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State Department Pays $6,600 for E-Readers That Retail for $189
heritage.org ^

Posted on 06/11/2012 1:49:59 PM PDT by Perdogg

The State Department is buying Amazon Kindle e-readers for nearly 3500% of their list price in a no-bid contract with the Internet retailer, according to government procurement records.

The total contract value is $16.5 million, and aims to fill libraries and other educational facilities around the world with the popular e-reader. The devices will have special translation features and will be able to receive information online directly from State.

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1 posted on 06/11/2012 1:50:07 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

Smart power.


2 posted on 06/11/2012 1:51:01 PM PDT by Stand W (Crush your enemies! See them driven before you! Hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Perdogg

Can they double as toilet seats?


3 posted on 06/11/2012 1:51:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
Can they double as toilet seats?

No, but in My opinion the people that ordered them at that price can!

CC

4 posted on 06/11/2012 1:54:20 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: Paladin2
Once this: “The devices will have special translation features and will be able to receive information online directly from State”

Became a requirement, then off the shelf items are no longer valid. We don't know how much R&D went into the testing to enable the “special translation” or what, if any, encryption was required for the “information online directly from State”

5 posted on 06/11/2012 1:57:58 PM PDT by garyb
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To: Perdogg
The total contract value is $16.5 million, and aims to fill libraries and other educational facilities around the world with the popular e-reader. The devices will have special translation features and will be able to receive information online directly from State.

Why are they doing this ? and how to stop them ?

Educational facilities around the world?

My head is spinning.

I am sitting here waiting for my Social Security check. Yes, I have paid into the system for years. Would take me over six months to pay for one of these "must have devices.

6 posted on 06/11/2012 2:00:02 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: garyb

My Kindle (the original that was a hand-me-down from my wife) already does all that and is under $200. Smells like a sweetheart deal, as Amazon is run by lefties.


7 posted on 06/11/2012 2:00:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: garyb

The price is so high because special features were built in to allow the State Department to send messages to the readers directly. Not necessarily a bad idea if you ask me.


8 posted on 06/11/2012 2:00:54 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: garyb
Once this: “The devices will have special translation features and will be able to receive information online directly from State”

Became a requirement, then off the shelf items are no longer valid. We don't know how much R&D went into the testing to enable the “special translation” or what, if any, encryption was required for the “information online directly from State”

Exactly. Also, the 24-7 support. According to this article (from the Atlantic - lib magazine, but the only site I've seen to report an actual State Dept response):

"We reached out to the State Department's Philippe Reines, who emailed to say that the department was getting the actual Kindle devices for 10 percent off retail price. The rest of the cost goes to cover the service and content-providing agreements in the department's four-year contract with Amazon."

So, looks like the bulk of the contract value is for the custom work & custom support. $16.5m still seems steep, but less so than if it was just for off-the-shelf devices.

9 posted on 06/11/2012 2:02:43 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

” devices will have special translation features “ - The only book you can get on it is “Dreams of My Father”. ;)


10 posted on 06/11/2012 2:06:43 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
The price is so high because special features were built in to allow the State Department to send messages to the readers directly. Not necessarily a bad idea if you ask me.

Every amazon ereader has it's own email address. Just send the message to the existing email address.

11 posted on 06/11/2012 2:07:25 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Barrak has now won the contest. He is even worse than Jimmah.)
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To: Perdogg

Amazon.com: $ 17.13 Hardcover

12 posted on 06/11/2012 2:07:35 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: garyb

Plus, developing the subliminal messaging that will be embedded in the display software was VERY expensive...


13 posted on 06/11/2012 2:08:02 PM PDT by moovova (Michelle Obama is a community snacktivist.)
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To: garyb

It won’t be long before the first one is “lost”. Left in a taxi cab or left on a table at Starbucks for the Russians to reverse engineer.


14 posted on 06/11/2012 2:08:49 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Perdogg

I’m having trouble finding details on the 2,500 unit purchase amount. The award refers to a maximum of $ 16,500,000 over 5 years and is for an unlimited quantity. The contract date is June 19, 2012 so I’m not sure any have been purchased yet. I went to the blog referenced and couldn’t find the source of the 2,500 units. I believe these are specially designed units that have additional capabilities so comparing to a street value is not apples and oranges. Any help on the source of the quantity (to be) purchased would be appreciated!


