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I need to run an applet that requires the latest version of Java. Whenever I try to run that applet, it asks me if I want to install Java. So it sends me to the Java site and I download it. Then I restart safari, but when I try to run that applet again, it asks me again to install Java, and the applet won't run.

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As far as I know, Safari is blocked from running Java until Oracle patches the latest security hole. See discussion here. –  Harald Hanche-Olsen Jan 13 '13 at 17:26

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