in a third-party codec so this can become a security threat. That's the reason why Google provides flash and a pdf reader with chrome. So they can fix security threat in a timely manner.

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