08/07/10 16:29 by peppe
A good, fast and reliable Internet connection is a must at every IT conference. We've just signed the contract with our technical partner, which will provide a solid 30Mbit/s downlink/uplink (15Mbps/s MCR) Wi-Fi connection during YAPC::Europe! We think it's enough to allow everyone to surf the web, check email, tweet, ssh and so on.
As every good tale, this one has some drawbacks as well. The main issue we have as of now is that we require you to have a working mobile phone, at least capable of receiving SMS from Italy.
This is the plan:
- in your attendee bag you'll find a scratchcard with a secret code;
- you submit both the code and your mobile number through our Captive Portal;
- you receive an SMS with a username/password pair;
- you submit these data through our Captive Portal. Done!
If you won't have a working mobile phone, mail us and we'll arrange a plan B. Of course we're going to put all these information in every Attendee's Guide ;-)
Long explanation: a
completely idiotic — dura lex sed lex — Italian law requires that every person using Internet from Italy must be identifiable by the authorities. By sending an SMS to you, we can match you and the login credentials you used to unlock your Internet access, and that's it. Checking that you are who you claim to be by using identity papers doesn't scale up to 300+ people :)