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That might help competitors in the tablet market, but that ignores Flash completely, which is the real technology under debate here. Is it fair to Flash, as a competitor to other RIA technologies, to be stifled by a series of devices from the dominant company in the market for those devices?
Apple is preventing others from running Flash on their devices.
So? I can't put a Ford transmission in my Chevy without voiding the warranty either. If I really, REALLY need to have a Ford transmission I either buy a Ford or void my warranty. The last thing I want is for my government to waste my tax dollars investigating Ford or Chevy for this.
I am sick and tired of Apple getting away with murder
That's because Apple is waaaaay off being a monopoly on any of their products. Best info I could find was 21% for the iPhone, 4% for the Mac. 21% in the time it's been around is good for the iPhone, but one in five is not of interest to competition regulators.
I'm not sure that's a valid statistic, at least with regard to monopolistic practices. For one, is that 21% of smartphones at least capable of supporting Flash and having a user base subscribed to a data plan fast enough to entice them to want to view Flash content and that have a UI interaction mechanism that makes interacting with Flash applications easy? And what about other iDevices, such as the iPad?
I use flash personally, however it's a pain on the embedded systems on which I work. Flash very much acts like a virus. It lives it's own life oblivious of any security you've attempted to put in place. Want to change settings in flash, you have to go to the damn Adobe site; you can't set global policies like "don't update yourself automatically."
Flash is also extremely unstable. The latest few versions crash constantly. The other day I was at home using the computer, I had Firefox open and was watching a flash video (old TV show). Something came on the real TV, I paused and watched the show. Turned back to my computer and flash had crashed. It wasn't doing anything, but sitting in pause mode and managed to crash.
I haven't seen this much instability in a web product since Netscape.
Unfortunate fact is that Flash is a pile of junk, but we're stuck with it for now.
Still, it's not the government's business one way or the other.
In completely unrelated news, google uses the parlaments and school vacations to push foward with their streetview project - giving the citizens of 20 cities a 4 week period where they can object to their house being visible on google streetview. After which "the online function will not be available, to give time to process the requests. Later, the funcitonality will be available again".
For those quick to shout "I don't care, so why do you?":
Gemany explicitely knows a "Sichtschutzzaun" (literally "Sight prevention fence"), the height of which is a common topic in rulings about neighbor quarrels.
A legal expertise recently suggested that Streetview is "partially unlawful", because many of the pictures were acquired from above the typical height of such a fence.
it's because a: other people exist and b: direct democracy is unworkable.
No, it's because:
a. most people are idiots (want proof? How did these morons get elected to office to begin with?)
b. idiots vote. See a.
Therefore democracy doesn't work. There's a book on that whole concept, but it's so obvious, who needs to read the book? Now, mind you, socialism, imperialism, communism, etc., also don't work because, well, they're artifacts created by, you guessed it, people!
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