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Comment: Re:I donâ(TM)t suppose... (Score 1) 622

most people, journalists included, barely even know what encryption is, let alone how to use it properly.

She doesn't need to know how to use it, really. She just needs to know that its possible to "put a lock" on files (and probably a good idea, considering her subject matter), and then ask a tech-minded individual to help her implement it.

Hopefully this news story makes at least one journalist ask about that process.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Do I need a JVM on my computer ?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I use Linux, Mac, Windows and recently I was annoyed by JVM updates on all three platforms. Considering the death of applets and most of the browsers come with a Javascript engine or support HTML5 and other technologies. Is having a JVM installed on my computer still relevant ?"

Comment: Re:A battery that doesn't suck. (Score 1) 322

by Random Destruction (#42890205) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?
Putting a watch on in the morning is a lot easier than pulling a phone out of your pocket every time you want to tell the time for the rest of the day. I remove my watch for extended computer use, sleeping and showering. I just find it more comfortable. Though I also tend to remove my glasses before I eat, so I may be the weird one here.

Comment: Re:A battery that doesn't suck. (Score 1) 322

by Random Destruction (#42890177) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

Citizen Eco Drive!

I just recently picked up one of those. Perpetual calendar, sets itself via radio signal every night, automatic daylight savings adjustment, and recharges via sunlight. Plus It's got a sapphire crystal and I paid under $400 for it. For me it's the perfect quartz watch.

Comment: Re:Stupid claim (Score 1) 851

by Random Destruction (#38466330) Attached to: Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?
If you're including 3 years of service costs, then the phone only costs $100 or so since it'll be subsidized. And you really need to work that out for yourself. For me, having internet everywhere is worth a lot. I live in a city where I walk around and get lost a lot. If you go to a store and find something is out of stock, your phone can tell you who else might have one, and show you a map of how to get there.

If I'm in one of the large box stores and I can't find a price tag, I just scan the item with my phone and get all the details.

When my internet goes down at home (fucking rogers), I just tether to my phone.

If I need to rent a car, I can arrange a zipcar through my phone, and even honk the horn to help me find where its parked.

There are a million small uses, and to me, they're worth the $30/month I pay for data.

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.

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