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Java Required

by mchainmchain / September 29, 2012 5:57 PM PDT

To create a new discussion, or to respond to a current discussion (does not matter where or in what thread) a c|net user must logon.

Here's the catch:

Java must be enabled in the web browser for this to happen.

No java installed on present system as Sun seems to have a very hard time keeping up with the latest hacks and exploits; new ones appear almost daily at times, and it often seems to be that way.

So, why force a user to use web-based java to logon? I can say other sites I visit do not require this. Why c|net?

Can c|net change the way an user logs on without using java without a major rework?

Test: Turn off java in your browser and see what happens. Oops!

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Are you sure?
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 29, 2012 6:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Java Required

I do have Java installed on my PC (for work reasons) and I don't want to uninstall it. And I don't know how to disable it in Firefox or IE.

But I think it's highly unlikely. If you run a Java applet, you see a coffeecup in the taskbar. And you see a program like javaw in the process list in Task Manager. And I see none if I logon (which happens automatically, by the way).

Maybe you mean Javascript? That's not Java. Java is from Sun (Oracle nowadays). Javascript is implemented by Microsoft software (in IE), by Mozilla software (in Firefox) and by Google software (in Chrome).
And I'm afraid using Javascript is the future of Internet. So better be prepared to have it enabled.


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I don't have Java installed here. And all's fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2012 5:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Java Required

I wonder if you are confusing Java with Javscript?

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by mchainmchain / September 30, 2012 3:41 PM PDT

It's javascript in FF.

c|net MUST have javascript enabled in the browser for logon to work?

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Our site uses a lot of javascript.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 30, 2012 4:53 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes

Just look a the page source (in Firefox it's under tools>webdeveloper) and count the number of times you read <script>. The content of every 'tag' like that (up to the following </script>) is javascript.

So it's not amazing at all that you need it to login also.


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