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    India unveils $35 computer for students

    New Delhi, India (CNN) -- India has unveiled a $35 computer prototype as part of its program to provide connectivity to its students and teachers at affordable prices.


    Kapil Sibal, the country's human resources development minister, displayed what he called a low-cost computing and access device in New Delhi on Thursday.


    The ministry said the price would gradually fall to $10 a piece.
    A 10 dollar computer? Holy crap. You know what a 10 dollar computer is going to do to HP, Dell, and the rest? Won't kill 'em, but it will put a serious dent in their business, if these new computers make it to the US.

    But I am looking to the future. What will it bring? How about every citizen in the US having online access through their cell phone service? No more need for newspapers. They all go online. Same with many magazines. And goodbye USPS. No need for you either. How about real-time online universities? The possibilities are endless. IMHO, a revolution that brings us 10 dollar computers is going to be....... um, what's the word?.... Oh yea....

    A revolution. LOL.

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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    A 10 dollar computer? Holy crap. You know what a 10 dollar computer is going to do to HP, Dell, and the rest? Won't kill 'em, but it will put a serious dent in their business, if these new computers make it to the US.

    But I am looking to the future. What will it bring? How about every citizen in the US having online access through their cell phone service? No more need for newspapers. They all go online. Same with many magazines. And goodbye USPS. No need for you either. How about real-time online universities? The possibilities are endless. IMHO, a revolution that brings us 10 dollar computers is going to be....... um, what's the word?.... Oh yea....

    A revolution. LOL.

    Article is here.
    We shall see.. India has had a tendency to make "worlds cheapest" things late, including a car. Most of them would never get approval in the west due to environmental, health and other standards. There is a reason often that they are "so cheap".
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    We shall see.. India has had a tendency to make "worlds cheapest" things late, including a car. Most of them would never get approval in the west due to environmental, health and other standards. There is a reason often that they are "so cheap".
    What's that old saying again? Oh, yeah... you get what you pay for.
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    Do you honestly think Bill Gates would allow this? He could crush IE right now if he so chose to. He bundles so that any software that doesn't lick his damn feet is essentially blacklisted from the American home and place of business.

    He can do it to hardware too, I'm sure.

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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Do you honestly think Bill Gates would allow this? He could crush IE right now if he so chose to. He bundles so that any software that doesn't lick his damn feet is essentially blacklisted from the American home and place of business.

    He can do it to hardware too, I'm sure.
    Doubt Bill Gates would bother or care.

    To get this machine to this price you either have to give massive subsidies, hence it can only be sold at that price in India, OR, use outdated technology that basically is scrap in the west. There is no info on the chip being used or the amount of memory or which linux kernel they are using.
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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Well true, it's not meant to compete with the "latest and greatest" they can put out, but even reasonably outdated laptops can easily go for a few hundred dollars. Also, there may still be a way via some underground network that these computers make it to the states or other first-world nations. Since it's international, it doesn't necessarily have to follow rules - because if they ever did make it over here with even comparible prices, it would reek of dumping because it most likely requires subsidies as you mentioned.

    I'm not incredibly concerned about it, but I would like to see how it's played out. It's failed in the past - this isn't the first time someone elsewhere has proposed very cheap laptops.

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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    We shall see.. India has had a tendency to make "worlds cheapest" things late, including a car. Most of them would never get approval in the west due to environmental, health and other standards. There is a reason often that they are "so cheap".
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    A 10 dollar computer with a 10 dollar sound card and a 10 dollar chipset and a 10 dollar CPU with a 10 dollar screen and a 10 dollar wifi and a Linux system.

    Im not jealous. But its good for the kids, yaaaaayyy
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    Re: India unveils $35 computer for students

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    A 10 dollar computer? Holy crap. You know what a 10 dollar computer is going to do to HP, Dell, and the rest? Won't kill 'em, but it will put a serious dent in their business, if these new computers make it to the US.

    But I am looking to the future. What will it bring? How about every citizen in the US having online access through their cell phone service? No more need for newspapers. They all go online. Same with many magazines. And goodbye USPS. No need for you either. How about real-time online universities? The possibilities are endless. IMHO, a revolution that brings us 10 dollar computers is going to be....... um, what's the word?.... Oh yea....

    A revolution. LOL.

    Article is here.
    Yeah...but the technical support for that is gonna be a bitch!
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