Why in 19 years hasn't a senior VP at Adobe realized flash is embarrassing?

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Adobe is a big profitable company. Many other companies have terminated much more important products for far less reason. How in 19 years can it be possible that nobody high inside Adobe hasn’t been handed a clue, realized what it meant, flicked his fingers and said “make that problem (flash) go away.”

Perhaps related. Why in 19 years hasn’t any group inside or outside Adobe written a highly secure open source clone, perhaps named it “flush”, and given it to the world?

Can anyone really explain this?
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I don’t think anyone can answer that with 100% certainty. There are some possibilities and there are some things to consider but in the end, who knows?

“Perhaps related. Why in 19 years hasn’t any group inside or outside Adobe written a highly secure open source clone, perhaps named it “flush”, and given it to the world?”

My guess is that it is proprietary. Alternatively, no one feels it is worth it (to implement or that flash is even important). Or perhaps they are afraid of legal issues (I don’t know Adobe’s record here but copyright/etc. is abused far too much and some corporations are very nasty here; this isn’t even considering patent trolls). Some would suggest there is an alternative – HTML5. Thing is (and this goes for open source versions too) how do you get all the current websites to move to the new platform (there could be many reasons they don’t want to migrate including they don’t want to hire people to implement what they have through flash) and how do you get widespread support in browsers? As it is, IE has a bad reputation for not following the web standards (whether they’ve improved it or not I don’t know but I do know that many hacks have – or had – to be implemented so that IE renders [whatever] correctly). But in reality, web standards are not used like you would want standards to be used (different engines have differences that make the standard nonstandard – IE isn’t the only culprit here).

“Can anyone really explain this?”
I think you would have to ask Adobe and hope – they probably don’t know. But it is pointless to try to reason with someone or something that is being illogical (about something) because reasoning requires logic on all sides. But even if they did understand the problem and they tried to get rid of the problem, it wouldn’t happen in a flash (see comment above).

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Quote Coyote “I don’t think anyone can answer that …”

Yes they can, it’s because they have no real interest in you and me, as long as the money keeps rolling in that is all that matters to them.

I can’t for the love me understand why no other company has come out with a viable
alternative, the world it begging for another flash player.

  • coyote
    The idea is: how many employees have been in the company the entire time? Furthermore, of those employees, how many are in the relevant department (and how long have they been in that department)? (And that is not even considering the ‘with 100% certainty’ being left out which changes the meaning of my original statement). Of course they don’t have an interest in us but the thing is – has anyone actually asked them? If they have I would be surprised if there is a reasonable answer (if at all). But too often people think something should be answered without it being asked. You’re also trying to use logic – which is generally a good thing – to analyse something that isn’t based on logic (Flash). That will never result in a satisfiable conclusion/understanding/answer/whatever it is [you] want. A new flash (or rather, a completely different thing) would be nice. But as I already pointed out: 1) Many will consider HTML5 the new flash (or rather it has much functionality that Flash offered – is my understanding; I hate web design so I’m not positive to what extent this is true). 2) It takes a long time for widespread support of something like this. HTML5 isn’t exactly new, for example, and many sites still use flash. Many people STILL use IE6. That says a lot. It isn’t as simple as you would like it to be (I would like it to be a lot simpler too – but it isn’t and never will be; we’re talking about a major change).
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