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Reading Slashdot From Strange Locations

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the back-of-a-volkswagen dept.

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aarrieta writes "I was thinking about the location of Slashdotters around the world. Many of us read /. from our houses/offices/schools. But I guess there are people reading Slashdot from non-traditional places/sites (an oil platform in the middle of the sea, Antarctica, the ISS, etc?) But what's the strangest place you've ever read Slashdot from, or the most remote place you're currently reading it from?"

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I'm writing this from Antarctica (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803430)

But we only get Slashdot part of the day because of the satellite.

atlantis (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803435)

i will consume your souls!

The strangest place was.. (5, Funny)

neomac (97478) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803436)

.. in bed with my wife.

But it'll never happen again honey, I promise!

Re:The strangest place was.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803460)

are u married? you must be new here!!!

Re:The strangest place was.. (2, Interesting)

CoolVibe (11466) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803471)

not me reading slashdot, but my wife, after sex. Oh wait...

Re:The strangest place was.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803480)

... while dropping the Cosby kids off at the pool.

Re:The strangest place was.. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803504)

the strangest place ive ever read slashdot was from was the Dominican Republic in a crappy internet cafe.

Re:The strangest place was.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803527)

Don't feel embarrassed - we've all been in bed with your wife.

I once posted to Slashdot from (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803437)

a girlfriend's apartment. Probably somewhere most Slashdotters have never posted from...

Re:I once posted to Slashdot from (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803491)

No, I post at your girlfriend's apartment all the time. And by post, I mean on Slashdot and not in any sexual way.

strange but I'm sure very common... (3, Funny)

infinii (27811) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803440)

the shitter with a wifi connection

Re:strange but I'm sure very common... (2, Funny)

Moofie (22272) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803490)

DUDE! Can you see me or something? That's creepy!

Re:strange but I'm sure very common... (0)

Pudding (9094) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803500)

I'm posting this from the crapper, actually. In fact, I have a very nice setup because there's a small chair thing that I put my PowerBook on, and it means I actually have a very comfortable position. Those things do get extremely hot, so actually using it on my bare thighs is not an option.

--rune

Re:strange but I'm sure very common... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803557)

Those things do get extremely hot

in the bathroom too i'm sure! extremely hot!

Re:strange but I'm sure very common... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803580)

me too, with an orange spv(smartphone with gprs)

Re:strange but I'm sure very common... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803604)

slightly less common -

Reading the headlines from my Blackberry whilst on the throne. . .

Just don't do what I did and drop the bloody thing on the tile floor when you get up - It turns out that the LCD is pretty fragile!

Re:strange but I'm sure very common... (4, Funny)

iamacat (583406) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803605)

Here I am, right in the pooper,
Birthing another slashdot trooper...

I'm reading it whilst... (0, Redundant)

cirisme (781889) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803441)

I usually read Slashdot while on the throne.

The toilet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803444)

Isn't wireless great?

Hmmm... (1)

Oxy the moron (770724) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803445)

My bathroom? Does that count?

My bathroom :-) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803447)

Thank you wi-fi - Slashdot on the can - can't beat that!

Slashdot has reached a new low (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803448)

First the lame LOTR post, now this? Other than the Google story there isn't anything worth reading today!

Bathroom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803453)

I am reading from the toilet right now...

Funny you should ask (0, Redundant)

over_exposed (623791) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803454)

As of right now I'm in the office bathroom on the pot with a wireless laptop...

Re:Funny you should ask (2, Interesting)

over_exposed (623791) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803510)

Holy CRAP (no pun intended) a lot of people read slashdot from the crapper. Does anyone care to comment on the psychology of this phenomenon? I can't - I'm part of the case study.

Re:Funny you should ask (5, Funny)

prator (71051) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803513)

I'm in the stall next to you. I'd appreciate a courtesy flush.

-prator

The toilet (1)

dsbaha (798669) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803463)

I would say the toilet, but I'm sure almost everyone else here does anyways.

PS: There is always the iLoo!

Re:The toilet (1)

dsbaha (798669) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803520)

Holy Sh*t, between the time of me writing the original message and pressing the "submit" button, there were already 7 comments about people reading /. on the toilet! Hah.

Adult Arcade (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803464)

Considering how excited some people here get about even the most insignficant news item about Linux, I wouldn't be surprised if some people feel compelled to check out slashdot when using those computer terminals at adult arcades which are supposed to be used for cruising porn sites. You know you're a geek when you take time out of looking for porn to see if you get first post at slashdot.

i admit it (2, Informative)

The Other White Boy (626206) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803465)

ive read /. from an ipaq while sitting on the can.

