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Old 07-02-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Ted Thompson, a civil engineer from Santa Clarita, likes his coffee without Internet.

But sitting in a downtown Los Angeles Starbucks, he worried that there might not be much room for him in the chain's shops in the future.

Starbucks begins free, unlimited Wi-Fi policy - latimes.com
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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Hmm, he should try real coffee some time, or a real coffee shop with actual places to relax and comfortable furniture.

Internet at Starbucks is nothing new - odd angle for the article writer to take to infer that wifi will all of the sudden cause people to crowd the stores. Regarding wifi, I guess Starbucks abandoned its pay-use plan in an attempt to get people back into its stores. If its to keep people in its stores longer, it is an odd 180 degree turn from its previous business model, which was to get people in and out as quickly as possible to increase revenue from turnover.
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Hmm, he should try real coffee some time, or a real coffee shop with actual places to relax and comfortable furniture.

Internet at Starbucks is nothing new - odd angle for the article writer to take to infer that wifi will all of the sudden cause people to crowd the stores. Regarding wifi, I guess Starbucks abandoned its pay-use plan in an attempt to get people back into its stores. If its to keep people in its stores longer, it is an odd 180 degree turn from its previous business model, which was to get people in and out as quickly as possible to increase revenue from turnover.
Just trying to keep up, I think.

There is WAY too much free WiFi in the competition, with better coffee even, to expect folks to pay to play at Starbucks.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:53 PM
 
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Yea, but I guess they want you to be drinking that way overpriced swill they call coffee, with all the cute little names, even for the sizes...... pass

People that have a clue about personal computer security do not use open public wifi access points. If they must the minimum should be to use only VPN to access anything, have all sharing on your computer turned off, run a personal firewall/security suite, and of course make sure you're connecting to the AP of the store, vs. the honeypot on the laptop of the seedy looking guy in the back booth.

Double pass...........
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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I could have sworn that years ago Starbucks had free internet wifi? Isn't that the original reason people used to hang out there??
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:50 AM
 
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It briefly had it for free at select stores and then started charging for it everywhere unless you had a Verizon account, and then an AT&T account, or maybe both, but you had to pay one way or another.
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