‘Occupy Flash’ seeks to rid world of Adobe Flash

“Occupy Flash is a movement started by a small handful of independent Web developers who want to end the reign of Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in in Web browsers,” David Goldman reports for CNN.

“Among the movement’s complaints are that Flash is ‘buggy,’ ‘crashes a lot,’ ‘requires constant security updates,’ and ‘doesn’t work on most mobile devices,'” Goldman reports. “Occupy Flash says that the plug-in’s time has passed, and that HTML5 ‘has clearly won the fight for the future of our web browsing.'”

Goldman reports, “To wipe out Flash, Occupy Flash proposes that everyone disable or uninstall the plug-in from their browsers… The website provides links and instructions to help Web users to get rid of the Flash Player from their browsers.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: “Flash must die.” – MacDailyNews, February 5, 2010

Welcome aboard!

(But please use the Porta-Potties and don’t talk to any media unless you’re coherent.)

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “plastikm” for the heads up.]

42 Comments

    1. Yeah, much as I hate flash, I have to admit that Adobe has never advocated using violence to make productive people be enslaved to pay them a “living wage” for staying at home “even if they don’t have a job” and a Trillion for “environmental causes” etc.

      Adobe has never demanded a handout at the point of a gun… unlike the Occupy Wall Street people.

      1. Neither the “Maoist” nor the hippie dippy claimed to be Irag vets.

        That said, believe it or not, some of our Iraq vets are bottom-of-the-barrel end-products of American public schools. By that, I mean that ultra-unionized public education failed them miserably and has negatively impacted their entire lives.

        1. All school should prepare us for is the work environment (ranging from job performance to interacting with others in the work place). Once we start down the career path, our public schools make up less and less of our cumulative learning experience. Even the veterans who attended “ultra-unionized” public schools had a means by which to change their lives. This means included a simultaneous career and education. Being that an end-product is inclusive of the management of ALL inputs (not just the initial inputs), a veteran would never be an “end-product” of public education…………..since they received additional education in the military. How about parents start being held accountable? Upbringing and character counts for far more than public education ever will. While public schools CERTAINLY need an absurd level of makeover, they are not the root cause. If people act on their supposed passion about the education of their children, public schools will have no choice but to change……………………………….. or die out.

      2. how the hell did you get “iraq Vets” from that video?

        I don’t care who the two are in the video, what their story is etc. the two of them are idiots.
        the second guy is spouting the same argument people use to say the Holocaust didn’t happen… nobody is around to prove it. To many people can’t grasp history, if it didn’t happen in their lifetime… it must be lies and never happened.

  1. I’m all for having rich media work on all devices, but when I’m on my laptop or desktop, I’d rather see advertising in Flash than a static jpg.

    If Flash were killed tomorrow, could advertisers still create engaging ads with HTML5 (spare me the “I block Flash ads” party line, we still need online advertising to help pay for most websites that offer decent content, this one included)?

    1. My browser doesn’t need the overhead of some idiot advertiser needing Flash animations to flail his arms about yelling “Look at me!! Look at Me!!! It’s a crutch. I think magazines got along nicely for years with static pics and classy layouts. Animation is oversold as geeks try to convince advertisers they need it. And I roll my eyes waiting for a site to open with an elaborate Flash animation opening. Just get me there quick dammit!!! This stuff no longer impresses but annoys.

    2. I block flash.

      Oh wait you didn’t want to hear that 😉
      The moving distracting ads are one of the reasons Adblock and clicktoflash etc exist.

      A site has a big banner moving across the screen while I’m trying to READ the webpage…. I scroll the ad off the screen to remove the damn annoyance.
      I put up with static ads, they do not distract the reader.

      Walk the strip in Vegas, those guys with the escort ads slapping them on their hands.. The second the slapping distracts you and you give them eye contact, they can legally give/force you the ad.

      Flash ads are the same to me.

    3. B.P., of course they can. I cycling forum I spend a lot of time on has lots of advertising on it to keep it going, and when I first used an iPhone to access it there were lots of broken links where ads should be. Lots of people bitched about Flash slowing down their computers, and several got banned for openly advocating the use of AdBlocker. Now, all the ads show perfectly on an iPhone or iPad, and no-one complains about their CPU cycles running amok.

      1. I guess that’s what we’ll be seeing—online ads using toned down animations done in HTML5. If something more complex is required, it’ll sit in a video wrapper.

        @Peter and FTB, thank you for having the reading comprehension skills of a 6 yr. old. and wasting my time forcing your opinions down my throat after I explicitly asked you not to reply with a rant.

    1. You know what I mean?

      Uh, no, not really. I fail to see how having Homeland Security on the rail system interferes with her getting an education or looking for a job.

      That’s the problem with these Occupy people – they want to protest, but they really don’t know what to protest and they certainly don’t have any solutions or suggestions beyond take the money from the 1% and give it to the 99% (but don’t let homeless people eat from their buffet lines at the protest sites!).

  2. Go to Apples iPod Nano web site.

    Look at the page carefully and then focus on the Micky Mouse Watch bottom left.

    Is that Flash?

    That pretty much demonstrates no one needs Flash for web animation. HTML5 will do just fine,

    BTW I saved that as a web clip on the Mac, set the check box to play audio outside of the Dashboard, and I have a real Micky Mouse time clock that keeps time and is working every time I check it.

    That is another neat feature of HTML5.

  3. Flash has been an awesome tool over the years for designers and developers who desire precise creative layouts, unique interactivity and a better chance for consistency. Flash thrived because browser developers refused to adopt a decent set of web standards and still aren’t on the same page when it comes to consistency. I have developed hundreds of Flash and HTML websites throughout the years. Still, the continuing need for coding hacks and browser work-arounds when not using Flash, even when following web standards, boggles my mind. Finally, things are coming together with HTML5/CSS3 and Flash’s time is coming to an end, but the design & development process is still a fucking mess.

    I support web standards and the move away from Flash, but let’s hurry the fuck up with adopting web standards and retiring old browsers already!

    1. “Flash thrived because browser developers refused to adopt a decent set of web standards and still aren’t on the same page when it comes to consistency”
      —-
      Not quite. Flash thrived because the world almost handed the entire web experience to Internet Exploder 6. At one point almost 10 years ago it was over 95% browser share. Those were the dark ages of web design–you couldn’t do jack shit on it. Only after Firefox started stealing the show from the stagnant POS that was IE6 did things start getting better, though I agree that even now things aren’t 100% consistent among the standards-based browsers.

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