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Honestly, I don't think $100 is low enough for lots (most?) of poor people in third world.
OLPC systems available for developers
Posted Mar 8, 2007 22:39 UTC (Thu) by ikm (subscriber, #493)
Posted Mar 8, 2007 22:44 UTC (Thu) by dennsmi (guest, #43969)
A larger portion of the world population can afford a $100 computer than can afford a $200 computer. OLPC will provide more access to technology than is currently the case. That's a good thing.
Posted Mar 8, 2007 23:17 UTC (Thu) by iabervon (subscriber, #722)
$100 is just the price that they thought would be feasible for a laptop for each child, rather than for each class or each school, either of which would have been helpful anyway. But an off-the-shelf ruggedized laptop with a power source and fuel is going to be closer to $10000, which is a bit too expensive, as well as too tempting a target for armed robbers.
How many times do we have to go over this?!?
Posted Mar 9, 2007 0:52 UTC (Fri) by felixfix (subscriber, #242)
The cost replaces physical textbooks. Not only will it pay for itself in just a year or two, but the textbooks can be up to date and in their native language, not years-old castoffs from foreigners. That's the economic justification.
The kids can carry around all their textbooks at no additional weight penalty. They can even use the display light at home as a regular light.
Posted Mar 9, 2007 7:42 UTC (Fri) by rafdz (guest, #41427)
Posted Mar 9, 2007 8:45 UTC (Fri) by niner (subscriber, #26151)
Speak only for yourself.
You have to hold a paper (or book) all the time with your hands.
Paper has low contrast.
You cannot change the font size to a size that fits you well.
You need an additional light to read at night.
The only advantage of paper is, that people are used to paper and it's paper. And there's no reason that computer monitors weaken your sight that would not apply to paper, too.
Posted Mar 9, 2007 8:49 UTC (Fri) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
a good monochrome monitor can be far easier to read then a color one at the same claimed resolution.
the OLPC has a very high resolution monochrome screen that's designed for displaying text and to be easy to read. it's still not as good as a high-quality printed page, but if conventional displays (LCD's) are dot-matrix, the OLPC display is a low-end laser printer
Where did you find that $100?
Posted Mar 15, 2007 5:30 UTC (Thu) by proski (subscriber, #104)
It's unfortunate to see all the discussion carried away by a single post.
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