#flash

The technology issue I think Apple has with us is not that it doesn’t work, but that it does work. We don’t want to play technology games when Apple is playing a legal game.

Last one, I swear — then-Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch during a chat at Web 2.0 Expo in 2010, talking about Flash on the iPhone and iPad.

With the news today that Lynch has quit Adobe to join Apple, I hope he has brushed up on his legal skills.

Chris Welch for The Verge:

Microsoft has just announced that it will permit Flash content to run by default in both Windows RT and Windows 8 beginning tomorrow, March 12th. Until now, compatibility in Internet Explorer 10 has been limited to a select number of sites whitelisted by Microsoft. 

I was just thinking that I wish there was another reason never to use Internet Explorer 10. Wish granted.

Also, no mention of Silverlight — which says all you need to know about that. 

Gregg Keizer for Computerworld:

Adobe today issued a surprise update for Flash Player that patched 25 critical vulnerabilities in the ubiquitous media software.

It’s great that Microsoft can drop everything else they’re doing to try to match Google’s speed in fixing critical vulnerabilities in a third-party piece-of-shit plug-in. But I prefer Apple’s method: stop supporting Flash.

My Safari web browser is shockingly unaffected by these latest 25 vulnerabilities.

With Flash Lite 3 and its support for video, we’ve passed a major milestone in bringing a desktop experience to mobile and transforming the wireless industry.

Al Ramadan, senior vice president for Mobile and Devices at Adobe in 2007 — the year the iPhone came out.

Yup. Thank god we won’t have to listen to that constant stream of bullshit year-in and year-out anymore. 

Karen Grunberg on the Chrome team:

This build fixes a security issue with Adobe Flash.

Flash for Android dies tomorrow. It’s time Google killed it on the web too. I get their initial rationale behind baking it in to Chrome (security, mainly and the “complete web”), but now it’s just propping it up — and in a big way since Chrome is now the most popular browser.

But, but, but so many sites (and especially ads) still use Flash in some way, they’ll say. Sure, but if the world’s most popular browser ended support, we’d see that fade quickly. Just look at what happened on the mobile web thanks to iOS.

Google: let Flash die. 

Viet-Trung Luu, from the Google Chrome team:

With last week’s Chrome Stable update, we took a major step forward in security by bringing an even deeper level of sandbox protection to Adobe Flash Player on Windows. Since 2010, we’ve been working with Adobe to sandbox the Flash Player plug-in to protect users against common malware. Now, thanks to a new plug-in architecture, Flash on Windows is inside a sandbox that’s as strong as Chrome’s native sandbox, and dramatically more robust than anything else available. And for the first time ever, Windows XP users have a sandboxed Flash, making them much safer online. 

That’s great — it only took two years to get this working on one platform. Here’s a thought: I imagine an even more secure way to go about things would be to NOT BUNDLE FUCKING FLASH IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Chris Ziegler on the default inclusion of Flash in Chrome:

Google: solve this. Chrome is too important to the health of the internet for this to be anything other than a severity one issue. If Flash is mucking something up in a way that you can’t solve in Chrome alone, drop Flash from your release channel until Adobe gets its act together. It’ll hurt (I’ll feel it as much as anyone, trust me), but desperate times call for desperate measures.

I love Chrome, it has been my browser of choice for several years now. But the continued insistence on including Flash by default is getting ridiculous. In my own un-scientific study, it’s the cause of 99.9% of the problems not just with my web browser, but with my computer in general. 

Yes, Flash Blocker, click-to-run, etc. It’s ridiculous to include software that is so buggy and problematic by default. 

Google’s stance used to be that bundling Flash in Chrome would help with security (since Flash is so often exploited and few people take the time to update it). But in our increasingly mobile world (where Flash never came to life), I think we’re moving towards a better option: no Flash, period.