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Comment Why I use my Samsung Chromebook all the time (Score 2) 115

I am using it way more than my windows notebook, my android tablet, my kindle, or my ipod touch.

- fast boot
- small and lightweight
- long battery life
- enough power to load websites in a reasonable time
- real keyboard
- no worries about malware
- screen, and keyboard, big enough to be useful
- screen is high enough resolution for everything I use it for - and I am well over 40 years old.

It is not perfect for everything. But for the $145 I paid, I'm very happy. I'd buy it again.

Comment Re:Er, wait, what? (Score 5, Insightful) 140

Well, nuclear reactions that we can turn off like laser-initiated fusion are a lot nicer than the alternatives. The inside of your car engine is a raging inferno shot with electric sparks and compressed with inexorable steel cylinders. That doesn't keep you from going on a nice drive with your sweetie.

Comment Funny thing about that is . . . (Score 1) 745

Americans have way more than their share of academic achievements, inventions, business creations, and so on.

We would not even be discussing this on slashdot, if it were not for several US inventions.

And what wasn't done by an American, was probably done by some other westerner.

The rest of the world can get all snotty about irrelevant standardized tests, or whatever. But when it comes right down to it, Americans more than hold their own, against any other group.

USA is only about 5% of the world's population. But when it comes to the really big inventions, I don't think the rest of the world even comes close.

Comment IOMMU (Score 4, Informative) 125

Yes, when I saw this I thought that this was a reason to make motherboard IOMMUs a security feature. Also, the DMA destination memory pages should not have the executable bit turned on. Recent generations of Intel/AMD CPUs have provided the ability to turn that bit off.

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