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Comment Re:While its not my cup of tea (Score 1) 636

You know what else? When you build a career in Hollywood, you better realize the fickle nature of fame. Your fire might burn out even faster than it lit up. For any reason, really. That's an inexorable part of the business. If you don't want to carefully groom your PR, you better be ready for the consequences. Or, I guess you could just bitch about it and victimize yourself.

Comment Re: Internet Rape (Score 1) 504

Whatever you think, Trump is either the cure or the symptom. He is not the disease, and he is not part of the problem.

What? Of course he is. He is not the whole disease, but he is part of the disease. Think of THE PROBLEM (greed) like HIV. It attacks the immune system and makes you susceptible to other illnesses (Clinton, Trump, etc.)

Trump is a hypocrite. What more do you really need to know?

Comment Re:Several things (Score 1) 198

security risk, bad reputation, and lack of native support in browsers

Flash has has all those problems basically since the beginning. They aren't what killed it. What killed it is a viable alternative - HTML 5. Also the move away from desktop-based internet browsing. Your phone probably doesn't have Flash and might not support it at all. Whatever you wanted to do in Flash online - video conferencing, games - you're more likely to do with a native app on your phone.

Comment It also sucks your cap (Score 1) 198

[H*R's and Weebl's] solution was to put the toons on youtube for HTML5 compliance. It works, but it kills their easter eggs.

The size penalty of rendering the vectors to pixels also kills viewers' monthly download quotas.

Comment Re:But can it app apps? (Score 1) 198

and coding is annoying if I don't plug in an external keyboard.

I figured that much. But there are people in Slashdot's comment section who claim that a tablet with a USB or Bluetooth keyboard could replace most or all uses of those 10" laptops that were sold from 2008 to 2012, including lightweight programming.

Comment Re:Then what for vector animations now? (Score 1) 198

With ios and android the osk is fully automatic

Not always. At my day job, we have a Samsung tablet with a barcode scanner to scan EANs on product packaging and Code 128 barcodes on warehouse bins. But because Android sees it as a Bluetooth keyboard, it doesn't automatically pop up the on-screen keyboard when it becomes necessary to key in things that aren't barcodes.

Comment What free alternative to Animate CC? (Score 1) 198

we finally realized we need open protocol, open source protocols to do what Flash, Unity, etc did

By "Unity" I hope you don't mean the desktop environment with an open source shopping lens that defaulted to sending every single search on your computer to Amazon's server.

Its better to have an open protocol and do it with open source code in the browser.

By this measure, the free counterparts to Flash Player are Gecko and Blink, the engines of Firefox and Chromium respectively. But what's the free counterpart to Adobe Animate CC (formerly called Flash)? Is Synfig any good?

Comment Re:no , I dont think so (Score 1) 198

single player flash game [...] Flash should never had had access to the microphone

How would one make a game inspired by Seaman or Hey You Pikachu without the microphone? Making it for one desktop operating system would have severely limited its audience.

Comment Then what for vector animations now? (Score 2) 198

1) Flash video clips, both recorded video and video animated with Flash shared on Newgrounds and the like.
[...]
The first group largely shifted to YouTube

YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, and the like are fine for "recorded video" but inefficient for "video animated with Flash". Rendering a vector animation to pixels and then compressing the pixels bloats file size by a factor of 10 in my tests.

Adobe's replacement for Flash as a vector animation authoring tool is Animate CC, which can create vector animations for HTML5. The difference is that one can buy a used copy of an old version of Flash, but Animate is available only as a rental. So which other timeline-based* graphical applications, either free or purchased, can people use to create vector animations for HTML5?

* Typing coordinates into a text editor is not "timeline-based".

Comment Re:What would have sucked less? (Score 1) 198

After the end of H*R, what tools should be used to make and efficiently deliver web animations? I guess it'd be possible to use a used copy of Flash to make an animation, render it to pixels, and compress it to H.264 and WebM. But in my tests, that produces a file 10 times the size of the corresponding SWF. This in turn means a user on an Internet connection with a given monthly data transfer quota can view only one-tenth of the videos using MP4/WebM that he could using Flash.

Or are you of the opinion that after the end of H*R, web animation itself "no longer had a reason to exist"?

Comment Windows, Chrome, and Firefox too (Score 1) 198

When I did support the two things you could be guaranteed would need a patch EVERY MONTH were the Java Runtime and Flash.

That and Windows itself, with the "Patch Tuesday" habit of Windows Update. And the web browsers, once they went to a rapid release mentality since Chrome 1 and Firefox 4.

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