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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 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 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.

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