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OLPC to Drop Tablets from Sky in Developing Countries

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November 6, 2011 1:23:59 AM

Dumb Ass Idea, they will only end up in the hands of rebels who will sell them back to people in developing countries.
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November 6, 2011 1:36:39 AM

in that case, bombard and napalm the area prior to airdrop lol
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November 6, 2011 1:52:28 AM

Oh great, give a free tablet to someone who will never in their lifetime have the mental capacity on how to actually use the device because of the lack of education of where they live.
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November 6, 2011 1:54:27 AM

Sounds like a science experiment to me..
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November 6, 2011 1:59:33 AM

pwnorbpwndSounds like a science experiment to me..

*psychological experiment
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November 6, 2011 2:07:52 AM

What, they can't spend a few more resources physically handing the tablets to the children to ensure they are in the right hands? That's just laziness and cheap strategy on their part.
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November 6, 2011 2:14:47 AM

drapacioliWhat, they can't spend a few more resources physically handing the tablets to the children to ensure they are in the right hands? That's just laziness and cheap strategy on their part.


You see what they are doing if you just drop something people know nothing about into their hands and seeing if they can use it.
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November 6, 2011 2:50:05 AM

drapacioliWhat, they can't spend a few more resources physically handing the tablets to the children to ensure they are in the right hands? That's just laziness and cheap strategy on their part.


If these things can surf for porn, and they are physically handled carefully only to children, some children may get hurt the next day when adults steal them. Better to just dump them in the desert.
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November 6, 2011 2:53:36 AM

dontknownotsure*psychological experiment

*PR stunt
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November 6, 2011 2:55:02 AM

""Adults may be able to steal it, but they won't be able to use it ... maybe an older brother will get a hold of it, use it for pornography - that's life," Negroponte said. "

How does this work if you're an adult and somebody's older brother at the same time? Can you use the tablet for pornography or can't you?
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November 6, 2011 2:57:11 AM

Tablets without wireless to hook into? Or are they just expecting the wireless will "just work" without any help. OLPC was a decent idea, but this... this is just nuts!
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November 6, 2011 3:28:04 AM

this idea sounds stupid and dangerous. too crazy to not to be a pr stunt.
may be the tablet cost went up.
or may be they realized that the tablet can't play crysis and they don't want to be near the gamer villagers (or village gamers..?) when they realize this.
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November 6, 2011 3:33:20 AM

Well, it may sound like news to all of us since they plan to drop it from the sky but the main issue was and is that the OLPC was and is a piece of really old tech which had been rejected with it's proposal by a few developing countries since they already had better stuff at cheaper rates than the OLPC.
The idea of the e Education to the remote areas was good. But the implementation of such networks is years behind their time. The OLPC was subsidized but the Carriers aren't going to subsidize data packages or they will have to cut costs for the urban people too.
For all you know the OLPC planes might just get shot out of the air for Violating airspace in some countries.
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November 6, 2011 3:35:33 AM

These are human beings not lab monkeys. Treat them with respect, actually go in person to deliver the devices so they done wind up in the hands of rebels who will use the technology to research weapons and tactics and co-ordinate attacks.
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November 6, 2011 3:51:28 AM

Hmm, if they want to educate them why not give them books translated in their own language? I bet it's much cheaper and some people will actually thrive intellectually instead of just looking at porn, which I have no doubt it will happen.

Also, what developing countries are they speaking of? How many developing countries have that much access to wifi and internet? Will these tablets come preloaded with content like e-books or porn?
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November 6, 2011 4:13:50 AM

Probally be next years new reality series. I can see it now, with little hidden cameras recording them tring to figure it all out. Edit it properly and it could look like a great thing. On the other hand it could like a total disaster. lol. Sounds like a hit to me. :p 
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November 6, 2011 4:32:45 AM

One of the theories of the project is that the childish styling and large quantities would depress the appeal/value among adults and limit theft and reselling (a questionable idea). Internet service is from a satellite uplink and a mesh network (the older design with the flip-up ears had over a mile range). As far as the porn problem - they're expecting that competent adults will supervise the kids using them (filtering opponents in the USA want parents to do that now instead of relying on software/government/ISPs to do it.)

