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[–] TheITGuy 0 points 24 points (+24|-0) ago 

Facebook need to take the lead on removing spam/click bait accounts.

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[–] angryCOMMguy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

How will Buzzfeed get visits if that happened?

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[–] Mistergutsy 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago 

Excellent! Now let's call for an end to Facebook.

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[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

I find it ironic that Facebook is demanding that Flash be removed due to security holes. Facebook itself is essentially the world's largest security hole, and it makes money off of that hole. While arguably people willingly enter the data, I doubt many of them know just how much Facebook actually records.

That said, there's still a lot of the web that depends on Flash. Simply handwaving it away may work for some things. It will not work for this. If anything it encourages people and businesses who depend on Flash to simply switch off updating so that they can continue to have the basic functionality that they need. Rewriting Flash code into something else isn't necessarily free, cheap, or easy, and in some cases the main alternatives render it impossible. For instance, last I checked, JavaScript/HTML5 does not allow you to access specific TCP/IP ports, at least not in the standard version. Flash has a way to do it that is purposely convoluted to help with security, but it can still be done.

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[–] OldSchoolRPGs 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Facebook is the fat guy behind you in the McDonalds line saying you should eat healthier.

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[–] eSportWarrior 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well atleast he suggest it right... "Something".

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[–] MonitoredCitizen 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I agree that Facebook wound up implementing the bulk of Poindexter's Total Information Awareness program for free for him, but I haven't had Flash installed on anything for more than 5 years now and the web works great for me.

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[–] iliketurtlesbro 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Facebook is one to talk. I removed flash from my computer years ago and Facebook has been the only site that's consistently given me issues for not having their shitty plugin. If I want to watch a video on my newsfeed, I have to do it from my phone instead (which ironically uses HTML5).

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[–] angryCOMMguy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The Web application and phone apps seem to be surpassing the quality of the actual site these days. I guess they have better R&D.

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[–] fluffingtonthefifth 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

People have been begging for this to happen for 10 years. DO IT ALREADY.

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[–] mutus 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Its crazy that after so long people still use this crap. Its has constant security patches ever few days. Have not had it installed in 2 years ever since youtube switched to html5. Please someone set a date to put this fucker down.

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[–] CrazyLegs88 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Can anyone explain why everyone is again Flash?

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[–] petrusd987 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I can't speak for everyone, but I didn't like it because it was proprietary, making it a slight PITA to get working on Linux. Also, I work on a lot of older computers and it beats the shit out of them.

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[–] olicool10 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Old-fashioned game devs would be mad about this. Lots of games made in Flash.

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[–] HowieCameUnglued 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Posted this elsewhere: Flash isn't insecure by nature, it's just an easy target since a exploit discovered for it on one platform/browser is often portable to others. If Flash and Java weren't so common we'd be seeing more exploits for Chrome, FF, and IE. Right now, targeting Flash has a high ROI because of how many users have it. Yes, without Flash being installed there would be a smaller attack surface, which is nice.

Also not everyone has the development budgets of Facebook and Mozilla. It's a lot faster/easier/possible to develop certain applications in Flash/Silverlight than HTML (specifically media streaming).

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[–] CptCmdrAwesome 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Flash has been an easy target for years. It just wasn't designed or written with security in mind. And to be fair I wouldn't think Mozilla's development budget to be gigantic, not in the same league as Facebook / Adobe / Oracle.

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