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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-25-07 10:44 AM
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10. Oh this explains this truly dumbass idea - the guy running the program is the bro of John Negroponte
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Negroponte

Only a republican and one who probably has contacts to the Bush regime would come up with a dumbass idea like this.

I highly doubt that any of these kids would have use for a laptop ESPECIALLY since many might not have access to electricity and/or the internet. So in a nutshell these kids are given a cheap piece of crap that will have little function in their life except to make a few US citizens feel good that they've done something to help others.

Here's some thoughts about laptops and btw, I've worked with laptop support for years: Because they are portable they are easier to break. I highly doubt a laptop being sold for less than $200 is going to survive the impact of being dropped. The other problem with laptops is that they are much easier to steal since you can just toss one into a bag and go.

Wouldn't this program be more worthy if we were donating these laptops to schools that are in developing nations? Or better yet - to children & families in our own country who can't afford a computer and will more likely have at least the electricity to run one of these things (we could probably easily provide cheap dial-up internet connection).

And for developing nations - why not provide better schools, materials for the schools and perhaps a free lunch for the children to eat each day. Plus a school is more likely to have electricity so the computers could be setup in the school for the children to use and learn on.
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