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US McDonald's Wi-Fi Going Free In January

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the fries-with-that dept.

The Almighty Buck 376

Knowzy writes "After five years behind a paywall, McDonalds plans to stop charging for its Wi-Fi in mid-January in the US. According to the Dallas Morning News, you aren't even required to make a purchase — 'free is free,' a spokesman said. It's also been widely reported that they won't impose time limits on your surfing. With around 20,000 free hotspots between McDonald's and Starbucks (who went free[ish] earlier this year), anyone still charging for Wi-Fi is going to look foolish, if not downright greedy."

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376 comments

We have this in the UK (2, Interesting)

SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489430)

Unsure how successful it has been in the UK though. Never seen anyone use it.

Re:We have this in the UK (0)

Karganeth (1017580) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489530)

You can see wifi waves?!

Re:We have this in the UK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490258)

You can see wifi waves?!

Can't you? I have one of those tee-shirts [thinkgeek.com] .

Re:We have this in the UK (2, Interesting)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489648)

Let's hope more big chains offer open WiFi in the UK. They have enough money to make sure such travesties as Pub fined £8,000 for customer's illicit downloads [guardian.co.uk] don't happen very often, by lobbying for laws to protect open WiFi providers.

Which might one day protect you, dear reader!

Re:We have this in the UK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489728)

More likely they're going to filter the hell out of the connection, and then they will be used as an example that other free WiFi providers must follow.

Re:We have this in the UK (1)

BisexualPuppy (914772) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490058)

It's free in France (at least it was 2 months ago). Coverage was quite bad in the 3 or 4 places I tested it, thought, due to the access point(s) always being far from the doors. But it was usable at ~20m outside the 'restaurant'.

Re:We have this in the UK (3, Insightful)

nametaken (610866) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490080)

It always seemed like McDonalds didn't want people to hang around anyway. They've always had horribly uncomfortable seats, cramped seating areas, unsettling colors (per color theory if you believe that stuff), etc. Even the PlayPlace ones seem mostly uninviting.

I always just assumed that they didn't actually want people hanging out. "Get your burger and get the f* out".

Now I might eat there again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489432)

Not.

Burger King is still better (4, Funny)

JeffSpudrinski (1310127) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489442)

Free wifi won't make me eat a fried burger.

Flame Broiled, or nothing.

-JJS

Re:Burger King is still better (2, Insightful)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489480)

They're both junk anyways.

Re:Burger King is still better (1)

EvilBudMan (588716) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489676)

What's in them dollar burgers anyhow? McD's?

Re:Burger King is still better (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489908)

The scraps that were left over after they washed the machines.

Re:Burger King is still better (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490216)

Efficiency.

Re:Burger King is still better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490398)

Loss. [yahoo.com]

Re:Burger King is still better (1)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489522)

Flame Broiled Nothin'!

I'll take some lean, thin-sliced Roast Beef over a Burger ANY DAY.

Arby's all the way baby!

Crap. Now I'm hungry again.

Re:Burger King is still better (3, Funny)

DaGoatSpanka (839005) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490290)

I'm so hungry I could eat at Arby's!

Re:Burger King is still better (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489916)

Easy solution: Find a Burger King located close to a McDonald's, then eat the Burger King food while surfing using McDonald's WiFi.

Re:Burger King is still better (5, Informative)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489926)

Yeah, but the fries are the best out there

Re:Burger King is still better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489980)

Mod Parent up McD knows how to make fries!

Re:Burger King is still better (2, Insightful)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490234)

Their fries don't mould, you can leave them for months and they won't rot... Not even the mould wants to eat them!

Re:Burger King is still better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489964)

You're just trying to start a flame war.

Re:Burger King is still better (2, Funny)

CraftyJack (1031736) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490072)

At least he did it his way.

Re:Burger King is still better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490044)

Flame broiled, reheated in a microwave. That's how BK does it. I've seen it. Still better than McD's though.

Re:Burger King is still better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490094)

You know, after the new chicken sandwiches and the Angus burgers that McDonnalds now offers, I so freaking disagree.

Burger king tastes like it's been microwaved around here, and the iceberg lettuce heart that slides off the burger makes it... iieeeewww. Plus, what.. they put the mayo on with an ice cream scooper?

Not that I'm a big fan of either, but I have to admit, MD has stepped up their culinary game, and is pretty far ahead of Burger King in my book.

