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WiFi On Two Wheels

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the steve-mcqueen dept.

Wireless Networking 200

MeGaBiTe1 writes "Yury Gitman is not the average cyclist from Brooklyn. His goal is to bring more easily accessible free wireless hotspots to the masses. To do this, he has created what he calls the Magicbike, a bicycle equipped with a laptop, power supply and antenna. Gitman's bike has allowed people in NYC to browse the internet freely in local parks and gardens. 'I am like the ice cream man, but with no music and I deliver free wireless access and not ice cream'."

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"I am like the ice cream man, only not..." (5, Funny)

JessLeah (625838) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060562)

I wonder how long it will be before a cop pulls over his bike and tickets him for inappropriate and bizarre analogies...

WHY GOD WHY (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060745)

Why do computers need inundate every single aspect of our lives? Fuck, they're cool tools, but they've got their place. ARGH I get pissed at shit like this find a different way to get your techonlgocial fix you fuckin cokehead cpu-smokin cracksnacker ARGH barkeep, pour anothe rbeer you lazy fuck auara;nvm,xcnv

Re:WHY GOD WHY (2, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060760)

"Why do computers need inundate every single aspect of our lives?" ... said the Anonymous Coward who used a computer to read the article and post his/her response.

Re:"I am like the ice cream man, only not..." (2, Funny)

shadowmatter (734276) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060815)

His analogy reminds me of that Homer Simpson quote:

"I'm like a chocoholic, only with booze."

- sm

Re:"I am like the ice cream man, only not..." (3, Funny)

Punto (100573) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060941)

"I am like the ice cream man, only not..."

What he meant to say is "I'm like the ice cream man, only instead of ice cream, I bring pr0n". I think it's a perfect analogy.

Niggers. Are they good or are they wack? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060573)

. Are they good or are they wack?

You should know. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9061112)

First of all, it's "whack", not "wack". Secondly, you got the formatting all screwed up. It is widely known that niggers are poor spellers and lacking in grammar skills. Therefore, you must obviously be a nigger. Your only hope is that you are gay and the GNAA will let you join. If this is not the case, please tie a noose around your neck and attach it to the nearest pickup truck. Failing that, douse yourself in gasoline and find a source of ignition. This will save a good, pure white Christian a couple of minutes.

Wardrivers (4, Funny)

RucasRiot (773111) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060575)

I bet the wardrivers with GPS are going nuts trying to pin him down while he's riding.

Re:Wardrivers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060872)

Even better:

How are you supposed to chalk up the site?

Give the normal wardriver sign with a bike giving off waves?

Icecreaminternet (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060576)

Bah. Give me icecream any day.

Past Review (5, Informative)

modifried (605582) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060577)

Wireless Review did an article on the wheelbike back in February.

http://www.wirelessreview.com/ar/wireless_magicbik e_wheel_deal/ [wirelessreview.com]

MOD DOWN: GOATSE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060807)

It's an anti-slash goatse redirect. I suspect it's set to like 2 percent or something, because I can click it 20 times and it works, but the 21st time is extremely unplesant. Mod this troll down.

Re:MOD DOWN: GOATSE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9061073)

This is a slightly funny troll, it brings about a nice mental image of some curious, yet, not the brightest, slashdot reader clickly endlessly in hoping of getting the goatse part of the 2%.

Sounds good.... (5, Insightful)

SavedLinuXgeeK (769306) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060579)

in theory, but exposing your equipment to the elements, vibrations, and possible accidents, and even theft. Good lord its New York. I mean maybe in cars, like CB radio-style. But by bike, ehhh... I would be a lil afraid for my own property.

Re:Sounds good.... (3, Funny)

MikeD83 (529104) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060648)

I know this is a new concept on Slashdot, but just maybe people can't steal the equipment because he's actually riding the bike. Like excercise, who does that?