15 posted on 06/11/2012 2:20:16 PM PDT by SageofRugby
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
...The price is so high because special features were built in to allow the State Department to send messages to the readers directly. Not necessarily a bad idea if you ask me...

They're going to libraries, for crissake. What special features do they need for that?

16 posted on 06/11/2012 2:33:42 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: Perdogg

For that kind of money, they ought to be preloaded with “Dreams From My Father”.


17 posted on 06/11/2012 2:38:28 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Perdogg

It’s all in the paperwork and the people doing it. You don’t expect just one government employee to handle all of that, now do you? Of course there’s shipping involved too. /sarc (had to put that in ‘cuz some people ..)


18 posted on 06/11/2012 2:57:11 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Perdogg

Was the company selling the e-readers owned by a large donor to the Obama campaign? Heads should roll at Foggy Bottom for this.


19 posted on 06/11/2012 2:58:16 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: FReepaholic

Well, my first thought was a microphone hooked to a decibal meter, that will automatically play a “shhhh” sound when it hits a certain noise threshhold.


20 posted on 06/11/2012 3:14:51 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Perdogg

I actually got a pang of nausea as I read this.


21 posted on 06/11/2012 3:20:00 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Perdogg

The brainwashing gets a new face.


22 posted on 06/11/2012 3:31:19 PM PDT by Fireone (Patriots, not politicians!)
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

“The price is so high because special features were built in to allow the State Department to send messages to the readers directly. Not necessarily a bad idea if you ask me.”

......and when I snap my fingers, you will awake, feeling refreshed and remembering none of this.....


23 posted on 06/11/2012 3:34:52 PM PDT by I am bigjohn
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To: Perdogg

Could it be a way to hide a “black” budget item?


24 posted on 06/11/2012 3:35:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SageofRugby
for an unlimited quantity.

IDIQ= Indefinite delivery/Indefinite Quantity. Not unlimited. Still too much for this contract. Some inside baseball.

25 posted on 06/11/2012 4:07:27 PM PDT by xone
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To: xone

If the State Department is doing this, then it cannot be good for conservative America and/or Americans.


26 posted on 06/11/2012 4:39:21 PM PDT by Eleven Bravo 6 319thID
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To: garyb

“The devices will have special translation features and will be able to receive information online directly from State”


Straight from Orwell’s 1984.


27 posted on 06/11/2012 4:42:09 PM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Perdogg

"I don't understand. Where did all this come from? How did this get funded?"


"You didn't think they actually" spent ten thousand dollars for a hammer and thirty thousand for a toilet seat, did you?

28 posted on 06/11/2012 4:46:54 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: FReepaholic
They're going to libraries, for crissake. What special features do they need for that?

Apparently, a very special feature. From the article:

The Apple iPads offered unnecessary functions ... and would not allow the State Department the same control over the dissemination of content, the notice added.

29 posted on 06/11/2012 4:49:53 PM PDT by Bob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, but the state cant keep tabs on you with the one she gave you...........OR CAN THEY???

....or can SHE ???

30 posted on 06/11/2012 5:14:15 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: FReepaholic

Features that allow the State Department to put out their own e press releases, a fact based historical account of an event which may be suppressed by a local government, books loaded onto an E reader “remotely” that a despotic government may block otherwise.

I’m sure the CIA has a program similar to this to send messages to persons as well.

Remove the price tag and explore what could be done with this technology, then look at the price and see if it is so outrageous.

We spend a lot on Voice of America every year too.


31 posted on 06/13/2012 2:23:03 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: The Great RJ
Was the company selling the e-readers owned by a large donor to the Obama campaign?

Not the slightest shred of doubt in my mind that this is indeed the case.

And I am equally positive that our crack investigative journalists will pursue this story vigorously .... Not.

32 posted on 06/13/2012 2:27:09 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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