Re:Burger King is still better (1)

alienzed (732782) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490286)

The free wifi might not but the fired burger might make you eat a fried burger.

Long Enough (1)

jlechem (613317) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489446)

You sit there long enough and a big mac and fries start to look pretty good.......

McWi-Fi (-1, Offtopic)

al0ha (1262684) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489454)

For McHackerz

Re:McWi-Fi (1)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489934)

And the suburban version: McCrackerz.

Re:McWi-Fi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490172)

And the urban version: McBlackerz

understanding is critical here (1, Informative)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489478)

starbucks isn't charging for the WIFI. Some companies, however, are charging for the access. Panera does this - but I don't think they label it free wifi either.

So yeah, you have wifi, free and open, but it's still requiring a purchase at panera to just use the damn internet (which is horribly slow at their locations anyway).

Re:understanding is critical here (4, Informative)

TooMuchToDo (882796) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489514)

Panera wifi is free. I just used it the other day.

Re:understanding is critical here (1)

operand (15312) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489850)

The issue with Panera is that they have limited the amount of time you can sit at their store during peak hours (lunch hours). So a person can't sit down and work all day until they start to charge and again, this is in select stores for testing purposes.

Re:understanding is critical here (2, Informative)

ducomputergeek (595742) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489654)

I've never been in a St. Louis Bread Co. (same company as Panera) and charged for access. They have a splash screen that you have to click "log-in" before you can get on and agree to their terms of service. But that has never required a purchase. Granted their web is useless for anything other than email and surfing to CNN and a few web sites as anything of interest seems to be block and they also seem to block ports like FTP/SSH starting a little over a year ago.

Coffee shop I'm setting at now requires you purchase a drink for 3 hours of internet time. And has for years because it is a college town and it's a popular study hang out. If you didn't you'd get people come in, sit down for 6 - 8 hours, and never buy anything. Meanwhile paying customers are leaving and going somewhere else because there aren't any seats available. (They had free wifi when they first opened. And Free was costing them too much in lost revenue. At least $150 - $200 a day.)

Re:understanding is critical here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489680)

I frequent Panera in multiple cities/states and have never had to pay any any location. It is truly free--once you click through a TOS page, you're in with no validation code or purchase required. And they have definitely received my business on many occasions because of that.

Re:understanding is critical here (1)

charleste (537078) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490368)

starbucks isn't charging for the WIFI
Must be nice. The two closest starbucks do charge for wifi. So I go to a local coffee shop and buy a coffee to use their "free" wifi. It's still cheaper than just paying for starbuck's t-mobile wifi.

Re:understanding is critical here (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490408)

Starbucks doesn't exactly charge for the wifi here in Mexico, but you must enter the user id and password you get in your purchase ticket. Several other places do that too.

The only difference, is that Starbucks also allows you to plug in your laptop to the AC.

So a lot of people buy a small cup of regular coffee and stay four hours in a comfy seats...

Man, If I had a nickle... (5, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489498)

For everytime I wished I had Wifi when I was at McDonalds... I'd have the exact same amount of money I do now.

You see, Coffee Shops like Starbucks make sense. Thats where you go to prop open your laptop, pretend to be a professional writer while blogging, while pompously talking to other "professional writers" over your Peppermint Mocha Extra Pump Extra hot no foam Chai Late Fusion Coffee.

There is nothing Arrogant or pompous about pretending to write while stuffing down a big mac.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (4, Insightful)

macbeth66 (204889) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489624)

Peppermint Mocha Extra Pump Extra hot no foam Chai Late Fusion Coffee

That actually made my teeth, brain and stomach hurt.

Doesn't anyone drink a normal cup of coffee anymore?

I use Dunkin' Donuts brand regular grounds in a Mr. Coffee.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (1)

nhytefall (1415959) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489684)

Regular, normal, black coffee every day... usually all day. Sometimes, all night. But then again, the Army taught me to appreciate spoon-melting black coffee.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489918)

Amen

As an Airman assigned periodically to Army posts, I also came to appreciate the epically near-toxic stuff called Army Coffee. After those assignments fellow Air Force guys called me Rasputin for the kind of stuff I could drink.

