On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 10:09 AM, 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.


Lack of connectivity did not prevent the non-poor from getting computing.
There was such a time when we didn't have Internet connectivity. It surely
didn't stop us :-) Offline content and offline mirrors on local servers
could very well fill in a large part of the gap.

cheers,
Sameer


> 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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