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Truck Stops Get Wireless Internet

simoniker posted more than 11 years ago | from the gonna-roll-this-truckin-convoy dept.

Technology 287

Makarand writes "According to SFGate.com, a company called IdleAire Technologies are building high-tech truck stops to provide drivers with air-conditioning, television, Internet access and phone service in truck cabs, so that they can turn off their engines. Trucks will pull into bays, where flexible tubes ending in vents for hot or cold air, and touch sensitive screens for Internet access can be pulled inside the truck's cab. There's also a separate wireless Internet option, where drivers don't have to pull into the bays. The basic services provided cost less than the fuel spent in idling a truck."

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FIRST POST! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214561)

fp?

Wireless Truck Stop AOL (3, Funny)

CptChipJew (301983) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214564)

BigTrux91: "hey, ASL?"
XoRigChikoX: "43/f/truck stop, u?"
BigTrux91: "lol, same"
XoRigChikoX: "im just takin a break, haulin a shipment of lawn chairs from kentucky to los an-ghi-lees"
JenLiveCam9113: "Live sex cams, click here!"
BigTrux91: "wanna cyber?"
XoRigChickoX: "mmm, show me ur exhaust pipe"
BigTrux91: "::steps out of truck, removes pants::"

sorry....

Re:Wireless Truck Stop AOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214614)

I'm guessin he wants to fill her up with some diesel huh? HUH?

Re: Save the LOT LIZARDS! (1)

DeDmeTe (678464) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214667)

...and touch sensitive screens for Internet access can be pulled inside the truck's cab... Guess that puts the truck stop girls out of a job, of one sort or another.

Re:Wireless Truck Stop AOL (2, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214705)

Since most are already used to catching virii at truck stops, I don't think it will be that big a change...

Re:Wireless Truck Stop AOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214808)

Viruses.

http://www.perl.com/language/misc/virus.html

Essentially (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214712)

This is EXACTLY what will happen. Bubba is just looking to get laid, the internet is an adjunct. Why would this be a newsworthy story? Why would we encourage Bubba to attempt to be on the net while driving? Bubba, is already stupid enough to have a CB raddidio, and a cell phone(those sexlines are all on speed dial). Why would anyone think that by taxing Bubba's mind any further, that anyone could derive benefit from it. Oh, I get it, you morons fell for another advertising ploy...

OT: Weird Al! (0, Offtopic)

bravehamster (44836) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214720)

Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog!

Ahh, I was thinking of changing my sig to this exact same thing! Weird Al is a genius among men, not just French people. And lucky me, my fiancee bought us tickets to see him in concert this sunday at CalPoly. Woo! Just thought I'd share that with you.

touch sensitive screens (2, Funny)

bathmatt (638217) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214747)

Truck drivers, internet, porn and touch sensitive screens, need I say more?? Hope they have a "sneeze guard" IYKWIM

Re:Wireless Truck Stop AOL (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214761)

If they have beastiality porn and country music (aka redneck noise) then they will have everything truckers like, other than the illegal drugs.

Re:Wireless Truck Stop AOL (1)

ian istryingtowork (681843) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214777)

well illegal drugs are missing but what about a nice trany or even a good ol country loving prostitute.

Potential problem (4, Funny)

jabbadabbadoo (599681) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214565)

Truck drivers may become geeks, hence reducing the efficency of our infrastructure.

So, in a few years time, if that package you ordered takes a loooong time to get delivered... you know why. The friggin' truck driver is reading /.

Re:Potential problem (5, Funny)

aborchers (471342) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214668)


So, in a few years time, if that package you ordered takes a loooong time to get delivered... you know why. The friggin' truck driver is reading /


Look on the bright side. It's bound to raise the intelligence level of much of the posting...

Re:Potential problem (1)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214726)


Look on the bright side. It's bound to raise the intelligence level of much of the posting...
..and goatse linkage can't make truck-stop food any less appetizing than it already is...

Re:Potential problem (1)

pheared (446683) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214723)

...in a few years time, if that package you ordered takes a loooong time to get delivered...

