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Open Park Project Gives Free Wi-Fi to Capitol Hill

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the freedom-among-the-sausagemakers dept.

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mindless4210 writes "The Open Park Project has made free Wi-Fi internet access available to anyone around the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Capitol Visitor's Center. "It's a hotspot for democracy," said Greg Staple, Open Park's co-founder. The non-profit organization has also received a significant donation of Wi-Fi equipment from Tropos Networks, which it plans to use to establish a mesh of free hotspots across the National Mall."

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fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002038)

First postaahhhs!

#1 Spammer HotSpot (1, Funny)

GetPFunky (309463) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002054)

#1 Capitol Hill -- How's that for Free Speech!

Re:#1 Spammer HotSpot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002688)

Actually the city of Fredericton (the 'capitol' of a New Brunswick; a small (not rich) Canadian provence) has had its downtown setup with free high speed wireless for half a year now. A major bonus for off-campus students of the local university if they can get an apartment in the right area. New Brunswick: Believe it, or not.

Yet another Library of Congress joke (3, Funny)

Metallic Matty (579124) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002056)

What kind of bandwidth can you get on the WiFi, measured by Libraries of Congress?

First correct reply gets a cookie.

Re:Yet another Library of Congress joke (0)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002092)

"Libraries of Congress"? There's only one Library of Congress you can measure it next to!

Re:Yet another Library of Congress joke (1)

kayen_telva (676872) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002210)

"Libraries" as in how many Library of Congresseseses He said it correctly. I think :)

Re:Yet another Library of Congress joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002272)

Are libraries what groups of Congressaurus are called?

Re:Yet another Library of Congress joke (0, Troll)

tcgwebs (737923) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002094)

Sorry. My browser is set not to accept cookies.

Re:Yet another Library of Congress joke (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002110)

Mmmmm cookie.


What was the question again????

sounds great (3, Funny)

stonebeat.org (562495) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002062)

now I can receive SPAM while I am around Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Capitol Visitor's Center.
On the positive side, I can go in the supreme court sue the spammer.

Re:sounds great (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002109)

Better yet... a Spammer can take his laptop onto the steps of Congress and Spam away...

Re:sounds great (1)

homer_ca (144738) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002678)

Any public hotspot that doesn't block outbound port 25 or transparent proxy to a rate limited SMTP server is dumb.

Hopefully it will be more secure (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002073)

Than the democrats judiciary server :P

How much you wanna bet... (1, Insightful)

JessLeah (625838) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002074)

...it's being monitored by the gummint? ;)

Re:How much you wanna bet... (1)

KrispyKringle (672903) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002270)

I betcha plenty of Senators don't use SSL on their e-mail clients.

Re:How much you wanna bet... (2, Informative)

Mattwolf7 (633112) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002416)

I'd say it isn't

The Open Park Project (Open Park) is a new Washington D.C. non-profit organization founded to bring wireless Internet access to the public and the museum community on the National Mall.
Internet backhaul services for Open Park are provided by DCAccess, Capitol Hill's first Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP).
This is some random group of geeks who are providing a great service to everyone in Washington

"It's a hotspot for democracy" (1)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002076)


What a soundbite!

Re:"It's a hotspot for democracy" (1)

Crashless (714186) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002113)

That has got to be one of the worst puns I've read today. Right up there with all those writers who bit and ran headlines "skype hype" a couple of weeks ago...morons.

Re:"It's a hotspot for democracy" (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002260)

now all we need is the democracy - the 'free speech' of the monied class keeps drowning out the majority.

Re:"It's a hotspot for democracy" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002429)

yeah but it is just a sham.

democracy is dying.

PeoplesPrimary (0, Troll)

siliconoddity (731372) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002080)

www.PeoplesPrimary.com has a story about this and how people are using the free wireless to spy on lawyers' work.

That site is hacked and has goatse (-1, Offtopic)

Sowelu (713889) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002295)

Or at least, it did when I looked.

Re:That site is hacked and has goatse (-1, Offtopic)

emurphy42 (631808) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002467)

www.peoplesprimary.org [peoplesprimary.org] appears to be a real site. (But you shouldn't trust me blindly, so at least turn your volume off before following that link.)

'whois' shows no similarity between the .org and .com sites, so I suspect the .com site was created specifically to be used in this type of troll.

Re:That site is hacked and has goatse (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002901)

lol owned by the gnaa!

