Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on December 09, 2006 02:31 AM
Yes, there is a cost of both buying and operating the systems, but people seem tothink that this is 100% loss. That is simply not true.
What if some of those village geeks really understand the stuff? Then they might start using this for more than just school work. They might have a side gig doing development. That would likely pay far more than the $1000 thrown about in only a year.
Perhaps this technology will allow communities to work together to build better agricultural or sanitation systems, once again saving more than it costs.
The real point is two fold: 1) Cost is real, and may be higher than expected, but must be balanced with profit.
2) This is a complex system, and I do not think that anyone can really understand the full implications of it. We may never know if this was really beneficial or not.