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Some Mac users were taken by surprise Thursday as their computers stopped running programs written using the Java programming language after Apple blocked Java due to security problems.
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Apple sends out virtual "blacklists" to Internet-connected Macs, instructing them not to run certain programs. Apple is blocking the latest version of Java from running on the most recent versions of its Mac operating system, and blocking an older version, Java 6, from running on the older version of its Mac system, called Snow Leopard. The blocks affect programs and online games that use Java in Web browsers.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/apple-blocks-java-macs-due-vulnerabilities-18367554
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Good.

Java is and always will be a hot mess of exploits. Every release opens up more major security vulnerabilities. About time someone start to get the ball rolling.
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Wait, wait, wait, so does this mean that Minecraft won't work on macs?
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That sucks. I use Java applications pretty frequently such as Jdownloader. I hope Sun fix this problem
    
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Wait, wait, wait, so does this mean that Minecraft won't work on macs?

Still works for me. It's not very clear in the article, but it looks like it only affects in-browser Java apps. Java has been disabled in Safari for awhile now unless you manually install the normal runtime (OS X has a Java runtime built in), or have a development environment set up, and enable it in-browser. It's still there if you need it.
Edited by Dronac - 1/31/13 at 6:22pm
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Good.

Java is and always will be a hot mess of exploits. Every release opens up more major security vulnerabilities. About time someone start to get the ball rolling.

Bad, Java is important. I need Java, as do many people, I literally need it for day to day activities. Just having it disabled for me would be a huge hit to productivity. I dont want some company to be able to kill features on MY system.
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Another reason i won't buy apple products. If i want something disabled, I will disable it, do NOT do it for me without my prior consent.
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I don't need someone remotely accessing my computer and blocking certain things from running on it without my permission.

OS X users shouldn't take the posts here as insults. They should take what Apple does as insults, because what they do implies that their customers are too stupid to manage their computers themselves.
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I don't need someone remotely accessing my computer and blocking certain things from running on it without my permission.

OS X users shouldn't take the posts here as insults. They should take what Apple does as insults, because what they do implies that their customers are too stupid to manage their computers themselves.

*thinks back to the thousands of computers I've had to clean up due to the majority of general users being too stupid to manage it themselves*

*sidetracks and starts thinking about all them toolbars in I.E.*

Oh the nightmares, now I won't be able to sleep with them toolbars on my mind, someone hold me frown.gif

On a side note, power users will always find a way around these limitations, but the general users which this is aimed to protect, do need the protection.
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I don't need someone remotely accessing my computer and blocking certain things from running on it without my permission.

OS X users shouldn't take the posts here as insults. They should take what Apple does as insults, because what they do implies that their customers are too stupid to manage their computers themselves.[

Sadly, they are right. I wouldn't say users are stupid, but rather don't care enough to take the time to learn how to take care of their system. Not everyone should have to either IMHO. Computers should be convenient and simple for most people rather then something someone needs to learn the ins-and-outs of to use and maintain. Id rather Apple be doing stuff like this then get called on by relatives to fix stuff when they break it. Do you think my aunt will ever know to disable Java to protect from vulnerabilities? Heck no she won't, and even if she did, I'd be the one who would actually have to disable it.

On the flipside, reenabling Java was simple for me. I think Apple is 100% on the right track here.
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