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April 15, 2007 8:56:23 AM

Well I guess this is sort of cpu related, so I hope it stays here where there is tons of traffic. This is awesome to see.

http://news.com.com/2300-1041_3-6175025-1.html?tag=ne.g...



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April 15, 2007 9:12:35 AM

Heh, that's awesome.

I heard something a couple months ago about the possibility of selling the laptops to the public for a higher amount, then taking all the profits to make more of the things. I would totally buy one! I mean, by modern standards it's a pretty slow machine, but think about it, a $100 laptop! Plus, they are going to get the sh!t hacked out of them if they're released to the public.
April 15, 2007 9:16:47 AM

lol, yep them little buggers are going to have some fun! :)  Apparantely those laptops are very innovative and that display is supposed to be the best on the market.
But this gives these kids a chance they'd never otherwise have. Imagine the opportunities it gives them. Who knows, maybe we'll actually see some of them posting on these very forums.
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April 15, 2007 9:18:44 AM

Hey, who told you to take pictures of me and my friends.














Well it's nice to have this kind of stuff happening and giving opportunities to others. Well, how long till one of these kids starts overclocking and hacking .
April 15, 2007 9:43:36 AM

It'll bomb.
April 15, 2007 1:03:22 PM

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lol, yep them little buggers are going to have some fun! :)  Apparantely those laptops are very innovative and that display is supposed to be the best on the market.
But this gives these kids a chance they'd never otherwise have. Imagine the opportunities it gives them. Who knows, maybe we'll actually see some of them posting on these very forums.


Are you stewped? These kids are going to break them within 1 Years time and are going to have to get ,Dell technical Support if they ever manage to keep them for more than 1 week from the local thiefs and the town rapist. They'll mostly be sold off for parts and money for drugs and weapons.
*God, you seriously don't know how the Third-World works.. If you give them something that they've never seen or don't even know how it works they'll screw it up better than Tommy Lee screwed Pamela Anderson, if they manage not to keep it with them for more than 1 week then, they'll go from the camera shoot actors(Kids) to the Black Market for parts and things in a matter of weeks if not days :D 

P.S. Just my Prediction
April 15, 2007 4:40:09 PM

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Are you stewped? These kids are going to break them within 1 Years time and are going to have to get ,Dell technical Support if they ever manage to keep them for more than 1 week from the local thiefs and the town rapist. They'll mostly be sold off for parts and money for drugs and weapons.
*God, you seriously don't know how the Third-World works.. If you give them something that they've never seen or don't even know how it works they'll screw it up better than Tommy Lee screwed Pamela Anderson, if they manage not to keep it with them for more than 1 week then, they'll go from the camera shoot actors(Kids) to the Black Market for parts and things in a matter of weeks if not days :D 

P.S. Just my Prediction


I tend to agree with your prediction. I remember walking through the markets in Croatia just at the end of the Balkan War. At least 80% of the products for sale were humanitarian relief supplies. We seem to forget that $100 can be six months salary in Africa. Anyone who thinks that Daddy is going to go plucking dinner out of the trashheap while Sonny is posting on MySpace needs more psychiatric care than the people who hand out these things.

BBC: Corruption Costs Africa $148 Billion/Year.
April 15, 2007 5:29:53 PM

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they'll screw it up better than Tommy Lee screwed Pamela Anderson!


But will it be on video tooo?!?
April 15, 2007 5:31:49 PM

Well i like tho look at the glass as half full, kids in africa,asia, and the middle east seem to be more serious about eduacation than the fat,lazy,spoiled,stupid,obnoxious little shits here in the states. Even Oprah Winfrey used her vast financial resources to build a school in south africa, because she said it would be appreciated there.
April 15, 2007 5:46:29 PM

I plan on buying one for fun when they become available in the US. Will also be supporting the cause.
April 15, 2007 5:51:16 PM

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Well i like tho look at the glass as half full, kids in africa,asia, and the middle east seem to be more serious about eduacation than the fat,lazy,spoiled,stupid,obnoxious little shits here in the states. Even Oprah Winfrey used her vast financial resources to build a school in south africa, because she said it would be appreciated there.