Re:Sounds good.... (1, Funny)

Dever (564514) | more than 9 years ago | (#9061014)

Only on slashdot would riding a motorcycle with a laptop and wireless internet installed count as exercise...

next thing you know, river rafting with a cluster of notebooks running folding@home with a propulsion system of 120mm pana-flo fans will be extreme sports...

Re:Sounds good.... (1)

HuckleCom (690630) | more than 9 years ago | (#9061078)

Doesn't that moot the point then? how can you use a laptop when riding your bike? It's almost obnoxious on all of the wifi articles we see... who cares if a guy straps his equipment to a bike? It lacks common sense and practicallity. The vibrations, and bumps could ruin the equipment, exposure to the elements, and... NYC. Not to be condescending, but this is too much hype for something like this.

Re:Sounds good.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060703)

Right, but you're not the one out there doing this are you? Apparently, this guy has done a cost/benefit analysis (aka risk assessment) and has decided that this is worth it despite the risks you mention. So while it is fine of you to express your concerns in this public forum, I wouldn't say they add anything meaningful.

Re:Sounds good.... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060835)

Not only that, but exposing your "equipment" in a park could result in a large fine!

Not that his effort isn't appreciated but... (3, Interesting)

chrispyman (710460) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060581)

Isn't it possible that some legalities could result from "amplifying" someone elses open WiFi network?

Re:Not that his effort isn't appreciated but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060646)

It uses a cellular uplink. RTFA.

Re:Not that his effort isn't appreciated but... (3, Informative)

the pickle (261584) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060652)

It can use either cellular OR bridge an open WAP. RTFAA.


Better last mile options exist... (1)

patrixmyth (167599) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060943)

It seems to me that it would make a lot more sense if ponied up for a data connection from TowerStream [towerstream.com] or some other pre-802.16 (WIMAX [wimaxforum.org]) provider, and bridged that over to 802.11. Maybe he could mount the antenna on an industrial strength version of those dorky looking bicycle flags.

I don't know his cell provider, but where I'm from, thats some expensive bandwidth, so $500 a month for T1 connectivity doesn't sound too unreasonable. Be better if there were a Navini [navini.com] provider or someone else that does better with non-fixed signals, but hey, you take what you can get.

Re:Not that his effort isn't appreciated but... (1, Flamebait)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060705)

He's got his own connection via a mobile phone. (But I like your idea better.)


Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060589)

Rusty Foster, the man who started Kuro5hin.org, is a violator of American tax laws governed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS.gov) group.

We demand that he, Rusty Foster, be censured immediately from his Maine home and sent to federal, pound-me-in-the-ass prison.

It's only fair. He lied to us. He lied to you. He lied to himself. He lied to his unborn children and ruined the family name.

Things will never be the same ever again...


Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060649)

Yachts, monocles and monocle polish! We write, we edit, he sails (whilst squinting into the sun). >

why not city busses? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060595)

If you put a hotspot on the top of city busses, would that not work pretty well?

Re:why not city busses? (0, Funny)

russx2 (572301) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060678)

Depends if you're on the bus.

Re:why not city busses? (2, Interesting)

andrewm (9862) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060890)

If you want a simple link, 1X works great in North America. GRPS is almost bearable, but is pretty poor in Europe (actually, nothing seems to be good there). Satellite is best, but you WILL lose the link (bridges, trees, tunnels, building, clouds, etc.).

Managing multiple links intelligently is the key.

At work we have a SUV with a DirectPC dish on the roof under a radome, 1X, GPS, and 200 mW 802.11b

We already have it on trains: PointShot Wireless [pointshotwireless.com]

so... (4, Funny)

Man in Spandex (775950) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060597)

Can we just buy one of those magic bicycle and keep it in our room?

Re:so... can somebo dy stop this guy? (0, Offtopic)

JohnDoe.Slashed (717301) | more than 9 years ago | (#9061052)

I'm trying to post a /. comment here but this guy just doesn't want to stop. Hey you!!! Stop!!! I feel so multitasking running after this guy while typing this ...

