On Apr 13, 2007, at 2:19 PM, Allen S. Rout wrote:
>>> On Fri, 13 Apr 2007 13:35:35 -0400, Dan Stoner
>>> <[log in to unmask]> said:
>>> The OLPC project is an ambitious project to equip the world's
>>> children with a uniquely designed laptop powered by Linux and open
>>> source software.
>> Not that the idea of the hand-crank computer isn't cool...
> The hand crank went out: hard to get it right.
>> but I'm curious whether clean drinking water for all children would
>> be more useful to them than a laptop computer.
> Of course it would be. Can you work out, as an exercise for the
> class, the differences in the economics and politics of control for
> the two scenarios?
> I'll give you a start: if you put 100 free-water devices on a truck on
> the east coast of Africa, and drive west, how far do you get before
> your truck is stolen?
> For extra credit, you can calculate the likelyhood it'll be stolen by
> a "government" or a "bandit". Any conclusion founded in objective
> reality is admissable.
> - Allen S. Rout
So what then is the difference whether you are sending free water
machines or laptop computers? Neither one will get to its intended
destination with any certainty.