If you’re a Mac OS X user, you might want to take a trip to some of the Mac news sites on the Web and read the articles popping up about the “silent push” that Apple apparently performed which completely disables Java on your system.  I found it out this morning and confirmed it by going to a “mission critical” website and seeing if it would work.  It won’t.  Not only will it not work, but Apple insured they put you out of business by telling the operating system that to allow Java to work at all, the version had to be beyond the current version.  I’d like to know who gave the company permission to do that?  To my knowledge, I didn’t!

So, I say to Apple this:  STOP THE SILENT PUSHES!

It truly has become 1984, except now Apple is the Big Brother on the television screen, not the comely woman athlete attacking it to free the enslaved masses.  The line out of “The Dark Knight” where Dent says: “ You die or live long enough to see yourself become the villain” is true.  In this case, though, it is Apple who’s the villain. They have indeed gone full circle.

We all know how easy it is to allow someone else to do things for us, and how humans will often give their power away to someone who does.  That’s what has happened here.  Apple, in true Big Brother fashion, has decided it will protect its users and itself by making decisions for you about what software you can run. You can cloak this as “being for the best” but what it is really about is protecting Apple’s public relations at your expense.  They are taking from you the right for you to decide what software you want to run, and that’s simply wrong for the consumer and wrong for teaching proper computer security.  It may be a logical step in making a computer an appliance, but manufacturers rarely have the ability to tinker with your appliance without your knowledge.  Most are smart enough not to do it anyway.

In truth, I needed to have complained about it before now.  With silent pushes, Apple becomes nothing more than a legitimized hacker.  There is no treason for the company to approach the subject this way unless they think most of us are too dumb to understand what a pop-up announcing the new software, especially one that requires administrator permission, would mean.  Maybe some of us are, but even if a user blindly accepts the notification, they have been given the choice and the responsibility is theirs and not the company’s.  It’s hard for me to believe that Apple won’t be sued about this at some time in the future, especially when they inadvertently stop a business venture that costs someone a ton of money.  Regardless, it is a poor security practice to condone or allow silent pushes. At the very least, the company owes people the blatant opportunity to sign up for them or turn them down…and not tied to some operating system update.

If Apple continues these silent pushes, this will be the straw that pushes me out of the Apple ecosystem.  I can put up with a lot (and have over the last few years…software updates that don’t work, user interface changes I haven’t liked, feature removal or system/software requirement changes without notification, and what often appears to be change for the sake of it), but I can’t afford not to have faith that the company isn’t going to jack with my system simply because there is a piece of it they don’t like.  If you agree, then I urge you to let Apple know through their feedback system or any way you can that this type of behavior is unacceptable. If not, and you just let them continue to do this, don’t fuss when you wake up one morning and something on your computer or iOS device won’t work because Apple didn’t like it.