Web News – Attacks On Flash
We all remember the big deal in Web News back in April, 2010. It was the day when Steve Jobs wrote “Thoughts on Flash.” He said that his iPad and iPhone would not support Flash. At first the public was in an uproar. Parody commercials were everywhere, showing black squares on all websites where Flash content was. Steve Jobs was clear when he said that Flash was on it’s way out.
Web News Knows that Flash was Hurting
His open manifesto as why Flash was an unnecessary computation variable that drains out a device quicker than normal. We have known time and time again that Apple has a point when they think in the future. When the iPad came out, no CD slot, and the public was in an uproar. Be honest, when was the last time you used a CD? In your car? An install CD for your desktop? Apple knew that the future is about downloads. Downloads that need to go fast, fast, fast. And a battery that won’t drain after 2 hours.
Yet it’s not just about the battery. It was also about html5, video playback, vulnerability, and so many more reasons that we are just now seaming to realize. Steve Jobs was right.
In last year’s Web News, Firefox started to block Flash by default on the browsers. It wasn’t that the Flash was paused. Notices in red screaming, “why are you trying to look at this Flash?” were everywhere. We get the point. Firefox hates Flash. Mark Schmidt tweeted, “BIG NEWS!! All versions of Flash are blocked by default in Firefox as of now.” – 13 Jul 2015
To be fair, Adobe released an update to it’s Flash plugin that Firefox did not block by default. What comes to mind for me is Rocky IV. Rocky (played by Adobe) should know when to throw in the towel when he knew Apollo Creed (played by Flash) was defeated. I used to make websites extensively in Flash, but then I learned about html5, Bootstrap, responsive, CSS, and all the joy that comes from the inspect element right click.
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