Not exactly a dupe, but... (3, Informative)

the pickle (261584) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060602)

Definitely a topic that's been on Slashdot before:

The Internet by Motorbike [slashdot.org]

I do have to wonder, though, if this is really that fast. His uplink is either cellular (dog-slow) or bridged to another WAP, and I'd have to say I suspect the latter isn't the dominant mode of operation.

In case the site gets slammed later, here's the About page text:

Magicbike is a mobile WiFi (wireless Internet) hotspot that gives free Internet connectivity wherever its ridden or parked. By turning a common bicycle into a wireless hotspot, Magicbike explores new delivery and use strategies for wireless networks and modern-day urbanites. Wireless bicycles disappear into the urban fabric and bring Internet to yet unserved spaces and communities. Mixing public art with techno-activism, Magicbikes are perfect for setting up adhoc Internet connectivity for art and culture events, emergency access, public demonstrations, and communities on the struggling end of the digital-divide.

Weaving Internet Infrastuctures into Cultural Fabric

Magicbike aims to weave wireless infrastructures into an existing mobile and socially active cultural fabric, bicycle culture. Bicycles are extremely versatile vehicles that travel many places inaccessible by automobiles and other forms of transportation. Bicycles are also traditional symbols of political movements ranging from the women's movement in the latter 19th century, to the labor movements of the early 20th century, through today where bicycles are held in high esteem as a clean, energy-efficient alternative to a global dependence on oil and urban sprawl. Since WiFi is an emerging technology based on open standards it is malleable. Superimposing WiFi technology onto bicycle culture pushes the technology towards the particular needs, tastes, and motivations of bicyclists. Wireless and computing technology gain from becoming more (mobile and) bicycle and street friendly. The culture around wireless is also influenced by century-old cultural trends of political consciousness, social responsibility, and physical health.

Bicycle Hotspots Tech Description

Magicbike turns common bicycles into WiFi hotspots. The end effect creates bicycles that broadcast free WiFi connectivity to their proximity. The technology behind this is not complex. Magicbike is simply a creative configuration, or reconfiguration, of widely available computer, bicycle, and WiFi gear. WiFi antennas mounted on the bike's frame feed into a laptop embedded into a specially outfitted bicycle side-bag. The bike's embedded laptop is configured to be a wireless repeater and hotspot. The bike receives its uplink connection either from the cellular network or from far-off WiFi hotspots (with the help of its mounted antennas). With this uplink connection from any one of various sources, the bike is able to serve-up its own Internet connection.

A Magicbike hotspot operates like standard hotspots, able to serve up to 250 users in a radius of 30 meters indoors and 100 meters outdoors [although its antennas can increase the hotspot's accuracy and range]. A group of bikes can repeat and/or bridge the signal down a chain of wireless bikes. Meaning, a bicycle gang can snake into subways stations or across hilltops to provide Internet connectivity to (fringe but) vital communities and spaces ignored by the traditional telecommunications industry. A grassroots bottom-up wireless infrastructure can be formed and pedaled to any place accessible by bicycle.

Wireless Bikes as Art Objects

Wireless bikes are a tacitly surrealistic Ready-made that playfully reframe our assumptions about the interplay of technology and art. The tradition of Ready-made objects in modern art is credited to start with Marcel Duchamp's "Roue de Bicyclette" or "Bicycle Wheel," his first "Ready-made." The bicycle's role in art seems to be that of a transcendent object acting as a vehicle to interface conceptual and material existence, virtual and real existence, if you will. At first, "wireless bikes" seem like an incongruous montage and technological farce. But, importantly, this technological farce out performs the market in providing Internet access to vital urban spaces. As art out-maneuvers commerce, we see that our technological boundaries are products of our imagination and not truly technological at all. Riding down the streets or parked, these bikes become beacons for play and inquiry. They ignite our imagination about the boundaries of bike and computer, mundane and hi-tech, street protest and online activism, mediated play and spectacle.

