"Nathan Hale" <***@remailer.org.uk> wrote
| adobe spyware. adobe is begging to become irrelevant.
I'd say that's wishful thinking. They're begging to
become more relevant. This has always been their
strategy. They made Flash a standard for a long time
by making it ubiquitous. Flash is by far the worst risk
online, yet most people have it installed and don't
even know it.
Only the limited resources of cellphones, coupled
Flash empire. It wasn't so long ago that many webpages
were nothing more than a Flash software program,
with virtually no HTML. They've done the same with
PDF, spreading Acrobat Reader everywhere they can
and also spreading the plugin, so that people will come
to see PDFs as a type of webpage, while nearly every
real webpage that deals in PDF at all links to AR as
though it were the only PDF software.
That's two semi-successful attempts to convert the
Internet to Adobe format -- PDF and Flash. Then there's
also Adobe AIR, which fortunately failed in the face of
to force a proprietary software API on the Internet, with
the promise of enhanced functionality for services.
The Chrome extension trick is just standard Adobe
marketing. It's just one of many ways to push
standardization of PDF for webpages and AR for PDF.
And it works. AR is grotesquely bloated and unsafe. No
one should use it. Yet it's probably hooked into the vast
majority of web browsers. That's not irrelevance. That's
successful marketing, Silicon Valley style. Adobe have
infected nearly all browsers with two of the worst online
vulnerabilties, yet no one notices or complains.
And how can anyone really complain about a Chrome
extension? Chrome itself is spyware from the spyware
king. Anyone who willingly installs Chrome could have
little regard for their privacy.