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Mr. Anderson
May 7, 2003, 08:45 AM
All jokes aside, is this the next big move by MS?!? Sorry, can't see it being that important to be sitting down on the toilet and surfing the net. About as bad as having a phone in the bathroom at home.:rolleyes:

http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/5805477.htm

The iLoo being developed by the MSN division of Microsoft Corp. in Britain is a standard portable toilet - a loo to the English - with a wireless keyboard and extending, height-adjustable plasma screen in front of the seat.

There would also be a "Hotmail station" with waterproof keyboard and plasma screen on the outside for those waiting in line.

MSN officials say they're negotiating for the manufacture of toilet paper imprinted with Web addresses that users may not have tried.

jelloshotsrule
May 7, 2003, 09:19 AM
what's wrong with talking on the phone whilst in the bathroom? no better time really

i think the greatest thing about this plan is the possibility of URL's on the toilet paper.... i'm not sure if i'd be happy or insulted to have my webpage on there....

imagine when eye comes in there... no thanks!

Mr. Anderson
May 7, 2003, 09:22 AM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
what's wrong with talking on the phone whilst in the bathroom? no better time really

i think the greatest thing about this plan is the possibility of URL's on the toilet paper.... i'm not sure if i'd be happy or insulted to have my webpage on there....

imagine when eye comes in there... no thanks!

ah, wiping your ass with www.amazon.com, or even www.msn.com....yeah, like I said, this is huge fodder for jokes. Very good poop thread material....

I wonder if they'll have a touch screen button for flushing?

But as for being on the phone while on the toilet...well, I'd not want to have to deal with the 'noises'.....

D

Sun Baked
May 7, 2003, 09:36 AM
This should generate a bunch of interesting press for MS in the coming months...

So far I like.

Look out iPod, here comes the iPotty (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Wonder who is going to trademark the web savvy TP name "iWipe"

jelloshotsrule
May 7, 2003, 09:40 AM
Originally posted by dukestreet
But as for being on the phone while on the toilet...well, I'd not want to have to deal with the 'noises'.....


i've noticed that since i stopped eating meat i haven't had such problems. about 8 years ago (whilst i did eat meat), my bros' girlfriend (a vegetarian) pointed out that people who eat meat smell bad (including their poop)... i don't necessarily agree. i just know i haven't had much intestinal issues since. except when i don't eat enough (protein)

i think the access in the stall is dumb. though i could see in line.... however, most men don't have to wait in line at a bathroom ever.... so i guess that's really only geared towards the ladies and they huge lines

fatcow242
May 7, 2003, 11:25 AM
Who is honestly going to want to touch the keyboard or any of that though....?

Mr. Anderson
May 7, 2003, 11:28 AM
Originally posted by fatcow242
Who is honestly going to want to touch the keyboard or any of that though....?

Exactly - and you know some drunken idiot is going to 'miss' the toilet on purpose :rolleyes:

Its going to be nasty and I'd never want it in my stall...

D

jayscheuerle
May 7, 2003, 12:26 PM
I thought of this years ago and christened it the craptop computer...

- j

britboy
May 7, 2003, 12:45 PM
I read about this a couple of weeks ago, and find it rather amusing. Microsoft have said that they'll have to post a security guard outside the portaloo, just to make sure no-one nicks anything! I think the main problem would be the queues outside. You'll be waiting hours whilst someone browses a load of porn and jacks off.......:rolleyes: :eek:
The specs sounded rather nice though. A 15" plasma screen inside, and another outside, both with keyboard and built-in touchpad.

If there's one at any of the concerts I go to this summer I'll take a couple of pics for you. Not so sure I'll be using it though......

patrick0brien
May 7, 2003, 12:57 PM
-Ahh! The germs! Can anyone else see a reemergence of cholera with this iLoo?

<shakes head>

Only from Microsoft: "Where do you wish to go today?"

Sun Baked
May 7, 2003, 01:00 PM
Maybe this would be a bad thread to ask...

Is MS considering an oral interface for user input... :eek:

jeremy.king
May 7, 2003, 01:53 PM
Originally posted by jayscheuerle
I thought of this years ago and christened it the craptop computer...

