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Topic: Adobe Flash on its way out? (Read 1931 times)

  • mjmsprt40
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Adobe Flash on its way out?
I don't get down this way much, but this was something I found elsewhere (Voat.com) that I think needs exposure and this seems to be the place for it.

Facebook is getting ready to eliminate Flash once and for all. Firefox, which I use on occasion, has already done so. All versions of Flash are banned from Firefox because of security issues that Adobe still hasn't addressed even in the latest versions. Among other things, Flash is vulnerable to ransomware attacks. My landlord has experienced this so I know what it looks like--- you open your machine, all ready for another session of DnD, FB, Worpress or whatever-- and instead you see a screen telling you that the FBI knows all about the kiddie porn on your machine and they're coming to get you--- but if you pay a fee-- the "ransom"-- the problem will go away. Fun, ain't it?

Here's the story, take a look:

http://www.whatsnewonthenet.com/blog/mozilla-blocks-all-versions-of-adobe-flash-20150714/#sthash.3zxesDXU.I3z0FUSl.dpbs
What would happen if a large asteroid slammed into the Earth?
According to several tests involving a watermelon and a large hammer, it would be really bad!

  • ersi
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Re: Adobe Flash on its way out?
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A website that I need to use for work doesn't let me play its flash videos with Flash Player 11 (latest Linux version), saying that my plugin has known security issues. Flash Player 10 works though...

  • Macallan
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Re: Adobe Flash on its way out?
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Facebook is getting ready to eliminate Flash once and for all. Firefox, which I use on occasion, has already done so.

I've got only one question - why the hell did it take so long? It's not like this hasn't been going on for years.

  • krake
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I've got only one question - why the hell did it take so long? It's not like this hasn't been going on for years.

So long? Do you mean till the ban or the duration of the ban?  ;)
It's not end game.
New balls, new game.
AFAIK Adobe released 18.0.0.209 which isn't blocked.

  • jax
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It's a process that has taken about a decade, and seems to be nearing the end game now. Adobe bought Macromedia largely for Flash about the same time that it was muscled out of mobile devices, and Flash everywhere as a strategy died. If Flash can't be everywhere it will eventually be nowhere.

  • ersi
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A quick search on the web brought up a possible alternative https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/watch-with-mpv/

  • Frenzie
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Re: Adobe Flash on its way out?
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I already do that anyway, albeit without an extension. Anything in-browser is abysmal except in the rare case when it can be convenient, Flash or otherwise.

  • ersi
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I already do that anyway, albeit without an extension. Anything in-browser is abysmal except in the rare case when it can be convenient, Flash or otherwise.

Does it work on every site? The code is available, so it may be used as a stand-alone solution https://github.com/antoniy/mpv-youtube-dl-binding

  • Frenzie
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It only works on sites it's been coded to work for. But anything I regularly watch is supported or can be fairly easily added. (I contributed this tiny thing myself.)

For YouTube, however, I use a special alias in my .bashrc:
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alias ytb='youtube-dl -f bestvideo+bestaudio'

  • ersi
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Cryptocurrency scammers have gotten extra creative and are now hiding mining malware in legitimate updates of Adobe Flash Player.
Nothing new. Google Chrome propagated itself the same way.

(The news part is that there are still updates to Adobe Flash.)

  • Frenzie
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Many users may be unaware their CPU is now running at full tilt, mining cryptocurrency for someone else.
I'm pretty sure you're going to notice "full tilt" in performance and/or noise. My gut feeling says that up to about 50% is much less likely to be noticed.