Originally Posted by AustinChief
gotcha, so I am happily surfing along and I come upon an interesting link that sends me to somewebsite.com where I read a cool article and see there is video embedded... with a REAL device I can (step 1) click video and watch it...
Not exactly. You left out a few steps. (step 2) Open a new browser window or tab. (step 3) Browse to adobe.com/flashplayer (step 4) Download flash player (step 5) Close your browser (step 6) Install Flash player (step 7) Reopen browser (step 8) Go back to the website with the video
Flash player isn't embedded into the OS. It requires a simple one time installation as well. No different than going to the App Store. Flash player also requires constant updates when a new version comes out.