Originally Posted by CraigAppleW
You flash blockers are so superior: Block advertising. Stick it to the man.
And if your efforts where universalized (like that would ever happen) the revenue model of the web would dissolve, creating a world of shovelware from India and China.
And you are the evangelists trying to push this?
You are Satan....fortunately a very ignorant strain.
I twice had a Windows XP PC get hopelessly infected with spyware, to the point of being unusable. The source both times were Flash-based games on the web that my son liked to play; they surreptitiously exploited Flash/Windows vulnerabilities to get the spyware installed via a regular account with no admin privileges. OBTW, this was the main reason we switched to Macs and never looked back. (That I got WGA
'ed the second time I reinstalled Windows and had to call Redmond to get a new key didn't help matters.)
The fact remains that Adobe Flash and the Adobe PDF reader are inherently insecure and are the primary source for compromising a computer (spyware, botnets, etc.) in 2010. For that reason alone, Flash blockers are worth their weight in gold. The fact that they automatically block the most intrusive and annoying ads on the web (and hidden Flash "cookies"
) is just a bonus.
I'm a little unclear how that makes me
The only reason more people don't block Flash ads is because they don't know they can. All this buzz created from the pro-Flash camp about "OMG! Flash is Teh Webz!" will only educate more people that they can selectively opt out of most of what Flash has to offer. I've never demoed Flash blocking to anyone who didn't immediately ask how they could get that on their own browser. Maybe you Flash "coders
" that seem to be taking this so personally could redirect your mad
toward building something more productive?