Looks like.. (1)

Caedar (635764) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002083)

Starbucks is going to lose some business.

Re:Looks like.. (2, Informative)

Jason1729 (561790) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002269)

Sounds good to me. Last time I checked, starbucks WiFi access on a monthly basis was more expensive than my broadband, and for shorter lengths of time it's even worse. $10 for 1 day of access. The 10 cents/minute plan sounds good until you read the fine print and see it's a 1 hour minimum charge; so it's $6 just to check your email.

Jason
ProfQuotes [profquotes.com]

So what (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002085)

I hate it when fat old rich people try to make us think that they are cool.

ahh I can see it now (3, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002089)

Hordes of geeky types hanging around the Mall with their laptops trying to hack into Senator's and each other's PCs.

Re:ahh I can see it now (1)

TheDisturbedOne (741590) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002121)

Or...just more pr0n surfing in/around the mall... =P But really, more hotspots might be a good thing.

Re:ahh I can see it now (0, Insightful)

tcgwebs (737923) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002140)

And the senators that know nothing about computer security won't even know what hit them once we get the geek types trying to hack into government computers. When the tech people do find out though, they haven't got a huge radius to search to deliver a subpoena for the geeks' laptops. Anyone read Digital Fortress by Dan Brown? I can only imagine what the government could do about these hacker types operating on the government home turf.

Re:ahh I can see it now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002750)

PLease Mod This Jerk Down

His Posts are SPAM

Re:ahh I can see it now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002319)

it is like we are going back in time, it is like Hackers the movie, but now we dont have to look like dorks standing in a phone booth. bluenet [xanga.com]

In other news.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002102)

New signs posted all around capital reading "No arabs allowed."

Yea! (4, Funny)

scifience (674659) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002105)

Now I can anonymously hack into the government while sitting right in front of a government building!

Re:Yea! (1, Insightful)

nizo (81281) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002150)

Or surf pr0n sites, hey this way congresscritters can surf safely outside the firewall during lunch hour!

Battery Life or Outdoor Outlet (1)

kyoko21 (198413) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002108)

Now all we need is extended battery life, or add some more outdoor outlets so not to drain on my battery :-0

Free Access? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002112)

"free Wi-Fi internet access available to anyone around the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Capitol Visitor's Center."

That's all we need: A flock of music pirates, child porographers, warez people, movie pirates, huge doom or quake mulitplayers all in one area...

Hmmm actually, it sounds like a party, lets go!

Re:Free Access? (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002288)

That's all we need: A flock of music pirates, child porographers, warez people, movie pirates, huge doom or quake mulitplayers all in one area..

Just one thing - I don't think congressmen play quake/doom.

Re:Free Access? (1)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002434)

I know I was playing online the other day ans saw someone name JoeLieberman. Close enough, I gues;)

Re:Free Access? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002430)

That's all we need: A flock of music pirates, child porographers, warez people, movie pirates, huge doom or quake mulitplayers all in one area...

We already have most of the big-time criminals in the country in that area, so why not the online ones too :).

Re:Free Access? (1)

ShadowRage (678728) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002540)

well for the majority of that group, at least al the country's criminals will all be in one spot (including the politicians)

Hot spot (-1, Troll)

jag7720 (685739) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002116)

How cares... why is this a /. article I have a hot spot at my house... no one put that on ./

Re:Hot spot (1)

jag7720 (685739) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002147)

Bad speller.. Who cares... maybe that is why no one cares about my hot spot.

Re:Hot spot (1)

trentblase (717954) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002156)

So give us details, man! Address, SSID, encryption key. I'll submit the story myself.

Democracy (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002125)

How exactly is it a hotspot for democracy?

kismet time! (5, Funny)

crstophr (529410) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002133)

Time to get the nice 10db 802.11 antenna up on the jeep, park nearby and soak up the packets!

1.) Park Car/hangout with laptop, with linux->kismet->dsniff
2.) Soak up logins/passwords, web surfing (pr0n), instant messaging habits of congressmen, aids, lobbyists etc
3.) PROFIT!

Re:kismet time! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002152)

2.) Soak up ... aids

You go right ahead there, kiddo.

Re:kismet time! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002315)

Soak up logins/passwords, web surfing (pr0n), instant messaging habits of congressmen, aids, lobbyists etc

Login: W
Password: god

W: wut up al...r u still d bitch?
4LG0r3: lol. ur gonna get pwned muh fuxa..i invented dis intanizzle n00b.
W: spaek inglsih dumma$$

Re:kismet time! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002808)

I feared the moment someone actually fills in the ???s in this joke. Looking at parent post, I was right...

