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Old 05-07-2003, 04:08 PM   #1
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5/7/2003: Microsoft iLoo



Oh, but it can't be! Oh, but it is.

This is the world's first portable chemical lavatory with internet access. It's an MSN UK project and is expected to be unveiled at music festivals there this summer.

(Now, this was a Slashdot story a few days ago, but I'm betting not many of you are following the site any longer.)
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Old 05-07-2003, 04:14 PM   #2
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Man, all the cool shit starts in the UK...like the pop-out-of-the-ground toilets.
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Old 05-07-2003, 04:16 PM   #3
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When and if these things ever see the light of day, I can see itl producing web sites devoted to mod'ing stolen parts.
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Old 05-07-2003, 05:47 PM   #4
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OMG! And you think the lines are too long now!
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Old 05-07-2003, 06:38 PM   #5
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No story about toilets is complete without the <a href="http://www.theonion.com/onion3536/e_toilet.html">obligatory Onion reference</a>.
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Old 05-08-2003, 01:32 AM   #6
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The first thing that popped into my head was "Does Apple know about this - is this some sort of rip on iLife?" The second was - "Talk about gross keyboards."
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Old 05-08-2003, 06:09 AM   #7
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I have just one comment: eat more fiber...
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Old 05-08-2003, 11:46 AM   #8
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I guess this is the kind of stuff MS comes up with when they have no competitors to steal ideas from. On those unfortunate occasions when I'm forced to use a portable toilet, the LAST thing I want to do is spend MORE time inside of it!

Not to mention that the computer inside will be stolen within 10 minutes of the thing's first use. And do you really want to touch a keyboard that someone else *had in their naked lap* while they were dropping a deuce?
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Old 05-08-2003, 12:42 PM   #9
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At least it gives Microsoft the ability to help spread biological as well as computer viruses (and other assorted microbes). It's a bug and a feature.
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Old 05-08-2003, 02:13 PM   #10
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Seeing how these are supposed to be put in 'music festivals', I do not imagine these potties lasting very long.
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Old 05-08-2003, 06:38 PM   #11
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as usual, MS is copying Apple

The Apple iToilet came first!
http://www.electric-chicken.co.uk/
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Old 05-09-2003, 01:06 AM   #12
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Please oh please someone tell me that this is an internet hoax ...
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Old 05-09-2003, 01:12 AM   #13
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What can I say? It's a really, really stupid idea. This is even further compounded by the fact that they added an 'i' to the front of the name just to make it sound cool and hip. Whoever did that should have something bad happen to them.
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Old 05-09-2003, 10:34 AM   #14
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Ok, the official word from David Cole, an executive with MSN, is that this is a hoax and MSN had no plans for anything like this.

From: David Cole
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 12:49 PM
To: Executive Staff
Subject: MSN iLoo

No doubt many of you have seen the press about the MSN iLoo in the UK. The reports were about MSN UK doing internet terminals in portable toilets. This caught myself and others by surprise, and caused some embarrassment with friends, family, and customers since it's quite confusing on why we'd be doing such a thing.

The real story is that this is a case of British humor getting beyond their shores and taken the wrong way by Americans. There is no MSN iLoo project. It was started as an April fools joke that spread like wildfire around the globe. Apparently quite humorous in the UK and taken in the spirit intended. The fact it was picked up and taken as a non-joke in the rest of the world was unintentional.

Please continue your faith that the MSN team is making wise decisions about where to invest money and resources.

David
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Old 05-09-2003, 11:32 AM   #15
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Faith? Faith?? PHhhwawahahahahahahahah!!!
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