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Winfrey used her vast financial resources to build a school in south africa
You sure she didn't just exploit the Blood Diamond Children in the brothering country
Do you even realise what you've just typed ??
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south africa
We're speaking of Nigeria, and basically Africa. There are about 2-3 Countries within Africa which don't fully fit 'Africa' which we're speaking of, including South Africa, Opening a School over in Cape Town is about as safe as a opening a Jewellery store in Beverly Hills.
April 15, 2007 5:53:29 PM

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I plan on buying one for fun when they become available in the US. Will also be supporting the cause.

They'll be on Sale on Ebay next Month, Hope you enjoy "Open[inter-course]source" (Garbage O/S)
April 15, 2007 5:53:34 PM

Hah! Appreciated? Parents were complaining from day one and only shut up after she told them to either stop complaining or withdraw their kids from her top-quality, zero-cost school.

I repeat: the project will bomb. It's unbelievable how arrogant the OLPC guys are, getting governments to sink millions into crappy little green laptops when the people don't even have enough to eat. Help with education? Don't make me laugh. It will cost a large amount of money and effort to just teach the kids how to use the stupid things. Then there's the chance that they will be stolen, broken, sold, a million things could happen. Even if they do survive, half of those schools don't even have enough teachers! Are laptops substitutes for good teachers? The entire project is nothing more than a very expensive and wasteful PR stunt. Those arrogant berks at OLPC need to get out of their ivory towers.
April 15, 2007 6:07:28 PM

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Then there's the chance that they will be stolen, broken, sold, a million things could happen.... The entire project is nothing more than a very expensive and wasteful PR stunt. Those arrogant berks at OLPC need to get out of their ivory towers.


Your Sugar coating the whole deal, 'Chance' :D  My friend, I along with all the forum members can give a Guarantee that you'll be able to buy 1/2 the laptops in that picture on Ebay next month. Why don't we all fan out and on our free time search for these things for sale. First one to find any, either single or Bakers Dozen quantity post a link or Take a picture if you find them around your travels, On this Exact Thread since 'piesquared' seems to want this thread to get lots and lots of hits.
April 15, 2007 6:08:53 PM

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Hah! Appreciated? Parents were complaining from day one and only shut up after she told them to either stop complaining or withdraw their kids from her top-quality, zero-cost school.

I repeat: the project will bomb. It's unbelievable how arrogant the OLPC guys are, getting governments to sink millions into crappy little green laptops when the people don't even have enough to eat. Help with education? Don't make me laugh. It will cost a large amount of money and effort to just teach the kids how to use the stupid things. Then there's the chance that they will be stolen, broken, sold, a million things could happen. Even if they do survive, half of those schools don't even have enough teachers! Are laptops substitutes for good teachers? The entire project is nothing more than a very expensive and wasteful PR stunt. Those arrogant berks at OLPC need to get out of their ivory towers.


All I can say is: :trophy:

And yes, that school must have cost Oprah what? A couple of days interest payments on her bank account? Cheap price to pay for all the Oprah Helps Africa promo crap. :evil: 
April 15, 2007 6:12:08 PM

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I plan on buying one for fun when they become available in the US. Will also be supporting the cause.

They'll be on Sale on Ebay next Month, Hope you enjoy "Open[inter-course]source" (Garbage O/S)

I downloaded the livecd ISO of the OS but I haven't burned it / played with it yet. I also figure within weeks there will be a way to put a more full-fledged Linux OS on it. I wouldn't mind Ubuntu on a 4 or 8GB 150/166x SD card.
April 15, 2007 6:12:12 PM

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that school must have cost Oprah what? A couple of days interest payments on her bank account? Cheap price to pay for all the Oprah Helps Africa promo crap. :evil: 


Oprah will stop funding that school by the end of next year (soon as everyone forgets that it even exists)
April 15, 2007 6:22:03 PM

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I downloaded the livecd ISO of the OS but I haven't burned it / played with it yet. I also figure within weeks there will be a way to put a more full-fledged Linux OS on it. I wouldn't mind Ubuntu on a 4 or 8GB 150/166x SD card.


I'm sure that is exactly what Negroponte and friends intended for their little green aberrations. To end up in the hands of Western hackers as fun toys! 8O

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Oprah will stop funding that school by the end of next year (soon as everyone forgets that it even exists)


Yeah, we wouldn't want to cost Oprah a full week's worth of interest would we? :lol: 
April 15, 2007 6:22:56 PM

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I downloaded the livecd ISO of the OS but I haven't burned it / played with it yet. I also figure within weeks there will be a way to put a more full-fledged Linux OS on it. I wouldn't mind Ubuntu on a 4 or 8GB 150/166x SD card.


