Telling Everyone to Just Uninstall Java was a Terrible Idea

John Fontaine, Jan 15, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Here's the background: Java applications were shown to be vulnerable to malware, so the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommended that people uninstall Java from their desktop. I agree with the author that the recommendation was overkill, but only just. I generally run my browser with Java (not Javascript, which is different) turned off. Even when it's not doing anything it's sitting in the background, eating system resources, and being disruptive (for example, by causing YouTube videos to stutter). But useful software like Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) requires Java, so I guess we're stuck with it for now.

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