Artist Bio

Yury Gitman is a wireless and emerging-media artist. He engages WiFi, web development, hardware hacking, and the culture around wireless to create expressive pieces and art interventions. He has exhibited work with Eyebeam and The New Museum among many others. Noderunner, a wireless game he co-created was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Net Vision in 2003. The New York Daily News, credited him for creating two of the top ten "hippest hotspots" in New York, Magicbike (the bicycle hotspot) and EVill Net (the East Village network). Currently he teaches a graduate level Wireless Art course at the Parsons School of Design. Additionally, he is the director of the Arts group at NYCWireless. He received a Masters degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunication Program and a BS in Science, Technology, and Culture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Bah. You really wanna impress me? (3, Funny)

Gldm (600518) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060605)

Someone miniaturize a wifi hotspot enough so that you can strap it to a pidgeon, then put some around New York. Then I'll really be impressed! Access for peanuts... or breadcrumbs... hey let's try squirrels maybe then it can be for peanuts.

Pigeons? (1)

Mr. Roadkill (731328) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060893)

Hmmm... I can think of a fun activity, then. Arp-poisoning pigeons in the park!

...So, if Sunday you're free,
Why don't you come with me
And we'll arp poison the pigeons in the park.
And maybe we'll do
In a wifi-enabled squirrel or two,
While we're arp poisoning pigeons in the park.

(With profound apologies to Tom Lehrer)

Re:Pigeons? (1)

HuckleCom (690630) | more than 9 years ago | (#9061088)

So the more pigeons we have in the same spot, the more bandwidth! Pigeon pirates! Pigeon hogs! Squirrel trapping! oh! imagine the possibilities. before you know it, we'll put it in forest animals so hunters can check their email before they shoot. And Yellowstone visitors will be able to check email when bears or moose are around! that would be awesome!

I am like the ice cream man... (4, Funny)

CritterNYC (190163) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060606)

... but with no music
... and with wireless internet service instead of ice cream
... and with a bike instead of a truck
... and it's free instead of costing money
... and I'm really more of a boy, not a man

... come to think of it, I'm nothing like the ice cream man at all... I was just talking outta my ass.

Re:I am like the ice cream man... (1)

Jonboy X (319895) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060741)

... come to think of it, I'm nothing like the ice cream man at all... I was just talking outta my ass.

That seems about right, looking at your logo [magicbike.net] there. It looks like the WiFi comes out of your ass as you ride...

Re:I am like the ice cream man... (1)

afish40 (774995) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060901)

Besides the fact that it was intended to be a humorously ironic statement, he was referring more to the fact that he brings the product directly to the people who otherwise didn't have it available to them. Also, like the ice cream man, the Magicbike would presumably be something welcomed by the consumer (the idea of the ice cream man carries a certain whimsical, mystical quality). So quit complaining about the cute non-analogy already.

just say it like it is (3, Insightful)

uunh haun (638348) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060608)

"urban fabric," "socially active cultural fabric," "Wireless bikes are a tacitly surrealistic Ready-made that playfully reframe our assumptions"

^ Why I hate being an artist. Make your mark with your work, not with the hype.

Re:just say it like it is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060626)

Dude, it's clearly a joke. You hate being an artist because you are uptight and don't get playful humor, therefore you make humorless, boring artwork. You are also angry. Also, you are trying to "make your mark." This is a mistake.

This post, too, is a joke, though not trying to be anything more than AC: 0.

Re:just say it like it is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060969)

A "joke", as in, what a joke? Agreed.

Not that magical (2, Insightful)

Brad Mace (624801) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060624)

Sorry to sound like a party pooper, but it only brings wifi 100m closer to the masses. It's kinda neat but it doesn't seem all that useful.

