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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-25-07 09:44 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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  -The Child Laptop Program erpowers  Sep-25-07 09:30 AM   #0 
  - What a F*ing joke! How will they plug it in?  8643   Sep-25-07 09:36 AM   #1 
  - How about a box of books that the kids could use in an upgraded school  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 09:37 AM   #3 
  - Imagine being able to store those books on their laptops  Marrah_G   Sep-25-07 09:52 AM   #16 
  - How about access to every book that's been uploaded to the Gutenberg Project?  eppur_se_muova   Sep-25-07 03:18 PM   #55 
  - Many ways, including wind-up....  Junkdrawer   Sep-25-07 09:38 AM   #4 
  - These, uh, would be for kids who already have blankets. But no teachers.  Poll_Blind   Sep-25-07 09:40 AM   #6 
  - Did you bother to check anything out before posting?  Marrah_G   Sep-25-07 09:49 AM   #15 
  - No, and I don't think they WANT to be burdened with any sort of understanding before...  Poll_Blind   Sep-25-07 10:01 AM   #20 
  - Dear Poll Blind read this!  8643   Sep-26-07 10:12 AM   #65 
  - So given what you say its still a foolish idea, fix US schools first  8643   Sep-25-07 11:13 AM   #38 
  - They have allowed Bush to reside in the WH havent they?  8643   Sep-26-07 09:57 AM   #62 
  - It has an available cranked generator; no need to plug it in. (NT)  Tesha   Sep-25-07 10:25 AM   #30 
  - PHOTO: A whole classroom of fucking jokes  Bluebear   Sep-25-07 10:27 AM   #32 
     - What are they learning?  Fierce   Sep-25-07 11:09 AM   #36 
        - I'm assuming the keyboard is in a language they understand  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 11:51 AM   #47 
           - others are available ...  eppur_se_muova   Sep-25-07 03:09 PM   #53 
  - I want to help developing nations but....  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 09:36 AM   #2 
  - Please take a second to educate yourself on the program...  Junkdrawer   Sep-25-07 09:39 AM   #5 
  - God, I'm tired of computers being the answer for everything.  Fierce   Sep-25-07 09:43 AM   #8 
  - So these laptops will have eternal battery power recharged by WHAT??!!  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 09:48 AM   #12 
     - Charged by the hand of a little child turning a crank, you willfully-ignorant person.  Poll_Blind   Sep-25-07 09:56 AM   #19 
     - They are crank powered  Marrah_G   Sep-25-07 10:12 AM   #23 
     - They have a hand crank ... it's a closely guarded secret ...  eppur_se_muova   Sep-25-07 03:40 PM   #60 
  - I teach in the urban core of a large city and every single kid in my school  proud2Blib   Sep-25-07 10:32 AM   #34 
  - DAMN STINKING STRAIGHT!  8643   Sep-26-07 10:10 AM   #64 
  - You're avoiding the question: what about American children (and adults for that matter)?  AZBlue   Sep-25-07 03:24 PM   #57 
     - I'm all for it...it's just that many of Lynne's question were answered in the FAQ...  Junkdrawer   Sep-25-07 03:47 PM   #61 
  - I second Junkdrawer's request. It is not a laptop in the sense you're thinking. n/t  Poll_Blind   Sep-25-07 09:41 AM   #7 
  - Poor American kids aren't "trendy". Now shutup and buy a laptop!!!! nt  Romulox   Sep-25-07 09:44 AM   #9 
  - Do some god damn reading before you criticize  Marrah_G   Sep-25-07 10:15 AM   #24 
  - LOL. You snippet appears to have not a thing to do with this silly laptop!  Romulox   Sep-25-07 10:19 AM   #26 
     - She asked about poor American kids so I pointed her to their American programs  Marrah_G   Sep-25-07 11:03 AM   #35 
  - Because imaginary red and black lines on a map...  LanternWaste   Sep-25-07 12:07 PM   #49 
     - I care about EVERYBODY equally = I don't care that much about my neighbors...nt  Romulox   Sep-25-07 03:00 PM   #51 
  - Hey, have you heard of eBooks and PDF files?  Omphaloskepsis   Sep-25-07 09:46 AM   #11 
  - Great - I'm assuming you have regular access to electricity  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 09:49 AM   #14 
     - Please do some reading first  Marrah_G   Sep-25-07 10:09 AM   #21 
        - These laptops are not from the Gates foundation  dansolo   Sep-25-07 11:12 AM   #37 
           - My apologies  Marrah_G   Sep-25-07 11:26 AM   #41 
              - Stop get back here - no crow for you  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 11:47 AM   #42 
  - Check the Gates Foundation for answers  Marrah_G   Sep-25-07 09:54 AM   #18 
  - Oh this explains this truly dumbass idea - the guy running the program is the bro of John Negroponte  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 09:44 AM   #10 
  - Wired had a fantastic article about the designer of the $100 laptop  MrCoffee   Sep-25-07 09:48 AM   #13 
  - Your best argument is: Guilt by blood relation? I'm not sure how enlightened that is.  Poll_Blind   Sep-25-07 09:53 AM   #17 
  - That argument is as old....  AnneD   Sep-25-07 10:10 AM   #22 
  - Well I guess you haven't read any posts from the anti-hillary crowd here at DU  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 11:49 AM   #43 
  - GO TO THE WEB PAGE  Marrah_G   Sep-25-07 10:17 AM   #25 
     - Oh, they're done and off to ignorantly shit-up some other thread by now.  Poll_Blind   Sep-25-07 10:20 AM   #27 
        - Please scroll up - another poster already debunked the gates foundation  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 11:50 AM   #45 
  - I know a lot of people would like to attack without any info, but here's some info anyway...  eppur_se_muova   Sep-25-07 10:23 AM   #28 
  - I've never heard of it but I'm interested  GloriaSmith   Sep-25-07 10:24 AM   #29 
  - Some Information About the Program  erpowers   Sep-25-07 11:49 AM   #44 
     - Great now what about American kids who can't afford laptops  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 11:51 AM   #46 
        - See post 33 nt  eppur_se_muova   Sep-25-07 03:11 PM   #54 
  - Wait ... when you said "child laptop", I thought you were talking  zbdent   Sep-25-07 10:26 AM   #31 
  - or the catholic church. . . .  antifaschits   Sep-25-07 11:14 AM   #40 
  - What about free laptops for kids in the USA?  proud2Blib   Sep-25-07 10:29 AM   #33 
  - No - our children are not worthy of this project  LynneSin   Sep-25-07 11:54 AM   #48 
  - In Negroponte's home state of MA ...  eppur_se_muova   Sep-25-07 03:07 PM   #52 
     - Well, that's lovely for Maine. What about the other 49 states?  AZBlue   Sep-25-07 03:26 PM   #58 
        - Uh, check with their governors? They know whom to contact -- IF they're interested.  eppur_se_muova   Sep-25-07 03:35 PM   #59 
  - every child already has a laptop when they sit.  antifaschits   Sep-25-07 11:13 AM   #39 
  - Would the one we get be useful to an adult like me?  Wiley50   Sep-25-07 12:10 PM   #50 
  - Well sure! Since all Americans already have their own computers, why wouldn't I?  AZBlue   Sep-25-07 03:22 PM   #56 
  - God save the almighty COMPUTER!  8643   Sep-26-07 10:08 AM   #63 
 

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