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Comment: Parents? (Score 1) 390

by kaka.mala.vachva (#46797615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
Don't parents help? If college costs $150000 for 4 years, don't American parents help? I am genuinely curious about this. Also, why not halve the costs by staying at home and finding a college close by for 4 years, and then leaving home? This question isn't on topic, but I'd really like to hear some Americans comment on why parents don't help with costs.

+ - Heartbleed: what is the impact on mobile apps?

Submitted by kaka.mala.vachva
kaka.mala.vachva (1164605) writes "I have a bunch of applications installed on my Android phone (and my wife's iPhone). How does the Heartbleed exploit affect most applications? Will I need to upgrade each application, or is this something that will need fixing at the OS level? If the latter, then I suppose I should check with AT&T for updates — that should be interesting for my two+ year old phone. If the former, I still have a problem — there are a bunch of apps that I have not updated because they request permissions that I am not comfortable with. Any suggestions on how to best handle this? What are others on Slashdot doing?"

+ - VPN Service for personal use 4

Submitted by kaka.mala.vachva
kaka.mala.vachva (1164605) writes "I will be traveling to India, Sri Lanka and other places in the next few months. While I do have VPN service at work, I do not want to use that — can Slashdotters recommend a VPN service for personal use? Since I will pay for this myself, cost is a consideration (though not the be-all, end-all factor). I would prefer to have a US IP address when I connect via VPN from India and Sri Lanka, since some bank services do not work with Indian IP addresses."

Comment: Bikeforums.net (Score 1) 947

by kaka.mala.vachva (#45224823) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?
This is really the wrong forum to ask this question. Ask a biker forum - there is a commuting section on Bikeforums.net. Short answer though - it is safe, there are many cyclists who commute every day. You have to take some precautions, and it is good to be aware of the danger points - but that is true of any activity.

Comment: One button to the main screen! Is that changed? (Score 2, Interesting) 233

by kaka.mala.vachva (#44883991) Attached to: Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7
My problem with my wife's iPhone is that everything about the app has to be on-screen - no "menu" or "back" buttons like android. Clutters up the screen needlessly in some apps - and getting to the settings for the app means leaving the app, something I really dislike. Apparently I'm not the only one who dislikes that - my wife, who should fit the ideal iPhone use profile, dislikes it too - to the extent that she prefers to use my phone and doesn't want an iPhone anymore. Has Apple added extra buttons for a menu and a back button? That would be the most useful UI design change.

Comment: Re:Female programmers (Score 1) 608

by kaka.mala.vachva (#44679377) Attached to: Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?
I don't know what it is about the American culture, but I see very few female programmers. I saw very few female students in the Computer Science classes where I was a teaching assistant (in USA). On the other hand, there were a lot of females in my Computer Science classes in India - and most of those students did enter the industry to work. Some even started their own companies.

Comment: Incorrect sensationalist summary (Score 5, Informative) 143

by kaka.mala.vachva (#44394735) Attached to: Indian Army Mistook Planets For Spy Drones
Since most won't RTFA - the confrontation didn't happen or escalate over the sightings. That was because the Chinese army setup camp in Indian territory. During that time soldiers reported these sightings, and the army (responsibly) went to the Indian Institute of Astrophysics for confirmation. This won't stop the India bashing of course, but hopefully someone will read this post or TFA.

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