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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.

-Tom