About near-zero connectivity cost,

i came across the caua project

http://www.projectcaua.org/

OLPC, and/or others could begin to support these kind of ideas.



Rafael Ortiz



On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 1:09 PM, Stanley Sokolow <overb...@earthlink.net> wrote:
> 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
>>>
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>> 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
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