As for the Coke bottle movie reference - I didn't see the movie but from what I've heard the bottle caused a lot of problems. Not a promising prediction.
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November 6, 2011 4:44:02 AM

Developing laptops for developing countries, sounds like a joke from God.
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November 6, 2011 4:46:43 AM

They might use it as a dinner tray if they don't know what it is
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November 6, 2011 6:54:09 AM

Who is paying for this vast waste of money?
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November 6, 2011 11:07:04 AM

This has to be one of the most stupid ideas I have ever heard.
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November 6, 2011 11:19:07 AM

Reminds me when Les Nesman dropped turkeys from a helicopter on WKRP...
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November 6, 2011 11:40:55 AM

This is actually rather reminiscent of when schools started getting computers and then laptops (minus the air-dropping, of course). A lot of times the equipment was simply dropped off at the schools with no more instruction than the user manuals. Teachers and administrators were left with figuring out how to integrate the technology in their "spare time." It wasn't pretty and this is worse.
Other folks have already pointed out the connection issue. In many countries cell service is fairly common, even out in remote areas, but someone still has to foot the bill for the wireless contract.
Likewise, these computers cost something too. If I were a stockholder (if there is such a thing) in OLPC, I'd be raising a fuss at the next meeting.
The total lack of concern for how these will be used borders on idiocy... from the wrong side of that border. How does it figure that a child should be able to figure the use out, but an adult couldn't. (It's that old myth of adults being computer-phobic, I'll bet.) Most of these devices _will_ be taken from a child lucky enough to find them first and, if the person who takes it can't figure out how to use it, he'll find someone who can or sell it to someone who can.
I think the only theory that makes sense is the one that these were going to have to be dumped anyway, so they came up with this futile, PR stunt instead.
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November 6, 2011 12:34:58 PM

When they return the only thing they find is super smart kid who was not killed by tablet computer that fell from sky. Lol
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November 6, 2011 12:55:54 PM

food4thoughtWhen they return the only thing they find is super smart kid who was not killed by tablet computer that fell from sky. Lol


+1E1000
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November 6, 2011 1:55:54 PM

Come back a year later, object becomes a signal from the gods, many people slaughtered in the same of a box of crap tablets.
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November 6, 2011 5:06:05 PM

How about they give them to the poor in the countries that actually are productive in the world instead of a bunch of savages?
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November 6, 2011 6:27:42 PM

sounds like a good idea, unless you actually think about it. are these the same countrys that when food gets dropped down that the leaders of the countrys goes around and picks it all up to horde for themselves? and arent these countrys that make children forage and farm for food? or even the onse that put guns into childrens hands? or even the ones that keep girls and women from learning to read to keep them subservient? it seems to me the last thing the world needs is for these people (the ones that would rather do harm than good) to get their hands on these and become computer literate. with the proliferation of child porn in these countrys among other things, i can't see how just dropping these from the sky is a good thing. i can see how these small laptops would become a very powerful tool for small unorganized terrorist groups to become large organized terrorist groups. i do understand how people would say i'm pointing out just the bad and not the good but this issue needs a lot more thought then just to drop them from the sky. most of what i pointed out others pointed out a long while ago, look up a story from http://erratasec.blogspot.com/2008/01/why-olpc-promotes... 3 years ago, and there are others. just seems spooky to me.
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November 6, 2011 7:20:41 PM

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The company recently graduated from small, low-cost laptops, to small, low-cost tablets


Call me crazy but that sounds like a downgrade...
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November 6, 2011 10:17:40 PM

Have any of you actually used an OLPC? No terrorist group is going to use these when any modern phone is way more powerfull.

