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'Occupy Flash' Aims to End the Tyranny of Adobe's Plug-In

By - Source: Computer World | B 51 comments

The name is crass, but the sentiment is appreciated

Where once it bestrode the Internet like a Colossus, Adobe's ubiquitous Flash plug-in has finally begun to fall on hard times. Shortly after Adobe announced its decision to halt development on the mobile version of Flash, a group calling itself 'Occupy Flash' - ignore for now the fact that the same trivializes a rather urgent societal economic problem - has piled in on them in aggressive terms normally reserved for political screeds.

"Flash Player is dead," Occupy Flash's manifesto reads. "Its time has passed. It's buggy. It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates."

Occupy Flash's take on Adobe ranges from technical to personal. "It's a fossil, left over from the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash present a completely inconsistent (and often unusable) experience for fast-growing percentage of the users who don't use a desktop browser."

Also singling out security flaws, they're in the same camp with the late Steve Jobs, who started his own spat with Adobe in 2010, calling Adobe 'lazy' and later, publishing a lengthy post on Apple.com, further articulating his beef with the Flash plug-in.

Occupy Flash acknowledges that Adobe, by abandoning mobile Flash to focus on HTML 5 in future mobile development, would appear to have become irrelevant. However, their goal, cheekily focused on encouraging Internet users to deactivate the Flash plug-in in their desktop browsers, is larger than any one company. Simply put, they aim to force a completely open standard on the web by encouraging users to 'invalidate' technologies that don't meet such standards. Will it work? It's a worthy goal likely to be slow-going, at least while so much of the non-mobile web runs on Flash, admittedly render many websites, like Google Analytics, less usable. (Full disclosure - I won't be deactivating Flash, at least not now). But as the intent isn't to kneecap Adobe as an entity, only to speed up the transition to an HTML 5 future, a 'movement', if you can call it that, like Occupy Flash might put pressure on developers to do just that.

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    Hellbound , November 18, 2011 7:17 PM
    This is kinda pointless since flash use has been declining for some time.. More and more are using html 5.

    Call me when there's an Occupy Apple.....
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    mcd023 , November 18, 2011 7:16 PM
    so if an alternative comes out, what you've happily used for years becomes tyranny. Am I the only one who thinks that this word is overused?
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    gmcizzle , November 18, 2011 7:18 PM
    lol. Is every protest/movement going to just slap "Occupy" at the front now? Unless they're gathering at Adobe headquarters, it just sounds stupid.
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    mcd023 , November 18, 2011 7:16 PM
    so if an alternative comes out, what you've happily used for years becomes tyranny. Am I the only one who thinks that this word is overused?
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    Hellbound , November 18, 2011 7:17 PM
    This is kinda pointless since flash use has been declining for some time.. More and more are using html 5.

    Call me when there's an Occupy Apple.....
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    killerclick , November 18, 2011 7:18 PM
    Go to hell occupiers, if a nerd tells me to disable flash, I'll punch him in the nose.
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    gmcizzle , November 18, 2011 7:18 PM
    lol. Is every protest/movement going to just slap "Occupy" at the front now? Unless they're gathering at Adobe headquarters, it just sounds stupid.
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    jimmysmitty , November 18, 2011 7:27 PM
    mcd023so if an alternative comes out, what you've happily used for years becomes tyranny. Am I the only one who thinks that this word is overused?


    Not quite that. FLash was great years ago but after Adobe bought Macromedia, Flash slowly became pretty bad and even now its annoying.

    And yes, HTML5 is better so why not push towards it instead of trying to hold onto something tat is no longer the best option?
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    greatsaltedone , November 18, 2011 7:30 PM
    That's just offensive to the Occupy movement. Internet software is one of the truest forms of capitalism because of the amount of information out there, so it actually works. There's no cronyism here so they shouldn't be using the name.

    asshats.
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    KonstantinDK , November 18, 2011 7:38 PM
    If we nt talk about video, but cartoons and games, flash still can do more than HTML5 if I'm not mistaken.
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    cookoy , November 18, 2011 7:40 PM
    a small group of people imposing their will on others, that's tyranny
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    STravis , November 18, 2011 7:42 PM
    killerclickGo to hell occupiers, if a nerd tells me to disable flash, I'll punch him in the nose.


