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And this is different from .NET, PHP, ASP, VB, Flash, and HTML5 how, exactly?

It's actually significantly different from PHP, ASP, .NET, and VB (as far as using a web browser goes). Those never run on the client machine and only end up rendering HTML. While Java can run on the back end as those do, in that manner it doesn't present a risk to the users themselves. It's when it's running on the client itself that is the problem (which is also an issue with Flash and, to a lesser extent, HTML 5).

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