Heh. So what's the excuse now? Every third package I receive ends up with some mysterious delays, no matter who the carrier is.

I think this will just be another diversion in the full house of diversions that truck drivers must exercise.

Re:Potential problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214850)

mysterious delays? Hmm sounds like something the government would do...What's that sound? It almost sounds like helicopt....CARRIER LOST

Re:Potential problem (5, Funny)

Telastyn (206146) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214811)

Seems like truck driving would be a great geek job... I mean it's probably one of the few jobs other than programming that involves long stretches of time sitting on your ass, alone, in the middle of the night.

Convoy! (4, Insightful)

spector30 (319592) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214570)

So with the wireless access can you use all the trucks on the road as a rolling wireless relay system? If so that would be cool. Sure puts the old CB system to shame.

Re:Convoy! (2, Interesting)

Igor47 (557180) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214709)

OH MY GOD!

Good point. I just had this image in my head of a map with little red dots moving everywhere representing nodes on an ad hoc network...that would be so awsome!

there are probably enough trucks in any metropolitan area to sustain a connection. Certainly, if you drive around LA you'll run into a few trucks ever couple of blocks, making deliveries. if every one of these trucks had a wireless access card, a blanket of wireless coverage would decend accross the city....

Re:Convoy! (1)

pheared (446683) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214800)

Yeah, my esteemed colleague at work has suggested something like this to be run even from car to car.

We have also discussed the many wonderful intracar communication opportunities that this would present. Over will be the days of screaming at your windshield and honking your horn. Deliver your hate inspired, rage reducing, message over the wireless car system. Engage in a healthy discourse with your fellow idiot human driver.

In the meantime, I'm thinking an elaborate LED sign system in my car will facilitate outbound communications at the least. That's all I really need when I want to explain to the schmuck in front of me that his "I LuB JC" sticker is an admission of low intelligence.

I want to be a trucker too (3, Interesting)

kyoko21 (198413) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214572)

Wow. That's pretty cool. If a trucker can get internet access, maybe those who are unemployed should look into those trucking schools. Some of the truckers I have heard make $40/hour. Not too shabby.

Re:I want to be a trucker too (4, Funny)

EnderWiggnz (39214) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214589)

lol...

yeh, if your idea of a good job is working 20 hour days cracked out on meth, keeping 2 books and being on the road for months at a time, its great.

Re:I want to be a trucker too (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214680)

Is there a downside?

Drive-ins (3, Interesting)

bubblegoose (473320) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214573)

The system itself works, in some ways, like a car speaker at a drive-in movie theater.

How many people are going to get that reference? The drive-ins have been gone from Eastern PA for around 10+ years now. The cheap porno one was the last to go in this area, and for years before that they broadcast their signal over low power AM.

Boy, am I feeling old right now.

Re:Drive-ins (0, Offtopic)

GiMP (10923) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214615)

There is still a drive near Scranton, PA in Dickson City. There used to be one near Philadelphia, but I think they closed it about 6 years ago.

Re:Drive-ins (1)

Hank Chinaski (257573) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214691)

everyone probably knows them from the movies.

You know, we're not all 16 years old (2, Insightful)

beavis88 (25983) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214693)

Some of us are *gasp* old enough to have actually attended a drive-in movie! :)

I got that reference, but it is odd to think that there are probably millions of people out there now who never would, and probably never will...

A few still exist in CO (1, Insightful)

zapp (201236) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214743)

A few drive ins still exist in colorado, one in my hometown (Montrose) and one here in my school town (Fort Collins). I'm sure there are a few others.

Oh, and both do the radio thing, and the speaker-on-a-wire thing.

My gf from chicago is always excited to go to the drive in... they do provide a pretty neat environment.

And I'm (only?) 22, so don't feel too old, I concider myself young and still remember them well.

I'm not dead yet (2, Informative)

kiwimate (458274) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214849)

There are still a few left [driveintheater.com] , you know.

And, for the benefit of those of you who don't live in PA, look here [driveintheater.com] .

Schweet!!! (4, Funny)

mcgroarty (633843) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214574)

Sounds like all I need!

