Apple Will No Longer Pre-Install Flash on Any Products
October 25, 2010 4:13 PM
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Cites security issues
Apple has been critical of Adobe's Flash technologies for quite some time. In fact, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs
published an "open letter"
in April, bashing Flash for being a closed system and proprietary in nature. The company has been a
strong proponent of HTML5
as an open source alternative to Flash.
Jobs was also critical of its power consumption
when used in iPhones
: "Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice… But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short."
The company has now declared war on Adobe, stating that it will no longer pre-install Adobe's Flash software on any of its products, including the latest iteration of the
MacBook Air launched last week
However, Apple is saying that this move is
due to security
issues rather than politics. The firm states that there was a risk of accidentally distributing obsolete versions by pre-installing Flash. The onus will now be on Mac users to download the most up-to-date version of the software themselves.
Apple points to a recent incident when an obsolete version of Flash with several known security vulnerabilities shipped with OS X 10.6, known as Snow Leopard. Similar thinking about security recently led the company to deprecate its own version of Java in favor of versions distributed by Oracle.
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RE: Similar thinking
11/1/2010 2:52:14 AM
I'm trying to say something similar to, most people not wearing a bullet proof vest are more secure than those that do, because those that do are doing so because they are being targeted.
I'm saying those that stick their hands under a lawnmower deck wearing kevlar gloves are more likely to get their hand chopped off than those who don't stick their hand under lawnmower decks.
I'm saying it is less secure to be in full body armor standing in front of terrorists than to be nude in your bathroom. It is not about forethought, it is about demonstrated risk, about what activity is happening to breech security.
RE: Similar thinking
11/1/2010 11:02:50 AM
That's a totally illogical analogy.
Both Windows and OSX are facing the same threat: virus writers. So you analogy about wearing a bulletproof vest would correctly be: wearing one or standing nude in front of a terrorist in the same space. Now the terrorist needs to pick a target. The only thought that could occur to the terrorist is that the person wearing a vest is more important. But that's just a guess. The nude person could be far more valuable but simply clueless.
RE: Similar thinking
11/1/2010 2:16:52 PM
No they aren't facing a similar threat. It would be like saying a police riot squad wearing bullet proof vests is facing the same threat as people shopping in a mall because "people with guns exist".
If you really feel that it is clueless for the mall shopper to not think they need to wear a bullet proof vest then by all means put on your vest and tin foil hat everywhere you go... but you don't, do you?
No, you've simply been brainwashed by other paranoid people.
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