As humans, we have a difficult time letting go of things. Whether it be a favorite pair of jeans, a beloved dog or an old friend who you know is just bringing you down, putting aside things we know well is hard to do. But sometimes things are just too broken to be useful any longer, and that's the point we've reached with Java. Read More ..
It's easy to take shots at Java, and by extension, Oracle, for the continuous parade of vulnerabilities that have plagued it over the course of the last few years. The bugs are too numerous to list here, but suffice it to say there have been more than a few. But it's also not very useful to do that. Anyone who has been paying attention to Java's career arc knows it hasn't been a smooth ride, so kicking dirt on its corpse doesn't serve any purpose.
But the problem is that Java isn't dead yet. It's alive and kicking in hundreds of millions of browsers, many of which reside on the PCs of users who are unaware of the security problems the technology has. News reports of new Java vulnerabilities often are loaded with technical details that are unimportant to or over the head of typical home users. Mostly, those folks are interested in what the ramifications of the vulnerabilities are and what actions they need to take in order to protect themselves. In most cases, the answer to those questions is that users should either disable or uninstall Java altogether until the problem is resolved.