Perl updating variables in forks
I wonder if something is going on at Apple's end, where the Siri processing gets done.
Then I remembered the difference between 'System' Java, Java plugins, and Java development kits.
Web applets still use the up to date, secure version 1.7 plugin.
[crarko adds: I believe Oracle has said that eventually Java will no longer support applets at all, on any platform.] A few weeks ago, a number of people started reporting having trouble with Siri.
For Safari, enable the Develop Window and use an option in there that works. [crarko adds: I don't have an older system active at the moment to try this.
It's inevitable that older software becomes obsolete, the same way older hardware does.