My personal experience tells me that it wouldn't help to have this piece of vaporware come into being. The limiting factor in bringing computing to the poor masses on this planet is the high cost of connecting them to the Internet. Even wireless service is beyond the reach of rural villages without massive government help, not likely to come about where it is needed most. Negroponte should now focus OLPC's attention on connectivity cost, not on making claims (which I doubt will come to fruition) about ultra low cost tablet devices.
On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 9:11 AM, Sameer Verma <sve...@sfsu.edu> wrote: > > > On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 1:23 PM, Benjamin M. Schwartz < > bmsch...@fas.harvard.edu> wrote: > >> >> http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/22/tablet-computer-negroponte-technology-cio-network-olpc.html >> >> "It aims to make its tablet PC highly durable, all plastic, waterproof, >> half the thickness of an iPhone and use less than a watt of power, despite >> an 8-gigaherz processor. The price: an unprecedented $75." >> >> Well, that's cool. >> >> Deciphering OLPC press releases sometimes feels like I'm playing chess >> with Picasso, and he keeps breaking the rules, and I can't tell whether >> this is some kind of art or he's just cheating. >> >> --Ben >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Devel mailing list >> Devel@lists.laptop.org >> http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel >> >> > More than anything I find this quote amusing: > > "We don't necessarily need to build it," Negroponte told Forbes. "We just > need to threaten to build it." > > I suppose we could threaten to code the OS, threaten to support it, > threaten to create content... :-) > > Hey, its Festivus. Air out the grievances!!! > > Sameer > > _______________________________________________ > Devel mailing list > Devel@lists.laptop.org > http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel > >
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