03 09 11 - 10:19
No matter how good the operating system, bad software can crash -- and in doing so, take down the OS or create gaping security holes.
Flash is a case in point.
It was an unlikely hit; it started out as a language for designing CD-ROM menus, then became a tool for animators, but when enough people downloaded it to watch the pretty cartoons, web site owners began using it to make interfaces.
During this time, Adobe has never done the one vital thing it needs to do: sit down, hit the drawing board, and reconstruct this buggy bloated software from scratch.
Instead, they keep sticking Post-It notes and duct tape on the thing, then shipping it off to us. Why? We allow it. Without Flash, will we be able to watch the fascinating video on YouTube where a goat sodomizes a riding mower? No, no, I don't think so.
But if you want to use less memory, have fewer crashes, and avoid over half of the true internet stupidity, just disable it.