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OLPC founder, Negroponte, has a few words for Intel on low-cost laptops

Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the "One Laptop Per Child" initiative, accused chip maker Intel of undermining the OLPC by selling its own cut-price laptop, the Classmate.  Negroponte claims that Intel is trying to drive him out of the market.

According to BBC, Negroponte said that Intel hurt his mission in trying to distribute laptops to kids in developing countries "enormously".  Intel's chairman, Craig Barrett, has denied all claims of undercutting Negroponte's mission, stating, "We're not trying to drive [him] out of business. We're trying to bring capability to young people."

Though the hardware specifications differ between Intel’s low-cost laptops and Negroponte's, OLPC founder believes that the main problem is that his machines use AMD processors, Intel's main competitor. "Intel and AMD fight viciously," he told CBS. "We're just sort of caught in the middle."

Professor Negroponte also claimed that Intel has distributed marketing literature to governments entailing negative aspects of the One Laptop Per Child and outlining superior aspects of the Classmate.  Some of the literature had titles such as "the shortcomings of the One Laptop per Child approach".  Intel responded by saying that it was just making comparisons between the Classmate PC and the other device in the market.

Countries have until May 31 to place their orders for the first round of PCs.  The launch price will be $175 but the goal is to get them down to $100 each.  Intel is taking orders for the Classmate for over $200 each.



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RE: Economics 101
By StevoLincolnite on 5/21/2007 9:49:38 PM , Rating: -1
The don't cure diseases?
But they can help with a select few thanks to Folding@Home.


RE: Economics 101
By StevoLincolnite on 5/23/2007 2:51:48 AM , Rating: 2
Eh, They can't run folding at home?
(Thats what I gather from being demoted).
Anyhow, it allows them access to the worlds information, they can access new farming techniques, Learn new medical techniques, research on how to build better houses, irrigation, etc.
I don't know about you, but I use my computer for more than just games, When I was back in highschool, I researched on how to build a small generator to power a small light globe using running water. (You could put it in a stream, or from a running tap, and the energy produced gave enough boost to power the pump and light globe, so as not to waste water).


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