How much to just park a big cardboard box next to a tube?

I could think of better places... (-1, Troll)

rkz (667993) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214575)

Well I would be quite alarmed if truck drivers actually carried laptops with them, once their hooked on solitare imagine all the accidents they are going to cause. Furthermore how many computer literate truck drivers do you know?!
The Air conditioning and other basic services provided are great but WiFi?
Wouldn't hotspot operators make more money hooking up city centres and football grounds?

Re:I could think of better places... (3, Insightful)

RevMike (632002) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214635)

Actually, I'm not surprised.

1. More and more truckers are using satelite based tracking and communication systems. (Mostly trucking companies, not individual owner/operators, I think). Theses systems tend to be laptop based.

2. Cheap and easy way to keep in touch with your loved ones and manage your life while on the road.

Re:I could think of better places... (4, Insightful)

chill (34294) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214636)

Many truckers keep in touch with family by e-mail. It is also a way to get traffic information, etc.

You don't have to be a geek to read e-mail, use IM or browse the web in your off time. Just look at how many people AOL has signed up.

As a professional driver (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214690)

Well I would be quite alarmed if truck drivers actually carried laptops with them, once their hooked on solitare imagine all the accidents they are going to cause. Furthermore how many computer literate truck drivers do you know?!
The Air conditioning and other basic services provided are great but WiFi?
Wouldn't hotspot operators make more money hooking up city centres and football grounds?


I am quite alarmed about these "gas stations" that are accessible to computer operators such as yourselves. Once you're hooked on travelling around, imagine how mant accidets you are going to cause. Furthermore, how many excellent driving geeks do you know?

I'm happy you have a/c and basic utilities in your house, but gas and your own transportation? Wouldn't gas station operators make more money hooking up only truck stops and fleet maintenance yards?

Wireless at Truckstops (4, Interesting)

prhodes (625766) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214577)

The local Flying J's truckstop has been advertising wireless access for about a month - I don't think it has the a/c stuff set up - no bays. At any rate, are there really that many truckers hauling around laptops?

Re:Wireless at Truckstops (1)

conteXXt (249905) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214618)

it might be cheaper than all those long distance calls to hookers and wives

Re:Wireless at Truckstops (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214671)

...are there really that many truckers hauling around laptops?

You'd be surprised. A single application such as Map Point might well justify the cost of a laptop, if it can show a driver a more efficient route to his destination. Considering how much fuel a big rig burns per mile, it's not hard to imagine at all.


SVM, ERGO MONSTRO

Re:Wireless at Truckstops (5, Interesting)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214694)

At any rate, are there really that many truckers hauling around laptops?

I don't know, but honestly, this is one occupational demographic that can really use wireless internet.

Consider that they've developed an intricate code-oriented language for use over CB radios. (They've been heavily into the "wireless communications" thing for decades, if you look at it in that light.)

Consider that a trucker has both a financial and personal safety interest in knowing things like nationwide weather forecasts, traffic reports, and navigational systems. These people really do rely heavily on knowing where that snowstorm is going, or hearing about the multi-car accident on their projected route through a busy city at rush hour.

Consider that trucking can be an amazingly lonely occupation, and the ability to communicate with people is incredibly valuable. Truckers got spouses and families. How else are you going to get your e-mail, complete with photo attachments of little Johnny doing something cute? Would you prefer some half-assed, run-down attempt at a pay kiosk in the middle of the truck stop, or your own personal system in the privacy of your own cab?

Networking has been part of trucking for decades. In many ways, this is the next logical step.

Re:Wireless at Truckstops (2, Informative)

lostindenver (53192) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214862)

I Know about 9 truckers that are very into tech toys. most of the indepentant ones are just as dependant on pc as your normal techy. Dont assume based on stereotypes.

What is that tube for again? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214594)

They can pull a hot blowing tube into their cab?

Eewww!

w00t (3, Funny)

CausticWindow (632215) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214598)

And all the Slashdot truck drivers rejoice!

