A news item that’s absolutely serious. I can’t think of any jokes that would do justice to this concept. You’ve just gotta love the technology world.

Microsoft’s MSN division in the UK is testing an Internet outhouse, the iLoo – a portable toilet for use at festivals that has a built-in computer for Internet browsing.

“From the outside, the iLoo is little different from other portable toilets. But inside, Microsoft serves up accoutrements that might rival some iLoo users’ home PC setups. A Windows XP-powered computer resides under the sink with connection to 6-channel surround audio. A flat-screen plasma display swivels out from the side of the cabin, and a waterproof wireless keyboard can be placed on the lap for comfort.

“The iLoo is equipped with 802.11b wireless networking for providing broadband Internet access.

“MSN UK is negotiating with toilet paper manufacturers for special rolls with Web addresses, or URLs, printed on them.”

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