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The Type-A, High-Tech Bathroom

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the he's-in-a-meeting dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 132

Carl Bialik from the WSJ writes "Hard-driving homeowners have converted their loos into virtual satellite workspaces, with retractable desks or waterproof touch-screen monitors, the Wall Street Journal reports. Among the features: showerproof computers and mirrors with stock quotes. But beware the accidental 'BlackBerry dunk' in the toilet or sink. 'Audio One says about all of the 30 home-automation systems it's installed near its Miami head office in the past year--prices can reach $200,000--have featured TVs in the bathroom. "It's become a given," says company engineer David Sussman. "There's not much sanctity left." '"

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Brings a new meaning... (5, Funny)

squoozer (730327) | more than 8 years ago | (#14640960)

to the phrase core dump.

Re:Brings a new meaning... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641020)

core dump

You wouldn't have that problem if you had a bigger heat sink.

Sorry!

Re:Brings a new meaning... (2, Funny)

theOnlyTPC (412437) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641281)

Also to the term "head office."

(For those not nautically inclined, on a boat, "head" == "toilet".)

Re:Brings a new meaning... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642419)

"(For those not nautically inclined, on a boat, "head" == "toilet".)"

So wtf is the poop deck then?

Re:Brings a new meaning... (1)

ToasterofDOOM (878240) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641675)

So ... what would a segmentation fault be???

Bad for shower thinkers (5, Funny)

glennrrr (592457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14640965)

Given that I seem to get my best ideas while brushing my teeth, having a computer to distract me would eliminate my last chance for an original thought.

Re:Bad for shower thinkers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641902)

If you're brushing teeth in the shower, my guess is that the shampoo in your mouth is going to do more distracting than a computer would.

I see you legally? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14640975)

People are starting to use web cams for video calls. Now they may be calling from the bathroom. How long until it becomes legal to use cameras in public restrooms?

Wow (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14640977)

If you can't even cut the umbilical to the television long enough to take a dump, you need to seriously re-examine your priorities. Next they will be putting computers and refrigerators in there and nobody will ever have to leave the throne room.

Re:Wow (5, Funny)

njvic (614279) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641002)

I've never understood the desire to add more features from other rooms in the house, such as the lounge/kitchen etc to the bathroom. Why not add a loo to the other rooms instead?

Re:Wow (1)

Andrzej Sawicki (921100) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641666)

I switched over to showers a while ago, but before that I would often read books while taking a bath, and I know other people who do that. Ever used a hair-dryer on a book? I guess this makes a point for a waterproof screen.

Re:Wow (1)

shawb (16347) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641288)

Alternatively, a perceived need to watch TV could be the result of a medical problem or dietary deficiency. Seeing a doctor or getting more fiber could help out here. But seriously, I would imagine that a lot of the people who have a TV installed in their bathroom also have a hottup or similar in there. Not so much for the regualar day to day cleaning as for hard core relaxing. And mostly for showing off to members of the desired sex.

Re:Wow (1)

WoodieR (860635) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641348)

what? there's life outside these four walls ? ... I put my first laptop on a long cord and a little fold out table back in the nineties to take into the throne room, and my roommates have loved it, and thanked me for it for years ... yes there's a little fridge in there as well ...

Better yet (1)

MrNougat (927651) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642174)

Why not stop trying to put everything from outside the bathroom in it, and just take the functions of the bathroom with you everywhere you go? Soon, people will be wearing adult diapers all the time, and the ultra-rich will have catheters and colostomy bags.

Re:Wow (1)

6e7a (256012) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642206)

I think the point is rather to read up-to-date electrons rather than dead trees.

those lcd tv integrated mirrors are a rip off (1)

pj737 (678471) | more than 8 years ago | (#14640979)

I was interested in those mirrors with built in lcd tvs until I found out they cost between $2,500 and $6,000 for a smallish mirror and 8-10" screen. If anyone knows where this stuff comes cheap, please let me know.

Re:those lcd tv integrated mirrors are a rip off (1)

knipknap (769880) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641023)

That shouldn't be too hard to build yourself. Just buy a large mirror and remove a part of the reflection layer, then mount the LCD behind that area.

Re:those lcd tv integrated mirrors are a rip off (1)

glassjaw rocks (793596) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642208)

get a dremel.

