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Microsoft Ad Campaign Puts a Hotspot Inside a Magazine

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the now-there's-a-premium dept.

Wireless Networking 194

An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft is putting in real Wi-Fi hardware hotspots inside some copies of the latest issue of Forbes magazine. The unique Office 365 promotion was revealed in a post on the Slickdeals.net message board. The WiFi router, when activated, offers 15 days of free WiFi service via T-Mobile's network on up to five devices at once." Which is more impressive: Wi-Fi hotspot in 2013, or E-ink display in 2008?

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http://www.linuxadvocates.com/p/support.html (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547303)

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Re:Dear LA Owner: (1, Offtopic)

desdinova 216 (2000908) | about a year ago | (#43548367)

I thought that only produced bitcoin

Wi-Fi hotspot in 2013 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547327)

Obviously, this is much more impressive than a simple display.

Re:Wi-Fi hotspot in 2013 (2)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547773)

i think if they distributed iphones as advertising that would be pretty cool! Or maybe if the phone's ring played a commercial each time. then it would be subsidized!

It's a shame... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547329)

...Playboy stopped its print edition.

Oh boy. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547341)

This'll be fun for stewardesses.
"Sir, please turn off your magazine."

Re:Oh boy. (0, Flamebait)

Sir or Madman (2818071) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547391)

Why couldn't a male flight attendant say this?

Re:Oh boy. (3, Informative)

Wookact (2804191) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547461)

Statistically there are more females then males in that job field. Why do you have to point it out? I truly don't understand why that would stick in anyones craw.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

admdrew (782761) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547563)

Agreed. That account just seems kinda troll-y.

Re:Oh boy. (-1, Offtopic)

rickb928 (945187) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547585)

How often can you change your user name here?

I suspect as often as you can change your gender preference. And with the same effect.

Re:Oh boy. (3, Insightful)

Sir or Madman (2818071) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547641)

What's troll-y is claiming that you don't see how that language could annoy anyone. There is a perfectly suitable gender-neutral word that makes exactly the same point. It's 2013 ffs.

When I read stuff like "stewardess", I think old-timer or non-native-English speaker.

And yes I realize this is /. and /. is not know for being a bastion of progressive thought on gender and bias. But sometimes I get annoyed at careless crap like the above and attempt to piss into the wind. Sue me.

Re:Oh boy. (2)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547805)

But sometimes I get annoyed at careless crap like the above and attempt to piss into the wind. Sue me.

I won't sue you, but I will mod you up!

Re:Oh boy. (5, Funny)

Dishevel (1105119) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547923)

The problem today is the insane number of people who scour the planet looking for ways in which to be offended.

Re:Oh boy. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548283)

i'm tired of people being upset that they can't offend people anymore and not expect people to stand up for themselves. stop being offended that you can't just expect people to sit there and take it.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548469)

???
I did not think I came off as "upset".
Just pointing out how far too many people spend far too much time and energy staying in a constant state of "Offended".
I am not upset nor am I offended. I am at best slightly amused.

Re:Oh boy. (1)

Wookact (2804191) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547947)

I didn't say troll at all in my post. I asked why you would let that bother you. Its like when people get cranky at me for calling a motherboard a motherboard. Exactly what is derogatory about using the word stewardess?

Honestly I really do not understand why you would let that bother you. If the word was used correctly, it was, and the word is not in and of it self offensive, it is not. What is the big deal?

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Sir or Madman (2818071) | about a year ago | (#43548651)

To be perfectly honest the comment did not bother me enough to warrant all this attention. However, the comment is indicative of a baseline level of misogyny on /. as well as in tech in general. We only have to look at most of the AC posts above and below this one.

We don't call a female coder a "programess" (and the ones I know sure as hell wouldn't put up with that).

Can you think of any good reason to embed gender into job descriptor? If you need to indicate gender, use "he" or "she". Mapping gender to job descriptor is pointless and archaic.

Re:Oh boy. (1)

Real1tyCzech (997498) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547961)

" annoyed at careless crap "

Keyword: careless.

Meaning: They don't care.

Resultant logic: Have fun tilting at those windmills, and say, "Hi!" to Sancho for me!