Loo? (1)

raile (610069) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803467)

Given the ubiquity of WiFi these days, I'm assuming "the toilet" doesn't count as a strange place anymore...

Pron (0, Redundant)

53cur!ty (588713) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803469)

On the set of an Adult shoot...

I work for the Mob.

Re:Pron (1)

Eu4ria (110578) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803536)

You know you are a geek when you would read slashdot and then download the movie later, rarher than watch the action live!

During a meeting at Microsoft. (2, Interesting)

Acrimonious Coward (687843) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803472)

...and no, I'm not an employee.

fp of course!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803475)

i read from everywhere with first post of course!!!

The Toilet (5, Funny)

Finster (56931) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803476)

Ahh...my office away from my office. The toilet. The only place where one can truely be left alone with Slashdot.

obligatory.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803478)

In bed with a hot chick. Of course it probably wouldn't surprise me if they took "time out" to post about it on slashdot.

Slashdot?! Nay! (1, Funny)

higuy48 (568572) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803481)

I read Fark you insensitive clod!

Internet Kiosk (2, Interesting)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803482)

Christmas day. A dollar for five minutes. Only used three minutes. Was in Chicago visiting my brother for the "Adopt-a-Sailor" program. He was in basic training at the time.

NewlyWeds reply (0, Redundant)

beacher (82033) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803483)

That would be in the butt, Bob...

YES It exists, I actually saw segment recently aired on TV before you snopes hounds jump on me!

Re:NewlyWeds reply (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803570)

found it, he's right! [snopes.com]

IN INDIA (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803487)

I read slashdot at an internet terminal at the foot of the Himalayas.

Strangest place (5, Funny)

Dolly_Llama (267016) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803488)

But what's the strangest place you've ever read Slashdot..

In the butt?

Several (1)

NIK282000 (737852) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803493)

Pc in a museum in PEI (canada)

Radioshack

Futureshop

The museum was tough because the PC was set up to keep you out of windows.

well that explains it... (4, Funny)

natron 2.0 (615149) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803494)

No wonder most of the stories on /. are crap today!

Re:well that explains it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803567)

well, that is what happens when you got people posting fron the crapper!

Mile High Club (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803495)

I've saved a PDF of the /. index page and other sections so I'd have something to take a quick look at while flying.

The derkest depths of wild, untamed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803496)

Canada! Dun-dun-DUNNNNNNNN!

The bathroom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803497)

On the toilet reading on my Nextel Blackberry 7510.

On the Jon (1)

Fr05t (69968) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803498)

Yup.. I've been know to use my notebook to read it on the throne.

The weirdest place? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803501)

From your mom's closet on my PDA. I was hiding when your daddy came home.

Idahizzle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803502)

Yep,I read slashdot from a boat on Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho. I bet /.'ers didnt think there was anyone in Idahizzle.

On the internet... (1)

Soft (266615) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803505)

... nobody knows you're a Martian.

orbit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803507)

I seem to recall- but can't find a link to- a Slashdot Interview conducted with an astronaut who was in orbit. One would assume that the astronaut visited the site during that time.

Top of a 100' antennea (5, Interesting)

skywalker107 (220077) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803509)

I have browsed /. more than once while tethered to the top of a 100' broadband tower.

On the toilet eh? (1)

ezzzD55J (697465) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803512)

7 out of 8 replies now (at threshold 1 at least) are saying the same thing.. :)

From the subway (1)

IceCat12 (442300) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803514)

I used to read it during the subway trip into the city on my palm m515. Does that count as an underground slashdot club?

On the Toilet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803515)

Reading /. on my PDA. What can I say, I'm addicted?

Liuzhou ,China. (1)

robslimo (587196) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803521)

Back before 'net cafe's were in all the big chinese cities (heck, Liuzhou was/is backward enough they may still not be very netified). Funny, I did it with an international LD call back to my ISP in Oklahoma. It was mainly to check my email, but I spent a very few minutes doing a little surfing.

My AT&T calling card almost blistered my backside before I was done.

Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803522)

What a bunch of geeks. Good lord. Can't even take a dump without being nerdy? Do yourself a favor and get out of the house once in a while.

You insensitive clod! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803525)

I'm sitting on a fucking asteroid here saving your ass wishing I were on that oil platform I belong on with 8 nutters (long story) thinking of Liv and you have the fucking nerve to ask me if I read Slashdot? Hell yeah. Get over it.

