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#1 Posted by Demoskinos (14838 posts) -
#2 Posted by Strife777 (1580 posts) -

I never actually knew or looked into what Java is for anyway. So, don't care I guess?

#3 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Java should never be enabled.

#4 Posted by BaconGames (3423 posts) -

Already do by default in my browser by using NoScript. At least, that's what I think.

#5 Posted by kindgineer (2728 posts) -

All those Minecraft players are screwed.

#6 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Thanks for the info. So long Java!

#7 Posted by ShaggE (6456 posts) -

In related news, people belonging to conspiracy sites are making sure that they have Java installed and running.

#8 Posted by Demoskinos (14838 posts) -

@ShaggE: HA!

#9 Posted by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

And there we go. Java has been successfully uninstalled!

#10 Posted by TyCobb (1972 posts) -

I would love to uninstall Java. I hate it so much. Too bad I can't since I need it...

Flaw here, flaw there. Security issue here, security issue there. It's such a POS.

#11 Posted by JJOR64 (18995 posts) -

Guess I will do it just in case.

#12 Posted by tourgen (4502 posts) -

woooohooo way to go java nerds

#13 Posted by TyCobb (1972 posts) -

@Strife777 said:

I never actually knew or looked into what Java is for anyway. So, don't care I guess?

It's a programming language and a VM environment. People like programming against it because their apps normally work cross platform right out of the box. So you can program something once and it will work on Windows, Linux, and Mac. The problem is there are always security issues being discovered which leaves everyone vulnerable since almost everyone has it installed whether they know it or not. If you don't care about Java then uninstall it. Oracle likes to take their sweet time getting fixes out and usually each time they do it they open another flaw. There's been a couple of times where they have released an update and then you read that you should revert back to an older version.

#14 Posted by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

@TyCobb said:

I would love to uninstall Java. I hate it so much. Too bad I can't since I need it...

Flaw here, flaw there. Security issue here, security issue there. It's such a POS.

I'm actually curious to what you use it for. Mind sharing?

#15 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

my java isn't up to date, does this mean I can leave it installed?

I just dont' want to bother uninstalling then reinstalling

#16 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (1172 posts) -

Fuck, my school uses Java for online tests.

#17 Posted by TyCobb (1972 posts) -

@Joeyoe31 said:

@TyCobb said:

I would love to uninstall Java. I hate it so much. Too bad I can't since I need it...

Flaw here, flaw there. Security issue here, security issue there. It's such a POS.

I'm actually curious to what you use it for. Mind sharing?

Accurev. It's a source control that the company I work for uses. It's pretty nice, but unfortunately, it is built in Java.

#18 Posted by RecSpec (3817 posts) -

Haha, I know they said disable, but fuck it, might as well uninstall it while I'm thinking about it.

#19 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

wait why do I have java installed

what is java used for? what might a person who uses the internet use java for?

I can't remember

#21 Posted by Barrock (3533 posts) -

The problem with uninstalling Java is you never know what sites are using it.

You might delete it and find something you have to access that uses it.

#22 Posted by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

@Animasta said:

wait why do I have java installed

what is java used for? what might a person who uses the internet use java for?

I can't remember

See:

@TyCobb said:

@Strife777 said:

I never actually knew or looked into what Java is for anyway. So, don't care I guess?

It's a programming language and a VM environment. People like programming against it because their apps normally work cross platform right out of the box. So you can program something once and it will work on Windows, Linux, and Mac. The problem is there are always security issues being discovered which leaves everyone vulnerable since almost everyone has it installed whether they know it or not. If you don't care about Java then uninstall it. Oracle likes to take their sweet time getting fixes out and usually each time they do it they open another flaw. There's been a couple of times where they have released an update and then you read that you should revert back to an older version.

#23 Posted by DarthOrange (3864 posts) -

Remember to disable Java for your Vita too duders, lest someone hack it and do........something.

#24 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@Joeyoe31: no no, there has to be another reason

#25 Edited by TyCobb (1972 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@Joeyoe31: no no, there has to be another reason

Minecraft?

@DarthOrange said:

Remember to disable Java for your Vita too duders, lest someone hack it and do........something.

Don't forget about your Blu-Ray players since they are running Java. do you have a BluRay software installed? It may be that.

