Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Apr 2010 16:59 UTC
Editorial Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning "marked by an air of superior piety or morality". Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a "holier-than-thou" attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe, and Flash in particular, really fits the bill. There are three specific points I want to address to illustrate just how holier-than-thou, hypocritical, and misleading this letter really is.
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RE[4]: Comment by macUser
by apoclypse on Fri 30th Apr 2010 00:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by macUser"
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Except you are wrong, the specs are there but how Adobe's runtime handle the spec is not documented which is why projects like gnash have issues implementing a successful opensource runtime. Like I said it doesn't matter if projects have to pay to implement H.264, that doesn't make it less open, it just means people have to pay, most projects such as hardware vendors pass that cost on to users. Its far more open than flash. Its a well known widely implemented spec, again, can you say the same for Flash? Is there any other runtime worth talking about other than Adobe's? Adobe's spec is primarily for creating Flash content not running it. Only Adobe's own runtime is worth talking about.

With H.264 you have hundreds of different implementations, some opensource, all of varying quality, all from different vendors, just like web browsers.

You still haven't answered my question as to what was Apple supposed to implement 3 years ago? What was available and able to run on the specced hardware of the 1st gen iphone? Another thing I want to ask is why harp on Apple, why not, Google? Android as far as I know only supports h.264 decoding on most of their phones. You keep harping on Apple being disingenuous but they chose a format that is widely used by everyone can be implemented by anyone with enough resources, is available on almost every platform I can think of, and if not is fairly trivial to create a codec for your favorite platform using open and free libs. Again can you say the same for Adobe? For all intents an purposes h.264 is an open format. Especially compared to Flash.

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