One of the problems with having thousands of techies converge on one city, Austin, for a few days for SXSW is connectivity. After all, with all that data being sent — mainly photos of nerds drinking in bars and eating BBQ in between sending countless annoying “Hey I’m at South By ” tweets — wireless phone and wi-fi problems are bound to arise.
Another problem for a city hosting such an event is what to do about eyesores like dirty, worthless homeless people when all the big sh*t tech folk fly in from places like New York and San Francisco? The iLiberal elite certainly don’t want to be brought down and bummed out by pestering panhandlers, right?
Reports the New York Times:
With a project called Homeless Hotspots, a marketing company is helping out with this, while helping the homeless and promoting itself. Homeless people have been enlisted to roam the streets wearing T-shirts that say “I am a 4G hotspot.” Passersby can pay what they wish to get online via the 4G-to-Wi-Fi device that the person is carrying.
So does this means one has to actually stand next to a stinky homeless person in order to use a homeless person wi-fi hotspot? Ugh, gross. No wonder some people think SXSW is the worst.