New and interesting ways to get work done, so long as you get work done.

The article says that so-called bedouin workers, who don't work out of offices or their homes, but from restaurants and coffee shops all day on laptops seem to be indigenous to San Francisco, California, but I think I've seen them in DC, Virginia, and New York City in my travels (and come to think of it, I was probably one of them during my last job in Pittsburgh). Rather than pay by the square foot for office space or work out of someone's bedroom, basement, or garage (which seem to be the traditional birthplaces of companies), people are paying by the scone, muffin, and/or cup of coffee. Due to the proliferation of wireless net.access, buying a few cups of joe is a small price to pay.

What I want to know is, what's keeping their competitors from staking out the coffee shops and stealing code and ideas? Industrial espionage is an industry growing by leaps and bounds these days, and to be frank, computer security from the user's end of things really needs a lot more work.