Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Sep 2007 19:57 UTC, submitted by Bobthearch
Hardware, Embedded Systems The vaunted 'USD 100 laptop' that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers dreamed up for international schoolchildren is becoming a slightly more distant concept. The USD 100 laptop has many innovative features including a pull cord for recharging by hand. Leaders of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child that was spun out of MIT acknowledged Friday that the devices are now slated to cost USD 188 when mass production begins this fall. The last price the nonprofit announced was USD 176; it described USD 100 as a long-term goal.
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RE[2]: It doesn't matter....
by zombie process on Sun 16th Sep 2007 02:58 UTC in reply to "RE: It doesn't matter...."
zombie process
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$188 would buy you about 3 paper textbooks here in the U.S.

On half dot com, maybe.

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RE[3]: It doesn't matter....
by sbergman27 on Sun 16th Sep 2007 03:09 in reply to "RE[2]: It doesn't matter...."
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I went to high school in the 1970's and college in the 1980's. I'm sure the book store at my alma mater would give me a nasty case of sticker shock today! ;-)

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I'm only a decade behind you. I'm taking night classes right now, and am just freaking amazed at how expensive my books are. PDFs would kick serious ass - the search function on paper and ink kind of sucks, even with a good index. Of course, DRMed "ebooks" would be the option, not just a standard pdf...

While I still have some trouble with the idea that 3rd world nations need lappys more than they need practical skills or food ($188 would buy a shitload of grains/seeds), so far other approaches don't seem to be working. Maybe this one will.

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