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  •  Actually, Flash and Acrobat Reader are (5+ / 0-)

    pretty much the two worst things out there with Java coming in third.   However, as Java is required for things like LibreOffice and Minecraft it is not as easy to avoid as the Java browser plugin is always installed and enabled by default and there is no way to change that during installation, you have to either disable it manually after every update (because it will re-enable the plugin when you update) or set a script to run after every update (not as easy as it sounds, even with a vbs or powershell script).

    You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 08:20:39 AM PST

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    •  hmmm.... (0+ / 0-)

      are you sure about Firefox here, too?

      I distinctly remember that my deactivated Java plugin remained deactivated over several update cycles....

      "Und wer nicht tanzen will am Schluss - weiß noch nicht dass er tanzen muss", Rammstein, "Amerika"

      by cris0000 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:57:10 PM PST

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      •  I've actually had the Java plug-in (2+ / 0-)
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        re-enabled a few times since I started this diary.  I'm using FF with NoScript, it surprised me when I would go back in to check and find Java re-enabled.  It hasn't happened again in the last three hours, but I go back and check occasionally.

        I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

        by Hey338Too on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 01:45:26 PM PST

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      •  Firefox just added code a little while back (1+ / 0-)
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        to prevent addons (and plugins, presumably) from being automatically enabled during installation without the browser prompting you if you want them on or not (in other words, addons and possibly plugins installed system wide won't be turned on by default).  Apparently Adobe has not fully figured out a way around that yet.

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 02:28:07 PM PST

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