Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Dec 2011 16:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It all started with Apple/TechCrunch blogger M.G. Siegler making a huge fuss over something he didn't understand, and while that in and of itself isn't particularly interesting, one of the outcomes of this little internet drama is a comment on Google+ (the tenth one) that so perfectly encapsulates just how important Android is for the world that I felt the need to share it with you. It's the holiday season after all.
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RE[2]: Insanely Funny
by MOS6510 on Fri 30th Dec 2011 14:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Insanely Funny"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Not sure I'd like to have something like a cell phone if I'm in a situation where everybody around me is poor and starving. If people in the modern world get robbed for an (1 iPhone I don't want to know what they'll do in a less civilized country.

1: http://www.digisecrets.com/apple/android-and-blackberry-owners-insu...

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RE[3]: Insanely Funny
by frderi on Sat 31st Dec 2011 00:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Insanely Funny"
frderi Member since:
2011-06-17

It's way worse than that... This "for the good of poor countries" argument is so air headed. Clean drinking water, nourishment, better medicine and education and the political stability that follows from these are more pressing matters in these countries than the lack of smartphones or other gadgets.

Hence why I'm donating real money to causes that actually try to achieve these goals, rather than advocating tech toys under the banner of the good of mankind.

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RE[4]: Insanely Funny
by MOS6510 on Sat 31st Dec 2011 11:34 in reply to "RE[3]: Insanely Funny"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The problem in many poor countries is that they are not poor at all. War, corruption, dictatorship makes things nasty for the people.

For example there is a lot of food in Africa, the problem is the logistics. Just try getting food from A to B while dogging rebels, gangs and corrupt officials.

Perhaps Google maps on a cheap android phone will help finding an alternate route, but I doubt it will solve war or corruption.

When there is safety and no more or much less corruption no doubt easy and cheap Internet access can contribute in education.

See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs

But we've had this before with the Linux movement. Someone makes up an idea and it becomes a dogma. These ideas often don't take in account reality and other factors. People who make up these ideas often have no clue what people want and people need. Steve did and became rich selling expensive and restrictive stuff (as some people here claim).

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RE[4]: Insanely Funny
by unclefester on Sun 1st Jan 2012 01:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Insanely Funny"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

It's way worse than that... This "for the good of poor countries" argument is so air headed. Clean drinking water, nourishment, better medicine and education and the political stability that follows from these are more pressing matters in these countries than the lack of smartphones or other gadgets.


Smartphones are incredibly useful in poor countries. A district nurse can take a photo of a rash and send it to a city based doctor for diagnosis. A farmer can look up a website to find information on suitable crops. A fisherman can check the price of fish to decide whether to go out fishing. A woman can check whether a certain item is available in the neighbouring town before making a two hour bus trip.

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