I'm sorry, but I fail to find any direct mention of religion in the Time article. I will agree on the spot with you that violence is a growing problem in French suburbs, and rapes are one of its most worriying and repulsive manifestations. However, having lived in the Parisian banlieu and met many Muslims, I still affirm that your bigot amalgamtion of religion, uncivility and violence is wrong.
Dr.BackTrack writes: ""The founder of the ambitious "$100 laptop" project, which plans to give inexpensive computers to schoolchildren in developing countries, revealed Thursday that the machine for now costs $175, and it will be able to run Windows in addition to its homegrown, open-source interface." More Info"
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the OLPC, Negroponte, and the Sugar interface, in comes the man himself using the "W" word in an open-sourced conversation. Curiously enough, Nik Neg has not only stated that the present is "perhaps the most critical stage of the OLPC's life," but he also blurted out a quasi-firm $176 pricetag that would be attached to them. Additionally, he went so far as to admit that "XO's developers have been working with Microsoft so a version of Windows can run on the machines," and while no direct linkages were drawn to the recent $3 software package that the firm had announced, the writing is somewhat on the wall. Furthermore, a whopping 19 state governors have reportedly shown interest in grabbing a few of the inexpensive machines for their own schoolkids, and while the creator initially stated that the XOs were "designed for a totally different situation," he was also quoted as saying that business in the US "couldn't be ignored." C'mon guys and gals, how about a littlelessconversation and a little more action?
Read - Hints of Windows on OLPC Read - US schools could adopt OLPC
Anonymous Reader writes: It is very interesting to see a narrative on how software pros in India milk the shortage of qualified manpower in the country. With a lot of software development happening there, good people are in short supply as in any other field in any other country. It is a job seekers market and the writer puts in a funny spin to his poor experience.
from the words-words-words dept.
roscoetoon writes "From the blog of Mary Jo Foley: What's Microsoft's response to the DOT's charges? A corporate spokeswoman sent this statement, via e-mail: (caution: microbrain double-speak ahead) ... "We respect the customer's decision. As with any of our other Federal customers, it's our job to help DOT maximize the value of its Enterprise Agreement through the adoption of our technology. We are engaged with large, strategic customers across government at every level, and are working closely with them on these products through their participation in our Technical Adoption Programs.""
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