On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 4:32 PM, dmccunney <dennis.mccun...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 4:56 PM, Rugxulo <rugx...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Flash isn't going away on the desktop, and is still maintained. I
>>> just had Firefox Nightly complain I was running an older and possibly
>>> vulnerable version of the plugin and updated.
> I *did* say "on the *desktop*". I'm well aware Flash is going away in mobile.
>>> The principal use case for Flash is streaming video implemented as
>>> Flash objects, and there's still a batch of that around. As HTML5
>>> becomes prevalent, that will go away (and making it go away and
>>> dispensing with the need to the Flash plugin is a major reason why
>>> people are pushing HTML5.)
>> Flash is probably legitimately half dead. It's not well-supported
>> anymore. It was very popular (and still is), but there were many
>> people who actively hated it. It's hard to go against the grain. It's
>> hard to support or use something when everyone is fighting against it.
> I'll be just as happy when Flash is gone. For instance, I use
> Firefox, and Firefox has a plugin_helper application called from
> within it when a plugin is run. It provides a sandbox in which the
> plugin can execute so a crashing plugin doesn't take the browser with
> it. Guess which plugin was a worst offender that pushed Mozilla into
> creating plugin_helper?
> But I'm not holding my breath while Flash goes away. A technology that
> pervasive and deeply embedded doesn't simply go away overnight. IT
> needs to be replaced, and the content that used it recrafted in
> something else.
Keep in mind that YouTube is currently owned by Google. Also keep in
mind that it currently only claims to be fully supported on "Chrome,
IE 11, Safari 8 and in beta versions of Firefox". Infer whatever you
want from that.
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