I'm sure that is exactly what Negroponte and friends intended for their little green aberrations. To end up in the hands of Western hackers as fun toys! 8O

Oh well, :D 
April 15, 2007 6:30:42 PM

great ! i saw at news that in romania , every student .. 7-~19 years will be given a laptop , similar to those ... even if romania is in EU , its like in africa here .

and - i will have one too :lol: 
April 15, 2007 6:38:11 PM

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great ! i saw at news that in romania , every student .. 7-~19 years will be given a laptop , similar to those ... even if romania is in EU , its like in africa here .

and - i will have one too :lol: 

Laptops to Romanian students humbly provided by

(CAN-TR) Cooperation in Africa for National Theft and Robbery :lol: 
April 15, 2007 6:55:40 PM

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Are you stewped? These kids are going to break them within 1 Years time and are going to have to get ,Dell technical Support if they ever manage to keep them for more than 1 week from the local thiefs and the town rapist. They'll mostly be sold off for parts and money for drugs and weapons.
*God, you seriously don't know how the Third-World works.. If you give them something that they've never seen or don't even know how it works they'll screw it up better than Tommy Lee screwed Pamela Anderson, if they manage not to keep it with them for more than 1 week then, they'll go from the camera shoot actors(Kids) to the Black Market for parts and things in a matter of weeks if not days :D 

P.S. Just my Prediction


I tend to agree with your prediction. I remember walking through the markets in Croatia just at the end of the Balkan War. At least 80% of the products for sale were humanitarian relief supplies. We seem to forget that $100 can be six months salary in Africa. Anyone who thinks that Daddy is going to go plucking dinner out of the trashheap while Sonny is posting on MySpace needs more psychiatric care than the people who hand out these things.

BBC: Corruption Costs Africa $148 Billion/Year.

They don't even have dumpsters, let alone anything in them to pluck out, you self centered and arrogant pricks. Obviously, the concept of appreciation is foreign to a couple people here.
BTW, there are over 200,000 child soldiers in Africa. If nothing else, things like this give hope at least, which is something that currently is non-existant. Pull your head out of your collective pompous asses. Actually, no, keep it there. It's the most appropriate place for them from what i've witnessed.
April 15, 2007 7:08:07 PM

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Are you stewped? These kids are going to break them within 1 Years time and are going to have to get ,Dell technical Support if they ever manage to keep them for more than 1 week from the local thief's and the town rapist. They'll mostly be sold off for parts and money for drugs and weapons.
*God, you seriously don't know how the Third-World works.. If you give them something that they've never seen or don't even know how it works they'll screw it up better than Tommy Lee screwed Pamela Anderson, if they manage not to keep it with them for more than 1 week then, they'll go from the camera shoot actors(Kids) to the Black Market for parts and things in a matter of weeks if not days


Are you stewped!? even if 90 of a 100 laptops get damaged,stolen or sold, they are gonna be at least 10 kids with 10 laptops that can make a difference, God, you seriously don't know how the Third-World works... in third world country's is not as easy as...hey give them money, give them food, build a school or just send an army saying that is fighting terrorist and thats it, in country's like ours we have to attack the problem by the root , we have to make a change on little kids so they can have a chance of having something close to a normal life....so they can raise their kids the same way, change doesn't happen in 10 or 20 years...in takes 100 or more years to actually see some change .

Its actually surprising how many people from USA comes to my country and get surprised on how my country really works.

The best advice I can give you is, don't believe everything you read on the news or internet,just go and see it with your own 2 eyes :wink: .
April 15, 2007 7:31:19 PM

That's a much more reasonable viewpoint. However, I'd say that the biggest obstacle to Africa becoming a better place is still corruption. Look at Zimbabwe: the 'bread basket of Africa' reduced to ashes, thanks to a corrupt and power-mad leader. And education runs a close second to corruption. And laptops aren't the way to solve that problem if you ask me. I do, however, agree with your statement that it all depends on the children.
April 15, 2007 7:54:41 PM

@piesquared

Agreed that they don't even have dumpsters, so you're arguing that it's better to take an African kid and instead of giving him something to eat, you plunk a laptop on his kwashiorkor-swollen belly? That hundred bucks would feed that kid for a year or two. But no, let him go watch some YouTube, it might take his mind off his starvation. If anyone has to do some cranial rectal-pulling, it might be you. Don't be so damn naive. Those child soldiers will be using those laptops to learn how to focus their rifle sights better.

