Java has been in the news a lot lately, and not for good reasons. Critical security flaws have allowed hackers to take complete control of PCs, and in-the-wild attacks exposed a problem Oracle went months without fixing.

The latest Java patches to fix critical security flaws came out this week—but that wasn’t enough to persuade everyone that using Java is safe. On Wednesday Apple took the unusual step of using an OS X update to remove a Java plugin from all Mac-compatible Web browsers.

The ongoing problems had already led some security researchers to recommend that users disable Java, at least until specific flaws were patched. We’ve seen in comment threads that many Ars readers have disabled or uninstalled Java on their own computers, or at least disabled Java plugins for browsers.

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