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Comment Re:Umm (Score 2) 64

Not all information on the card is plain text. See BrianKreb's comment on the reporting site. Quoted here: It’s not all on the boarding pass. Read the story. Some airlines treat frequent flyer codes as semi-secret, and redact them from boarding passes and email communications, but leave them in plaintext on the barcode. The story gives one example.

Comment Re:Don't we (the US) already have that... (Score 5, Insightful) 1291

Exactly this. Machines are replacing people, which is fine in itself. However, the money generated by those machines goes into the hands of the few, and the people whose jobs are lost are left high and dry. Machines should be helping people, but because of the way they are used, they are helping only a small minority.

Comment Re:Congratulations, dev. nations. West.. not so mu (Score 1) 93

And how is that relevant? Do you think that every citizen in India is now doing space research? Or do you think the country should suspend all research and any semblance of forward planning and just build toilets? For crying out loud - every time there is an article about India on Slashdot, some one comments about toilets. Post anonymous - your bias is showing.

Submission + - Options after Google Chrome discontinues NPAPI support 2

An anonymous reader writes: I've been using Google Chrome almost exclusively for more than 3 years. I stopped using Mozilla Firefox because it was becoming bloated and slow, and I migrated all my bookmarks etc. to Chrome. Now Chrome plans to end NPAPI support — which means that I will not be able to access any sites that use Java, and I need this for work. I tried going back to Firefox for a couple of days but it still seems slow — starting it takes time, even the time taken to load a page seems more than Chrome.

So what are my options now? Export all my bookmarks and go back to Mozilla Firefox and just learn to live with the performance drop? Or can I tweak Firefox performance in any way? FWIW, I am on a Windows 7 machine at work.

Comment Parents? (Score 1) 390

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.

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

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?

Submission + - VPN Service for personal use 4

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.

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