Holy crap. I didn't realize there are 89 full episodes of Frontline on PBS.org. They're subtitled, too. Watch "The Confessions," (click on "more full episodes"). It's shocking and absorbing. "Death by Fire" is also amazing.
OMG, "The Confessions" was horrible, as in, I can't believe something that blatantly incorrect happened to those poor men. And they still aren't completely cleared! Heartbreaking, absolutely wrenching.
You should definitely let java perform those automatic updates if you want to run any java apps at all; you're either going to be open to a huge swath of documented attacks or you're going to get annoyed by the occasional update dialog, your choice.