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Even though the price of the OLPC has risen to $175, it is still cheaper than alternative projects

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) group recently announced that its low-cost laptop would be raised from $100 up to $175, but the group is still confident that enough orders will be placed for the group to begin mass production before September.  The goal behind the project is planning to offer inexpensive notebook computers to school children in developing nations.

Even with an increased price tag of $175, the notebooks are still much cheaper than what the computer industry has traditionally offered.  OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte previously stated the price of the notebooks could drop almost 25 percent per year.

A number of factors have caused the increase in the laptop, including design costs and a raise in price of nickel.

"We are perhaps at the most critical stage of OLPC's life," said Negroponte.

Using a modified version of Red hat Linux, the Quanta Computer-built laptop offers users an interface that has pictographic icons instead of traditional windows and folders.

OLPC reportedly already has 2.5 million unit orders, but has to reach the 3 million order mark before May 30, or the group's hardware suppliers will not have enough time to get parts ready, according to Negroponte.

OLPC officials said on Thursday that it may offer laptops to U.S. schools, even though the group previously said that the laptops would be for foreign children only.

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RE: 175$ becomes the price
By Talcite on 4/29/2007 11:26:21 AM , Rating: 0
total foreign assistance in 2005 was $34.360 Billion.

Ahh yes, the US gave alot of money, but what percentage of the US GDP is that figure? Not nearly close to the 1% that some European countries give for foreign aid. Even Canada, where I am from, gives 0.34%, which incidentally is higher than the US percentage. Moreover, what percentage of that 34 billion goes to Afghanistan and Iraq in the form of "rebuilding" aid? Finally, what percentage of that foreign aid is tied?

I have serious issues to raise when people say that the US is a leader of development aid or is doing fine in foreign aid. On the international scale, the US is one of the worst countries for foreign aid spending.

RE: 175$ becomes the price
By masher2 on 4/29/2007 3:48:03 PM , Rating: 5
> "Ahh yes, the US gave alot of money, but what percentage of the US GDP is that figure?"

If you consider private donations, the US leads the world, both in total dollars and as a percentage of GDP. If you consider public donations only, the US is still first in total dollars, but ranks 20th as a percentage of GDP.

However, that figure doesn't reflect spendings such as the US's financing the lion's share of the UN, the World Bank, and similar organizations. It also doesn't reflect how those aid dollars are spent. France's foreign aid, for instance, is spent almost totally as a lever to advance French foreign interests, or to promote sales of French arms or other products overseas.

Furthermore, it doesn't reflect the disastrous effects of European agricultural subsidies, upon which the EU spends over $40B/year, subsidies which countless organizations have identified as exerting a crushing cost on developing nations, by preventing their primary exports from competing fairly within the EU.

Finally, I have to point out an inherent flaw in your reasoning, that the donating of huge sums to money to corrupt regimes in third-world nations is a moral imperative...or even that its to be desired. Quite often the results of such aid are more negative than positive, and appears to be given more to ease the "white guilt" of the donor rather than to perform any useful purpose. The costs of denying a regime MFN trading status due to human rights violations, or enforcing a trade embargo are never counted as 'foreign aid', but quite often they are far more valuable to the people of that nation than simply writing a check and hoping some small portion of it actually makes it way into their hands.

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