I appreciate good coffee.... I really REALLY appreciate good coffee... but if I need caffeine, I can drink anything caffeinated.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490082)

Thirded to you and Idontgno. Black, strong, deep flavored coffee please. But don't get so high on your horse because a career in engineering will bring out your appreciation for the spoon melting drink too. Lest us never forget the goodness and abundance of the stain inducing Godly drink.
captcha: piloting

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (5, Funny)

Hollovoid (942476) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490118)

Oh yea? well I drink out of my Mr. Coffee while watching Mr. Radar!

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (4, Funny)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490160)

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490388)

Apparently some wi-fi spots are charging by the byte.

I guess you missed the part (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490248)

about talking pompously talking to other professionals.

Throw in the requirements that the laptop is an iMac, aluminum models only, while displaying in full view your iPhone as well. If your a young college age woman your allowed to sit outside underneath the umbrella with a cigarette. Please not that similar aged men may not appear with a cigarette if they have Apple branded technology.

If I had a nickle for every time I see this stereo type near me I would be...

Someone did a very good job of marketing coffee shops to college students.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (3, Interesting)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489674)

You have to realize though, even if you might not use your -laptop- there, many other devices use Wi-Fi. For example, people with iPod touches could go on Facebook or surf the web, same with people with a DSi, PSP, etc. And yes, there are many people out there without a smartphone or who want slightly faster internet.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489952)

many other devices use Wi-Fi.

True.

same with people with a DSi, PSP, etc.

If they block all incoming connections, block all outgoing ports except 80 and 443, and use an HTTP proxy on port 80, DSi and PSP multiplayer games won't work. Public hotspots already have to use some sort of filter to present the cover-your-anus TOS to customers. If sued over blocking practices, expect these Wi-Fi providers to advertise Web access instead of Internet access.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489972)

And yes, there are many people out there without a smartphone or who want slightly faster internet.

Or people like me with a smartphone who have no data plan and have per-use data blocked because AT&T charges too damn much. Wifi works fine and is generally available most places I go. It's not like I can browse the web while driving down the highway anyhow.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (2, Insightful)

King Coopa (1374689) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489730)

It does make since as a marketing plot. It's just more reason for someone to enter a McD's who ordinarily would not. For example, I have an ipod touch. There are numerous times I've drove around in a different city where I had to keep a lookout for a Starbucks so I could use their wifi to look up an address on google maps. A few times I wound buying a cookie or something. Had they not had free wifi I would have never made those purchases.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489892)

There is nothing Arrogant or pompous about pretending to write while stuffing down a big mac.

That's why I don't try to look arrogant or pompous when I work on code while I wait for slow eaters in the family to finish eating. I see three kinds of slow eaters: single-digit-year-old kids who got a Happy Meal and are still playing with their food and/or promotional toy, senior citizens whose worn-out bodies just do everything slowly, and senior citizens' nearly-senior daughters who like to gossip about various people's personal lives.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (4, Funny)

chill (34294) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489996)

Dress in a black turtleneck sweater and use a Macbook while talking (via bluetooth) on your iPhone. If you wear glasses, make sure to look over them, down your nose at other people and scowl protectively when anyone gets near your personal space. That'll make you look arrogant and pompous no matter where you go.

Re:Man, If I had a nickle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490020)

. . . Everytime I thought I'd be getting something that I actually wanted to eat at McDonalds, I'd have 5 cents.

Does that make my... (1)

stakovahflow (1660677) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489500)

Cracked account invalid? Dang it! --Stak

Cracked as in wannabe MAD? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490008)

Unless McD's filters humor sites that started out by ripping off MAD Magazine, you'll still be able to log in to Cracked [cracked.com] , SA, YTMND, eBaum's World, etc.

excellent - anonymous downloads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489540)

I can now use the McDonalds wifi connections to plan terrorist activities and download child porn!

Re:excellent - anonymous downloads (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489578)

And post to slashdot really anonymously!

No Purchase Required? (3, Informative)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489558)

Perhaps to use the wifi, but you cant sit in the building or on the lot unless you bought something. " parking for customers only"

OT and so what! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489748)

Booth was a patriot

No, he wsn't. He was a murderer, pure and simple.

And the South did not lose the war of Northern Aggression. They tried to to rip this country apart.

Re:No Purchase Required? (2, Interesting)

jbacon (1327727) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489764)

Well, the word 'customer' does not necessarily imply that money must be spent. What the sign actually means is said person must be making use of or receiving a product or service of McDonald's. Since the free WiFi is offered by McDonald's, that would be a service offered by that company. QED, you may park.

