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Quickstations Should Log Users Out

Well, Information Systems has really dropped the ball on this whole quickstation idea. It certainly looked good in theory - I could breeze in, check my e-mail, breeze out. However, like many great ideas at MIT, this one appears to be on its way to being botched.

What's up with this 10-minute time limit? If I stay logged in for more than 10 minutes, the quickstation is going to nag me? If I log in on an express dialup for too long, I get kicked off. But if I log into a quickstation for too long, I get asked nicely to leave? I suspect that this is some symptom of political correctness run rampant; it's just too mean to kick someone off a machine in the middle of a heartfelt Zephyr conversation.

Face it, guys: Nagging is not an effective tool for enforcement. If you're going to do quickstations, do it right. After 10 minutes, log the user out.

Sean W. McGinnis '97