I've had Java disabled in my Safari security prefs for years (something similar to this was going around, I suspect).
What am I missing by not having Java enabled? As far as I can tell, the sites operate quite well without Java.
at my workplace (a large state University)
"easier to work with" means the IT staff have iPhones or their friends have them and they realize they aren't that hard to coordinate with. We've come a long way since 2007 when IT said they wouldn't support iPhones on the wireless network- now all IT are issued iPhones.