>> On Fri, 13 Apr 2007 14:27:39 -0400, Tom Miller <[log in to unmask]> said:
> 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.
A warlord has a really good use for water machines: they help him
control subjects / vassals/ serfs / slaves / pick-your-term.
He's got no use for laptops: they are pretty good at freeing, but it's
hard to use them to enslave.
Now, Dan: If we work reprap-like
to arrive at a kit so that a village can -make- a water machine, (and
re-make it when the warlord comes by and busts it), then we've really
But we've got to be able to talk to them, first.
... And the laptops are concievably a profound defensive weapon
against the warlords. Think 802.whatever antennas, long-distance line
of sight stuff. If I can tell the next village over, "They're on the
In most of the poorest parts of the world, the problems are not
engineering problems; IMO they won't be fixed with industrial
This should have been happening over beer Wednesday, not now. I'm
- Allen S. Rout