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If Flash did not have a point it would not be the "de facto" plug-in, period (keword here is plug-in).

Browser's would not incorporate it into their designs if it did not have a point. Not sure how you can say it does not have a point - but I guess that's your opinion and you are entitled to it.

Like I said before, the right tool for the right job. It makes sense for YouTube to use Flash to display their videos, everyone has Flash installed and they don't have to worry about detecting what media player a user has on their machine.

It makes sense to create an animation that takes 3 frames instead of writing an Ajax class to do the same thing. I guess product demos with audio and video could be created in Ajax, just not sure why.

I am coming from the point of view of what is the best technoglogy for the job - maybe I misread the forum category we are in and this is just a griping session about pointless plug-ins
Actually the thread started out in the anything goes section - it was never meant to be a rant at webdesigners, but it sort of took on a life of its own.

What I'm saying isn't necessarily that Flash is always bad, but that when it is wrongly used, it's absolutely terrible. There were a few links to sites already in the thread - It'd be interesting to know your opinion of them, as I assume you are familiar with flash and similar systems.

Just my opinion, but I may be biased as I am always on a relatively small bandwidth, and these flash heavy sites are pretty much useless to me. Youtube included, by the way. I'm sure I'm not the only one.
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YouTube, according to the link in this story, is switching to H.264 because of Apple TV.
It isn't switching is it, I thought it was simply allowing it to be viewed in H/264 via AppleTV.

I'm not sure whether that's a good thing to switch the whole lot.

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I always thought Apple should develop the interface from Minority Report, all slidey 3d graphics manipulated by hand. Whaddya reck?? (snigger)
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