Toilet humor (4, Funny)

quokkapox (847798) | more than 8 years ago | (#14640991)

I just wish the women in my life would have the common decency to just leave the seat up, as they found it.

Come on ladies, how hard is it to raise the seat after you're finished using it?

Re:Toilet humor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641070)

Piss on the seat and you'll never have to problem of the seat left down again!

Re:Toilet humor (1)

Elitist_Phoenix (808424) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641080)

Have you ever noticed how men leave the toilet seat up? That's the joke.
You suck McBain!

Re:Toilet humor (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641137)

I just wish the women in my life would have the common decency to just leave the seat up, as they found it.

It's supposed to stay up. People who think otherwise obviously haven't thought the sitution through thourghally.

Re:Toilet humor (2, Funny)

onebuttonmouse (733011) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641154)

A woman's brain is different, it can't grasp the complexities of a mechanical device such as a 'hinge'. They can't apply logic like 'if the seat is up, put it down'.

They're not as good as us, you know.

Re:Toilet humor (1)

Squalish (542159) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641249)

The solution: put the seat down, so that you have an equal amount of work.

Re:Toilet humor (1)

MooUK (905450) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641311)

Are my family some of the only people who actually close the lid AND the seat of the toilet, whoever used it?

Re:Toilet humor (1)

Skater (41976) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641331)

I close the lid, mostly to make sure my cat doesn't get in there. But I'm the only person I know that does it. I'm not sure why manufacturers even bother making seats with lids, come to think of it.

Re:Toilet humor (1)

newrisejohn (517586) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641532)

Lids are there so you don't accidentally knock items off a nearby sink or shelf into the toilet.

Lids are commonly not on public bathroom toilets because there's usually not anything to knock off of anything else. It would also be costly to put lids on restroom toilets, considering they'd likely never get put down anyway.

If you really want a lidless toilet seat, big-box do-it-yourself stores have split-seat (no need to even lift the seat! oh my!), lidless seats, just like in your favorite tearoom, i mean restroom.

Re:Toilet humor (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641486)

Must be your family only. Everybody in my family closes the lid, but leaves the seat up. :)

Re:Toilet humor (1)

MooUK (905450) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641524)

Just to state the obvious, then:

You have one weird toilet.

Re:Toilet humor (1)

emmaussmith (256072) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641924)

I close the lid without fail. Even when I've been drinking. Partly due to the cat but mostly because it looks more proper with it closed.

Re:Toilet humor (1)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641514)

About as hard as it is for us guys to leave it DOWN if that's the way we found it.

Re:Toilet humor (1)

K8Fan (37875) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641631)

That's the best part about having gay friends - when you use the toilet at their house, you can leave the damn seat up!

Re:Toilet humor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641775)

That's the best part about having gay friends - when you use the toilet at their house, you can leave the damn seat up!

When you use the toilet at gay friends' house, you might end up with not even reaching for the damn seat.

Re:Toilet humor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641971)

Have you ever noticed how men leave the toilet seat up? That's the joke.
You suck McBain!


The solution: put the seat down, so that you have an equal amount of work.

About as hard as it is for us guys to leave it DOWN if that's the way we found it.

I'm teaching a joke-getting seminar this sunday...

Re:Toilet humor (2, Insightful)

SMS_Design (879582) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642064)

I have never understood why people make such an issue of the toilet seat. If it's up when you arrive in the restroom and you need it to be down, you can put it down. If it's down when you arrive in the restroom and you need it to be up, you can put it up. NOBODY should concern themselves with the damn status of the toilet seat. Leave it in the position that it ended up in after you used it. The only thing I require of the toilet seat is cleanliness. Other than that, I don't care about the position. Don't you have enough concerns already?

Have you ever tried one of those Japanese toilets? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14640998)

The type which have the electronically controlled bidets? My wife is Japanese and naturally we visited (and stayed with) the in-laws in her home town...one time I hit that damn bidet button while having a crap and I swear water sprayed out my nose. They have it cranked up real high. It's really just an enema. But it works! None of that 30 minutes on the can stuff in Japan, or that feeling in your guts as you drive to work 15 minutes later that you didn't spend enough time cleaning out...those water spray jets make sure you don't need to crap again for at least the rest of that day. So you get used to it, especially once you figure out which buttons control the pressure level!

