Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Aug 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by Morgan
Legal And we have another contender for the stupidest technology-related lawsuit of 2011. Do you remember RealNetworks? The scourge of '90s web users? Lucky for us, their horrible media player is no longer a requirement on the web. Also lucky, for those of us who occasionally run into content encoded in any of Real's codecs, there's Real Alternative (download here). Well, apparently, RealNetworks is not happy with Real Alternative (download here), as the US company has completely destroyed the life of the Dutch maintainer of a website who dared to link to Real Alternative (download here).
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The Bigger Question is...
by tidux on Sat 27th Aug 2011 02:04 UTC
tidux
Member since:
2011-08-13

Who still uses RealPlayer in 2011?

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RE: The Bigger Question is...
by neticspace on Sat 27th Aug 2011 02:15 in reply to "The Bigger Question is..."
neticspace Member since:
2009-06-09

My gut feeling tells me that RealNetworks keeps maintaining Rhapsody as its main business direction.

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RE: The Bigger Question is...
by Neolander on Sat 27th Aug 2011 07:24 in reply to "The Bigger Question is..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

You need it to listen to emissions on the website of the French public radio broadcaster Radio France.

My mother uses that, and the Real plugin breaks and requires a reinstall on every single Firefox update. Very annoying.

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RE[2]: The Bigger Question is...
by Alfman on Sat 27th Aug 2011 07:58 in reply to "RE: The Bigger Question is..."
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Neolander,

"My mother uses that, and the Real plugin breaks and requires a reinstall on every single Firefox update. Very annoying."

I have the nightly developer build of firefox which updates itself every day. And every single build of firefox breaks every single plugin, unless the author releases a plugin for that specific version it is automatically disabled by firefox.

Maybe there's a reason for this which I am not aware of? But my impression is that version controls are poorly engineered with regards to the way that firefox handles plugins. They should not be so fragile. If the API is compatible, the plugins should work regardless of version - I know you covered this in your OS papers.

To mozilla's credit they've put alot of work into the plugin auto upgrade mechanism, but if I were a plugin dev I'd be upset that plugins need to be updated so often in the first place.

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RE: The Bigger Question is...
by Stephen! on Sat 27th Aug 2011 08:44 in reply to "The Bigger Question is..."
Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

Who still uses RealPlayer in 2011?


I still use it occasionally, although only the Linux version and RealPlayer Enterprise, which doesn't have the adverts.

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