If Java isn't asking obtusively to update itself every week and every time trying to install that damn Ask Jeeves toolbar, that would actually be nice.
Oracle's Java is high maintenance considering how few applications I have on my desktop / browser that use it.
I wish I could charge Oracle for my time that I spend updating Java all the time. I bet the total human time spent on manually running that updater is obscene when multiplied by the millions of computers it is on.
I use the https://ninite.com installer to install and update Java. No prompts, no adware, and I only have to download the installer once and run it whenever I want to update. I also ran msconfig and disabled Java's auto-updater.
What are the limitations on free and open source software? Are GitHub or Linux repository operators obligated to stop downloads from Russian IPs? Or does Oracle have some special relationship with the USG?
BTW, I can envision a future headline from NYT Upshot like How the embargo on grains, apples, and Java led Russia to become a computer science powerhouse.
The situation is problematic and in the gray area for FOSS projects. Eg Debian had separate "non-us" repository because export limitations, Red Hat and Apache explicitly forbid exporting their software to "illegal" destinations.
The ReadHat and Apache pages are instructions in how to comply with US law. Since they are at the US, they can not export the software.
ReadHat isn't completely free, but Apache's license has no restricion on exporting the software, as required by FSF guidelines. Somebody not in the US can export it at will. (And the US can forbid Apache from distributing to that somebody...)