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"One of the biggest problems Java faces for real adoption amongst tech people is still the perception (and I am not sure it is entirely flawed either) that it is insecure."

That hasn't been my experience at all. Java's failure to catch on in the browser is essentially 100% due to performance issues. The dreaded "See a gray box, have your system freeze up for 3 minutes while applet loads". I don't think there is a widely held perception that Java-in-the-browser is inherently insecure, especially when compared to Flash.

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