[BALU] B'ham on Slashdot

jim vines jgoodguy at charter.net
Thu Dec 6 04:39:51 CST 2007


I'd be more concerned that the laptops would be salvaged for parts to be 
sold on ebay. 

Outside of that, I've heard that laptop programs have been a 
disappointment in general, but a quick Google does not produce much. 

http://www.openeducation.net/2007/10/25/mixed-results-for-maines-laptop-initiative/
http://fno.org/jan02/overequipped.html

Jim


Charles Tharp wrote:
> What if we get a night of the living dead scenario.  we could 
> accomplish the same thing
> by giving them radios.  either solar powered, hand cranked.  but hey I 
> bet in the last 60
> years they have improved the am crystal radio somewhat. lets just Chip 
> them.
> Then they could all be smarter than us.  OH I better go review my 
> (pinky and the
> brain) collection to see if this has already been done. and then 
> forward it on
> the Dilbert.  I'm sure Wally will come up with an answer. Maybe even 
> let on
> what the question was.
>
> On Dec 5, 2007 5:45 PM, Brian Byers <cbbyers at cbbyers.com 
> <mailto:cbbyers at cbbyers.com>> wrote:
>
>     Well, I had pictured the children taking the laptops directly to the
>     pawn shops.
>
>     Community disapproval works well.  If you need a good example,
>     just look
>     at all the copper recyclers who go to great effort and expense to make
>     sure they do not take receipt of stolen copper.
>
>     I wanted to buy an OLPC, but it would not let me register a worthwhile
>     recipient.  Once eBay is littered with OLPCs, and the Birmingham
>     laptops
>     are distributed to students and later pawned for cash, you'll
>     never see
>     any analysis as to why the idea failed.  It will be forever buried
>     with
>     the other "feel good" projects.
>
>     Distributing laptops to third world countries is about as useful
>     as me
>     trying to teach cryptography to my cat.  He just wants food and water.
>     Meeeow.
>
>     James Buchanan wrote:
>     > Well, that's assuming the country in question implements a
>     particular
>     > security system the OLPC guys built in, basically making all the XOs
>     > they bought dependent on central authorization from the OLPC school
>     > server--i.e., if someone's laptop gets stolen, they can report
>     it and
>     > the authorities can shut it down. I can't imagine Birmingham
>     acutally
>     > doing this, since the mesh probably won't work so well if
>     students can
>     > live farther than walking distance from their school.
>     >
>     > If the country in question decides not to implement the system, the
>     > OLPC falls back on "community disapproval" to stop the things from
>     > being stolen--basically, they're hoping that, since the laptop's so
>     > distinctive, it'll be obvious that anyone using one stole it from a
>     > child, and thus folk will be ashamed to steal them. I'd bet they'll
>     > quickly be in BHam pawn shops, working fine.
>     >
>     > JB
>     >
>     > On Dec 5, 2007 3:42 PM, Charles McNutt
>     <charlesmcnutt at windstream.net
>     <mailto:charlesmcnutt at windstream.net>> wrote:
>     >
>     >> Don't get you hopes up too much. Negroponte said that they
>     spent a lot
>     >> of time on security. If the laptop is stolen, lost, misplaced,
>     or maybe
>     >> pawned, it will quit working.
>     >>
>     >> Charles (cwm)
>     >>
>     >>
>     >> Brian Byers wrote:
>     >>
>     >>> This is good news.  In 3 months or so, I should be able to buy
>     one of
>     >>> these Birmingham issued laptops for $100 at Pee Wee's Pawn Shop.
>     >>>
>     >>> Patrick Hill wrote:
>     >>>
>     >>>
>     >>>> Birmingham City Schools will be first in nation to get $200
>     XO laptops.
>     >>>>
>     >>>>
>     >>>> Kind of ironic that they will be arriving on April 15:
>     >>>>
>     >>>>
>     http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2007/12/birmingham_city_schools_will_b.html
>     >>>>
>     >>>> The article also states "Even though the computers are so
>     easy to use,
>     >>>> Langford said a consulting firm has offered to train students
>     in all
>     >>>> Birmingham schools."
>     >>>>
>     >>>> See you at Dave's tonight.
>     >>>>
>     >>>> -Patrick
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