a bit more blog posts gathered
and yet another post from Google
and it's on that later post that I will make few comments
Warning: I gonna rant quite heavily
here it goes
This morning, Adobe announced their plans to end support for Flash in late 2020. For Flash developers this will mean transitioning to HTML, as Chrome will increasingly require explicit permission from users to run Flash content until support is removed completely at the end of 2020.
That's what I'm talking about when I say Google lives in their own little bubble
eg. this "For Flash developers this will mean transitioning to HTML"
That's it, no other choices, no other alternative, the "move everything to HTML" is the new borg
Not that I say the HTML should die, but when Google tell you "now you have to move to HTML"
they are not really thinking about the good old static HTML page, they are meaning "build your apps in HTML5"
Bruce Lawson explains it clearly in his post
HTML5 was set up by browser vendors explicitly “in direct competition with other technologies intended for applications deployed over the Web, in particular Flash and Silverlight” and stole features directly from Flash: video, scriptable images (), Web Sockets, in-browser storage, access to camera and microphone … the list goes on. Indeed, many of the early polyfills and fallbacks for these features used Flash. Apple invented CSS transitions and keyframe animations because they needed them on iOS, where they wouldn’t allow Flash to be.
and then on the google post they follow with
HTML is faster, safer, and more power efficient than Flash and works across desktop and mobile. Three years ago, over 80% of Chrome daily desktop users visited sites with Flash. Today only 17% of users visit sites with Flash and we’re continuing to see a downward trend as sites move to HTML.
Well... off course you dummy, Google kind of own a big browser, so in order to put HTML5 up-front and compete with Flash, hey lets block the Flash plugin and force altogether its worldwide usage to spiral down.
The irony is that everything that is reproached to Flash is in big part the fault of Google,
the advertising, the advertising networks that vehiculate malware, etc.
It's not the Flash games that you can find on kongregate, armorgames, miniclip, newgrounds, etc. that serve malware to their users, it is the freaking ads, the same way Google failed to control which ads are displayed next to your content (see Why we’re dropping Google Ads) they also failed to scan and detect malware in those ads.
But hey let's blame Flash for that and claim that HTML is "safer" and while we are it let's shove tons of HTML5 auto-play videos in your face, more money for us!!
Fucking hypocritical assholes...
And they are here with a straight face trying to sell you that as "oh you know we detected some downward trend in the usage of Flash, it's not hype anymore, you should switch to HTML"
Oh look kids here a nice graphic (Hi kids! Do you like violence? (yeah yeah))
let's not mention the time when the Flash Player plugin had a reach of well over 90% in every browser out there when it was not even distributed with the browsers, can you imagine that users wanted so much the plugin they went and downloaded and installed it themselves ... crazy
But no worries, Google took good care of that, they used the Trojan horse strategy, hey kid let us embed the Flash plugin for you in our browser, that's more convenient for you right ? not even need to go out there and download it.
And then, hey let's block this plugin and tell you instead to
We strongly encourage sites that still rely on Flash to make the move to HTML as there will be an increasing number of restrictions on Flash leading up to the end of support
Man.... that's the very same strategy as the mafia coming to your little store and heavily suggesting you give them a little red envelop full of money every month, you know ... for protection.
So for every SWF content out there, that already works, that is already heavily consumed by users, that does not vehiculate virus nor malware ... oh oh oh hey here some links so you can rebuild everything or ... die
Pay your protection money, convert to HTML5 or else ...
We recognize that any transition can have challenges ...
hypocrisy at its highest
Let's just hope that by 2020 HTML5 would have really caught up otherwise all that nice shiny funny interactive content will probably find another plane to expand.