Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 27th Jul 2009 20:53 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Adobe Flash. It's everywhere. Not all of us want it, but many are forced into submission simply because it's weaseled its way into a myriad of applied and common uses. This just makes all the worse the news that a vulnerability in Adobe Flash, Reader, and Acrobat applications is allowing malcontents to exploit computers with these products installed.
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RE: Killer app
by weildish on Tue 28th Jul 2009 04:24 UTC in reply to "Killer app"
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Youtube is kind of Flash's "killer app", or page rather, for me. Have they implemented HTML 5 video yet? I could easily do without Flash if not for Youtube.

As far as I know (and I really don't know very much on this subject-- really just what I've read from Kroc earlier as well as a bit of research I did after reading what he had to say about it), HTML5 is still vastly in the works and won't be standardized for a while, especially in sites like YouTube. While a lot of the major browsers support HTML5 already/will support it very soon, there still isn't a definite standard yet (right?), and I wonder if it will take major websites a while to catch on not to mention actually implement the idea. Imagine switching the whole of YouTube from Flash to HTML5 video... I imagine it would take a while even if it's an automated process.

I agree with you completely, though. I use Flash mainly for YouTube videos, and I'm sure it'd be a lot easier for people to switch to the new HTML5 video spec if YouTube did the change, too. Or if they did the "Video for Everybody" idea-- there would still be Flash in use, but it'd be nowhere near as widespread, and there would be very few at all who wouldn't be able to see any video implementing this idea. I would love to see it take off.

Anyway. This is all the deaf man telling the blind man what he heard. Just speculation lightly sprinkled with strained education, really.

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RE[2]: Killer app
by AdamW on Tue 28th Jul 2009 15:29 in reply to "RE: Killer app"
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"Imagine switching the whole of YouTube from Flash to HTML5 video... I imagine it would take a while even if it's an automated process."

Not really. The contents of each page on YouTube are dynamically generated, it's not like they've got seventeen zillion static HTML pages, one for each video. All you have to do is flip the switch from generating pages with the video embedded in a Flash player to generating pages with the video in an HTML5 video tag. They already have a demo site up:

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