Starbucks free? (3, Informative)

kharchenko (303729) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489568)

Is it just me, or free wifi from Starbucks is just some wishful thinking? I've traveled to San Deigo, Denver and Boston in the past week and tried on several occasions to get wifi signal. And in each case, Starbucks was requiring me to pay. I don't know why I thought it was free ... may be it was trumpeted in some earlier slashdot article?

Re:Starbucks free? (1)

technocolor (850352) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489606)

RTFA!!!!!

Re:Starbucks free? -- Da Rules (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490314)

Free for up to 2 hours (per-day, may not be split across multiple login sessions) if you've registered one of their Starbucks stored-value cards and you've used it to make a purchase sometime within the last 30 days.

So more "free with purchase"-style.

Anonymous surfing (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489608)

Only terrorists......

Why would businesses NOT do this? (2, Interesting)

tixxit (1107127) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489640)

In my smallish city (200k people) we have had free wifi all over downtown for a while. All the businesses downtown are part of committee and they basically all agreed to provide free wifi; everything from Subway, to Starbucks, to some random bar. Seems like a good way to do it. If a business tried charging it'd just look ridiculous.

Re:Why would businesses NOT do this? (2, Interesting)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489808)

Because you have to realize McDonalds is -everywhere- while you might be lucky to live in a city of 200K people and have lots of options, but living in a town about 7K, McDonalds is one of the few places with Wi-Fi for customer usage, out of the 10 restaraunts (including fast food) I think only about 5 have Wi-Fi avaliable, 2 are paywalls, 1 is secured (presumably for employee usage), and 2 are open (with the SSID of Linksys....).

Score one for the free market (1)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489668)

So McDonald's will achieve what my city government could not, and they didn't even have to force me to pay for it. There might be something to this "capitalism" idea.

Re:Score one for the free market (2, Interesting)

Splintercat (1703448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490034)

My city had the opportunity to have free city wide wifi (probably just for a year) because a local company was trying to start up and wanted to show off their service (and test their equipment). The city council decided the city's citizens were not interested in such a thing as wireless internet.

One of our neighboring cities now enjoys said city wide wireless.

Course my city decided that using a point to point wireless system using radio (maybe micro wave) was a great idea for their internal infrastructure.

Meh... (1)

ScoLgo (458010) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489712)

Meh... please notify me when wi-fi is ubiquitously free at airports.

Re:Meh... (5, Insightful)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489870)

Nice try, but that's a different market. At McDs, they want to lure you in and keep you there as long as possible. Even if you don't order anything, at least you will be immersed in their branding. The airport is just the opposite - they have a *captive* audience, and they're the only game in town. That's why a soda at the airport costs 5.00 while the same one at McDs costs $.79. Basic supply and demand.

Re:Meh... (1)

armyofone (594988) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490136)

That's all true. I just find myself in airports without a free connection a lot more often than I find myself at McDonald's. That McD's are offering free wi-fi won't bring me in. Free wi-fi at airports, while not likely to happen for the reasons you mention, would still be much more useful - at least for me.

Re:Meh... (1)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490372)

Fly in business or first class, then you get to use free wifi in the lounge..
Failing that, just get a decent antenna and go sit close to the first class lounge and use it anyway.

Re:Meh... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489998)

Also, if you ever tried to convince airports to give free wi-fi, they'd wave their hands and claim it was a security risk to flights to have open wireless. Doesn't matter if it is true or not, the hand waving is sufficient

Re:Meh... (2, Insightful)

RedK (112790) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490344)

I was waiting for a flight at Dulles International in Virginia just last week and the Boingo hotspot there was free. Google basically paid for wifi for everyone as a "holiday gift" (read, advertising). No strings attached either. Made the 2 hour wait less painful.

It's been free already for iPhone users..... (3, Informative)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489732)

AT&T worked out a deal where the hotspots at McDonalds are partnered up with them, so iPhone customers can automatically get signed in and use them for free. It's been that way for months now. I've used the one in my neighborhood a number of times, as well as a couple of them when I was on a road trip.

Only complaint I've had, in general, with Mc Wi-Fi is, I think someone needs to do site surveys on those things and improve the reception! I've always gotten pretty weak signals that are still generally usable, but worse than I get throughout most of my house with my own wireless router.

Re:It's been free already for iPhone users..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489902)

That would be great if it ever really worked.

I found a buyer for my iPhone and my contract ends with the new year...