(Oh, and the female 'front shower' is the reason Japanese chicks spend so much time in the bathroom, and why they always look so satisfied afterwards...)

Re:Have you ever tried one of those Japanese toile (1)

StarkRG (888216) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641082)

There's pressure controlls on those things? wow, I just thought they were temperature settings for the seat warmer...

Re:Have you ever tried one of those Japanese toile (3, Funny)

Elad Alon (835764) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641104)

We don't have much water here in Israel. If someone imports enough of those "front showers", in one month, we'll all die of thirst.

Re:Have you ever tried one of those Japanese toile (2, Funny)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641265)

Perhaps, but maybe if enough of them were imported to the region everyone would be a bit more relaxed.

Re:Have you ever tried one of those Japanese toile (2, Funny)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641495)

Not really. The guys will not get laid. Then, you will have some REAL problems.

If you have time... (4, Funny)

smackdotcom (136408) | more than 8 years ago | (#14640999)

...to watch a television program in the bathroom while doing your business, I might recommend a bit more fibre in your diet.

Re:If you have time... (1)

smoker2 (750216) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641206)

I might recommend a bit more fibre in your diet.
Oh, I don't know, reality tv shows [beonscreen.com] certainly make me want to shit !

Finally! (2, Funny)

Voltageaav (798022) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641007)

I can take a shower without having to stop playing EVE.

Re:Finally! (1)

echucker (570962) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641157)

You mean WoW ;-)

Re:Finally! (1)

MooUK (905450) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641318)

You can do that anyway. Just wait for a long traveling period, set the autopilot, and go wash.

Sanctuary Defiled... (3, Insightful)

jimsoul (951935) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641017)

...or at least more than usual.

Not to be pessimistic about the technology on display, but does anybody really crave this? At my workplace I'm lucky if you manage to squeeze in (or out?) the time to use the facilities in peace, let alone being able to carry on working while present.

I think it would be about time to sit down and seriously assess your throughput (haw) if you'd reached the point where you could honestly say you need that kind of information present while attending the throne. I see the bathroom as the last calm and sensible place in my home, possibly to the point of insulating the walls so the mere presence of wifi can't exist in such a sacred space.

After a 60 hour week with a myriad of after hours calls, notifications exploding into inboxes and pagers like hand grenades, and the proverbial generally hitting the fan (or the terminal in this case), I'd soon choose to walk a few blocks to a public loo than step into a wired bathroom. You never know what you might be walking into.

Re:Sanctuary Defiled... (1)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641134)

Perhaps what would be more useful to the world is an 'anti-wired' bathroom which features radio jammers for things like cellphones and WiFi.

Re:Sanctuary Defiled... (1)

jimsoul (951935) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641162)

Increase the amount of iron in your diet? Unleash anti-emf hell after lunch?

I'm frequently horrified at the number of people in my workplace who charge into the toilets with their phones / mobile radios / whatever still in action.

Some have deft strategies around well timed coughing or exucses about bad connections when the other party assumably start enquiring about the background noise.

"What? Yes. No. No, its just someone trying really hard to push rocks into a swimming pool. Honestly. Big ones. Now about that lunch date..."

I'll Stick to Old Faithful (1)

Wallstreetfighter.co (941366) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641061)

My bathroom has everything a person could ever need for complete fullfillment in the bathroom experience. I sink, whirlpool, toilet, toilet paper, handsoap, towel, a few misc hygene supplies, a door which left open will allow you to see the tv in the bedroom, and one latest copy of THE READERS DIGEST. What more could you need (by the way my type in word below is condom, how ironic)

Re:I'll Stick to Old Faithful (1)

Zephiria (941257) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641378)

I Totally agree, and the best part is that if you run out of Tp, well theirs still the readers digest :D

The papers surprisingly aborbative, quite handy in a pinch :D

(I'm going for +5 funny here folks, c'mon you KNOW you want to :D )

A new low for mankind (1)

hattig (47930) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641076)

TVs in the bathroom. Why? Do you hate your spouse and kids that much?

