I wonder if something is going on at Apple's end, where the Siri processing gets done.Perhaps in preparation for i OS 8.] As of August 29, 2014, Google has decided to intentionally break old browsers.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.
If you want Google searches to go back to the modern style, you need to change your User-Agent string.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.Thanks for your many years of attention and everything you've done to make the site such a valuable resource.I sometimes find the Java setup on my various Apple devices to be a mystery.