Re:Not that magical (2, Interesting)

Audiostar (734627) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060658)

I think the idea is not just to have one magicbike going around, but many of them (perhaps attached to bicycle messengers?) in order to bridge the connection in many ways. Its pretty idealistic, but I think the idea is a good means of promoting the concept of free internet access for the masses. The town I live in (Athens, GA) has wifi access spanning the entire downtown, as well as the campus and immediate areas. I have often thought of how amazing it would be if some rich benefactor would set up similar access points across the nation. Couldn't telephone poles be used or even rented to bridge a wireless network to many new locales? It sounds like a hippy idea, but it would benefit so many people.

A neat idea (1)

John Starks (763249) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060746)

Here's an interesting idea for the magicbikes. So let's say you get a bunch of these guys driving around. They already have Internet access. So let's say you're in the park, and you decide you'd like to browse Slashdot. You call up the dispatch office, and they use GPS to determine the location of the nearest magicbike. Then they send a message to the guy and tell him to bike to such and such a place. Bam, you've got Internet anywhere you want in New York.

Or bam, you've just stolen a bike with a bunch of technology strapped onto it, but let's think about this naively.

Re:Not that magical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060781)

100m is the difference between where you're standing and that really hot pussy at the end of the block that you're dying to bury your tongue into and lap all around until she comes.

is pedophilics dream (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060628)

Now pedophilics will have access to mobile AP that will keep their nastyness anonymous, good job design institute.....

Bah (2, Funny)

squidinkcalligraphy (558677) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060641)

What? no music? On ya bike son...

Re:Bah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060867)

>> What? no music? On ya bike son...

What better way to be compliant with the RIAA by not having ANY music... at all!

Slashdotted bike? (4, Funny)

yawhcihw (171760) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060647)

Hopefully the site isn't hosted on this bike...if it got slashdotted and crashed, we could all get sued for his injuries!

Re:Slashdotted bike? How about his laptop battery? (1)

JohnDoe.Slashed (717301) | more than 9 years ago | (#9061037)

What I really do not understand is how this guy "delivers" reliable internet access for the others.

I mean, what's the sense in this: I start downloading latest pr0n movie in the park and his laptop battery goes dead... and no more cream for me... And he has the nerve to compare himself to the ice cream man...

And thinking about his bicycle, what connection speed is that... max 30mph... on the second thought at least i can check my mail at that speed: 2-3 gained inches/mail * let's say 20 mails/hour...

Fantastic! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060699)

All the muslims in New York can plan their next terrorist outrage without fear of having their IP address logged. I can't wait to see the fireworks.

Re:Fantastic! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060723)

...yeah, and all the American soldiers can pretend to be ice-cream vendors, but actually torture innocent people to fulfill their sick, sexual fantasies.

Re:Fantastic! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060778)

http://www.coxandforkum.com/archives/ArabStreet-X. gif

It's really quite amazing to me. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060858)

These guys are fucking killing our brave men and women in the armed services. But as soon as one of our people slaps a captured Iraqi solider or suicide bomber in the face there is national outrage. If it were up to me, I'd just fucking nuke everyone who wasn't a white Christian and be done with it. Well, I'd let the Israelis live, too, cause we need someone to make fun off but won't kill us.

Re:It's really quite amazing to me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060881)

...well, at least, terrorists don't go around claiming to be defenders of human rights, western civilisation and democracy. But you yourself obviously do not claim that, as well...

Hmm... (1, Funny)

Nooloo (775766) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060706)

For some reason I still have the image of a guy with a giant satellite dish on his head in my mind. It would be interesting to see him take a trip into the south bronx.

But guys! (4, Insightful)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060707)

Sheesh, it's amazing that no one has remarked upon the important thing about this guy, which is that he's freaking cool! This is exactly the kind of thing I'd like to do if I had the money and time! Good ol' selflessness and wonder and doing good for your fellow man! Just because!

What a nifty idea, wow. And I liked his analogy too, which I saw as more of a humor thing than a real analogy anyway.

Re:But guys! (1)

natmsincome.com (528791) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060782)

Or you could say here's all these people outside and he's encouraging them to "just check their email" or "just check a site out" instead of exersizing and talking to other people in the park.