Re:Oh boy. (4, Funny)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547991)

What's troll-y is claiming that you don't see how that language could annoy anyone. There is a perfectly suitable gender-neutral word that makes exactly the same point. It's 2013 ffs.

When I read stuff like "stewardess", I think old-timer or non-native-English speaker.

And yes I realize this is /. and /. is not know for being a bastion of progressive thought on gender and bias. But sometimes I get annoyed at careless crap like the above and attempt to piss into the wind. Sue me.

No one's going to sue you, cupcake. Just be a dear and make me a sandwich, hmmm?

Re:Oh boy. (4, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43548075)

What's troll-y is claiming that you don't see how that language could annoy anyone. There is a perfectly suitable gender-neutral word that makes exactly the same point. It's 2013 ffs.

When I read stuff like "stewardess", I think old-timer or non-native-English speaker.

And yes I realize this is /. and /. is not know for being a bastion of progressive thought on gender and bias. But sometimes I get annoyed at careless crap like the above and attempt to piss into the wind. Sue me.

No one's going to sue you, cupcake. Just be a dear and make me a sandwich, hmmm?

You forgot the 'sudo'

Re:Oh boy. (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year and a half ago | (#43548103)

When I read stuff like "stewardess", I think old-timer or non-native-English speaker.

Heh, funny bit of irony: When I read stuff like people complaining about someone else using the word "stewardess," I think mindless pedant with nothing better to do with their time but scour the internet, looking for trivial matters to bitch about.

Disability must pay really well these days. Or is that another one of those 'butthurt terms' that we're not supposed to use anymore?

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548405)

Or is that another one of those 'butthurt terms' that we're not supposed to use anymore?

The preferred nomenclature is "sore gluteus slang," or "sgs."

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Sir or Madman (2818071) | about a year ago | (#43548507)

Yet you took the time to complain about my complaining. How about you be part of the solution and stfu?

Re:Oh boy. (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#43548543)

Yet you took the time to complain about my complaining. How about you be part of the solution and stfu?

...

Nah. I'd rather push your buttons and point out that you're a pedantic jackass, as you've quite succinctly proven by your insistence on defending your prickish actions, instead of taking the advice of the community to man up and stop being such a narcissistic loser. *Gasp* Oh noes! I used another gender-specific term! Time to fire up the whiny-troll-machine, eh?

Enjoy your day, douche-nozzle! I know I will!

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548567)

The first part of your statement was ok, but why are you talking to your douch-nozzle on slashdot? I know you love the way it feels crammed in your ass, but keep it to yourself.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548765)

Why would "female steward" be preferable over "stewardess"? When I see someone complaining about words like stewardess I think a weak kneed, low self esteem worry wart that is overly concerned about political correctness.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548323)

It was harmless little pretend scenario ffs. In their scenario the flight attendant was female, so he called her stewardess. No need to get your panties (or tighty whiteys) in a bunch there, Sir or Madam.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548597)

There is a perfectly suitable gender-neutral word that makes exactly the same point.

Two words actually: 'biscuit flicker'.

Re:Oh boy. (3, Insightful)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547789)

regardless of gender, it's appropriate to call them flight attendants. stewardess is archaic and inaccurate and frankly demeaning.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547911)

Why is it demeaning? And why is "porch monkey" racist? I'm with Randall on that one.

Just busy bodies getting offended by words. I used to get offended by "computer guy" but I got tired to demeaning other peoples' professions the same way. So I just let it go.

Lawyers would get so pissed when you referred to them as "law guys".

Re:Oh boy. (1)

Wookact (2804191) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547987)

I do not see how that word is demeaning, unless you do something silly and apply it to the males. Those are stewards.

Who exactly gets to decide a word is demeaning? DO I get to decide that calling me the IT guy is demeaning. I should make everyone refer to me by title. Network Analyst.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43548123)

Nobody's ever invented a word or phrase like nigger, porch monkey, wetback or jew that's offensive to white hetero males. If you're a white hetero male, then you don't get to decide anything; otherwise there's already a stack of words for you to be offended by.

Re:Oh boy. (1)

Applekid (993327) | about a year ago | (#43548279)

Nobody's ever invented a word or phrase like nigger, porch monkey, wetback or jew that's offensive to white hetero males. If you're a white hetero male, then you don't get to decide anything; otherwise there's already a stack of words for you to be offended by.