Re:You insensitive clod! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803601)

If you are also responsible for Gigli...stay on the friggin asteroid please.

The can. (1)

eel (91514) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803526)

Probably not as unsusual as it once was, but this was in the day before wirless became popular. But I had run (tee, hee) some cable to the bathroom and well, it was an interesting artical. Shure beats the newspaper.

Jail (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803532)

5 to 10 in the state pen.

Deep Underground (5, Interesting)

Leif_Bloomquist (311286) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803534)

I've actually read it from 700m below the earth, in a salt/potash mine in Germany.

Strange people out there... (1)

wviperw (706068) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803540)

What kind of weirdo reads /. from an oil platform in the middle of the sea?

/me reaches for toilet paper

That explains it! (1)

cpn2000 (660758) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803541)

A lot of posters claim to read Slashdot sitting on the can. I imagine that explains the general quality of posts ... chuckles

Strangest, eh? (1)

codesurfer (786910) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803542)

Without a doubt - NYC. To a guy from Ottawa, Canada, that's about as strange as it comes.

Like... (4, Funny)

Dr. Bent (533421) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803543)

...in the back of a Volkswagen?

A hole.... (2, Funny)

Himring (646324) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803548)

This guy does it from a hole in the ground he dug (an epic adventure; a hole, in the ground, in a galaxy, far, far, away...).

The Hole [cp-tel.net]

in soviet russia.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803549)

slashdot reads YOU from a strange location!

Scotland (5, Interesting)

AngryScot (795131) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803550)

in the highlands :) on a 28k modem in a small house(hut) that belonged to one of my friends dad. there was only one power socket so we had to unplug the fridge to charge the laptop :)

the pooper (3, Funny)

niko9 (315647) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803551)

I've gotten in the habit of wanting something to read when I do number 2.

One day I coudn't find anything interesting within reach and had already memorized not only the ingridients to my shampoo and conditioner, but the location of their corporate headquarter too. I pulled out a 25ft CAT 5 cable, one end into the switch, and the other end into my thinkpad X22 3Lb laptop.

It was a good poop, and I learned alot that day.

Nick

the usual.. the bathroom (1)

vladb (654075) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803556)

on a laptop, in my bathtub.. May not be the most unusual place for the fellow /.ers. :)

Ching Mai (1)

richard_willey (79077) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803559)

I spent a glorious month backpacking through Thailand back in January. The country is quite wired, so I had the chance to check in from a number of cyber-cafes.

I'll use this opportunity to put in a plug for Thailand. Wonderful country. Can't recommend it highly enough.

My only regret is that I wasn't able to purchase any teak furniture while I was up North. If you are willing to ship and entire container (~$5000 or so), you can get incredible bargains. Large dining room table and 6 chairs, beautiful construction for about $600.

If anyone is considering a visit, cut a deal with friends beforehand and bring schematics...

Highway: Home Server + DNS + SMS + Email Gateway (5, Interesting)

jlcooke (50413) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803561)

My cell phone provider (Fido.ca) gives me 150 free email messages a month which I can send out from my basic SMS enabled phone. I format an SMS just right and it'll turn into an email. I send this email to my an aliased email address on my home machine which pipes it into a perl script. I can request weather information, system uptime, etc. And yes, I can download the slashdot XML news page and parse it up, tokenize it into emails 160charactors long and EMAIL it back to my cell phone.

"new SMS to 003436". "CMD S" for slashdot news command. 10 seconds later I get 2-4 SMS messages giving me the slashdot headlines. I've done this from a cottage, a highway coach, toilets in dingy bathrooms.

well, (1)

digitalsushi (137809) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803562)

the weirdest place *i've* ever read slashdot from was the scooped out inside of an 800 pound miracle grow pumpkin, via my wireless ibook.

Svalbard (3, Interesting)

JimDog (443171) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803563)

I just returned from a trip to Norway and Svalbard [cia.gov] .
Just for fun, I pulled up Slashdot on my Treo 600.
Surprisingly, both Telenor and Norway NetCom had very good GSM/GPRS coverage in and around Longyearbyen (the main city on Svalbard, pop. ~1500). I think this is probably the northernmost GSM service area in the world, at 78 degrees north.

-j

from a.... (1)

zogger (617870) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803568)

... truckstop on one of those insert x-dollars for a few minutes web access kiosks.

Ecuador (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803572)

I'm reading /. in the middle of the Jungle at an oil camp.

Me!? I'm a -1 troll!!! (5, Funny)

Goalie_Ca (584234) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803574)

So naturally I read it in a cave and under bridges.