Seriously, if you find yourself watching that much television you need to reassess your priorities. Not that I care, the fewer people out there DOING/CREATING stuff the better. They can all sit like pigs watching TV, their brains gently decomposing in their heads (that isn't earwax coming out of their ears!) whilst I do stuff* and feel accomplished and happy.

*Well, I would, but there's a good comedy show on tonight that I can't miss, and might as well watch the news afterwards, and then there's a film with killer robots in it.

low-tech potty office (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641103)

There have been days I was sick but had to work, and I just brought a tray table into the bathroom, my wireless notebook and a cordless phone. Nobody's going to know where I am unless the wrong sound makes it through the phone.

The stuff in the shower's a step beyond this though.

(On the Internet nobody knows you're taking a crap.)

Confucius say: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641105)

Man who daytrade sitting on toilet may earn stinky surprise sitting on couch.

office (2, Funny)

in_fla (849388) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641112)

Was "head office" intentional?

Only question... (2, Funny)

connah0047 (850585) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641147)

Only question now is..what are those three sea shell for?

CEO of Exigen Group (1)

Fubar411 (562908) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641150)

I knew that I didn't like the first guy they interviewed for this piece. In TFA, he claims to have a blackberry, two cell phones, three office computers, wireless internet for his car, a speakerphone in his shower, a waterproof laptop, and is able to answer the front door from the bathroom. Then I googled his company... "Exigen Group is a provider of business process optimization services, technology and outsourcing that generates financial returns for our clients. " Now it makes sense. He's one of those asshats that uses technology to send our jobs overseas.

Re:CEO of Exigen Group (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641472)

They aren't your jobs. You don't have any special claim to them.

firefox compatibility (1, Offtopic)

B_un1t (942155) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641167)

I checked out that site...The table on the page didn't format well at all with firefox. The wall street journal site can't format to accomodate IE AND FF? I wouldn't want to be surfing the net on the crapper and run into a site that I couldn't read with Firefox. By the time I surf back to the same site with crappy IE (pardon the pun), I would be finished and ready to go back to a laptop/desktop where I was supposed to be.

The Stupid Rich (5, Funny)

hattig (47930) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641175)

Melanie Brandman has been victim of two BlackBerry soakings -- but says hers has never fallen into the toilet. Once, in the bathroom of a hotel in Turkey, she put her handbag in one sink while running water in a second one. She accidentally tripped the first sink's automatic sensor and flooded the bag with water


How do these people get to be company presidents?

Do they think 'where's a good place for my bag ... hmm, the floor - no, too low. ah, by the sink! No! INSIDE A SINK!'

All I can hope for is that these people will work themselves to death early on in life, and have no children.

Re:The Stupid Rich (1)

WoodieR (860635) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641364)

You ! out of the gene pool !

or at least darwin themselves into obscurity ...

Re:The Stupid Rich (1)

Unknown Poltroon (31628) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641379)

These are the same half wits who keep important files in their computers trash cans because its quick and deasy to send it there by hitting "delete"

Re:The Stupid Rich (1)

MrNougat (927651) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642209)

How do these people get to be company presidents?

Executives are just barely smart enough to be able to convince other people into doing the thinking and the work, while they themselves wander the Earth like so many Alzheimer's patients.

By the time the one functioning brain cell is worked to its breaking point, they've got enough power and money to threaten and pay off other people to do the thinking and the work, and they don't even have to convince anyone anymore.

Hard work gets you nowhere. Working hard at getting other people to do your work for you does. So it seems that we could all be highly paid executives, if only we lacked conscience.

Fax machines (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641204)

So when will fax machines be able to print on toilet paper? Such capability gives new meaning to receiving a fax.

Inadequate bathroom at old job (1)

COredneck (598733) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641221)

At the job I left back in Sep/Oct, for the number of people on the floor (5th), we had too small bathrooms. The last thing we have needed are gadgets to keep people longer than necessary. Our building was also shared with mostly dental offices. Our company had the whole 4th and 5th floor. The 3rd floor as partially ours and had their own facilities in addition to standard bathroom. In the building, all the standard bathrooms were in the center of each floor by the stairs and elevator.

If I needed to take a dump, I usually went to the 3rd floor since the only people who used the facilities were dental patients which were rare. Therefore, you can count on a peaceful dump there versus the 4th or 5th floor bathrooms which were very busy.