Interesting (4, Interesting)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002144)

Sounds like a prime location for some internal investigating...Maybe the FBI has a wireless varient of the "Carnivore" blackbox.

Hotspot for Democracy? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002148)

Try Hotspot for Terrorism! This could be used by terrorists to coordinate attacks on our government. We must ban all WiFi. In fact, we should just ban all radio transmission.

one question (1)

LinuxBSDNotSCO (738941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002155)

how much money does it cost to use?

Re:one question (1)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002350)

how much money does it cost to use?

What part of free don't you understand? Other than all that free as in budwieser and Free as in America fries or whatever they keep blathering on about the different types of free here at Slashdot. Now I'm confused too.

Pervasiveness (5, Insightful)

bih (674728) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002159)

One of the arguments for government censorship of broadcast television and radio is 'pervasiveness'. That is, since radio and television broadcast signals can come into the home 'uninvited' and received into the eyes and ears of children, the government must provide a filter. As free Wi-Fi access points like this become more ubiquitous, giving internet access a similar pervasiveness, it will be interesting to see if internet censorship gains more support.

Re:Pervasiveness (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002329)

As free Wi-Fi access points like this become more ubiquitous, giving internet access a similar pervasiveness...

Please, for a hot spot to be of any use to you, you have to have a laptop, PDA, or similar contraption. If you can afford one, there's no real barrier to getting internet access yourself, so this is no vanguard of social change. It's a tool that will only be used by the technological elite.

Re:Pervasiveness (1)

Mattwolf7 (633112) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002442)

Yes, but he is saying the government could still use it as an excuse to impose the same regulations that the FCC has on radio and broadcast tv.

Like it or not the government wants control and will find lame reasons to do it.

Re:Pervasiveness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002790)

I don't get why so many conspiracy theorists say that, "The government want's control". I see much greater evidence that the government is lazy and doesn't want to do anything. The only time "control" laws are passed is when there is some large chunk of people shouting about how "it'll hurt the children".

Re:Pervasiveness (1)

Ira Sponsible (713467) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002685)

So you're saying there's a bunch of wireless digital pr0n flying through my body right now? I don't feel anything. Must not be very good.

Use of Limited Resource (2, Interesting)

pavon (30274) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002847)

It is also the weaker of the arguments. While some radio waves come into you house uninvited, they are not recieved by your eyes unless you deliberately invite the signal to be displayed on your television. Really what this argument is saying is that it is okay to sell whatever you want but should be restricted from giving certain things away, which is rubbish.

The stronger argument is that the broadcast frequencies are limited resource owned collectively by the people and thus regulated according to the will of the people.

With broadcast television, only one person can broadcast on a single frequency, and thus the number of broadcasters is limited. Therfore, content is also limited and thus suitable to be regulated by the will of the people.

However, this is not the case with the WiFi. While the airwaves it is using are a limited resource, the content is not. Therefore regulating the proper use of the airwaves is justified, but regulating the content is not.

Furthermore, the very fact that there are a limited number of broadcast TV, and an unlimited number of websites makes it possible to censor broadcast TV and makes completely impossible to censor the web. So not only is the argument flawed, any attempts to do so will have no real effect (except for creating more unevenly applied laws).

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002174)

Hotspot number 5,000,001 opens in Anytown, USA.

Oh great, this is all we need (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002186)

Imagine all the unecrypted government secrets floating around.

w00t! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002188)

It's time to wardrive for fun and secrets!

Security courses (5, Insightful)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002194)

With all the free WiFi access on the hill, I hope someone makes sure that all members of government, their staff and government employees are given a good course on security? (Hopefully given by nuns with rulers.)

They've been pretty dangerous with LANs, I don't want to think about open/poorly encrypted WiFi.

Ummm... it's not for gov't employees (1)

Theatetus (521747) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002244)

Congresspeople and their staffs aren't going to be using this for Internet access, people. It's for tourists and such. Capitol Hill and most of non-residential northwest DC are pretty rife with hotspots already, anyways.

Mad props to the first person who warchalks the reflecting pool when it's drained...

Re:Security courses (5, Funny)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002370)

The network admin at one of my former jobs was a Nun with a ruler (Sisters of Providence Medical Center). The tightest network operation I've ever seen.