(I've been a truck driver, but I don't think there's many of us here)

Where is my cargo? (1)

Councilor Hart (673770) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214603)

Damn that driver.
I bet he is watching porn again.
Get on the move, man.

I wonder (2, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214617)

how much it costs to run one of those engines per hour? fuel wise, obviously the real cost would depend on the cost of fuel.

I saw a trucker fill up this morning.... (2, Interesting)

mhore (582354) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214639)

$62.50 ... duno if that was to fill up both tanks or not.

Hm, not much more than filling up a Hummer, eh?

How much per hour, though... duno.

Mike.

Re:I saw a trucker fill up this morning.... (3, Informative)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214685)

$62.50 ... duno if that was to fill up both tanks or not.
That would barely fill the fuel lines. He might have been buying just enough to get a free shower.

Standard tanks on interstate rigs hold 150 gallons each. $362.50 would probably be the average fillup.

Re:I saw a trucker fill up this morning.... (1)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214815)

Hell, my F-150 could cost that much when gas prices spiked... granted, I have a 38 gallon tank, but still.

Re:I wonder (1)

Quill_28 (553921) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214655)

Also, remember the wear and tear cost of running the engine.

Saw one this morning... (1)

mhore (582354) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214621)

Saw a "Flying J" truckstop advertising on its big flashy sign "high-speed wireless internet" ... I woulda pulled out my Zaurus and checked it out (possibly it's something like what T-Mobile does with Starbucks?), but well, you know. That whole driving bit.

Mike.

mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214623)

Here's a mirror [aphr0.net] of the article in case it gets slashdotted.

truck idling (-1, Informative)

Lxy (80823) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214632)

Funny it mentions truck idling. Ever wonder why truckers leave their trucks idling over night? It's because, believe it or not, they use less fuel idling the truck all night than if they stop the truck and start it the next morning. The amount of fuel needed to start the truck is about the equivelent of 2,000 miles of driving.

Just an interesting tidbit. Since these bays require you to shut off the engine, they actually cost more than the wirless option.

Re:truck idling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214682)

Get a brain before you post.

Re:truck idling (1)

Lxy (80823) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214725)

Those who know, post.

Those who don't, post AC.

Re:truck idling (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214708)

You have got to be kidding me. I seriously doubt it takes the equivalent of 2k miles of driving to start the damn truck. Got any facts to back this up?

Re:truck idling (2, Informative)

Saganaga (167162) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214715)

You've got to be kidding, right? 2,000 miles of driving?

If not, please provide a reference.

Re:truck idling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214724)

LOL. equal to 2000 miles of driving? So they have full tanks, start the truck, and are empty again?

I may be an anonymous coward, but christ at least I don't spout pure BS.

Re:truck idling (1)

caferace (442) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214745)

I call B.S. on that. Sounds *way* too much like a rather boring urban legend. Cite?

Re:truck idling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214751)

Wrong. The engine idles to provide AC/heat and any various electronics needed (alarm clock, charge a cell phone, whatever) without draining the battery. 2,000 miles? Not at all, starting those engines requires a prime (just enough gas to get the cylinders wet) and a spark. The spark is what may be missing if the engine doesn't idle all night.

Re:truck idling (1)

el-spectre (668104) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214782)

Diesel engines don't use spark plugs, they use compression (and a glow plug).

Re:truck idling (1)

Transient0 (175617) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214757)

Sorry, informative moderation or not, this flat out isn't true.

Here is a link to another article [fleetowner.com] on the exact same technology with more numbers on costs and savings.

Re:truck idling (2, Funny)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214762)

2,000 miles eh? So while starting the truck, they have to refill the tanks several times?

Re:truck idling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214776)

2,000 mi / 10 mpg = 200 gallons of gas to start a truck.

Uh, yeah, sure.

Let me guess. You're one of those people who doesn't turn their monitor off at night because it draws more power at startup, right?

(And while we're at it, can you fuckazoids turn off your power-hungry OpenGL screensavers? Please?)

