Submitted by -Mezzo- 1118d ago | news

Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

Dvice - What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they'll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa. (Gadgets, Motorola Zoom, Software)

-Mezzo-  +   1119d ago
Guess who embarrassed, impressed & proud of these Awesome kids.
gizmig  +   1119d ago
All I can say is - Brilliant Kids!! Think if they can get proper instructions, or guided to those things.
Tzuno  +   1118d ago
Natural born hackers mfkaaa!!! :)
3-4-5  +   1118d ago
This is awesome. For the Price of a teacher's yearly salary, you can just buy kids these and they can teach themselves.

blue_cheese  +   1118d ago
this is extremely fascinating from a psychology perspective.
aiBreeze  +   1118d ago
Hmm now if someone could somehow link this to the negatives of our fast food eating ADHD generation of mongs who spend all day reading tweets and facebook rubbish and scoff at supposed idiots who read books.
reznik_zerosum  +   1118d ago
" all day reading tweets and facebook rubbish" i agree but there is a lot more wrong with western world,there is some kind of numbness and shallowness engraved in people like no one lives in present anymore,everyone is interested in anything and everyone is following some cause and supporting something that they dont even understand,only bored shells left.Our sad conspiracy theories and mass communication are seen as a way for enlightenment,common suicide-bomber have more soul that anything in the west at this moment.
Gondee  +   1118d ago
While its an interesting experiment (and funny that they offloaded XZooms), i do think they should have supervised it a little. Im not sure what organization did it, but in the article they referred to the "idiot" in their company had disabled the hardware. That hardware was the camera, and it was disabled with good reason. There was a time when simply gave the people OCPL's and you know what they were doing on them after 1 year. Running a child porn network for money....

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