So get crackin', ye of thin skin.

Re:Oh boy. (1)

BriggsBU (1138021) | about a year ago | (#43548357)

They tried. We just laugh it off though. Cracker, whitey, etc. Why should you be offended because someone else called you a name? Laugh it off and get on with your life.

Re:Oh boy. (1)

TheCRAIGGERS (909877) | about a year ago | (#43548605)

OMG that's so racist! I'm going to pick a random word in your post and become offended by it.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548627)

cracker
honkey
whitey
ghost

should I continue?

Re:Oh boy. (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#43548447)

it's demeaning because it has connotations of slut. coffee, tea, or me? and yes, if your title is network analyst and you prefer to be called that it's ok to insist on it.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548781)

A word that gives hint that a steward might be a female is not demeaning. Are you hinting something is wrong with womanhood?

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548319)

Statistically there are more females then males in that job field. Why do you have to point it out? I truly don't understand why that would stick in anyones craw.

Hey, someone of indeterminate sexual identity might take offense to that comment. Please think of the people of indeterminate sexual identity!

Re:Oh boy. (2)

crakbone (860662) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547463)

Because he would be looking at the magazine too.

Re:Oh boy. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547545)

I don't see why a male couldn't say it. No need to be sexist.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547985)

Of course there is a need. It causes the morally self-righteous to get all indignant!

Makes 'em real easy to spot...

Re:Oh boy. (2)

Dishevel (1105119) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547897)

Luckily you stated "male" because we all know there are no flight attendants that are "men".

Re:Oh boy. (1)

Sir or Madman (2818071) | about a year and a half ago | (#43548001)

Oh yeah? What's the difference? You should shine the light on this gem of a thought and let everyone see what kind of person you really are.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43548125)

And there it is.
So easy.
Really. Do you ever find it difficult spending so much energy looking for ways in which to be "Truly Offended"?

Re:Oh boy. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547949)

He could. In the English language "he" means "he or she" when referring to a person of unknown gender. For what ever bizarre reasons, that was unacceptable to a bunch of feminists, who demand that people mix up he and she. Thus, according to this demand, "she" can now also mean "he or she" for a person of unknown gender. So you just aren't understanding what these words mean when you think that referring to an unknown-gender person as stewardess suggests that no flight attendants are male.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43548161)

Why couldn't a male flight attendant say this?

Because fuck you and learn to generalize when appropriate, asshole.

Re:Oh boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548593)

Why couldn't a male flight attendant say this?

Probably for the same reason you didn't use the correct masculine form "steward". Most people don't realize that "stewardess" is actually the specialized form to refers to a female steward (steward being a nautical term for personal attendant), not the generic term for "person who serves passengers on a plane".

Airplanes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547369)

Looking at the picture in the article, I can't wait to see the stories of folks who try to carry these on the plane through security...

Security breach (0, Troll)

Animats (122034) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547399)

Major security breach. This is a device with unknown software, a WiFi radio, a cellular radio, a battery, and a processor, shipped covertly to offices. That provides a potential backdoor into internal WiFi networks. What could possibly go wrong?

Re:Security breach (5, Insightful)

PTBarnum (233319) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547473)

So it's just like employee smart phones, then? If random devices can extract sensitive data from your WiFi network, you're doing your security wrong.

Re:Security breach (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547623)

yes and we know companies never get security wrong ...

Re:Security breach (1)

Ravaldy (2621787) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547723)

12345

Re:Security breach (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547827)

12345

12345 6 [gizmodo.com] !

Re:Security breach (2, Insightful)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547877)

That's amazing. I've got the same combination.... ah, fuck it.

Re:Security breach (1)

Doug Otto (2821601) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547485)

You'll just have file an incident report on yourself, with cyber, when you get your mail.

Re:Security breach (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547491)

That's why it's inside Forbes - for the clueless managers and business folks - and not EE Times or similar.

Re:Security breach (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548349)

Funny you say that, because the same assholes who say I can't listen to music while I code "For Security Reasons" will be the first to plug this thing into their own PCs.

Re:Security breach (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547509)

It's Micro$oft we're talking about here all right!

