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Would you queue for the iLoo? [More inside]
posted by ginz (24 comments total)
MSN plan to install an external ‘Hotmail station’ on the outside of the MSN iLoo so people can do something useful while they queue.

What next?
posted by ginz at 3:47 AM on May 7, 2003

Am I the only one who would be hesitant to touch that keyboard?
posted by catfood at 4:04 AM on May 7, 2003

The last sentence: In 2001, MSN launched the world’s first ever Internet park bench, bringing home in everyday terms the liberating qualities of the Internet – it can be used anytime, any place and anywhere.

No wonder the phrase "world domination" keeps popping up.
posted by jeremias at 4:18 AM on May 7, 2003

It could be worse... they could put one _inside_ the loo.

Ahhh... a whole new world waiting for the 'downloading the logs' jokes.

[on preview] Did they ever install more than one of those benches? From memory they only put one in in the UK, but it was taken offline quite rapidly after someone realised a phone would fit in the socket and rang Microsoft in the States from it. For free.
posted by twine42 at 4:21 AM on May 7, 2003

Am I the only one who would be hesitant to touch that keyboard?

No, you certainly aren't the only one, catfood :P - I'd only consider using one of these if there was 1) A whole lot of Lysol sprayed before use or 2) that blue liquid that combs are sanitized in at Country Clubs.

So... Is the keyboard going to be in the blue liquid?

On second thought, there's no way i'd use one of these. Between my Cel phone, two way pager and computer at home I would never NEED to use the internet on the toilet... And to be honest, I'd much rather read a magazine anyhow.
posted by phylum sinter at 4:30 AM on May 7, 2003

Who among us needs or even wants to use the internet while taking a poo? Maybe we could have a show of hands?
posted by josephtate at 5:17 AM on May 7, 2003

No... no, please don't show us your hands. Just in case...

posted by twine42 at 5:22 AM on May 7, 2003

lets just be glad they didnt include a webcam for "important conferencing calls that just cannot wait..."

and i'd still like to see protection from the local kids who like to come tip the thing over while you're inside... like a force field or auto-activated roof turrets...
posted by sixtwenty3dc at 6:33 AM on May 7, 2003

I have friends who surf the net at home on the john. They've got WiFi in their whole space and WiFi NICs in their laptops. There's enough of 'em that do this that it _has_ to be fairly common among technogeeks nowadays.

Me, I've deliberately kept our home network limited to our workspace. I'm online enough without 24/7 access from the couch, bog or bed.
posted by ursus_comiter at 6:36 AM on May 7, 2003

If they had a screen on the inside as well as the outside you could email the guy inside while waiting to tell him to hurry it along.
posted by Space Coyote at 6:50 AM on May 7, 2003

Space Coyote: They do! Read the first comment again.

And he/she could e-mail back: I'm out of paper. Help.
posted by ginz at 7:47 AM on May 7, 2003

Apparently folks at Microsoft are lifting product ideas from The Onion.
posted by O9scar at 7:58 AM on May 7, 2003

Maybe they should combine forces with these folks to share the experience with everyone.
posted by neurodoc at 8:02 AM on May 7, 2003

It's tedious that we keep having to link to the Onion, but more so that "real" news stories and products keep on ripping them off.
posted by soyjoy at 8:11 AM on May 7, 2003

Two words:

Microsoft Bob

Thank you. That is all.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:12 AM on May 7, 2003

This is a bad idea on SOOOOO many levels:
1. At the very least, this would encourage people to stay in the loo for a long time. Not something you want for a public toilet.
2. Sanitary reason #1: The potential germs on the keyboard is icky and dangerous. Just the regular bacteria you might find hanging around on the hands of a normal healthy person post-wiping and pre-handwashing is bad enough, but what about people with some kind of disease? Or who don't wash their hands? Is there even a place to wash hands? I've never seen a portable toilet with any way to wash your hands-- the best you can hope for is hand-sanitizing gel.
3. Sanitary Reason #2: The potential for actual bodily substances on the keyboard is just really sickening.
4. Sanitary Reason #3: Speaking of a certain male bodily substance in particular-- they might as well just call this the MSN Masturbation Station. Even if they have anti-pr0n filters, some horny hacker will no doubt make short work of them. Ewww.
posted by CoFenchurch at 8:18 AM on May 7, 2003

I will admit that I am online a fair amount of time, but the last thing I need is to be checking my e-mail when using the john. It's my few minutes of "alone time"...

Not to mention CoFenchurch's list of "sanitary reasons". Ewwwww.
posted by greengrl at 8:54 AM on May 7, 2003

I've heard of a brain dump before, but...
posted by LinusMines at 9:28 AM on May 7, 2003

neurodoc: Great idea!
posted by ginz at 9:32 AM on May 7, 2003

Am I the only one who sees the lawsuit from Apple due to the naming convention, and not wanting people to think its the "Jaguar Masturbation Terminal"?
posted by benjh at 9:50 AM on May 7, 2003

Unless these "loos" are vastly superior to our u.s. porta-potties, this is beyond imagining.

While waiting for a vacancy, who stands close enough to the nasty things to read e-mail on the outside walls? Bad enough that would be within a code orange noxious effluvia range, it's close enough for sound effects too - - ewww.

And as for in chamber activity, I would suspect that most people touch as few surfaces as possible, and even then, using the two fingers they like least. Checking e-mails? Surfing the web? Can anyone hold their breath that long?
posted by madamjujujive at 10:08 AM on May 7, 2003

posted by ilsa at 12:35 PM on May 7, 2003

What 99% of people knew already:

posted by Ynoxas at 11:50 AM on May 13, 2003

Ok, so now it's not a hoax.

All this is official Microsoft communication.

So apparently even they don't know/can't tell.


Not a hoax?
posted by Ynoxas at 5:15 PM on May 13, 2003

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