Yup - if Java isn't needed I'd remove it.
For my Firefox setup I add two of the NoScript
icons onto my toolbar giving me quick access to them.
The first image shows the Temporarily Allow
The second one shows all the "components" on that site (the site in both images is ITPRO)
Edit - just noticed the ITPRO site I was on was a blog discussing Java.
Andrew Storms, director of security operations at compliance software firm nCircle, said the security problems that have recently blighted Java should prompt Oracle into overhauling the platform.
“Oracle should just redesign Java from the ground up before everyone completely loses faith in it and other Oracle products,” said Storms.
“Obviously, there’s something broken in Java development or design cycles. Oracle needs to wake up and get serious about secure software development, it’s not like there aren’t a lot of examples on how to do it right.”