Re:truck idling (1)

b0bby (201198) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214794)

Umm, I doubt it. Say a truck gets 10mpg (probably high) that's 200 gallons just to start the thing. I don't see firetrucks idling 24/7, as I'm sure they would if that were the case.

Re:truck idling (1)

TheViffer (128272) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214812)

Not to much

A 1200 RPM idling diesel with 30 bhp/hour will only use about 2.25 gallons of diesel. And even for this example it would be running a refrigeration unit on the trailor. The average rig uses around 1.2 gallons/hour.

Doh (1)

TheViffer (128272) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214867)

wrong idling thread.

Re:truck idling (4, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214821)

The amount of fuel needed to start the truck is about the equivelent of 2,000 miles of driving.

Are you on drugs? what kind? because to make that statement you must be on some really good ones.

A generic Semi truck get's on average 5.9 miles to the gallon of fuel.

so you are tellimg me that the truck needs to ingest 338 gallons of fuel to start????

Sorry to tell you but that is more than the capacity of most trucks have in fuel.

Dont know what world you live in, but it's not reality.

Re:truck idling (3, Insightful)

Lxy (80823) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214853)

Since people are questioning my numbers, I've done some research to back up my statements.

According to a bulletin published by the EPA in 2002, newer diesel engines consume significantly less fuel on startup. When I was told of the startup problems many years ago, starting an engine was absolute hell on it so truckers avoided it whenever possible. With the newer engines, idling is actually worse for it. According to the EPA starting a modern diesel engine consumes as much fuel as 30 seconds of idling.

I'm trying to find when this changed, because older engines (older being the word in question) were better off idling all night than being turned off and restarted. If I can dig up the documentation I'm looking for, I'll post links here.

Geeze this sounds just like something else ... (1)

SuperDuG (134989) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214641)

... a freekin hotel room ...

IANATD, but I think the one thing I'd be worried about as a truck driver is getting some sleep, moreso than getting online.

To me it just seems pretty economical and safer to just get a hotel room, grab some sleep, and a nice warm shower.

Hey just me, but this seems like a good idea, but truck drivers pull off to rest stops to pee, get some caffiene, or because they're exhausted. They go to bars and strip clubs for entertainment.

that was meant to be a joke ...

Re:Geeze this sounds just like something else ... (1)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214807)

IANATD, but I think the one thing I'd be worried about as a truck driver is getting some sleep, moreso than getting online.
Actually, with the federally mandated downtime, you can end up with quite a bit of time (dozens of hours) on your hands nowhere near home. If you're in a tractor you've spent over $150,000 on, it's gonna be cheaper and more comfortable to stay in your own rig. More secure, too.

huh? really? (1)

gosand (234100) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214828)

IANATD, but I think the one thing I'd be worried about as a truck driver is getting some sleep, moreso than getting online. To me it just seems pretty economical and safer to just get a hotel room, grab some sleep, and a nice warm shower. Hey just me, but this seems like a good idea, but truck drivers pull off to rest stops to pee, get some caffiene, or because they're exhausted. They go to bars and strip clubs for entertainment.

IANATDE, but I don't think they sleep in hotel rooms all the time. That is why the cabs on their trucks are so big - they have beds in them. Bars and strip clubs for entertainment? How about emailing your family and friends? Or instant messaging with your wife and kids? Or reading the news, doing some online banking, shopping, checking the weather for their trip, or any of the other hundreds of things that are possible? Anything that would offer them a little break from driving would be good. Why shouldn't they have the opportunity to access the internet if it is available?

some trucks already have internet (2, Informative)

Squarewav (241189) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214656)

a few truck companies already have a basic wireless internet setup, its a small blackberry like device that only communicates with the head office, lets truckers email friends and famly, and basic text based web. It can be used about everyware from truck stops to rest sites

They forgot something (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214657)

Moist towelettes.

Always remember the cleanup. A truckerâ(TM)s good clean grip is important for safety for all drivers on the road.

Navitron Overdrive (3, Funny)

haa...jesus christ (576980) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214658)

Good, now truck drivers can run Windows Update for their Navitron Overdrives (semi-obscure Simpsons reference).

