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Low-Cost Indian Tablet Project Falls To Corruption 144

Posted by samzenpus
from the failure-to-launch dept.
symbolset writes "The first Aakash tablet proposed for India schools has failed. Datawind managed to deliver the $45 Android tablet as reported here previously, but suffering a breach in faith by both their contract manufacturer and the accepting agency in India had to put the project on hold. Facing a loss in revenue it's turning into a disaster for the small Canadian company as they are now proving unable to deliver both the Aakash tablet and the parallel retail product. Senior executives have begun to flee. The company has presold a great many tablets, and delivery failure reports are beginning to mount. Is this the Phantom console of this decade?"
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Low-Cost Indian Tablet Project Falls To Corruption

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  • Re:Money first (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 06, 2012 @09:47AM (#39907581)

    Wtf does Google have anything to do with manufacturing and government requirements issues? Android is software, all the problem are hardware. If you are gonna blindly bash Google, at least keep it relevant unless this is an attempt to troll.

    For those of you who are to lazy to RTFA.

    1) Government wants $45 laptop to have military grade ruggedness (of which was not stated until late into the game). Quote from the article, ' The criteria included being able to withstand four inches of rain, enduring shock tests when “mounted in a vehicle,” and when subject to “sudden acceleration, braking, or turning while transporting the units.” ' Normally I wouldn't consider this that bad but for a $45 laptop, I can definitely see an issue.

    2) The manufacturer "signed an agreement with I.I.T. Rajasthan to manufacture what Mr. Tuli said he believes is a rival low-cost tablet." This side seems to be a mess of Corporate political issues. You can read the article for more on this yourself.

  • Short version (Score:5, Informative)

    by Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) on Sunday May 06, 2012 @10:22AM (#39907783)

    From what I can tell, they got the tender, did all the groundwork, then the group they were collaborating with came out with new impossible to achieve specs, backed up by the government, and their subcontractor wandered off to create a competing product.

    What a pity, but it looks like they've been had.

  • Re:Money first (Score:5, Informative)

    by HornWumpus (783565) on Sunday May 06, 2012 @10:51AM (#39907961)

    Hate to tell you. Linux doesn't have a microkernel. Hardware/driver failures crash the system (Kernel panic).

    Correct attribution of failures is a major feature of microkernels.

    That said hybrid kernels (including windows) do OK except the components that run in kernel (mostly video). Blue screens are much less frequent then they used to be.

  • by Shavano (2541114) on Sunday May 06, 2012 @11:09AM (#39908061)

    incomeptent contracts != corruption

    Breach of faith means that somebody failed to meet their commitments. That can mean that they signed up to do things that they later found out were harder than they thought. That's incompetence. Or more often it means that they knew they wouldn't come through and took your money anyway.

    The fact that they were paid in advance for hardware tells me it's more likely corruption/fraud than plain incompetence, but often you get the incompetence rolled into a fraudulent deal.

  • Re:Nice try (Score:5, Informative)

    by thsths (31372) on Sunday May 06, 2012 @11:48AM (#39908243)

    > If you want to pay for quality, you can get a quality Android device.

    It is more like: if you pay for quality, you *may* get a quality Android device, but you wont know until much later. Some manufacturers promise support and upgrades, but never deliver. In fact none of the Android manufacturers delivers consistently decent (not even outstanding) support.

  • Re:Money first (Score:2, Informative)

    by mspohr (589790) on Sunday May 06, 2012 @01:54PM (#39909237)

    I finally gave up supporting my Mom's old Vista computer (marginal hardware) and installed Ubuntu. Everything works great (including sound and WiFi) with standard install. Performance is snappy. I can also support here using Remote Desktop (not needed so far).

  • Re:Money first (Score:4, Informative)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@ g m a i l.com> on Sunday May 06, 2012 @07:43PM (#39911225) Journal

    I shouldn't answer an AC but since I actually know the answer to that one WTF I'll go ahead. the reason a certain ATI driver shits itself on Windows is a royally fucked .NET update put out by MSFT. It doesn't seem to affect other software but the ATI driver expects .NET to behave a certain way and when that update is applied it don't so ur fucked.

    The way to fix this is with Revo Uninstaller since MSFT thinks .NET is so damned wonderful they never bothered coming up with a way to cleanly uninstall the bitch. remove ALL patches related to .NET followed by .NET itself and then install the latest version ONLY, don't take some old version and patch up to current. Finally remove and re-install the ATI driver and it will behave itself. Even better once you have removed .NET install the latest AMD driver (unless you are stuck with some legacy cards, then follow the first suggestion) which thankfully they removed all the .NET dependencies and went with Visual C++ instead.

    But this is a classic example of what happens when a company bases a core component of one of their major pieces of software on something they have ZERO control over. I only hope the moron that decided to base the drivers on .NET of all things got himself a pink slip when they were bought by AMD because that was a seriously dumbass move.

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