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Adobe has finally and formally killed Flash.

The Photoshop giant promised Flash would die on January 12, 2021. Thanks to the International Date Line, The Register’s Asia-Pacific bureau, like other parts of the world, are already living in a sweet, sweet post-Flash future, and can report that if you try to access content in Adobe's Flash Player in this cyber-utopia, you’ll see the following:
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The above just now showed up on your correspondent’s Windows 10 PC, which is running version 32.0.0.645 of the 64-bit Flash Plugin, when opening some content to test. The image is clickable and leads to Adobe’s Flash Player EOL General Information Page where netizens are advised to uninstall Flash and fire it into the heart of the Sun (we're paraphrasing Adobe, here.) That page repeats Adobe’s assertions that the likes of HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly “have continually matured over the years and serve as viable alternatives for Flash content.” Throw in the fact that “major browser vendors are integrating these open standards into their browsers and deprecating most other plugins (like Flash Player),” and Adobe is content to let Flash become an ex-plugin.
 

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I think there are various opinions, but the first thing I felt when I heard this news was 'a feeling of liberation.'

I think it resembles the feelings of parents when the children they were raising got married and moved to another place. You no longer have to take care of it. A wonderful feeling of liberation.:coffee:
 

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Flash is dead—but South Africa didn’t get the memo:
The South African Revenue Service ran into a big problem this month: Adobe Flash stopped working on January 12, 2021, and the agency (still) hadn't migrated all of its e-filing forms from Flash to HTML and JavaScript. So to "fix" the issue, SARS decided to release its own, custom browser with a working Flash plugin pre-installed and enabled.

Adobe announced a timeline for the final death of Flash more than three years ago, with the elderly plugin slated to leave support in December 2020 and be actively blocked from functioning as of January 12, 2021. As of today, the majority of SARS' online filing system has been migrated to HTML5—but there are still a few languishing holdouts with no HTML5 version in sight. SARS' new "browser" is a stopgap that allows South African taxpayers and traders access to the remaining forms in the meantime.

Behold:
You are please requested to use the SARS browser should access to the forms not yet migrated be required, which include:
RAV01Registration, Amendments and Verification Form
TDC01Transfer Duty
IT3-01Financial Certificate Information
IT3-02Financial Declaration
TCR01Tax compliance Status Request
DTR01Dividends Tax Transactions Information
WTIWithholding Tax on Interest
Please note that the SARS Browser will require software to be installed on your PC and is currently compatible with Windows devices only.
As noted above, the SARS browser is only available for Windows PCs—South African Mac or Linux users will either need to find a Windows PC, resort to filing their returns by paper, or find some other way to get a working Flash browser plugin.
Read the full story here at Ars Technica:
 
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