Top 10 Uses (2, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214665)


Top 10 Uses for Internet at Truckstops

#10 IM'ing the "ol' lady" back home in the trailer park.
#9 IM'ing the "ol' lady" at the next trailer park up the road.
#8 Checking if bobshaircuts.com in Topeka will treat your mullet with respect.
#7 pr0n, pr0n, pr0n!
#6 Ordering cigarettes from marlborough.com.
#5 Ordering beer from schlitz.com
#4 Getting refill blades from hairybackrazors.com
#3 Ordering truckstop hookers.
#2 Checking subscription at maxim.com
drum roll
#1 Checking the NRA homepage!

good budy net (4, Informative)

Bubba-T (578601) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214669)

There going to provide HVAC, internet and telephone for what it takes to idle the truck?
When I drove, It cost about 2gal for the night of idling, Around here thats less than $3. Not much room for profit and maintance.

On top of that its not going to work well in the midwest winters. Drivers dont have another 2hours to warm up the engine when its real cold outside.
So now they have to idle all night as well as pay the network fee.

hmmm...

Finally.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214672)

Have you been at a large truckstop recently? Nothing like about 20-30 engines running overnight while the truckers sleep inside their cabs. I believe I just heard an old naked american-indian stop crying.

Great Idea.. (1, Insightful)

RyanK (338502) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214673)

.. but with 22 locations listed on their website, only 6 of them are active. I suppose its great for truckers who have to drive through those areas, but it is far from being a widely accepted thing. For this to expand across the country, there are enormous costs involved in purchasing/leasing land, buildings, and the networking equipment.

I'm sure cisco and intel would be more then happy to throw in some discounted equipment, but just building out each location can be very expensive, all to make $1.25 an hour? You'll need at least 4 people staying there all night just to be able to staff the location with a minimum wage employee.

Sounds great in theory, but where does the profit come from?

And I am reading slashdot from... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214683)


a truck stop.

Yes I am !!

OT, but what the hell... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214688)

It's 2:23 EST Monday 16-JUN-2003 and we haven't seen our daily barrage of SCO stories yet!!!! We're dying to know what's going on... so far, only silence.

Convoy 2003 (5, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214692)



It was on slow AOL that worked like hell

With a sysadmin pullin' logs

Cab-over Pete with a reefer on
And Jimmy, both bandwidth hogs

We's headin' for bear on Tee-One-Oh
'bout a mile outta Cupertino
I says "Pigpensource, this here's Cyber Duck"
"And I'm about to plug the USB, you know?"

('cause we got a little ole convoy networkin' thru the night)

(Yeah, we got a little ole convoy, ain't she a beautiful sight?)

(Come on and join our convoy, ain't nothin' gonna get in our way)
(We gonna roll this truckin' convoy 'cross the USA)
(Convoy)

By the time we got into Tulsa-town we had 85 trucks they say
But they's a roadblock up on the cloverleaf
With Hillary from the RIAA

Cuz Pete used his hard disk as an MP3 dumper

They even had a bear in the air
I says "Callin' all trucks, this here's the Duck"
"We about to go a-huntin' bear"
ye, 'bye
"

I forgot (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214732)

"Cyber Duck" should have been "Rubber Tux". The singer is C.W. Mc Cray.

Re:I forgot (1)

The Darkness (33231) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214829)

That's C.W. McCall.

The Works of C.W. McCall [techren.net]

For this one, it is Mc Cray (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214868)

For the original, it is McCall. For this one, it is Mc Cray. I don't think Mr Fries would admit having anything to do with it.

AlCan Highway (1)

UESMark (678941) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214699)

yes, but do they have pull-thru's?

great! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214735)

Now I can post stories from the truck stop men's room, while i wait for well-hung, hairy men that want their dick sucked.


CowboyNeal.

Alternate title... (2, Funny)

pen (7191) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214737)

Company to Deploy Docking Stations for Trucks

How soon until the urine tube? (1)

s88 (255181) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214740)

Next they need these at their homes so they need never leave thier trucks.

