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OLPC Says No Plans for Consumer Release 208

Posted by Zonk
from the us-doesn't-have-poor-folks dept.
Gr88pe writes "The One Laptop Per Child product has clarified that they have not made a decision on whether or not to carry out a consumer release of the XO laptop, despite previous reports. From the article: 'OLPC told Ars Technica in a statement that the company has no plans for a consumer version of the laptop. "Contrary to recent reports, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is not planning a consumer version of its current XO laptop, designed for the poorest and most remote children in the world," said Nicholas Negroponte, OLPC chairman.' They are considering a number of plans, but have made no formal decision."
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OLPC Says No Plans for Consumer Release

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  • by User 956 (568564) on Friday January 12, 2007 @06:48PM (#17582628) Homepage
    The One Laptop Per Child product has clarified that they have not made a decision on whether or not to carry out a consumer release of the XO laptop

    So they clarified with ambiguity. Good show.
  • by Rogerborg (306625) on Friday January 12, 2007 @06:55PM (#17582758) Homepage
    Why would they not want to sell the initial run of these things at a markup to us decadent westerners in order to get the volumes up and bring down the unit cost? Do they not understand the concept of flushing out problems by unloading overpriced units on early adopters? They really need to speak to Apple.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, 2007 @07:43PM (#17583484)
    Light a fire for a man, warm him for a day.

    Light a man on fire, and warm him for the rest of his life.
  • by rawhite (1050508) on Friday January 12, 2007 @07:44PM (#17583494)
    And, what's to stop someone from copying this effort and go retail?
  • by pclminion (145572) on Friday January 12, 2007 @08:42PM (#17584116)

    Can you think of a better way of enabling people to teach themselves about virtually anything than giving them access to the internet?

    Teach themselves? How? The ability to learn is, itself, a learned skill. And hey, being able to read is a big help, too. I suppose the illiterate will just acquire reading skills through osmosis from the sheer volume of data on the Internet.

    The Internet, by and large, is full of junk. It consists mostly of people's opinions and ramblings. Without the ability to judge information critically, this is about as useful to a 3rd world dweller as a screen door is on a submarine. Believe it or not, your own ability to use the Internet effectively stems from your 1st world education, not some innate ability you have.

    I've got an idea. When you have a child, don't teach it to read, and don't send it to school. Also, starve it a little bit (just a little, you don't want Child Services on your ass). But provide it with a laptop from birth. Give no other assistance. Let's see how your kid stacks up against mine in 18 years.

    Why, I bet with the ingenuity he gains from the laptop, he'll be coming up with all SORTS of neat ideas to get food. And once he gets his own farm up and running and doesn't have to worry about that anymore, by God, he'll have time to teach himself arithmetic with Google calculator! Well, once he manages to teach himself how to read, first. But that part's a cinch.

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