__/ [ Edwin ] on Thursday 16 March 2006 16:38 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> All news from the past 10 hours.
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>> | Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on Wednesday mocked a
>> | $100 laptop computer for developing countries being developed with the
>> | backing of rival Google Inc. at the Massachusetts Institute of
>> | Technology.
> I would agree with him. The whole idea is ill-founded. The people
> who this is targeted spend their lives in a bare sustenance economy.
> How is a stripped down laptop computer, with no Internet connection,
> and no software library, going to improve their lives? They'll most
> likely just sell the laptops as soon as they get them.
The computers will be connected to a gateway using a peer-to-peer setting.
Given enough such laptops, the signal will propagate. They will have KDE
with plenty of software (Red Hat-based if I recall correctly). You seem to
be misinformed about this.
>> It gets worse:
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>> | Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates sketched out a vision for the future
>> | Wednesday in which a cell phone will become a "digital wallet," able
>> | to receive e-mail and even scan business cards, while computers and
>> | TVs will merge.
> How is this "worse?"
Further infiltration. Gates intends to take control of the living room (home
entertainment), as well as telephony; among many other things. Microsoft
Bank, anybody? As always, lockins and dependencies are involved, though it
will never become successful.
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