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  • Jobs Still Talking Smack About Flash: Report

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs, after reportedly calling Adobe "lazy" at an employee "town hall meeting" last month, was allegedly working hard to convince executives at The Wall Street Journal that Flash is "old technology" and that they should avoid it in their online edition. Meanwhile, an Adobe exec defended his company's platform, while acknowledging the truth of Jobs's complaint that Flash takes more CPU cycles to run on Macs than it does on Windows PCs.

    Jobs reportedly continued the blunt language he used in the Apple town hall meeting, saying that Flash is full of bugs and that it crashes Macs. Flash, he said, is a "CPU hog" that has numerous "security holes." Averring that Apple doesn't "spend a lot of energy on old technology," Jobs claimed that the Mac had led the industry in dropping other obsolete technologies like floppy disks, FireWire 400, and non-LED backlit LCDs, and predicted that Flash was headed for the same destiny. He told the execs that Flash support would have cut the iPad's battery life to 90 minutes instead of the 10 hours Apple claims. Jobs urged the Journal execs to move to other rich media standards like embrace H.264-encoded video, which he said would be "trivial" for the paper to implement.

    Adobe Chief Technical Officer Kevin Lynch, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal's BoomTown blogger Kara Swisher on AllThingsDigital, noted that "there's a lot of Flash content on the Web," claiming that "about 85% of the top websites have Flash on their website." He said that he hoped that continued Flash support on Android, Palm, Nokia, and RIM, among other devices "will encourage others" (Apple?) to support it as well. Lynch said that Adobe is working to minimize CPU load during video rendering, acknowledging that the task is more processor-intense for the Mac than for Windows machines.
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    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Rota, your one line posts that consistently enrage the community always make me laugh.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by michaelgazin View Post
      zomg, you're so right, my comment is SOOO retarded!@ You sound so smart, I bet you could do a WAYYY better job than Jobs at running Apple, because Apple has SUCKED as a company so far. You should apply!!! Show them how smart you are!!!
      The reason why Apple is successful is because it has appealed to the masses. That's why you see people using iPhones, iPods pretty much at every corner in this country. You can be in New York or Anchorage and still see these. You said

      Cheers to Steve Jobs for not degrading himself to the level of the masses.
      and your statement is dead wrong. Or do you just see CEO's and people earning $100K + with Apple devices? And yes, I still LOL @ your ignorance.