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Comment: Splashtop's free-for-noncommercial-use products (Score 1) 408

by Maximalist (#46036183) Attached to: Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

I've used Splashtop on my tablet for years very happily. Both on home network and over the internet. Just looked and found that there are free/non-commercial clients that run on PC hardware too... I've tried them and they work as well as they do in the tablet context.

Comment: Re:life-long updates (Score 1) 687

by Maximalist (#43235653) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

Sounds like somebody stole your debit card that pulls from your bank account. That is different and more of a pain than a credit card. IF you were missing payments on your house and utilities and such like, the money was gone... not a disputed charge against your account, but actually gone. That sucks. But is not relevant to credit cards as such, which won't take your money away if you dispute the charges.

Comment: Re:H1-B has nothing to do with your jobs (Score 2) 795

by Maximalist (#41785137) Attached to: Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs

That's a nice idea for you. But it seems to be one way only. As an American whose ancestors came here 200+ years ago, there are huge hurdles to me deciding I want to go to any other country to learn to do anything they do well. If Grandad had come from Ireland or Germany, sure I'd be a repatriating expat... but I'm sorta stuck. If I wanted to go to Germany and work for an old-world distiller or brewer, things I'm not bad at here, I'm SOL. You want open borders, open them both ways. Maybe I'd happily let you take my seat at the American table, if somewhere else would let me go there without buying my way in to the tune of $.5M or so.

Comment: There are IT companies with a work from home model (Score 1) 332

by Maximalist (#38850785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Money-Making Home-Based Tech Skills?

There are companies out there like Support.Com that pay about double minimum wage for North American English speaking tech-literate folks to help tech-clueless folks do stuff like install printers and fight off viruses. Maybe you should look into that angle.

Comment: Re:Auto Stereoscopy... (Score 1) 419

by Maximalist (#30700510) Attached to: Hot Or Not — 3D TV

Even so... who is going to go to the expense to produce 3DTV programs? Selling a few early adopters 3D TV sets, regardless of their usability, isn't going to sell 3D cameras and post-production tech to all the TV studios. This "feature" has years to mature or wither on the vine... because there's not going to be content that uses it for a long time to come.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.