- j

My buddy and I had a similar idea, we called it the Shinternet! :)

So now iSurf while iCrap then iWipe, iFlush, iWash, iSmile, then iLeave :D

jelloshotsrule
May 7, 2003, 03:20 PM
Originally posted by britboy
You'll be waiting hours whilst someone browses a load of porn and jacks off.......:rolleyes: :eek:

it takes you hours???

pivo6
May 7, 2003, 05:34 PM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
it takes you hours???
It must be dial up access then

topicolo
May 7, 2003, 05:59 PM
I think this is a great idea! Microsoft will be exactly where they should be--associated with crap. :D

wdlove
May 7, 2003, 07:58 PM
To me santation would be the big problem! They would need to set it up so that the unit could be steam cleaned after each use. Otherwise all the crevices would be a great breeding ground for bacteria! :eek:

Kid Red
May 7, 2003, 08:56 PM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
[B]what's wrong with talking on the phone whilst in the bathroom? no better time really



Beacuse it's rude and disgusting.

Also, another idiotic idea and lame M$ attempt to try and make money for a failing company hemorrhaging cash.

scem0
May 7, 2003, 10:16 PM
Spyware on one of these could be..... risqué. ;):D

patrick0brien
May 7, 2003, 11:18 PM
Originally posted by scem0
Spyware on one of these could be..... risqué. ;):D

-And require more time in the loo for others.

Doh! I didn't just say that....

britboy
May 8, 2003, 04:53 AM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
it takes you hours???


Practise makes perfect, and builds up stamina ;) :p

Roger1
May 8, 2003, 08:20 AM
This is gross. I don't like using portapotties in the first place. And I definitely don't want to be sitting in one for a 1/2 hour surfing the web.
BTW, if I spend 50-75 bucks on concert tickets, why would I want to go sit in a toilet??? Oh, that's right. So I can watch the concert on "streaming" video. :rolleyes:
I think MS is all wet on this one.
BTW, we can "log" this as my 198th post. :D

Edit:Yeah, I know. The log pun really stunk.

phrancpharmD
May 8, 2003, 09:18 AM
Even in my utmost desparation could I envision spending any more time in a portable stall than I can hold my breath. That probably holding true for MOST people, I anticipate that this "service" would hold up the line very little as you'd be done taking a leak by the time ctrl-alt-del would take to restart the computer. Makes me kind of wonder what M$ had in mind by introducing the iMac ripoff "Athens" and the pooper 'puter in the same day. . .

OutThere
May 8, 2003, 09:24 AM
Can an idea be any freakin dumber? This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard! My God Microsoft, pull yerself tagether!

yuri_koval
May 13, 2003, 05:16 AM
MSN is a toilet

Stelliform
May 13, 2003, 07:19 AM
M$ now says it was a hoax. Here (http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/internet/05/13/microsoft.hoax.ap/index.html) I think they were just surprised by the reaction on the net. :D

Mr. Anderson
May 13, 2003, 07:21 AM
Originally posted by Stelliform
M$ now says it was a hoax. Here (http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/internet/05/13/microsoft.hoax.ap/index.html) I think they were just surprised by the reaction on the net. :D

That would have been an understatement. But I'm wondering if there are going to be an repercussions from this - probably for the person releasing the hoax to the media. They have probably been asked to leave....:D

D

patrick0brien
May 13, 2003, 09:12 AM
-Stelliform

It very well could have been an April Fool's day joke gone bad. First off, it was a month late, and second, it took 11 calendar days to say it was a joke - even after it was published on MSNBC.

I mean come on. There is something missing. This is not a nice little "Oh, gee. Ha! Ha! You got us."

And to what "Mr. Anderson", (sorry Duke, still getting used to that) is saying, I think there should be a few more folks walking out the door, like the editors of MSN and MSNBC, the PR guy, the quality control people, and the marketing guys.

Do we think this happened?

I don't. They tried something (I don't know what for) and it was laughed off the planet.

Mr. Anderson
May 13, 2003, 09:19 AM
Originally posted by patrick0brien
I think there should be a few more folks walking out the door, like the editors of MSN and MSNBC, the PR guy, the quality control people, and the marketing guys.


Oh, there's no doubt heads will be rolling here, but I wonder if it will ever come to light what really happened.

The problem is that it is almost believable - silly, but you could see it happening. Now either is a mark of genius knowing something like this could be accepted or just plain stupidity on someones part.

I'd really love to know the whole story.

D

wdlove
May 13, 2003, 10:49 AM
Anyone want to second a nomination to have Mr. Anderson to lead the investigation into Microsofts plans for toilets with Web Access? We will also need committee members to assist him!