Originally Posted by chirpie
Flash? As in the basically closed format that only Adobe curated?
Odd that some show disdain about the proprietary standards and approach that Apple pushes on one hand but ignore the rather nice benefits of them pushing HTML 5, CSS3, and JQuery for a more open internet for everyone. It's not an either / or, there's examples of push/shove all over the place from just about every big tech company.
I don't think either are open or the right answer.
Flash is owned by Adobe and is old technology, but is mature enough to support compression, et.al. that HTML 5 doesn't. Adobe has had the same control that Apple touts over the lifetime of Flash, which is coming to an end.
HTML5 is open by name, with Apple, Mozilla and Opera controlling it. It's an unfinished spec and dependent on browser implementation. To me it works only as far as the browser can throw it. It may turn out to be the solution to everything, but now is not.
Both either include inherently (Flash) or will include by defined extensions (HTML5) DRM, so to me neither are open. There definitely is always a proprietary desire by all large companies, to keep their profits flowing. Apple has never been shy about its circled wagons.
That's fine for their business model and customers that are comfortable with that. Pertinent to this topic though, the idea of supplanting open access to the internet and streamed or downloaded paid for content in a direct contract between myself and a provider (Netflix, Amazon... ?) for movies, podcasts, web access by a filter applied by a Comcast / Apple consortium is not appealing.