On Tue, 25 Jul 2006 15:37:16 -0700, John Bailo <jabailo@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> (On a more serious note, I really hope they didn't fall for
>> a nigerian scam.
>> The whole OLPC project seems to be run on a knife edge
>> with figures being banded about and publicity being
>> banded about. The $150 PC is already available in India
>> and continually going down in cost.
>> The OLPC is now set to cost $130.
>> I just hope no one is buying into a white elephant to
>> be tricked out of money, hardware and wasted software
>> efforts at a later date.
>Remember, Nigeria is an oil producer.
>At $70 a barrel, that's two barrels of oil per laptop per child.
>Nigerian daily oil output: 2.5 million barrels.
>(2Barrels x 10M laptops) / (2.5M barrels/day)
>They should have their laptops bought and paid for in 8 days...
..assuming they actually order them someday. It's just *vapor*, as we
"[Updated Aug. 1, 2006 -- This story was modified to eliminate the
impression given by the original wording that firm, written, legally
binding "orders" had been placed by any of the four countries
"We have not finalized the deal with the Nigerian government yet"
"We are actively moving ahead with Brazil, Argentina and Thailand..."