Not just iPhone users (2, Informative)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489932)

All AT&T DSL customers get "free" wifi too. At many McD, Starbucks, Barnes & Nobel, and a few others. Usually the SSID is "attwifi"

Nice, but I don't see it lasting. (4, Interesting)

wolrahnaes (632574) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489738)

Unrestricted free WiFi in places where one might be expected to be for some time (sit-down restaurants, conference rooms, hotels, waiting areas) makes sense. People are already sitting around bored and generally looking for something to do, so allowing them to get online with their laptop or smartphone and get stuff done or goof off is great.

Starbucks and McDonalds business models are based on rapid customer turnover. Get 'em in, get 'em fed/caffeinated, get 'em out. People taking up the generally limited space for longer than needed cost them money. What makes sense for these type of places is "free" WiFi with purchase. Every receipt has a code printed on it valid for that day at that location which allows one hour of access. Ran out of time? Go buy a drink or something. I'd also recommend they partner up with one or more of the nation-wide hotspot networks to allow subscribers of those services to get on as well, as long as the payout to the local store makes sense.

There are also a lot of McDonalds and Starbucks locations within a short distance of residential areas. I could see the local McDonalds' front window from my back porch at my last apartment. If they had offered purely open free WiFi, I'd sure as hell have tossed one of my cantennas up and used it as an extra internet connection.

Re:Nice, but I don't see it lasting. (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489944)

people taking up the generally limited space for longer than needed cost them money.

Actually, I don't think I've seen many McDonalds with limited space for eating. Yeah, there may be a line halfway out the door but there are usually still about 5 tables left.

What makes sense for these type of places is "free" WiFi with purchase. Every receipt has a code printed on it valid for that day at that location which allows one hour of access. Ran out of time? Go buy a drink or something.

Yeah, but what happens when it doesn't work? Good luck getting the high school drop-out a the cash register to do something more than power cycle the router.

There are also a lot of McDonalds and Starbucks locations within a short distance of residential areas. I could see the local McDonalds' front window from my back porch at my last apartment. If they had offered purely open free WiFi, I'd sure as hell have tossed one of my cantennas up and used it as an extra internet connection.

Yeah, but you might be one of the few. For one, putting up a cantenna isn't something most people are going to do. Most will simply look at the 3% internet connection, see that they are only getting 2 KB/sec and just give up.

Re:Nice, but I don't see it lasting. (2, Interesting)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490396)

You are wrong. McDonald's is based on having the purchase part be fast turnover. They are supportive of people hanging out at the McDonald's as long as they don't cause trouble. Just go to many McDonald's at opening. You will find half a dozen senior citizens who are just hanging out for hours drinking coffee. Tons of McDonald's have play structures. Certainly putting a playground inside your store is an invitation to stay awhile. Even more have free video game kiosks.

No, McDonald's targets people who want their food fast, they will support your choice to eat it fast or slow.

McDonald's Doesn't need wi-fi, it needs bikes (2, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489744)

Nobody going into a McDonald's should be allowed to sit for more than the time it takes to scarf down the food.

In fact, all McDonald's should be placed at the top of long flights of stairs; or better, escalators running backwards.

Re:McDonald's Doesn't need wi-fi, it needs bikes (3, Insightful)

fridaynightsmoke (1589903) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489976)

Nobody going into a McDonald's should be allowed to sit for more than the time it takes to scarf down the food.

In fact, all McDonald's should be placed at the top of long flights of stairs; or better, escalators running backwards.

And you should only be allowed to use your computer after watching wrestling, drinking a few beers and getting laid.

You see, making sweeping generalisations about other people's lifestyles, and deciding unilaterally that you are right and they are wrong, is easy.

Re:McDonald's Doesn't need wi-fi, it needs bikes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489990)

Ah damn, I was hoping to eat a slow meal while checking my email the next time my sister forgets to pay the cable bill. I mean, after 2 hours of MMA training, sometimes a guy just wants a salad and a chance to surf the web in peace. So what if I take a whole hour?

You simplifying piece of crap. I'm very healthy and quite frankly, just because I can fully enjoy 2 McChicken sandwiches without gaining too much weight (if anything significant at all) doesn't mean I need to go jogging right away. The following day I'll probably be punching pads for 2 hours, working off whatever weak calorie gain I had. And that's not even my intent!

GAH! Stupid....

