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Insane XO prices!!! Every Laptop must go!!

Jan 06, 2010, 21:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward Cherlin)

"Wayan Vota and I are agreed that Nicholas Negroponte is crazy. What divides us is the question whether Nicholas is crazy enough. (I am indebted to Niels Bohr for making this distinction early in the 20th century in the context of quantum mechanics.)

"Is it insane to offer the governments of the world a chance to buy a $100 computer for up to a billion children? Of course, especially when you haven't even discussed the other associated costs. It turned out that the XO cost $189, without electricity, Internet, or teacher training.

"Is it insane to promise sales of 8 million units in the first year? Of course, especially when it turns out that you have done so on the strength of handshakes from Heads of State and Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), not purchase orders. In fact only two million were sold in the first two years, and not all of those have been delivered."

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