There are a lot of reason not to use Java—but here's one more to add to the list. The latest release of Oracle's ubiquitous software now also dumps a load of crapware on to your Mac.
Java isn't good for your for your computer's health right now. It can mess it up pretty bad. Bad enough that the Department of Homeland Security is warning us all to turn it off. OK, but how do you do that? Fortunately, it's not that hard.
We've been concerned about the security of Java for a while now. There was that vulnerability that affected like a billion computers, and Apple went so far as to remove Java plugins from all OSX browsers. Now even the Department of Homeland Security is in on the act with a special message: "Yo, shut off that Java jazz
In an attempt to distance itself still further from Java, Apple released a Mac update Wednesday which removes Java plugins from any web browser running on OS X.
Every currently supported version of Java is vulnerable to a new exploit, according to Adam Gowdiak, a security expert who is known for finding Java exploits. That could include up to a billion computers, according to Oracle's instillation statistics.
After the jury returned a partial verdict in the copyright phase of the Google-Oracle trial - unable to decide whether Google's recreation of the Java platform constituted "fair use" of Oracle's copyright - the trial has now entered the patent phase, where the same jury will seek to decide whether Google infringed on…
The verdict is in for the Oracle vs. Google trial on whether Java was used improperly in the development of Android. The answer? Yes, sort of.
Some people (ahem, Matt Buchanan) claim that the coffee maker is the worst of all possible brewing methods. Maybe so—but it's still a machine that bazillions of people use daily.
Facebook just unveiled their Facebook for Every Phone app which will put a serviceable Facebook experience on even the crappiest of phones. I'm not kidding, Facebook for Every Phone will work on over 2,5000 different devices.
Google endorses open-source activity around Android, but looks like their developers "borrowed" a little too much from Sun's Java code. Oracle, Sun's owner, is already suing Google for seven infringed patents, but this adds further weight to their claim. Updated.
Oracle, the company who acquired Sun Microsystems, the Java programming language and related technology in a nice package deal, accused Google of patent and copyright infringement in relation to those technologies. Based on its response, Google isn't happy:
Oracle may be known for making database software, but it also happens to have acquired the Java computer programming language and related technology when it purchased Sun Microsystems. Now the company is suing Google for using those technologies in Android.
Vizio's been awfully busy since we last heard from them, updating three product lines with a total of 31 new HDTVs. The XVT series are more high-end, the M series is more about style, and the E is eco-friendly.
Mac users are still exposed to a Java vulnerability that's been public for 6 months after Apple neglected to patch it in the recent honking 10.5.7 update. Okay Windows guys, point and laugh. But if you want to be super safe, you should turn off Java in your browser, no matter what platform you're on. [cr0 blog via …