Re:Security breach (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547567)

Of course, what's stopping someone from sending a package to a nonexistent employee at a company with a battery and a tiny box that cracks wifi inside? With stuff like RPI/beagleboard this would be fairly cost-effective, and people may never even realize.

Pwnie express (2)

DrYak (748999) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547821)

With stuff like RPI/beagleboard this would be fairly cost-effective, and people may never even realize.

And some companies like Pwnie Express [pwnieexpress.com] even produces ready-to-use devices for that purpose.

Check their Power Pwn [pwnieexpress.com] for exemple...

Not security breach. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547607)

Nice addition to pentesting toolbox.

Walk in with an inconspicuous magazine, leave it in a bathroom or on a magazine table...

Re:Not security breach. (1)

pnutjam (523990) | about a year ago | (#43548577)

The three hour battery might defeat you.

Re:Security breach (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547837)

Nothing, so long as we all have our tinfoil hats securely buckled on.

Re:Security breach (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43548015)

That provides a potential backdoor into internal WiFi networks. What could possibly go wrong?

If your network is vulnerable to this, something already has gone wrong.

Re:Security breach (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43548183)

Major security breach. This is a device with unknown software, a WiFi radio, a cellular radio, a battery, and a processor, shipped covertly to offices. That provides a potential backdoor into internal WiFi networks. What could possibly go wrong?

I'll say... The facility where I work put out a all-employee email this morning requiring all offices to remove all copies of the magazine from our spaces. Many spaces deal with very sensitive information and the possession of transmitting or recording devices is strictly forbidden. Who would have worried about a magazine?

Xzibit meme (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547405)

I heard you like hot ads so I put a hotspot in your magazine so you can spam while we spam yo!

Re:Xzibit meme (0)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547841)

yo dawg, i heard you like hotspots, so i put a hotspot in your mag so you can surf while you read!

In America we use internet to bring you magazines (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547443)

in Microsoft Russia we use magazines to bring you internet.

I can't wait to see the EULA/ToS (2)

MasseKid (1294554) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547561)

Seriously, I wonder what kind of goodies are in there. Furthermore, I wonder how long till this becomes a "Receipt of Unsolicited Merchandise via mail" vs EULA/ToS case?

Re:I can't wait to see the EULA/ToS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548801)

Since it is shipped with Forbes (to which I assume recipients of the magazine have subscribed) I assume that the material would be considered solicited.

I (1)

rickb928 (945187) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547575)

Want

Before you go running out to buy this.. (4, Interesting)

bogie (31020) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547605)

From the slickdeals thread:

"it takes you (when it works) to Microsoft.com, nowhere else."

I can't confirm that, but I would be surprised if Microsoft gave away 15 days of unrestricted Internet access to anyone and everyone who simply picked up a Forbes magazine. But who knows.

It's also not confirmed if you can buy this on the news stand or if it's just for Forbes subscribers. So far I've only read of people getting it via subscription.

Re:Before you go running out to buy this.. (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547853)

It's interesting that they picked Forbes. For about the last year, Forbes seems to have become a major Apple fanboy magazine.

Re:Before you go running out to buy this.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548569)

Why is that interesting. There is no point in preaching to the converted. They want this marketing stunt to generate new customers, not people who are likely to choose the MS solution anyway.

Waiting for a /. user to fix that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548523)

Going to microsoft.com only is just a temporary little problem which will soon have a bugfix once someone around here get's their hands on it...

Targeted Ad (1)

thoth (7907) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547625)

The article says it is only in some issues of Forbes, undoubtedly tied to CIO type subscribers.
Still, I think it's pretty cool. 3 hours on a charge, etc. It would be awesome if some people with hardware expertise could get one to experiment on. Or find out it is running linux inside. ;)

Re:Targeted Ad (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547857)

The article says it is only in some issues of Forbes, undoubtedly tied to CIO type subscribers. Still, I think it's pretty cool. 3 hours on a charge, etc. It would be awesome if some people with hardware expertise could get one to experiment on. Or find out it is running linux inside. ;)

but will it run Minecraft?

That's so cool! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547663)

Microsoft's had a few successful marketing campaigns over the years, and this shall be remembered among them. What a clever idea. If only one of the Linux distros could pull off something like this, and actually be usable as a personal-computing OS instead of a welfare second-class faget OS.