@ADM-86

I don't know what country you're in, so I can't comment on how it works. All I can tell you is that so far, my passport has had over 60 entry stamps from as many different countries, and I've seen enough poverty and starvation to last me a thousand lifetimes. What people in many of these countries need is:

1) Food.
2) Clean water.
3) The execution of ALL their corrupt politicians.

They don't need a green plastic clamshell in the naive expectation that one of them will be the African Bill Gates. Even if it works out that way, that one person will likely keep all the money to himself and let the rest of his fellow villagers starve in the mud.
April 15, 2007 8:00:21 PM

In the voice of George Bush: "you can give somebody a loaf of bread, or something so they can eat I guess, otherwise you kin tell 'em how to make their own bread so's they kin make their own if they want to eat for a bit longer".

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"Now excuse me while I go stuff my face full of caviar."
April 15, 2007 8:21:04 PM

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In the voice of George Bush: "you can give somebody a loaf of bread, or something so they can eat I guess, otherwise you kin tell 'em how to make their own bread so's they kin make their own if they want to eat for a bit longer".

[edit]
"Now excuse me while I go stuff my face full of caviar."


Aha! So the green laptops have epicurious.com as their default home page? A "fat" lot of good that's gonna do the starving kid! 8O
April 15, 2007 8:27:06 PM

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3) The execution of ALL their corrupt politicians.


I'd like to see that happen in North America too! There would likely be about three of them left standing.
April 15, 2007 8:42:38 PM

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great ! i saw at news that in romania , every student .. 7-~19 years will be given a laptop , similar to those ... even if romania is in EU , its like in africa here .

and - i will have one too :lol: 

on behalf of all romanians who are posting on these very forums i must stand up against people like you....
who told you that in romania is like in africa?
well just for you to know a quarter from N.A.S.A. specialists are....romanians... and the winners of internationals prizes for mathematics and so on are...romanians you better do your homework before saying something like that about my country mate.....
and yes we become part of UE and that makes us proud.
just because we had an awful dictatorship does not makes us part of the third world....
April 15, 2007 8:45:58 PM

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great ! i saw at news that in romania , every student .. 7-~19 years will be given a laptop , similar to those ... even if romania is in EU , its like in africa here .

and - i will have one too :lol: 

Laptops to Romanian students humbly provided by

(CAN-TR) Cooperation in Africa for National Theft and Robbery :lol: 
you do know that a large amount of the best hackers worldwide are...romanians
just my 2 cents
April 15, 2007 9:05:31 PM

Guys, you obviously have very informed opinions about how the OLPC works, how all 3rd world coutries are and what will certainly happen to those poor green things :!:
And yet you seem to forget a few major details: Those pcs arent going to some civil/religious/whatever conflint zone in Somalia or Eritreia.
They are going to countrys as Nigeria, South Afica, India and Brazil (where i live).
Countrys like these can afford to feed these people and buy those pcs :!: 8)
I dont know about other countries, but i can tell what is happening in mine: Yes we have poor people, many but most have decent lives.
They may not have super computers or Mercedes but they have a place to live and a UN world reference brazilian program that conditions feeding not only these kids but also their families if not only they stay in school but get satisfactory grades.
Now that we know that they are in school and not in some kid army(we have none) lets talk about the pcs: they arent going to the kids, but to the schools and the teachers will be trained on how to teach with the help of the machines and with the many softwares available today for grammar, math, etc...
So as you can see maybe you will have to wait a little more for your pcs or maybe you will have to wait untill the comercial 200$ version is available :roll:
April 15, 2007 9:30:18 PM

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you do know that a large amount of the best hackers worldwide are...romanians


Oh yeah????

Ma-ta e atât de grasa ca NASA a lansat un satelit în jurul ei.

