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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It never fails to amaze me...
by rafial on Tue 4th Dec 2007 23:00 UTC
rafial
Member since:
2007-12-04

...how doing something generous is an infallible way to bring the haters.

So just for the record, I shelled out by $399 for the Get One Give One program on day 1. I've played with the OLPC software images, and I'm really excited to have one of these little green guys to hack on for my own. And it's great that a kid somewhere will have a laptop as a result. Enlightened self interest baby.

Turns out that I also get a year of free T-Mobile hotspot service with my laptop. The theoretical value of THAT almost pays for the laptop right there. Now in practical terms for me, I didn't need the service that much, but I bet it'll come in handy a few times next year. Yay me.

So from where I'm stilling the XO laptop is a rousing success!

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

...how doing something generous is an infallible way to bring the haters.


Hold on a second there, champ, before you throw around terms like "haters". I think that most people here would agree that doing philanthropic activities for the disadvantaged is a good thing. I think that what many people are questioning is (A) Will it accomplish anything more useful than making a bunch of guilt-ridden westerners feel better about themselves? and (B) Is it cost-effective, or should alternative approaches (ie. centralized regional computing cafes) be tried? I don't have a problem with competing ideas. It has been my experience that, when people want to shut others out of discussion (for example, by labeling them as "haters"), it's really just a self-defense mechanism for avoiding a reasonable examination of their proposals and motives.

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stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

centralized regional computing cafes

So this starving miserable uneducated aids-ridden regularly-robbed 3rd world junkie that you are trying to claim is typical of anyone not living in America or Central Europe is, according to you, so poor that they would rob their kids to trade for a cow, or some grain, is going to walk (on average) around 100 miles to get to their nearest 'regional computing cafe' so they can sit down at a machine that they've never used before, and don't understand, so that they can spend an hour or two on a computer?

Yes, I can see your reasoning there.

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