Re:That's so cool! (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547931)

...instead of a welfare second-class faget OS.

Why would you say something like that? Linux doesn't drive a Harley-Davidson [wikipedia.org] .

Re:That's so cool! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547959)

Nice try, asshole, but we all know that Linux takes it up the faget ass like the faget-ass faget that it is. If it has to ride some faget motorcycle in order to do so, then I guess that's the way it is. So be it.

Re:That's so cool! (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547975)

So what you're saying is that Linux is a gay fag. Gotcha.

Re:That's so cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43548021)

Precisely. It's the fagetest faget that ever fagetted. Up the butt, on Thursdays and everything.

Re:That's so cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548251)

So what you're saying is that Linux is a gay fag. Gotcha.

No, he clearly said "faget". I think that's an old French filesystem for which someone wrote a kernel module recently. Not exactly sure how that works out to a verb, but the GP doesn't seem too bright in the first place.

Re:That's so cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43548033)

Learning is hard.

Re:That's so cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548429)

I doubt Jean Faget ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Charles_Faget ) used Linux. Or did you mean the Korn song? ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faget_%28song%29 )

Linux inside? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547701)

Any bets on whether or not the hot-spots are running some form of embedded linux?

Why are our landfills overflowing? (5, Insightful)

OrangeTide (124937) | about a year and a half ago | (#43547707)

It's because of toxic trash like this.

Re:Why are our landfills overflowing? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547879)

No kidding. I was hoping it would be some kind of nifty eco-friendly printed circuit or something, but no, it's a full package of circuit board, wires, a metal board and even a battery.

I doubt people are going to hand in their magazines for proper recycling.

Re:Why are our landfills overflowing? (0)

poofmeisterp (650750) | about a year and a half ago | (#43548057)

It's because of toxic trash like this.

But but but... This one will revolutionize the world...... inside a person's head..... for a couple of seconds...... while they're trying to figure out its relevance and get a headache hey wait where's the ice cream and hard liquor?

That's totally worth destroying the soil, right? /sarcasm

Re:Why are our landfills overflowing? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548553)

It's because of toxic trash like this.

As opposed to Apple deliberately designing their devices so they are nearly impossible to fix or replace the battery, making you buy a new iDevice.

Very very few people read Forbes. Apple sold 125 million iphones in 2012 (plus the ipods & laptops).

Which is the greater environmental blueprint?

Apple pretends to be warm, fuzzy, cool and good for society. Forbes markets themselves as The Capitalist Tool.

Re:Why are our landfills overflowing? (4, Insightful)

OrangeTide (124937) | about a year ago | (#43548777)

Did you ever consider that they both suck?

roaming? will this work out side of the usa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547729)

roaming? will this work out side of the usa?

The good ol days (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43547899)

This reminds me of the good ol days when AOL sent their software CD's out en masse.

It's not my wifi! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43548041)

Quick everyone buy a magazine, leave it in a doctor/dentist's office and start using it download all the illegal copyright material you can!

One just arrived, I kid you not (5, Informative)

DorkLensman (1301375) | about a year ago | (#43548415)

I just had a "matrix" moment. I read the summary ... and within 10 minutes, a priority mail package arrived. "What's this?" ... opened the envelope and out popped a suspiciously thick copy of Forbes, containing one of the hotspots. Surreal. Hopefully, I will have time tonight to do some testing.

Tested it yesterday (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43548495)

I received one of these at work yesterday. When you open the page that contains the WiFi hotspot it pulls a tab in the fold of the magazine. This activates the hotspot. You can then connect to the hotspot using the included password (Office365). When you open a browser it will redirect you to the Microsoft Office 365 website, but it only does this first time that you open the browser. You can then navigate to other sites and browse the web as usual. I was also able to open and login to WoW. It was not fast mind you but it worked. I went to speedtest.net and checked the speed to the nearest remote server. It tested out at about 1.5M download and 0.5M upload.

turns out the whole things a mistake. (1)

nimbius (983462) | about a year ago | (#43548579)

Forbes PHB: "hey i need you to work on the online version of the magazine as one of your stretch goals for 2013."
BOFH: "hold on...netcraft..."
Forbes PHB: "no, now. you need to make sure the magazine is online by april."
BOFH: "of course. it will be online by then."
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