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Flash poll on Ars

On Ars Technica they’re doing a poll on whether or not people want Flash on the iPad.  The leading answer (as of writing) was 32% for people who wanted Flash to be available on the device (and want the device itself).  Not surprising, much web content out there is made in Flash.

The interesting thing is the comments.  Nearly all of them are people bitching and whining that Flash is a proprietary format owned by Adobe, and thus they’d like to see it gone.  How much of that is a legitimate gripe against Flash, and how much is inspired by owning certain devices which epicly fail to support it, I can’t be sure.

I do have to agree though.  Flash is poorly written.  It uses way too much CPU and way too much memory.  HTML5 video as a replacement would be a great leap forward.

However, there is another similar plug-in.  I’m tired of clicking on a video link or trying to watch a movie trailer, and then being told I need to install some poorly-written, third-party, proprietary piece of garbage called “QuickTime” to watch them.

I’m hoping however that the company who is rallying against proprietary crap plug-ins believes that what is good for the goose is also good for the gander.

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