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What's the big deal? Its a cheap laptop for poor people. I can't see how this will intefere with any charity organisations that donate old computers to third world countries.
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What's the big deal? Its a cheap laptop for poor people. I can't see how this will intefere with any charity organisations that donate old computers to third world countries.
yea. over priced junk. that a person that probably makes 25$ usd a month is suppose to pay for
this for their child? gl.....
    
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yea. over priced junk. that a person that probably makes 25$ usd a month is suppose to pay for
this for their child? gl.....
I agree, if they were being sold to individuals but if people bothered to read more than two lines into the article they would realise that these are being purchased by the governments of the countries, plus this news is pretty old.

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The notebooks are scheduled for volume production starting from the first quarter of 2007, according to Otellini, adding that the first batch of orders have been placed by governments in Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria and India.

Tzeng, D., 26/09/2006, Intel sub-US$400 notebooks;
http://www.digitimes.com/systems/a20060927PR207.html
Accessed: 21/05/2007
As long as there's no restrictions to the operations of charity organisations I can't see a problem with it.
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: puts on flame suit and hunkers down in flame retardant bunker :

Now, here's my question, regardless if it is the "<$100" laptop or Intel's $300 laptop, what real benefit do either have to "poor" children throughout the world. Now, I'm not being callous, but by definition being below the poverty line (i.e. legitimately poor) would mean that you are struggling to put a roof over your head and eating more than 1 meal a day. What exactly is a laptop going to do for people in that situation? They are HIGHLY unlikely to be able to afford electricity to power it, let alone have access to the internet (which I believe is where any real value would be).

If the target market for either of these laptops is in fact NOT to the "poor" but instead to those who would be considered "sub-standard" living, then yes, I could see the benefit. If the parents strongly believe in bettering their children and making sacrifices to pay for the extra utility costs and maybe even internet access, then it would be worthwhile.
    
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: puts on flame suit and hunkers down in flame retardant bunker :

Now, here's my question, regardless if it is the "<$100" laptop or Intel's $300 laptop, what real benefit do either have to "poor" children throughout the world. Now, I'm not being callous, but by definition being below the poverty line (i.e. legitimately poor) would mean that you are struggling to put a roof over your head and eating more than 1 meal a day. What exactly is a laptop going to do for people in that situation? They are HIGHLY unlikely to be able to afford electricity to power it, let alone have access to the internet (which I believe is where any real value would be).

If the target market for either of these laptops is in fact NOT to the "poor" but instead to those who would be considered "sub-standard" living, then yes, I could see the benefit. If the parents strongly believe in bettering their children and making sacrifices to pay for the extra utility costs and maybe even internet access, then it would be worthwhile.
I live in in India few months every year due to being in Uni rest of the time, and i agree almost 100% with you, i think education + actually feeding/clothing/shelter is a better use of money. I really dont see the real value to the really needy, people who have their basic needs covered/just covered will benefit more.

I am not trying to justify and wrongdoings by Intel, but I dont see the lappy actually doing anything for the really needy who cannot even see both ends of their needs much less meet them .
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: puts on flame suit and hunkers down in flame retardant bunker :

Now, here's my question, regardless if it is the "<$100" laptop or Intel's $300 laptop, what real benefit do either have to "poor" children throughout the world. Now, I'm not being callous, but by definition being below the poverty line (i.e. legitimately poor) would mean that you are struggling to put a roof over your head and eating more than 1 meal a day. What exactly is a laptop going to do for people in that situation? They are HIGHLY unlikely to be able to afford electricity to power it, let alone have access to the internet (which I believe is where any real value would be).

If the target market for either of these laptops is in fact NOT to the "poor" but instead to those who would be considered "sub-standard" living, then yes, I could see the benefit. If the parents strongly believe in bettering their children and making sacrifices to pay for the extra utility costs and maybe even internet access, then it would be worthwhile.
sure worthwhile. "maybe" the 100$ laptop.... think about it. that money has to come from somewhere.... that extra 300$ a kid could feed them for countless months... whats better? 1 out of 5 children having 5 laptops and their 4 closest friends that (they got the 4 spare laptops from) starved to death.

or saving money by not letting the influence of greedy intel push them around?

i see many things that should be put before a laptop......

food
shelter
clothes
medicine
vaccines
water and sewage treatment plants.
electric
brining in specialized doctors to take care of the ill.

im sure there are plenty more.
    
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Hasn't anybody heard of the Intel World Ahead Program?

There are many other companies out there, besides Intel, that are working on bringing the technology level of developing nations up to par. You should see the mad wireless networks that are getting set up in the African regions. Entire communities are being encouraged to get involved by makeing sure they replace the tins every now and again on their wireless Can-Tennas. Its a cheap and cost effective method to enhance the communications of small communities over a wide area.

Obviously, any company that donates cash isn't doing it out of the goodness of their heart, they're doing it with the hopes of bringing these countries up to spec so that they become customers for their products. The markets of "western" countries are pretty much saturated now and its simply their way of branching out. Business 101.

I think a few people need to open their eyes and pay closer attention to what happens in the world.
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Hasn't anybody heard of the Intel World Ahead Program?

There are many other companies out there, besides Intel, that are working on bringing the technology level of developing nations up to par. You should see the mad wireless networks that are getting set up in the African regions. Entire communities are being encouraged to get involved by makeing sure they replace the tins every now and again on their wireless Can-Tennas.

Obviously, any company that donates cash isn't doing it out of the goodness of their heart, they're doing it with the hopes of bringing these countries up to spec so that they become customers for their products. The markets in "western" countries are pretty much saturated now and its simply their way of branching out. Business 101.

I think a few people need to open their eyes and pay closer attention to what happens in the world.
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Step back for a second and compare this>


with this>


Both low spec laptops for developing countries. As far as I see it's blatant plagourism on Intels part.

However I think the $100 laptop is the superior product. Using renewable energy sources instead of mains power is a basic element that will allow people in developing countries to implement this product to reap the rewards of either setting up an online business, or harnessing the benefits of advertising on the internet.

The point of all this is, why is Intel trying to sell a more expensive product to these developing countries, when a cheaper, and more economical model is available? And the ONLY reason is sheer greed. Ok, perhaps it's just business, but when dealing with 3rd world countries where there is alot of poverty, starting a price/product war is not helping anyone. If Intel were the generous bunch they claim to be, they'd b helping out the $100 laptop project, not trying to smoke it.

For more information, see http://laptop.media.mit.edu/
    
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Even starving children have a sense of taste... And that green went out of season before most of us were even born! Intel, oh great style-fairy, show us the way to Apple-esc products...

Seriously now, Intel isn't out to help the world. They're here to make money. If you can't understand that a company is designed to make money, then perhaps capitalism isn't for you?
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