Re:Security courses (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002630)

Techno-Nuns with present-day Gom-Jabbars, yow!

Re:Security courses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002827)

I hope they all get a free WiFi enabled notebooks from someone. Perhaps they would want to use it in whole DC and thus support spreading the network.

The AUP (5, Interesting)

Artega VH (739847) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002219)

Just some interesting points from their AUP:

"Open Park supports the free flow of information and ideas over the Internet." but conversely
"THE USE OF THE SERVICE FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES IS PROHIBITED:"

* "Obscene or Indecent Speech or Materials"

* "Defamatory or Abusive Language" (we aren't allowed to swear?)

* "Forging of Headers" does this mean I can't change my User Agent ID to pretend to be M$IE?

* "Hacking" - I can't program?!? oh wait they mean cracking: "Accessing illegally or without authorization computers, accounts, equipment or networks belonging to another party, or attempting to penetrate security measures of another system." but for some reason it doesn't allow alot of network diagnostic tools to be used: "This includes any activity...including, but not limited to, port scans, stealthscans, or other information gathering activity."

---
It seems to be the following would be more appropriate: You are not to use our network to do anything illegal or take "actions that may lead to liability for Open Park".

Why can't they just say that instead of all this legalese mumbo jumbo?

Sigh (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002291)

Sigh

Re:The AUP (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002368)

I'm not a lawyer, how am I to know what causes liability for an ISP? Hell, with the thousands of laws on the books, I'm not absolutely sure anything I do is perfectly legal.

The Walls Have Ears (5, Insightful)

BrownDwarf (615206) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002222)

Lots of folks besides the USG will have their ears perked right up. Israel, China, and the Soviets come to mind.

Re:The Walls Have Ears (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002612)

The soviets?

Oh Yeah (3, Insightful)

ONOIML8 (23262) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002239)

Like the terrorists and our other enemies won't be sifting through that network data looking for gold.

Sorry, maybe I read too much bad sci-fi. It just seems to me that this free stuff, while it might be a wonderful thing, could be used against someone pretty easily.

Free stuff for the Rich....was that GW's idea? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002273)

Maybe we can get free food for those poor soles at the country club playing golf. I mean they must get real hungry swinging those clubs.

Would Congress know what to do with "free" things, do they even understand the word "free"? I would bet ashcraft don't!!!

Just remember we are a free nation....free of rights, free of control over the government, and free of choices.

modN Up (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002290)

Keep Working on It (2, Insightful)

Fortress (763470) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002299)

This is good, but I can't wait until WiFi coverage is as ubiquitous as, say, cell phone coverage. I wouldn't mind paying a per-packet fee for near universal wireless access. Who will fund this project? My guess would be wireless providers, they already have their foot in the door.

That said, some issues must be solved first. WiFi security is still too lax, and uneducated users only make it worse. We need a truly idiot-proof security protocol - the problem is that idiots are so ingenious ;-P

Re:Keep Working on It (1)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002336)

What sort of per-packet fee were you thinking of? $0.01 per packet? Seems rather expensive to me.

Re:Keep Working on It (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002466)

It is. Most of the cell phone providers offer data services; you can buy a ~$400 PCMCIA wireless modem from your cell provider and then pay ~$1/kb to transfer data.

World's Biggest Honeypot. (1)

br0d (765028) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002325)

Head downtown! Stick your hand in the jar! Tasty! Jailed! Arrowed!

I am surprised.. (1)

dj245 (732906) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002328)

I am surprised that the congressmen didn't demand this and vote it in. After voting for their payraise, voting for their health care service, and voting for their "I served in congress and all I got was this lousy BMW" t-shirts, You would think they would demand hotspots anywhere they would happen to wander.

Senators got needs too!

It's a hotspot for democracy! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002343)

(Formerly syphilis)

Just When I Move Out of DC... (1)

SeinJunkie (751833) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002374)

I guess all it takes for DC to become more technologically bonifide is me moving out of state.

WiFi hotspots downtown were virtually non-existent for a long time. I don't really think these are going to get used by anyone for business, though. Probably more geared for tourists, like everything in DC.

Instead of Japanese tourists and their cameras... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002384)

...it'll be Chinese tourists and their Pringles cans.

Trojan virus at this link? (2, Informative)

Thurmont (712483) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002393)

I noticed after I clicked on the link "free Wi-Fi internet access available" my Norton AV said it quarantined the Trojan Virus Trojan.Mitglieder.I located in my IE Temp folder.

