[crarko adds: I believe Oracle has said that eventually Java will no longer support applets at all, on any platform.] A few weeks ago, a number of people started reporting having trouble with Siri.Phrases like 'Call my wife' or 'Tell my dad' stopped working.
I sometimes find the Java setup on my various Apple devices to be a mystery.
Recently, I was trying to get a Java applet to run in the same way on 2 i Macs and my Mac Book Air.
What was happening on the not-working Macs was that the jdk versions were being used, and the Juniper vpn client won't work with them.
To fix things for the moment I simply removed the jdk folders.
I'd also like to understand why this works and why the problem even exists.