Re:McDonald's Doesn't need wi-fi, it needs bikes (1)

andycon (1525821) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490102)

far as i've seen, mcdonald's locations i've been to all have signs up saying the customer only has something like 20 minutes to sit there and eat before they can be asked to leave.

Re:McDonald's Doesn't need wi-fi, it needs bikes (1)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490222)

In fact, all McDonald's should be placed at the top of long flights of stairs; or better, escalators running backwards.

With blackjack and hookers. In fact, forget the blackjack. And the McDonalds.

Ok, I'm having a hard time imagining the remaining two put together,

Oh no! (1)

sea4ever (1628181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489754)

What have they done! In five years, the stereotypical computer geek will be: 1) 30 pounds heavier. 2) Unable to stay away from the fast food restaurants. 3) Working on a small cluster made out of the bits of little toys given away in kids' meals.

Re:Oh no! (1)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490006)

hah...that is AWESOME!!! A server farm made out of transformer parts and mini-barbie dolls. You sir, are a genius.

Re:Oh no! (1)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490280)

But will it run Linux ?

Re:Oh no! (1)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490244)

How would that be different than the status quo?

Urban (3, Interesting)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489758)

So I guess all those folks living in apartment or condos right next to McDonalds will get free Internet access (albeit, minimal speeds). Or even better, a competitive fast food chain next door can set up an cantenna to leech bandwidth and then stick a 'Free WiFi!' in their window too!

What will MAFIAA do when they trace p2p to McDs? (2, Interesting)

schwit1 (797399) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489778)

Sue McDs? Will McDs have any filtering?

Re:What will MAFIAA do when they trace p2p to McDs (2, Informative)

wadeal (884828) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490378)

We've had this for years in Aus and there's no easy way to p2p, there's a nice filter stopping pretty much all mainstream porn sites etc.

Airports will still charge (1)

dxk3355 (987361) | more than 4 years ago | (#30489794)

I'm sure that they will still charge for Wi-Fi at places where a monopoly can be guaranteed like airports.

Re:Airports will still charge (1)

Trip6 (1184883) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490092)

Not at SJC (San Jose). It's free there.

Starbucks is retarded! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30489948)

For Starbucks to not have free wifi for ALL customers by now is dumb. I don't mean ATT or TMobile customers, and I don't mean the "Get 2 hrs of Free Wifi for using your Starbucks card" customers. I mean anyone who plops their ass down in the store after buying something.

Several mom and pop coffee shops in my hood offer free wifi, and if they can afford it so can 2-5 dollars per cup-o-joe Starbucks!

Terrible idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490038)

All McDonalds in Russia that do have wifi, provide it for free. As a result, a lot of people take their notebook, buy a small soda (or even nothing at all) and surf the net for hours. As a result, a lot of tables are occupied, especially on evenings and weekends, sometimes only a few tables are actually used for eating, forming lines of angry people with heavy trays waiting for a chair to sit on.

mac, meet big mac (0)

cashX3r0 (1588469) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490064)

big mac and mac book unite. if i am mcdonalds, i start selling macs in a sleek shiny white box, to market the connection.

Re:mac, meet big mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490144)

You should see someone about that. Having episodes of being McDonalds can't be healthy.

I wonder.... (1)

Splintercat (1703448) | more than 4 years ago | (#30490194)

I wonder how much of their bandwidth will be taken up by lol cats and tweens nabbing the latest $CurrentPopArtist Album?

Money down McDonald's will never get nailed by the *IAA's for people downloading content on their networks. If I left my wifi at home open to everyone and someone nabbed a movie or something off of it, you'd bet it'd be my ass that'd get in trouble.

might actually go to a mcdonalds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30490228)

I went to McDonalds in 2002 cause my girlfriend really had to use the toilet, and the squatters we were staying with had no working plumbing. They were pooing into bags in their non working bathroom then throwing them into church playgrounds. I bought a milkshake so she wouldn't have to do the poo bag thing. I went to a McDonalds on the champs de elysee in 1999 cause hey, wouldn't it be funny to eat at a french mcd's, especially in view of the arc de triomphe. (I had to look up both of those to spell them correctly.) So basically, if pooing or irony weren't involved, you couldn't drag me into a McD's. However, now the nytimes food critic says the angus burger is decent, AND they have free wifi. I find myself suddenly conflicted. But, because of my snobbish liberal elitism, I probably won't end up there, anyway. That and cause I'm a vegetarian. Why do I even read slashdot for fucks sake?
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