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New On your assumptions...
I'm assuming everyone is running an antivirus program who has a PC.
Define PC for me please. PCs now encompass, Windows machines, Apple Machines, Linux Machines... and others.

I'm assuming everyone at home has a hardware firewall in their router. Nobody at home should have every TCP/UDP port open.
I have a Hardware router/firewall/wireless-bridge, but I have "all traffic" going to a specific machine on my network. Good luck with that.

I've never come across a Mac virus infection, YMMV.
Mostly just Malware. Viruses are super hard to make and run now a days... not worth the effort.

Yes, there are botnets out there that are looking for PCs and micro-controllers to infect. Yes, if Kevin Mitnick or the NSA want to break into our Macs at home, they can probably do it.
A good assumption. If someone is willing to put enough effort into something... you really have nearly zero chance of withstanding it.

I refuse to believe that every time I touch a PC that I'm taking my life in my hands.

More than likely... its Malware.

If I were running a business with a public web presence, I would be much more concerned about viruses and so forth. When money is at stake and downtime has real costs, one has to be more careful. I'm not. I take reasonable precautions.
Funny, I just did a presentation on that. Supposed to only have 20 minutes. Culled from over 50 pages of painstaking detail... to 11 plus an ending page on China. I still went over by 10 minutes. Not as bad as the guy that followed me... or the one that followed him.

(Our network(s) at work has more firewalls than I want to think about...)
MOAR FIREWALLS GOOD! Seriously though... Public and then Firewalls on specific network segments or on routers. Plus additional "Application on cloud/grid" firewalls is one more layer.

But back on topic - Should Ashton update his Java as soon as updates are available? I say yes. You?
I'm of the opinion that Ashton needs to start using OSX like it just works and stop cat footing around it. Since the Almighty SJ is gone, Apple isn;t about ready to forsake all the "Karma" they built up with this guy. They are going to do as complete a job as they can, if kind of slow... especially for something they don't really like (Java and Flash). The updates to OSX are typically a good thing.
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New PC == Winders machine.
You're always a special case. ;-)

We have a wide variety of networks here. Very wide.

Gotta run.

New On your last..
Oh, I've become almost Newbie-grade slothful on the 'log' readings and such!
(Were I forced, by some Court Decree + manacles to Do Doze Again (until probation ended)
I'd have to relearn that daily Necessary-paranoia.)

It's now just over 4 yrs. since the iMac landed. It has helped that You + IGM generally agree with your assessment. You are Right. It DOES Just. Work.
(But it took a year for me to rilly-Believe ... after all that Beast-conditioning.)

Oddly though (I thought) That, while the 'Diagnostic And Usage Messages' log retains the records of this Update and subsequent installation--the report of the Crash I mentioned above,
and which had presumably auto-corrected: deleted itself after a day or so.

This seems a bit short-sighted--in event, say that another similar Crash occurred a few days later? and one wanted to look for any correlations.

Guess they really Don't want us 'l33t Apple™ Users to snoop very much. Red Flag to those of us who want to acquire some sense of what is Normal and what indicates Abnormal 'operations'.
You don't have to be paranoid, merely to be curious.
I suppose that some CL efforts could alter the [Delete after X hours] # for Crashes.

But will let such things go ... ... until some event makes Me Wish That.. ...

New This stuff...
Doesn't matter until it does.

There is no clear cut thing.

Apple doesn't like people to know to much... and it shows.

Or have much skill fixing hardware... just replace it.

Its just one of those things.
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     OS X Update, Java too.. - (Ashton) - (9)
         I've never noticed a problem. - (Another Scott) - (7)
             That's some exceptionally poor advice - (crazy) - (6)
                 (I'm assuming....) - (Another Scott) - (5)
                     Your assumptions are wrong by definition - (crazy)
                     On your assumptions... - (folkert) - (3)
                         PC == Winders machine. - (Another Scott)
                         On your last.. - (Ashton) - (1)
                             This stuff... - (folkert)
         Thanks IGM.. I think I grok the trade-offs. - (Ashton)

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