iambic9 - 8:33 am on May 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
So anyone that has a vested interest in a tecnology that requires an app / plugin to run, and has a large user base gets to stamp their feet and demand that player be included in a closed OS? Screaming freedom and openess is typical, what about the freedom to build your own company / platform / device how you see fit? Obviously standard rules do not apply when you're "big" but how big is big? At what point are you considered to be in league with the devil for not jumping to your customers demands? What's good for end users in the short term (1-5 years) can have a detrimental effect on a company in the long term, skipping flash to speed up adoption of HTML5 is obviously better for Apple, they don't lose ANY control over their platform. Obviously. So how can you blame Jobs for doing what's best for the company? Customers are fickle buggers, if I did a tenth of what our customers suggested I'd be out of business pretty quick, some of the products / ideas and idealisms I had when I worked on a small scale just simply do not work on a larger scale, and it was hard for me to come to terms with making long term descisions vs short term descisions. Anyway, principles aside, flash websites are bloody horrible, flash on the iPhone would be horrible too, it won't getter better on a smaller screen without a mouse and short battery life, I can't prove this of course..