Won't change (5, Interesting)

HogGeek (456673) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214748)

I used to work with a trucker in the summers delivering farm equipment. He had told me that the reason truckers don't "shutdown" the truck was because it was too hard on the engine. Nothing to do with AC or anything else. Semi engines run for 500,000 + miles typically without any work other than routine service (i.e oil change)


So while wireless internet may be a "value add", I don't see the bays being used by long distance OTR drivers, unless things have changed.

correct me if I'm wrong (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214752)

The basic services provided cost less than the fuel spent in idling a truck.

I was always told that the biggest reason the trucks idle all the time is the largest part of wear and tear on the truck is in starting and shutting off.

Wireless will become popular ... (2, Funny)

phaetonic (621542) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214763)

so they can go in the back trailer and, and um... surf with privacy.

Snow Crash (3, Interesting)

Maimon495 (649701) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214774)

If I remember correctly, this was described almost the same way in Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" - though I forget the name of the make- believefranchise. This is the spread of the "techno-sprawl" into middle America. Pretty soon every franchise will let you get into the net (Free .5 hour of wireless with your big mac). I'm not sure if truck-drivers are the key demographic, but the question is what else can that infrastructure be leveraged for

So does this mean... (2, Funny)

pulse2600 (625694) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214781)

...that "lot lizards" will become a thing of the past? Why should truck drivers pay scraggly women who hang out at truck stops for services when they can get much better looking pr0n without leaving the driver's seat? Will they include a tube for restroom facilities, or at least a box of tissues for cleanup afterwards?

Wetnaps? (2, Funny)

withak53 (463555) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214787)

They may want to include wetnaps to wipe off the keyboard after the truckers are done.

Translation (1)

skinfitz (564041) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214796)

Truck Stops Get Wireless Internet

Translation:

Truckers to get wireless access to pr0n in the comfort of their own cab

Starting a large diesel engine (4, Informative)

4/3PI*R^3 (102276) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214803)

Part of why truck drivers leave their trucks running is because it is a real pain in the ass trying to start a large diesel engine. Diesel needs a lot of compression and high temperature to ignite. This is why you never hear of diesel spill fires -- diesel won't burn at atmospheric pressure at ambient temperature.

The vapor temperature is about 150 degrees Farenheit, it's ignition temperature for liquid is about 450 degrees Farenheit at 1 atmosphere. The vapor point allows the vapors to burn quickly causing a flash but diesel can't sustain combustion. So to burn diesel as a fuel you need a lot of heat or a lot of pressure (see Chuck's Law -- P=k*T)

When it is cold it is really difficult to start a diesel engine. This is why people with diesel engines get electric engine heaters installed.

This is a really cool idea, but I doubt many truck drivers would turn off their engines, especially if it is cold outside. So this really won't be a cost saver for most trucking companies. As such, I doubt many trucking companies will spend money for this service as there data needs are quite minimal and there are more than adequate satellite data services already available for routing and driver auditing that are accessible anywhere in the country -- not just at truck stops.

This will be nothing more than a drive by porn d/l sight for the truck drivers. And many Flying J's are already offering internet access already anyway so whats the point?

Truckers (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6214810)

Truckers leave their engines running because turning big diseal engines on and off a lot causes maintnence problems. The expansion and contraction of the engine parts may cause them to crack. The cost of fueling an idle truck outweighs the cost of maintnence incurred by frequent heating and cooling.

Another reason engines are idled (4, Informative)

billmaly (212308) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214843)

In cold weather, diesel engines need to be kept warm, or they won't start again until spring. So, part of the reason they are never shut off is so that the truck can continue running that winter.

I suspect that most modern semi/long haul rigs are fairly efficient beasts anyway. A better effort would be directed at cleaning up the emissions from short haul/local trucks. Get behind a dump truck at a stop light sometime, watch the black cloud that it belches out as it gets under way. Multiply that time 1000+ stoplights and you'll see how much pollutuon those trucks pump out.

so in addition to a blowjob... (0, Funny)

bongoras (632709) | more than 11 years ago | (#6214855)

you can now see live webcam streams of blowjobs?
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