Towards the time when I was getting ready to change jobs, my manager and I were on pretty bad terms with each other. One of his golden boys reported me that I was going to the third floor to use the bathroom (take a dump) and I got called into his office got a new @$$hole chewed into me. He told me that I was not to use any bathroom except the 5th floor bathroom. He told me that he didn't care if I had to wait 30 minutes to use the can. He then said that the company didn't have to provide bathrooms but they provide them out of the goodness of their "heart". What an ass !

Re:Inadequate bathroom at old job (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641261)

He then said that the company didn't have to provide bathrooms but they provide them out of the goodness of their "heart".



Sounds like a perfect opportunity to leave a core dump on your boss' desk.

Accuse me of no humour, but... (1, Insightful)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641228)

In an era where some kids have to walk miles through some of the poorest and toughest neighborhoods in the world, just to do email at a library..... we're talking about $200K conspicuous consumption 'tech' bathrooms.

Somehow, out-of-control capitalists just can't stop from writing about their new awesome dead-end look-at-me wicked hot toys. What a waste of digital space.

Re:Accuse me of no humour, but... (1)

jcnnghm (538570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641342)

That's right. These people should donate all of their money to people that don't have the drive and determination that they do. It's not like they worked for it.

Re:Accuse me of no humour, but... (1, Troll)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641370)

I suppose it's everyone's right to piss away hundreds of thousands of dollars in a nihilistic effort to get HDTV in their bathrooms. Leave it to the WSJ to highlight conspicuous excess and rich people behaving badly.

And I don't care if they worked for it or not; it's reprehensible.

Re:Accuse me of no humour, but... (1)

jcnnghm (538570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641383)

You're right, it is reprehensible that in a free society people are allowed to use their money, the money they worked for, however they want. Bring on the nytimes and the socialist overlords so the people that are willing to work themselves into success can be stripped of the fruits of their labor for redistribution to the dregs of society. You must work in academia...

This isn't about socialism..... (4, Insightful)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641441)

This is about embarrassment.

I agree that it's anyone's right to spend money in whatever way that makes them feel like royalty.

And it's also my right to point out that spending $200K on a bathroom is plainly ludicrous and without merit. It reminds me of other noveau riche, grandiose stupidities.

No, I'm not in academia. I just have sensitivities towards irrational excess.

Re:This isn't about socialism..... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641668)

That "irrational excess" often provides the capital needed to further develop technology into forms accessible at a cheaper cost -- it's a common pattern in many industries that the high-dollar items subsidize the rest of the product line.

Also, it should satisfy your lust for schadenfreude that people who manage their money poorly often end up with none at all; many a trust fund has been destroyed by offspring who blew their inheritance within a few years.

As Nietzsche said, envy is the most corrosive emotion.

There is no lust here...... (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641789)

So sure. Technology-gilded bathroom will somehow be commercialized, and the masses will soon be able to enjoy this.

This sort of rationalization is what makes people do really dumb things, all in the name of a lie they told themselves.

Imagine if trust funds could find real use.... instead of techno-tasties for bored rich kids. Sigh.

Re:There is no lust here...... (1)

jcnnghm (538570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642257)

Yes, if only we could redistribute all of that trust fund wealth to people that really needed it. But this has nothing to do with socialism.

Re:Accuse me of no humour, but... (1)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641852)

You're right, it is reprehensible that in a free society people are allowed to use their money, the money they worked for, however they want.


Not really, but what is reprehensible is that in a world where $200,000 bathroom entertainment systems exist, people still commonly starve to death or die of curable diseases for lack of fifty cents worth of vaccine.


Bring on the nytimes and the socialist overlords so the people that are willing to work themselves into success can be stripped of the fruits of their labor for redistribution to the dregs of society. You must work in academia..


Nobody suggested stripping anyone of the "fruits of their labor". Just because somebody is rich doesn't mean they can't be criticized for overindulgence or lack of taste. Your phrase "dregs of society" suggests that you think rich people are somehow better or more deserving than poor people.

Re:Accuse me of no humour, but... (1)

jcnnghm (538570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642146)

Your phrase "dregs of society" suggests that you think rich people are somehow better or more deserving than poor people.

