Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:27 UTC, submitted by MissinBeOS
Hardware, Embedded Systems From the WSJ: "The dream of cheap computers in the hands of millions of poor children is becoming a reality, though not exactly as its proponents imagined. For-profit competitors snatched the idea and have run with it."
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Better teaching them agriculture
by Tanner on Tue 4th Dec 2007 21:33 UTC
Tanner
Member since:
2005-07-06

WTF, to me they don't need computers, but people interested in teaching them agriculture techniques and water balancing...

Damn, they want food, not electronics.. wake up please.

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ctwise Member since:
2007-02-28

This is an attempt to provide a fishing rod instead of a fish. You'll notice that providing food and agricultural support to poor countries around the world has done exactly nothing to improve them.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

This is an attempt to provide a fishing rod instead of a fish. You'll notice that providing food and agricultural support to poor countries around the world has done exactly nothing to improve them.


70% of the population of these countries work in agriculture. Making them better educated farmers will provide marginal value to their society.

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stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

Wow. I like reading comments like this, it helps to remind me just how stupid and ignorant most of the world's population actually is.

We do not live in a world where you are either rich enough to live in America, or too poor to eat. There are hundreds of millions of people living in sustainable livelihoods (i.e. not starving) who's only chance for improving their situation in the long-term is through education.

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sergiusens Member since:
2007-09-01

as a person living in a third world country (where many locals believe we are a 1st world one), I'd have to say, that education is exactly what we need and OLPC is just another tool to accomplish that.

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evangs Member since:
2005-07-07

Is that Malaysia by any chance?

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