Yesterday, CERT issued a warning about a vulnerability in Java 7.10. No problem. I do all of my surfing on a Mac using Chrome and Java won't run plugins in Chrome (Chrome is 32bit only while Java is 64bit only). The ONE thing I have to use Java and Safari for is to connect to a VPN.
I try this morning...it doesn't work. So I go looking. It turns out that Apple thinks it has to babysit me. They have disabled Java on OSX. STUPID APPLE! I don't need you to babysit me. I don't need you to big brother my computer like this. This means if something goes wrong at the office until this gets fixed, I have to go in. It also means I can't do any sort of remote work to help people. I can't do jack squat.
Oh, this also means people who live in places where the government "watches" the internet and they use a VPN so the government can't "watch"...thanks Apple...you've really messed over a whole scad of people.
[Update 2013-01-14 09:48:06] Oracle has released Java 7.11. I'm not sure if it resolves the bug/hole or not...but it re-enables Java in Safari. Go to java.com for the new version.
Image from yukop via flickr