‘Occupy’ movement targets Adobe Flash

There’s Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Atlanta and now Occupy Flash, as in Adobe Flash, the software that makes it possible for ads, videos and games to appear online.

CNN Money reports that an “Occupy” movement is afoot to try to persuade current Adobe Flash users to ditch the software in favor of more modern and universal standards like HTML5.

Occupy Flash says that the plug-in’s time has passed, and that HTML5 “has clearly won the fight for the future of our web browsing.” HTML5 allows developers to embed content right into a website’s code without the need for add-ons like Flash. That means video and geolocation services can be baked in, and content can be viewed offline.

Flash developers say the Occupy movement is trying to put them out of business, which Occupy Flash denies.

For its part, Adobe referred to a release on its future plans rather than get involved in the battle.

Adobe is all about enabling designers and developers to create the most expressive content possible, regardless of platform or technology,” the company said.

Christopher Seward

15 comments Add your comment

What ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 23rd, 2011
4:30 pm

When they are done putting all these businesses out of work, I wonder where they think they will get their job. Oh wait, they dont work or they would not be protesting all this time.


November 23rd, 2011
4:35 pm

What ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You got it !!

Occupy Occupy

November 23rd, 2011
4:45 pm

Now Forming: Occupy Occupy


November 23rd, 2011
5:05 pm

Trash Flash?!? Now that’s a cause I can get behind.

Flash Guy

November 23rd, 2011
5:05 pm

What a bunch of misled, malcontent, drains on society. Get a job, and quit trying to get rid of mine.



November 23rd, 2011
6:33 pm

Have any of them really tried HTML5 or developing in it? Sure it’s a start away from plugins but 1/2 of the world still uses Internet Explorer. That and most of the spec is still up in the air. My company is paying me quite a bit of money to test the viability of HTML5 and it’s just not there yet.

Just b/c you can’t see the site on your iPad doesn’t mean Adobe’s wrong. The only people complaining about Flash are those who can’t access it. That’s basically limited to iOS devices at this point since even my 11yr old PC from college can run flash.

Definitely sounds like the Apple loving hipster cabal within OWS have issued the decree given the hippie faction only sees Flash on the rare occasion they’re occupying a public library to shower (note I said rare). I can understand discontent w/ Wall St. given their profiteering/socializing losses but Adobe made a product that beat everything else on the market at the time. They didn’t bribe some Senators to make it law. They might as well burn all their Apple products too…XCode ain’t an open source standard.


November 23rd, 2011
6:37 pm

While this “movement” is mostly jest, Flash IS dead. The sooner developers move on to better platforms, the better the web will be. Unpatched flash plugins are a HUGE vector for malware for most users unfortunate enough to not have a full time IT shop managing their system.

Look at the Apple model for success: outdated and bad technology is retired quickly and totally. There’s no room for legacy, and that’s key to Apple’s innovation.

So Mr. Flash Guy, get with the times and start taking some classes. Stop asking for the world to cater to your lack of interest in learning something new. Entitlement much?


November 23rd, 2011
6:40 pm

Here they are–most don’t have the ability, or the initiative, or the sense to get and hold a job– trying to tell the American people how to live their lives. I don’t have one ounce of sympathy for this collection of dung! They deserve to get sprayed if the don’t obey the law and move when so ordered by the authorities. They are pond scum trying to leech off the rest of us!


November 23rd, 2011
7:29 pm

Try hosting a copyrighted media using just HTML5. You either will eventually have to pay to encode the video in H264, get crappier quality using OGG and still risk having all of your content stolen b/c the standard doesn’t have any type of encryption or DRM built in. HTML5 is the future but as a person working w/ it on a daily basis, I can say that it’s not done and adoption is still far less universal than even Flash (only iOS devices can’t deal w/ it).

Apple’s Macbook Pros still include DVD drives ( my last 5 laptops haven’t had optical drives and none were netbooks). They stuck w/ PowerPC 5 years longer than they should have and only left when it was clear they were way behind the curve. I’m not saying Apple doesn’t innovate but they ought to given how much they charge for computers/tablets.

Flash won the market b/c it introduced rich interaction and strong dev tools at a time that HTML couldn’t do a lot. No gov’t agency mandated its use…Apple just got sick of its market power (even though Apple’s existence through the lean years is tied to Adobe’s products). Flash is past its prime but HTML5 is still a mess in a lot of ways (offline storage) and it’s not yet a panacea for all that Flash does. What do you suggest for the millions of computers out there w/o HTML5 compliant browsers in the meantime?


November 23rd, 2011
7:42 pm

Mishap, when you refer to those who don’t have HTML5 compliant browsers, do you mean those in the 99% who can’t afford apple’s superior innovative products? I believe we are supposed to tell them to go take some classes and stop asking the world to cater to their lack of intere$t in getting with the times, what with their sense of entitlement and all…right?

makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?


November 24th, 2011
10:33 am

Great ideia! This way small bussinesses like Apple can sell their patented Codecs at their famously moderate prices.


November 26th, 2011
6:22 pm

Then there are employers like mine who refuse to spend money ad only recently upgraded to Internet Explorer 7 after they FINALLY realized that browser tabs would make employees more productive.

Now, if I could get more than 512mb of memory on an ancient Dell box with shared video memory that is still running Windows XP with a huge swap file, I’ll be happy…

no more windows!

November 26th, 2011
9:50 pm

I’m going to protest about windows! the government should order everyone to get a mac–much better system and software. windows sucks.

Rise Up!!!

November 28th, 2011
11:12 pm

Dear Occupiers – please get a job and don’t blame others for your problem. Believe in yourself and your ability to suceed in life. If you don’t have the skill for today’s workforce, please go back to school and improve yourself. You can do it. I believe in you. Don’t waste your time in blaming and protesting. This is still the greatest country on earth where opportunities are endless. People in other countries would love the opportunities that we have.

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