Seen on twitter
which point to this Bleeping Computer article
Google Chrome: Flash Usage Declines from 80% in 2014 to Under 8% Today
The percentage of daily Chrome users who've loaded at least one page containing Flash content per day has gone down from around 80% in 2014 to under 8% in early 2018.
These statistics on Flash's declining numbers were shared with the public by Parisa Tabriz, Director of Engineering at Google, during a keynote speech at Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) held in San Diego last week.
Tabriz, one of the Google bigwigs in charge of Chrome's security, was giving a talk on the evolution of security features in Chrome and the web platform. Naturally, she mentioned Flash!
Yes indeed, Parisa Tabriz (@laparisa) posted a couple of things
and answered / retweeted / etc.
ah so much self congratulation to have killed so much big evil ...
so the Bleeping Computer article continue with
Adobe to stop supporting Flash by the end of 2020
Flash's demise was to be expected, though. Adobe announced last year plans to stop supporting the Adobe Flash Media Player by the end of 2020.
But while Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and all major browsers have already moved from a Flash-enabled-by-default to a Flash-click-to-play policy since last year, the massive drop in Flash usage numbers is a huge surprise for most industry experts.
This big drop could, at least in theory, be explained by the fact that most advertising networks and video streaming portals have moved away from Flash to HTML5, meaning most people can go days before encountering a website that still loads some kind of Flash object.
On the other hand, Flash's market share —the number of computers with Flash installed— is most likely still pretty high. Tabriz's 8% figure only means that very few people are still using Flash for playing web content, which is a good thing, allowing browsers to prepare for the moment when they'll remove the plugin for good.
and followed by what gonna happen in Google Chrome
Flash to be removed completely in Chrome 87
For Chrome, this means Chrome 87, expected to be released in December 2020, which is the industry-agreed cutoff date when Adobe will stop shipping updates and when other browsers also agreed to remove Flash from their stable branches as well.
But before Chrome 87, Chrome users will go through an intermediary step. In current versions of Chrome, Flash runs under a click-to-run policy. Starting with Chrome 76 —expected in July 2019— Flash will be disabled by default, meaning users will have to enable the plugin in their settings before even entering a click-to-run state.
However, cutting down Flash usage is not Chrome's only major win these past years. Just earlier this month, Google announced that more than 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows and over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac, is now being sent via HTTPS. Because of this, the company plans to show a "Not Secure" label for all HTTP sites starting Chrome 68, to be released in July this year.
On Monday, Firefox published similar numbers, revealing that 75% of all Firefox traffic is now encrypted. Mozilla, too, is looking into adding a "Not Secure" label to HTTP sites as well.
So, yes indeed, Google has won, they have indeed killed Flash.
The hypocrisy goes on as they claim to have done that under the pretext of "security",
and not at all to advance their agenda for shoving more advertising into the user face.
Oh my Google, so much heroes, me doge so impressed.
Here few lessons to learn from that:
- if a company like Google want to kill your tech, whatever the reason (justified or not) they probably gonna succeed because they are massively big
- how quick people forgot the good when all their focus is to paint you a technology as bad,
yeah Flash never did anything good right? it is only virus and malware brought to your door by advertising networks (and who own a massive ads network? Google, I think, own one)
- Google and by extension Google Chrome can do whatever the fuck they want,
with a huge 60% of browser market share they can impose anything to the users
and because the company is so big the users will just have to STFU (shut the fuck up).
As an independent software developer my advice is stay the fuck away from the browser.
If your goals align with Google, sure you will be fine (eg. use the tech they tell you to use)
but if you try to do something slightly different and they don't like it, they will crush you.
And that's quite ironic indeed, because one of the first argument that was presented against Flash
was that it was a closed source technology (eg. by using it you were dependent on Adobe);
Oh sure, now all that Google tech is "open" but they control you even more, if tomorrow Google
decide that autoplay HTML5 video is the norm then you will have no say, wait... it already happened.
If they spread cryptojacking through their ads network while you're watching Youtube videos,
again you will have no say, and nobody will blame the ads network or JS for that matter,
too bad Flash being already dead they can not blame it for that.
If they decide to do stupid shit in Chrome and those are not supported in the other browsers,
again you will have no say in it and you will have to do like everyone else: make it work for Chrome first
My point is that the web is not that free and and not that open, at the contrary it is heavily influenced and controlled by Google, they will force you to accept advertising as something normal (even when everybody hate it), they will setup things in such a way that your "web app" will have to rely on their tech or services one way or another and that my friends is the opposite of freedom.
But no worries alright, they just told you they are the "good guys" and they did it for your security,
if you believe that kind of bullshit.