In the tradition of The Newlywed Game... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803577)

"I'd have to say...in the ass"

well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803578)

I once read Slashdot while pleasuring my girlfriend. I dont think that that'll be happening again.

Bush alaska (2, Interesting)

Zorton (2520) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803579)

I've read slashdot from a location only accessable via float plane running on a generator over a starband connection. Sitting in a tent sending e-mail and reading slashdot while swatting mosquitos definitaly ranks up there.

Cursed with monopresence (1)

brentharris (173352) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803584)

But what's the strangest place you've ever read Slashdot from, or the most remote place you're currently reading it from?

Not being capable of omnipresence or even polypresence, the most remote, and only, place I am currently reading from is my office desk in Atlanta.

The future... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803588)

...in my History of Lameness 101 class. I'm going for a PHD in Ancient Earthling Penguin Worship.

And yes, Microsoft still sux.

The summit of Mauna Kea (5, Interesting)

igable (797556) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803590)

I read slashdot before starting a shift at the Canada France Hawaii Telescope on the 14, 000' summit of Mauna Kea, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

If I had sumbitted a good story this morning... (5, Funny)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803592)

... and got rejected, I'd be very upset right now.

Vacation (1)

Klar (522420) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803595)

From an internet booth while on vacation in the Dominican Republic during reading week. A few people who were waiting behind me to use the computer were like "News for nerds?!?!" and getting upset cause they wanted me to get off so they could read their damn hotmail...

Grammar nazi no more (1, Offtopic)

sudotcsh (95997) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803596)

Regarding the article line:

But what's the strangest place you've ever read Slashdot from?

I was going to suggest they use the proper English, "What's the strangest place from which you have ever read Slashdot?" but ... I then realized if I did that I'd have my head up my ass.

For your average Slashdot poster that's more of the standard place from which to post.

are cell phones "weird"? (1)

GrendelT (252901) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803597)

I read /. from my cell phone's 'web browser' during a defensive driving class.

How about over lynx via an SSH connection when the web-proxy @ work went down?
(I also played TTYQuake over SSH too)

Places I'd Like To See (2, Interesting)

patricksevenlee (679708) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803598)

Some places I'd like to see on the list:

- The Playboy Mansion
- The Oval Office
- Stonehenge
- Atlantis

And of course this place: http://community.webshots.com/album/70233469ukYjLT [webshots.com]

Hmm. (4, Funny)

xmutex (191032) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803607)

Is this like a geek version of the weird places you've had sex?

The tally so far... (5, Funny)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803610)

"On the toilet" : 1,624,115
"In Soviet Russia" : 890,560
"While commuting" : 5,109
"While stuffing face with food" : 4,483
"While watching pr0n" : 1,294
"While having sex (solo)" : 1,154
"Inside Michael Moore's colon" : 27
"Inside George Bush's head" : 25
"Hiding in the rafters at the Democratic convention... my God, the gas! The gas and hot air and bullshit are suffocating me! : 1
"While having sex (with partner)" : 0

using my iPAQ on my way to university (1)

the_y_man84 (786048) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803616)

I was on the bus and when it stopped it turned on the wifi and bang! I got a connection, looked like the house near the bus stopped didnt have a properly configured wifi station, so i logged on to slashdot! (...with explorer...)

Driving on the highway.. (4, Funny)

JayPee (4090) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803619)

..piss drunk, traveling 90MPH+ (friend was driving) using a Sprint PCS connection with my iBook, ranting about how "fucking amazing" technology was.

booze + wireless = endless ranting about "amazing" stuff.

Whats this 'slashdot' you refer to? (0, Troll)

jefdiesel (633290) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803625)

I ask as I only read the bible, and other church literature, plus of course the classics.

@WiFi hotspots (1)

Audigy (552883) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803626)

Most recently, a Panera Bread restaurant downtown... not really too remote.

McDonald's restaurants are everywhere though; apparently they're aiming to wire them all for WiFi eventually.

PocketPC + WiFi SD Card = pretty cool, though.

Bonnaroo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9803628)

I'm not anonymous, just lazy. This year at Bonnaroo in a tent during a serious rainstorm on my palm pilot connected to my cell via IR to my dial up ISP. The real reason was to check weather.com for when the storm would be over but I digress.... slashdot made an appearance.

Best spot ever... (1)

ph33nd (783684) | more than 10 years ago | (#9803631)

Well, with my wireless, I have to say, the bathroom has been a choice spot for me to read slashdot... better than a magazine...
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