[maemo-users] [maemo-users] Re: Note to Nokia Maemo team... we need (ok, would really like) this

From: Eero Tamminen eero.tamminen at nokia.com
Date: Tue Feb 13 11:17:44 EET 2007

ext Neil MacLeod wrote:
> Jakub.Pavelek at nokia.com wrote:
>> Not sure about that "easily" in your post, I bet people are actually
>> sweating over every fraction of FPS improvement ;)
>> --jakub
> I hope so. Today I tried to read an article on www.theregister.co.uk and 
> this site is unfortunately floating a Flash-based advert over the top of 
> each article. When I went to read one article the N800 browser hung 
> while it tried to display the Flash advert, and after 20 minutes it 
> still hadn't finished displaying the advert. A further 5 minutes of 
> "back" button pressing later succeeded in extricating myself from the 
> page and disabling the Flash plug-in entirely. About 30 minutes later 
> the device shut down because the battery was low!!
> It's not just video where the Flash player is woeful, it's even standard 
> Flash adverts. I wish sites would not use them but they do, the only 
> option is to leave Flash disabled - it may as well not have been shipped 
> with the N800.

Good Flash programs "should not" be a problem, but basically Flash is
a programming language and with any language it's easy for idiots to
make programs (adverts) which take all the CPU and (try to) gob hundreds
of MBs of RAM.

Personally, I just avoid sites which consistently include Flash done by
idiots.  Maybe you could complain to the sites hosting them that they
tried to do a "denial-of-service" attack against your machine? :-)))

> The Flash player provided with OS 2006 is actually better than the Flash 
> player provided with OS 2007 as the former will not play certain CPU 
> intensive content whereas the latter will play such content and 
> consequently sucks up 100% CPU and hangs the device. I know which I prefer!

	- Eero

PS.  It would be nice to have something like "noscript" for Flash
where I could enable Flash only for sites on which I really want to
see  the Flash content.  As JS & Flash are both powerful programming
languages that run random programs fetched from the network in the
(Browser) sandbox on your machine, I consider them pretty big
(potential) security holes...

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