What I Don’t Like About the Java Plugin

Why can’t the Java Plugin on Windows unload itself after you leave a page with a (stupid) applet on it, or after X amount of inactivity? I generally despise applets, but sometimes I have to use them, such as the one on the WebLogic console. What I really hate is pages that have an applet just for ad rotation. I have no problem with sites having ads, but loading up the Java VM (no small amount of RAM there) just to rotate ads bothers me.

But anyway, if they won’t do an auto-unload feature, at least give me the option of killing it via the Windows systray? (I am pretty sure that on Linux systems the plugin doesn’t hang around, but I could be wrong.)

How hard is that?