This is exactly the problem. My argument is the opposite. Rich people are no better or more deserving then anyone else. They just work harder or are smarter than people that don't make as much money (unless they are rich through inheritance, in which case they usually end up pissing it all away - see the parable of the rich man's idiot son). My phrase "dregs of society" suggests that people that are incapable of taking care of themselves, and making enough money to survive, shouldn't expect the rest of society, those that are capable of taking care of themselves, to bail them out because they can afford lavish bathrooms.

Re:Accuse me of no humour, but... (1)

Millenniumman (924859) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642065)

I think what he was trying to say was that although people should be allowed to do it, it's a waste. I have no problem with people doing this, as the money will eventually go to someone else (Employees of the businesses that sell these products, shareholders, the employees/shareholders of the businesses these people buy things from, etc.), who may or may not do something more useful with it.

Re:Accuse me of no humour, but... (1)

putko (753330) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641554)

Yes.

But in terms that will affect os all, I'm seeing thousands of badly adminnned boxes just waiting for the next worm to come along and zombify them.

Thousdands of too-fast, over-price machines with too much bandwidth, on all the time, just waiting for instructions from some pimply-faced, 13-year-old darklord.

Re:Accuse me of no humour, but... (1)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641699)

Where do you think the $200K goes? It goes to the installers, the people on the assembly line who built it, etc, etc.

It's actually far preferable for the money to be spent giving people jobs than just handing it out to poor people and keeping them in the poverty cycle.

This attitude reminds me of the luxury tax on yachts in the 80s intended to "punish the rich bastards who can afford a yacht". Of course, what actually happened was the rich had work done elsewhere, and the people who were actually hurt were the people who worked on yachts.

Re:Accuse me of no humour, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641763)

Too many potential corrections-- I'll limit myself to two comments.

Primo, the owners of the said bathrooms have "worked" for the money, but (as their very way of spending that money shows) they'd have been better off asking a brighter (or more "driven?") person how the money they worked for might best be spent.

Secundo, not every poor person is a lazy, unmotivated bastard. Well. Certainly not every six-year-old in Sierra Leone.

People do not understand that quality of life is about the quality of the world they live in and not the price of the crapper. What is the point of checking your e-mail in the shower if you can't go outside for the pollution and squalor?

Re:Accuse me of no humour, but... (1)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641986)

they'd have been better off asking a brighter (or more "driven?") person how the money they worked for might best be spent.

Apparently you missed my point. Rather than repeat myself, go back and read my original comment again.

not every poor person is a lazy, unmotivated bastard.

Where did I say they were? It's so frustrating making a perfectly plain point, and then have people interpret it using their own biases and filters.

The point, mi amigo, is that many poor people are poor because 1) they don't have a job, and/or 2) they are caught in a cycle of poverty where they've gotten frustrated with a lack of opportunity, and it's just easier to take the handout. Couple that with lies from people like you telling them that the fault lies with "the man" keeping them down, and you have a serious problem.

The best use of money is giving someone a job so that they can be self-sufficient.

My final point is that not everything has to have a gray, utilitarian purpose. If people like you ran the world, we'd all live in gray cast-concrete cubes. Can't paint the cube! There are far better things to do with the money!

Who cares if someone spends their money on making the ultimate bathroom? It's funny! Laugh! The guy who did is probably laughing about it, and it put some money back in the economy, giving it to a lot of people who did the work.

You're a half-full kinda guy, aren't you? I look outside and see a beautiful world. You look outside and see pollution and squalor. I think I'd rather be me.

Yes I am "typiNg w|th 0n3 h@nd" (1)

beoswulf (940729) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641231)

I have to wipe with the other one but very accute observation young 733t slashdot/yahoo troll.

h4x0r grammar nazi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641566)

Teet?

always at work (4, Informative)

rpillala (583965) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641241)

I cringe whenever I see ads for technology to take your workplace anywhere. With _______ you can be at your desk wherever you go!

That just means you're always at work. I'm sure executives want to be able to reach employees at all times, but there's some value in being unreachable when you're not on the clock. Yes, for certain applications it's important for certain mission critical people to be always there, but I don't think most business is like that.

Read The Electronic Sweatshop [campusi.com] by Barbara Garson. It's a very quick read and eye-opening.