To the optimist, the glass is half full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Re:But guys! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060797)

Good ol' selflessness and wonder and doing good for your fellow man! Just because!

It's not selfless. He's doing it because it makes him feel better about himself. Because it increases his own sense of self-worth and, thus, the happiness he feels as a result. That it benefits others is merely a side-effect of his selfish desires.

Not free for long... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060728)

How long will it be before:

1) the cellular phone bill charges start racking up...

2) he siphons from the wrong WAP and he gets charged with a crime or sued for monetary damages by someone with the influence and/or money to keep him in court forever...

3) he realizes all that equipment, for one bicycle or many, costs money to acquire?

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

austad (22163) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060747)

A rash of chicken rapings has surfaced in NYC. Local authorities are baffled at the clues left behind, which consist of website addresses to popular NYC landmarks. Coincidentally, a chicken is raped at these landmarks only hours later.

Officer Barbrady read a statement to the shocked city, "D D Deeee Deeear... umm, Nothing to see here, move along."

At this point it is unclear who the chickenfucker is and when he'll strike again.

Like an oscillating fan of internet access. . . (5, Funny)

iustus (773423) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060750)

"He's coming around the park again~ Quick! hit
the reload button while you have the chance!"

-- Connected to Wi-fi bike boy --
-- 11.00 mbits per second --
-- signal stregnth low --


--wireless internet conneciton unavailable--

"damnit. . . "

Re:Like an oscillating fan of internet access. . . (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060798)

Kevin James called and he wants his joke back. ;)

Slow connection?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060834)

11 mbits per second? I hope you can get better than 11 microbits a second off of your wireless.

Error Correction... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060753)

This must be a special form of WiFi that uses a Cyclic Redundancy Check

Whats the point? (4, Insightful)

dj245 (732906) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060754)

The point of finding a free acess point, for most people, is to get on the internet, to send/receive e-mail. Some people might be interested in fiddling around with 'clueless user Linksys #82", but mostly finding an acess point is a means to an end, not an end in itself. A mobile acess point is not a roving Lan party, it is sort of useless. Unless he has omnidirectional wireless internet connection with him (nope) then most people will be kind of disinterested in what he has to offer. Most people won't even bother (or know how!) to browse the network. I really wonder where he is going with this.

All this free WiFi stuff is great, but... (5, Insightful)

PapayaSF (721268) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060764)

...how long before spammers just load their software onto laptops and start blasting out spam from the nearest hotspot? Are there any safeguards that will prevent this?

Re:All this free WiFi stuff is great, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9061024)

The ISP should be able to rate limit the spam.

Re:All this free WiFi stuff is great, but... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9061109)

i demand slashdot remove this comment before some wacko gets the idea and actually does it. :-(

Does anyone remember a bike called BEHEMOTH? (4, Interesting)

eastern (92669) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060765)

Does anyone remember the greatest geek bike ever made?

Big Electronic Human Energised Machine, Only Too Heavy

Check this out [microship.com]

Maybe I'm to cynical (4, Insightful)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060777)

but the first thing that ran across my mind is that this poor bastard is going to end up in court because some pervert used him to anonymously download kiddy porn off of the net.


Re:Maybe I'm to cynical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060824)

I'm not sure the "I didn't do it, I was riding my magicbike, which is like an ice cream truck except..." defense would do too well either.

Well... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060796)

On the one hand what he's doing is kind of cool and nice. Interesting to say the least... On the other hand walking around like he's a saint or he's bringing vittles to the starving masses makes him look like an imbecile... I mean for chrissakes, you're giving people limited wireless connectivity, in the random chance that you happen to be parked by a guy with a laptop...

You want to be a hero or feel good about yourself? Be a volunteer firefighter. Restore PCs for senior citizen centers, donate to cancer research foundations, give a starving Afican or Chinese kid lunch money. Driving around giving out free wireless internet... *snickers*

The very point of it is pointless. It's basically just a "Lookit me, I'm special-decial like Homestar Runner." I think the guy needs a hobby...maybe he should try being a kernel hacker, I hear that eats into your free time. ;)

Finally! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060809)

At last, a solution for bringing free internet access to everybody in China. Just equip 10% of the bicycles with this and HELLO! Chinese porn for the people!