So clicked back twice to get my default webpage, I cleared my cached internet files, clicked on my Slashdot fav link, and then on the link in the story again. Immediately again, Norton pops up and says it quarantined that Trojan.

Is anyone else having this happen from this Dailywireless.com webpage?

Re:Trojan virus at this link? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002545)

Yep, does the same thing to me.

Re:Trojan virus at this link? (1)

Seth Finklestein (582901) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002660)

I don't see a problem here. Of course, I use Mac OS X so I don't have to worry about so-called "Trojan horses."

Perhaps you should upgrade, Chuck.

In soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002398)

...the government wardrives you!

Hot-Spot for Democracy? (1)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002476)

Skip this whole wireless internet thing. I want to donate money to a literacy fund to help the Supreme Court Justices read the Constitution they are supposed to be protecting. Maybe if that's successful we can raise money for Congress and the President too!

Leave no politician behind!

SetupWeasel
www.setupweasel.com

I've got an idea ... (1, Troll)

mscdex (774392) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002487)

Hey, maybe we could go over there and hook up to the wifi connection and share some songs via P2P. That way the RIAA will try to sue the government, and the government will realize just how stupid the RIAA is acting.

Sunbaked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002504)

You know, this open parks idea is such a stupid waste of resources. (hold on that flame bate just a sec please)...

There are so many reasons why this is as romantic and ill advised as a manned mission to Mars. While it seems like a geeks dream to have the best of both worlds: being outside yet still completely immersed in your own anti-social world, here are some reasons why this is soooo misguided.

1. People generally go to parks to get out. This means generally doing something they cant get from being indoors. Other than cruzing the internet for a restaurant location, browsing is not high on the parks use list.

2. When people go the park it is generally sunny. Until my laptop/pda has a dual "digital ink"/lcd monitor I cant see a thing on my computer in the sun.

3. Sometimes it rains in the park. Nuf said.

4. Wireless networks are more useful in the office and home where you want ot be able to set up a computer with network service ad hoc without the hastle of having to run 20 feet of wire to the nearest router.

5. FREE Wireless could be most useful in helping break the rediculous monopolies on broadband access that the cable and dsl companies hold.

Thanks for holding, and sorry about the spelling issues.

Re:Sunbaked (2, Informative)

kb1827 (775441) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002625)

5. FREE Wireless could be most useful in helping break the rediculous monopolies on broadband access that the cable and dsl companies hold.

openpark IS free.

good other 4 points, however...openpark in the future could be accessed from say, the washington monument to get directions to a restraunt, to upload images from a protest on the mall...etc :)

Re:Free for the home that is. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002978)

Yeah - uh, I mean that some focus should be given to creating a public wireless network that reaches homes and offices. I'm a little bias since I am in NYC, but at least in dense urban areas there would be a high return on investment. I would be happy to give my $600 a year in cable fees to a public wireless project that reaches residences. While its FREE in the parks its not going to be widely used.

I do stand corrected - slightly. I forgot about the great use of having a wireless network for rapid assembly/ group mobilization. Protests using wireless to dynamically adjust to changing security/ police opression conditions would be interesting. If you had the coordination. ...ok...now I am putting myself to sleep.

So what? (1)

doombob (717921) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002508)

I'd like to know how I'm supposed to access free WiFi if I don't have a laptop. Some of us poor college students can only afford an old K6-2 500 MHz machine that only has an ethernet card because someone gave it to me (it's not actually that bad, but close). I think that they should worry about getting people the technology first, and then worry about utilizing it to the fullest. I really think that projects like this as weel as the government should be more worried about suppling something like free dialup or discounted computers to people who can't afford it.

Re:So what? (2)

op00to (219949) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002710)

Stop whining. Get a job. Steal a laptop. Do something about it.

I can imagine.... (1)

ShadowRage (678728) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002569)

that the politicians will only be using this as a way to get online, not actually use it for networking for private documents.

yuo fail 1T (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002703)

OS don't fear the It a br?eak, if 40,000 woRkstations hand...don't show that *BSD has

Failz0rs?! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002754)

Wash off hands 40,000 3oming

Otherwise known as.... (2, Funny)

Penguinshit (591885) | more than 10 years ago | (#9002756)


...the testing grounds for "Carnivore II".

maybe it's time to server those MP3s (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9002859)

If anyone living near the capital, let bittorent via wifi
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