Adobe Flash has served us well over the years, but it has now become a liability. This year has seen numerous security scares, leading to Facebook calling for it to die, Amazon killing Flash ads, and Chrome blocking Flash ads.
We are now advising our readers to uninstall Adobe Flash completely. Have you followed our advice and uninstalled Flash? Or are you sticking with Flash despite its obvious shortcomings? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Often Do You Charge Your Smartphone?”
Out of a total of 801 votes, 57.4% chose Once a Day, 27.1% chose Twice a Day, 11.6% chose Every Two Days, 1.9% chose Twice a Week, 1.4% chose Once a Week, and 0.6% chose I Don’t Own a Smartphone.
These results show exactly what we expected, which is that most people charge their smartphones once every day. In fact, well over half of people do this, usually plugging their mobile device in overnight while they’re in bed asleep. Which makes perfect sense.
Only a tiny minority use their smartphone so seldom they can use it for a whole week between charges. How do they do this? And, more to the point, is it actually worth them owning a smartphone if they use it so little? Answers on a postcard, please.
Comment of the Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Aniruddh Dodiya, Peter Colpaert, and Jeremy A Moats. Comment of the Week goes to Peter Fitzsimmons, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
“On any given day I would expect to charge my Nexus 6 once a day.
If I’m out and about (which isn’t that often) I tend to apply some common sense, turning off wifi, bluetooth etc, and unless I’m using maps can get away with only a quick charge with my portable battery.
That being said, I am annoyed that with phones having bigger screens (I will admit the Nexus 6 is a tad too big for everyday needs) and requiring more power, batteries still have not kept up with the needs of most users.
It seems that manufacturers seem to forget the very important factor of power consumption for their devices and instead opt for thinner lighter phones.
I’d rather have a ‘chunky’ phone that lasts a full 24 hours without charge than skinny phone just waiting to break or blow away in the wind.”
We chose this comment because a) it offers some common sense advice for those looking to prolong the life of their smartphone, and b) it offers an opinion on chunkier smartphones that manufacturers seem to be ignoring at the moment. As the old saying goes, “Looks aren’t everything”.
Adobe Flash has powered parts of the Web for decades, a fact for which we should be grateful. However, As grateful as we are for its service, we would now like to see Flash shuffle off this mortal coil, waving us a fond farewell as it makes it way to the home where all proprietary platforms go when we grow tired of their bullshit.
We’re pushing people to uninstall Flash completely at this point. However, while HTML5 is a better, and safer, alternative, it isn’t yet ubiquitous enough to force Flash into early retirement. Still, some brave souls have uninstalled Flash, choosing security over everything, while others are sticking with Flash up to the last. Which one are you?
Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. If you have already uninstalled Flash, what made you do so? Has your browsing experience suffered as a result? If you haven’t uninstalled Flash, why not? And will you ever?
The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.
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