He gives people internet... (-1, Redundant)

anethema (99553) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060816)

but how does HE get the internet to his laptop ?

Some directional antenna somewhere that he points beforehand ? His own directional antenna that he uses to leech from other free hotspots?

(I obviously didnt RTFA, too lazy to pick thru his site to find out)

Re:He gives people internet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060831)

...he keeps a copy of the Internet on his laptop, which he updates by syncing every evening with his 56K dial-up.

In Capitalist America... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060828)

Wifi hotspots come to you!


Why not free Wi-Fi on Caltrain? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060846)

Free Wi-Fi on a bike? Why not a train?

PointShot (http://pointshotwireless.com), the folks that provided ACE passengers with the country's first Wi-Fi train service, is in the process of trying to bring a Wi-Fi service to Caltrain here in Silicon Valley.

But according to Caltrain management, it is going to take a year to find a free provider:

"Caltrain is currently working on a request for proposal to provide wi-fi on its trains. Our goal is to be able to attract a provider who will provide free wi-fi service through more than just a pilot period. If the entire process goes smoothly, we may be able to offer wi-fi within about a year.

Our long-term vision is to provide complimentary wi-fi and work with companies along our corridor to allow their employees to start their workday by logging on while on the train. We believe this will be a huge quality of life benefit to our customers and their employees."

For those of you that don't know, Caltrain is the Silicon Valley commuter train that serves passengers from San Jose to San Francisco.

If you find "a year" to be entirely too long or you know of interested Wi-Fi providers, email boardsecretary@caltrain.com or go to http://www.caltrain.org/contact.html.

Cancer on Wheels? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060878)

So he'll be the most fit guy with brain cancer in the hospital then eh?

Yeah (1)

pcmanjon (735165) | more than 9 years ago | (#9060904)

So, what are the people supposed to do when he drives out of range from the park? Do they suppose to start following him where he goes to keep net access?

Picture of magic bike (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9060920)

For those wanting a picture of the magic bike and it's creater, go here http://sandhill.typepad.com/photos/wtf/yury_magic_ bike.html

four teenagers from the Bronx (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9061019)

are now planning on robbing him.

nothing line a ice cream man! (1)

Celt (125318) | more than 9 years ago | (#9061025)

'I am like the ice cream man, but with no music and I deliver free wireless access and not ice cream'."

So he is infact nothing like a ice cream man

That's a deep analogy (4, Funny)

steveha (103154) | more than 9 years ago | (#9061026)

His "I'm like the ice cream man" analogy reminded me of this:

To me boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.

--Deep Thoughts (by Jack Handy)

And let us not forget the classic:

The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

I can just imagine... (2, Funny)

theantipode (664138) | more than 9 years ago | (#9061068)

... all the people on laptops following him via bike around the park. I'd pay to see the carnage that'd ensue.

Ok... So... (3, Funny)

Phidoux (705500) | more than 9 years ago | (#9061085)

Every morning when I go out for a jog in the park, I take my laptop computer with me just in case a cyclist, with an attached mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, happens to be getting a bit of exercise at the same time.

It's great! Lugging the laptop around adds to the exercise potential of my jog and being able to read my spam, while in the middle of my jog, really goes a long way to breaking the boredom of exercise regime.

I wouldn't exactly call this exciting. (2, Funny)

dude127 (652036) | more than 9 years ago | (#9061110)

So basically, this strange guy provides slow unreliable internet access to people enjoying a bit of air and sunshine in the park. I don't know about the rest of you, but if I want unreliable internet access, I'll do that at home with with Comcast. At least with them, I don't need some weirdo to point a funny antenna at me when I'm trying to surf the web.
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