Ma-ta e atât de urâta, ca Guvernul Statelor Unite a mutat Halloween-ul de ziua ei de nastere.

Ma-ta e atât de grasa ca lumea face jogging în jurul ei.

Ma-ta e atât de grasa ca are propriul ei cod postal.

:lol: 
April 15, 2007 9:37:32 PM

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Are you stewped? These kids are going to break them within 1 Years time and are going to have to get ,Dell technical Support if they ever manage to keep them for more than 1 week from the local thiefs and the town rapist. They'll mostly be sold off for parts and money for drugs and weapons.
*God, you seriously don't know how the Third-World works.. If you give them something that they've never seen or don't even know how it works they'll screw it up better than Tommy Lee screwed Pamela Anderson, if they manage not to keep it with them for more than 1 week then, they'll go from the camera shoot actors(Kids) to the Black Market for parts and things in a matter of weeks if not days :D 

P.S. Just my Prediction


I tend to agree with your prediction. I remember walking through the markets in Croatia just at the end of the Balkan War. At least 80% of the products for sale were humanitarian relief supplies. We seem to forget that $100 can be six months salary in Africa. Anyone who thinks that Daddy is going to go plucking dinner out of the trashheap while Sonny is posting on MySpace needs more psychiatric care than the people who hand out these things.

BBC: Corruption Costs Africa $148 Billion/Year.

They don't even have dumpsters, let alone anything in them to pluck out, you self centered and arrogant pricks. Obviously, the concept of appreciation is foreign to a couple people here.
BTW, there are over 200,000 child soldiers in Africa. If nothing else, things like this give hope at least, which is something that currently is non-existant. Pull your head out of your collective pompous asses. Actually, no, keep it there. It's the most appropriate place for them from what i've witnessed.Im glad we agree, if everyone thought like the people in here things would never change, I think the olpc is a great thing, if third world people in africa, asia, latin america, and other places have the resources to bring themselves up, we should all encourage our fellow man. These attitudes are unbelivable and a byproduct of the mindset of the U.S.A today.
April 15, 2007 9:45:00 PM

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Are you stewped? These kids are going to break them within 1 Years time and are going to have to get ,Dell technical Support if they ever manage to keep them for more than 1 week from the local thiefs and the town rapist. They'll mostly be sold off for parts and money for drugs and weapons.
*God, you seriously don't know how the Third-World works.. If you give them something that they've never seen or don't even know how it works they'll screw it up better than Tommy Lee screwed Pamela Anderson, if they manage not to keep it with them for more than 1 week then, they'll go from the camera shoot actors(Kids) to the Black Market for parts and things in a matter of weeks if not days :D 

P.S. Just my Prediction


I tend to agree with your prediction. I remember walking through the markets in Croatia just at the end of the Balkan War. At least 80% of the products for sale were humanitarian relief supplies. We seem to forget that $100 can be six months salary in Africa. Anyone who thinks that Daddy is going to go plucking dinner out of the trashheap while Sonny is posting on MySpace needs more psychiatric care than the people who hand out these things.

BBC: Corruption Costs Africa $148 Billion/Year.

They don't even have dumpsters, let alone anything in them to pluck out, you self centered and arrogant pricks. Obviously, the concept of appreciation is foreign to a couple people here.
BTW, there are over 200,000 child soldiers in Africa. If nothing else, things like this give hope at least, which is something that currently is non-existant. Pull your head out of your collective pompous asses. Actually, no, keep it there. It's the most appropriate place for them from what i've witnessed.Im glad we agree, if everyone thought like the people in here things would never change, I think the olpc is a great thing, if third world people in africa, asia, latin america, and other places have the resources to bring themselves up, we should all encourage our fellow man. These attitudes are unbelivable and a byproduct of the mindset of the U.S.A today.

Being a Pot Smoking, drug Induced 60's Hippie didn't get the World(especially America) anywhere either :p  :wink: .

You Crazy Mexicans aka."Americans" :lol: 
April 15, 2007 10:05:26 PM

I guess we can agree to disagree, i thank god for the bono's,brad pitts,oprahs, and angela jolies of the world, we need more people to just care. People in the third world shouldnt be talked down about because of where they wer born in the world, they should be given the resources to make changes to who and where they are. Im sure they will be some success stories coming out of this project. Help the people to help themselves.
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