The Associated Press reports that MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte is unfazed by the skepticism surrounding his $100 laptop plan. His plan, which would give inexpensive laptop computers to the world’s poor, has been criticized for various reasons by Bill Gates and Intel. At the LinuxWorld conference in Boston, Negroponte shrugged off the criticism, saying: “When you have both Intel and Microsoft on your case, you know you’re doing something right,” prompting applause from attendees. However, he did discuss some tweaks to the original design–most notably, dispensing with the hand crank power model. The hand crank was designed to provide a power source where there isn’t electricity, but now the laptops have been engineered to use just 2 watts of electricity and will be powered by a generator that may take the form of a foot pedal. It is thought that the hand crank would subject the machine to excessive wrenching forces…