    Easy there chief...
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    _Pez_ , November 18, 2011 7:45 PM
    hmm what have I been missing ? Why suddenly (at least for me) everyone hates Flash player from Adobe.. would you mind telling me why ?.
    Thank you.
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    spentshells , November 18, 2011 7:46 PM
    Before I clicked the article I knew that apple would be mentioned
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    rcmaniac25 , November 18, 2011 7:48 PM
    Yet when you go on a site that uses HTML5 heavily (as in, they are tying to do Flash without using Flash), it runs extremely slow... on a desktop browser. To make it better, they can barely do the same thing as a Flash. The "Occupy" name is being used way to much right now.
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    nukem950 , November 18, 2011 7:48 PM
    We should also have an occupy acrobat reader too.
    Essentially it is the same thing: A program to standardize a product so that everyone has the same view.
    That and we are all being forced to use that too.

    /sarcasm
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    rohitbaran , November 18, 2011 7:49 PM
    To me, it just seems to be the handiwork of some punks trying to gain attention in the atmosphere of growing disinterest towards flash. The word tyranny is really cheesy.
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    Anonymous , November 18, 2011 7:50 PM
    I find it ironic it takes a closed platform (iphone) to knock down another closed platform (flash). Seems to me the criticizers must be using flash in safari.

    Flash gave the internet a lot when the browsers didn't and in some ways still haven't come to a standard.

    I am just waiting for occupy-gate to be used for my brain to implode from the hijacking of terms.
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    Anonymous , November 18, 2011 7:55 PM
    I love how this is twisting the truth: "Websites that rely on Flash present a completely inconsistent experience."

    Completely false- the plugin renders flash elements exactly the same irrespective of the underlying browser. I've yet to find an exception that didn't somehow incorporate outside elements (HTML, Javascript). HTML5 and CSS on the other hand often require browser specific coding to ensure everything looks the same across the board.

    The sites I go to on a hand held which require flash, look exactly the same as the ones on a desktop. The experience is usually only different because the developer didn't create the site with small touch interfaces in mind. If an HTML 5 site is developed the same way, it has the same problem.

    However, if you view an HTML 5 site with a browser that's only partially compliant, you will not get the same look nor feel.

    Adobe didn't force their product into the market. Developers simply used it because it was the best, and continues to be highly competitive in spite of what's popular (in this case, embracing HTML5- an inconsistent standard across browsers).
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    dark_lord69 , November 18, 2011 7:58 PM
    HTML5 will bury Adobe Flash anyway the fight is pointless cause it's gonna happen anyway.
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    back_by_demand , November 18, 2011 7:59 PM
    Flash won't be deactivated untill all the content on the web that people use is converted to an alternative, if people regularly play Flash games on Candystand they aren't about to remove the plug-in just because some group of cranks who have pointed out some of it's flaws.

    The problem here is not Flash, or Adobe, the problem is websites that cotinue to use it.

    There are dozens of relics of the dial-up era that have been consigned to the dustbin of protocol, format or plug-in history and if you still have their associated code installed on your machine you may struggle to find websites that still use them, but as Flash is still EVERYWHERE and is still at 95% of currnet plug-in usage, so you may as well ask people to stop drinking water right now because its replacement is coming soon.
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    DSpider , November 18, 2011 8:13 PM
    Flash is a POS! Always has been.

    It was (and probably still is) the Nr. 1 cause of web browser crashes.

    Uninstalled it a couple of months back and haven't looked back. Firefox doesn't crash anymore and "plugin-containe" doesn't eat up 20% CPU when looking at a completely flash-free website. I was using the Linux version so that may explain the sh*tty performance I've been seeing. Maybe it's better on Windows, so it's why most people are fine with it or at least indifferent. Youtube WebM percentage? I doubt it's even 30%. There are some videos with tons of views and ratings that haven't been converted yet, let alone home-made videos of cats or whatever.
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    phatboe , November 18, 2011 8:20 PM
    I'd rather see Occupy Direct X and occupy consoles so we can get some decent cross-platform gaming on the PC and Mac.
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