#26 Posted by Animasta (14692 posts) -

@TyCobb: neither on both, but maybe it is some sort of browser based game or something?

well since I can't remember might as well uninstall

#27 Posted by villainy (558 posts) -

You're better off just disabling it and seeing if anything breaks. At work I need to use it for a couple specific applications but otherwise I leave it disabled or uninstalled whenever possible. Java has been poked full of holes for a long time but it does seem to have escalated quite a bit these days.

Also Oracle sucks and I'm happy to disable or uninstall as much of their software as possible regardless of how secure it may be.

#28 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4352 posts) -

@DarthOrange said:

Remember to disable Java for your Vita too duders, lest someone hack it and do........something.

I hope it involves games.

#29 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

But I know that as soon as I uninstall it, I'll want to play Minecraft again.

:(

#30 Posted by DrIntrovert (81 posts) -

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/noscript/

It's dangerous to go alone--take this!

#31 Posted by granderojo (1788 posts) -

This Java class I'm taking is going to get really weird in the coming weeks.

#32 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

I'm gonna take my chances and keep Java enabled. No anti-virus, either. YOLO

#33 Posted by Subjugation (4720 posts) -
#34 Posted by MildMolasses (3221 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

I'm gonna take my chances and keep Java enabled. No anti-virus, either. YOLO

Firewall shut off and I told windows defender to eat a dick

#35 Posted by Demoskinos (14838 posts) -
@MildMolasses

@Ravenlight said:

I'm gonna take my chances and keep Java enabled. No anti-virus, either. YOLO

Firewall shut off and I told windows defender to eat a dick

Now that is some living on the edge shit!
#36 Posted by FritzDude (2263 posts) -

Help me understand; If it's a java exploit wouldn't you need to confirm the script from a website - that has to be affected too - that runs the platform before even consider getting infected? Or does it run completely in the background, java enabled websites or not, & hit Java plugins used in web browsers? Basically, is it something that can easily be prevented? & how does this hole work exactly? Either way, I've disabled it in the web browser / AddOns, assuming that's where the infection is.

#37 Posted by TooWalrus (13203 posts) -

Runescape players deserve to be hacked.

#38 Edited by Aterons (198 posts) -

I heard something about a shitty update months ago and disabled it... never bothered to enable it so i guess I'm keeping it that way.

Also, i have a hard time seeing how you could get a virus via Java because it can't simply "run" something without asking you for permission... etc as far as i knew, but hey, i know jack shit about this compared to some other. Than again, America had that good old book burning thing going on just yesterday so the US senate isn't exactly what I would trust on this one.

#39 Posted by ChinaDontCare (111 posts) -

If you pry it off my cold dead hands. (Every Minecraft player)

#40 Posted by Levius (1140 posts) -

Well I have to use a Java based website daily, so this is great.

#41 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

So are they trying to make people throw away their Android phones too? 
 
I guess Apple owns America.

#42 Posted by TyCobb (1972 posts) -

@Jack268 said:

So are they trying to make people throw away their Android phones too? I guess Apple owns America.

Android doesn't run Java. Google just uses the language and then converts it to Dalvik byte code. You can make apps in C or C++ if you wanted to. Android's exploits come from the fact that it is open source, so anyone can potential find flaws in the system just by reading the code.

#43 Posted by Milkman (16801 posts) -

Java is a piece of shit and this thread finally inspired me to take the time and uninstall that crap so thanks.

#44 Posted by WarlockEngineerMoreDakka (432 posts) -
#45 Posted by Beforet (2922 posts) -

Fantastic, hope this clears itself up before I start needing Java for my Java class in a week.

#46 Edited by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

I have to keep using Java for online homework and assignments for my university classes. Great...

#47 Posted by ViciousReiven (821 posts) -

Yeah, no, I have a Minecraft server that needs maintained.

#48 Posted by charlie_victor_bravo (1012 posts) -

@Barrock said:

The problem with uninstalling Java is you never know what sites are using it.

You might delete it and find something you have to access that uses it.

@AmatureIdiot said:

Well I have to use a Java based website daily, so this is great.

No site, unless it is to run some sort of complex application, will not need Java in order to use it normally. Java is not to be confused with Javascript, they are two totally different things. I have had Java disabled in browser and connection level for 5 years without any problems while using the net.

#49 Posted by Green_Incarnate (1788 posts) -

Just disable it in your browser. No big deal. I still use it for other stuff.

#50 Posted by Doctorchimp (4076 posts) -

I'm pretty sure I don't have it installed.

This is a fairly new computer so maybe that's why.