A feature employees REALLY need (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642440)

What's really needed is a cellphone that automatically directs incoming work related calls through a 1-900 number outside of normal work hours.

iPod Dock/Toilet Paper Dispenser (1)

Snap E Tom (128447) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641246)

The bathroom is missing this [engadget.com] . I saw it in person at MacWorld in January. I believe we have now officially crossed the line on acceptable iPod accessories/gear.

Shower computers show stock quotes? (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641252)

Showers show stock quotes.
Mirrors with tickers instead of stickers.
Jacuzzi with hotline to Yakuza.
Stock of news-toilet-paper.
You will know that MSFT dropped by 0.02 points but you won't know where your towel is.
Ah, the modern world where even sanitation devices can drive you to insanity.

Old News! (1)

NoData (9132) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641346)

My favorite news outlet was reporting [theonion.com] on this like 7 years ago.

Truly, the cyberdump was heralded long ago.

From that article:

Scoscia noted that "Number 2.0," as Silicon Valley insiders have dubbed it, will be cross-platform compatible and fully 2K Flushes compliant. In addition, he said, it will feature significantly wider, more comfortable bandwidth to accommodate even the most massive user download.

Yuck (1)

adius (613006) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641549)

Why bring devices with you to somewhere that may have microscopic particles of urine and feces? Some which may be airborne. I'd prefer to keep my hands empty.

Nothing new here (2, Interesting)

K8Fan (37875) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641611)

Nothing new here. My Dad was a policeman in Kansas City Missouri in the 1970s. During morning drivetime, he'd do traffic reports for WDAF - from our bathroom. He'd listen to a police scanner for cops reporting accidents or stuck in traffic. Hundreds of policemen everywhere all over the metropolitan area were a lot more effective than one lone traffic reporter in a helicopter or airplane. He'd jot down what he'd heard and extemporize a report via phone every 15 minutes. And at the same time he'd be doing his morning routine of bathing, shaving, etc. He'd do the afternoon drivetime as well, from anyplace where he could plug in his scanner and get a phone (this was pre-cell-phone). He did this for years, and was considered the most effective and reliable traffic reporter in the market.

Toilet in the bathroom? yuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641684)

I always thought it was pretty unsanitary to have a toilet in the bathroom.

Eeeeeeeeew!! (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641709)

Can somebody explain me why we need TOUCHSCREEN monitors in a BATHROOM? :-S

I'd rather have voice recognition, thanks.

The Straight Poop (1)

gubachwa (716303) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641798)

In the late 19th to early 20th century with the development of the automobile and mass production came the need for mass consumption. Out of this necessity was borne marketing: the discipline that aims to convince people that they need things more than they really do. While marketing tactics have been around for a lot longer, marketing as a discipline has had a little under a century to hone its techniques.

Along comes the 21st century, and with it, immense knowledge to build really cool gadgets. But rather than step back and ask, "Do we really need this?", we take it on faith that the marketeers wouldn't lie to us: we just can't live without these newly developed toys.

In another 300 years, I'll probably be able to surf the internet with an optical implant in my eye, talk to my stock broker on the holograph-phone, while nanorobots wipe my bum after the dump I just took.

But will I be any happier? No, probably not.

Don't want to know (1)

RogueWarrior65 (678876) | more than 8 years ago | (#14641860)

Could also be that some people want to surf for porn while they're in the shower. But I'll sleep better at night NOT knowing if that's the case.

People go too damn far sometimes. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14641876)

Stock quotes in the mirror? Come on.

I admit I take my iBook in with me sometimes, but that's just so I can read /. or the online edition of my local paper instead of a book while I do my business.

TV in the Shower (2, Funny)

rssrss (686344) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642066)

Now you can watch p0rn and clean-up in real time.

oh for fucks sake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14642366)

You stupid overachievers eat some fucking fiber, get some damn excercise, get out of the office for a little bit, and you won't be so fucking constipated that you need a computer to accompany you in the bathroom.

Wifi replaces the magazine rack (1)

DaoudaW (533025) | more than 8 years ago | (#14642478)

I grew up with magazine rack in the bathroom, and it has been my experience that most home bathrooms still have some reading material, even if its just a stack of Reader's Digests on the counter.

We still have the magazine rack but since my wife got a Palm T5 with a wifi card it's been largely ignored in favor of the internet.
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