Dropping these into a REMOTE village may be an excellent experiment(come on that's what it is), but It needs to be remote enough that no-one tries to trade/sell the tablet for food/tools (not that they would get much for it).

OLPC is a nice dream, but it is not very realistic...

lets ensure One Meal Per Child first!
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Anonymous
November 7, 2011 4:38:38 AM

Great, Kids in developing countries will get a Tablet before I do, damn!
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November 7, 2011 9:21:33 AM

funguseaterlets ensure One Meal Per Child first!

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Add up the cost of this vast waste of technological cash
How many water desalinisation plants and malaria jabs could it buy?
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You can't eat a tablet, and when you are dying from disease using the tablet to Google is not going to make you better
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November 7, 2011 12:05:36 PM

Lots of sandwiches will be exchanged for tablets. Maybe sandwiches without bread.
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Anonymous
November 7, 2011 12:40:45 PM

This is stupid. I hope this article is a joke. If this is true I cannot beleive that this clown is in charge of OLPC. Several points:
1. Dropping tablets from helicopters will break the device.
2. The hope is that he is planning on doing this in 1st world country villages and not 3rd world country villages
3. If it is the latter then he is extremely stupid as most remote 3rd world villages probably do not have electricity to charge the devices or internet. The best they could do with a tablet is to use it as a mirror. Porn will be out of the question without internet.
4. I see minimum chance of this arse getting his tablets back in 12 months
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November 7, 2011 4:29:49 PM

Are these things solar powered?
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November 7, 2011 5:43:34 PM

funguseaterHave any of you actually used an OLPC? No terrorist group is going to use these when any modern phone is way more powerfull. Dropping these into a REMOTE village may be an excellent experiment(come on that's what it is), but It needs to be remote enough that no-one tries to trade/sell the tablet for food/tools (not that they would get much for it).OLPC is a nice dream, but it is not very realistic... lets ensure One Meal Per Child first!

Disagree. Feeding the hungry masses without teaching them how to function in the modern world economy just means that they will have more children that will rely on handouts making the situation worse. It would be better to drop condoms and birth control (with instruction) from a helicopter. That would help to ensure that their existing food sources are sufficient. The problem is not too little food its too many people.
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November 7, 2011 8:06:00 PM

gm0n3yDisagree. Feeding the hungry masses without teaching them how to function in the modern world economy just means that they will have more children that will rely on handouts making the situation worse. It would be better to drop condoms and birth control (with instruction) from a helicopter. That would help to ensure that their existing food sources are sufficient. The problem is not too little food its too many people.

No, the problem is lack of investment in infrastructure by tin-pot African dictators like Robert Mugabe or Idi Amin. Instead of simply giving them bottled water and food to last till the next drought kills half the population, how about building desalinisation plants, solar farms and roads. They keep their people ignorant and poor so they won't rise up and overthrow them, happy to let them kill each other in tribal disputes or die from Aids because they don't teach basic sex education or from malaria because there is no immunisation program.

Well, you can't take out the tin-pot leaders without having a war so the next best this is:-
A) Drop a cheap tablet on the masses
B) Build a desalinisation plant

It's a no-brainer, Bill Gates made his billions in computers and is now spending paying for malaria jabs and saving lives.

OLPC is a complete waste of time, bring the continent up to the 21st century and let them buy tablets like everyone else.
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November 7, 2011 11:07:41 PM

this is retarded when there are people without water, food and clothes
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November 8, 2011 2:54:53 AM

Sounds like cloud computing to me!
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April 12, 2012 11:25:37 AM

How about have training programs teaching farmers better agricultural practices, water and resource management, hygiene and trying to integrate this with computers, software and young local people who work to evaluate the needs of the society and implement programs to target these needs, youre right too much work, lets just drop surplus electronics on em', I'm sure theyll appreciate the rare metals in them and melt them down with hydrochloric acid.
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