In 2004, Roy Rapoport set out to write a simple chatbot to help get the development team's coffee orders straight. What he ended up with was a bank
posted by jenkinsEar
on Mar 18, 2014 -
On Friday, a Starbucks opened in Los Feliz, Los Angeles
. There is something a bit "weirdly off-kilter"
about this location according to one customer. In particular, everything there, including the store name
has the word "dumb" in front. The store is claiming parody-based fair use exemptions to intellectual property law, and so far, the (non-dumb) Starbucks appears not to have responded. In case you want to pick what you want before hand, their menu of dumb drinks is posted on Twitter
posted by saeculorum
on Feb 9, 2014 -
Starting today, Starbucks is offering free wifi
in all of their US and Canadian stores. This has computer security folks a little edgy, since it could allow hackers and computer miscreants new opportunities to steal the data of unsuspecting computer users, and prompted Steve Gibson
, computer security guru
, to advise people to "just be afraid. Be very afraid." This applies to people who use laptops, wifi enabled cellphones and pdas. But there are ways to protect yourself. [more inside]
posted by crunchland
on Jul 1, 2010 -
The Starbucks reinvention. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Howard Schultz announces thorough overhaul, unveils
new espresso maker as replacement for oft-criticized Verismo machines. Yet some observers insist
that the Mastrena solution, which puts a premium on consistency, will come up with low marks in quality and taste.
posted by Gordion Knott
on Mar 21, 2008 -
Don't Fear Starbucks
Soon after declining Starbucks's buyout offer, Hyman received the expected news that the company was opening up next to one of his stores. But instead of panicking, he decided to call his friend Jim Stewart, founder of the Seattle's Best Coffee chain, to find out what really happens when a Starbucks opens nearby. "You're going to love it," Stewart reported. "They'll do all of your marketing for you, and your sales will soar".
Contrary to popular belief Starbucks, instead of destroying it, is promoting a thriving Mom & Pop coffee house industry. With the number of independent owned stores growing 40% between 2000 and 2005 and a less than 10% failure rate you might want to start looking for an empty storefront next to your local branch of Seattle's biggest export.
posted by PenDevil
on Dec 30, 2007 -
Starbucking, the true story of one man's highly caffeinated journey. Starbucking
is a documentary film that follows Winter, a man who has dedicated his life to visiting every Starbucks in the world. He's been to 6,000 Starbucks (and counting) since 1997, and is trying to break his record of visiting 28 Starbucks in a day. So, "sit back, have a cup of joe, and watch as one man defies society's norms in a never ending search for the lady in green."
posted by londontube
on Mar 22, 2007 -
The 100 Best Companies to Work For.
The Top Ten starting with #1: Genentech, Wegmans, Valero Energy, Griffin Hospital, W.L. Gore, Container Store, Vision Service Plan, J.M. Smucker, REI, S.C. Johnson & Son. But The Complete List
has some surprises. It puts Microsoft at #42 behind Starbucks at #29. (Starbucks pays $500 towards tuition to part-timers who work there for more than a year). By clicking on the company links on the List you get stats on employee salaries, turnover, minority hiring etc, learning for instance, that the most common job at Microsoft pays $107,000/year.
posted by storybored
on Jan 18, 2006 -
Coffee Starbucks and the Revolution PDF The Tatler.
First post: April 12, 1709....wherein I shall from time to time report and consider all matters of what kind soever that shall occur to me, and publish such my advices and reflections every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in the week for the convenience of the post. I have also resolved to have something which may be of entertainment to the fair sex...
posted by Tlogmer
on Jun 11, 2005 -
In Defense of Ikea and Starbucks.
"[If] you're so desperate for your own soixante-huit
moment that you can sit there with a straight face and tell me that you're being oppressed by flat-packable pine furniture with goofy pseudo-Scandinavian names, I'd advise you to spend a few days working with child slaves in the Sudan, or something." MeFite adamgreenfield
pleads for "a little sense of scale."
posted by Vidiot
on Jan 30, 2004 -
' The culprits went as far as to stick "closed" and "for lease" signs and notices on the stores -- using bogus Starbucks Corp. letterhead -- announcing that "thousands of retail locations worldwide" were closing, and the Seattle- based company was "making room for local coffee bars." ' I'd be lying if I claimed that I've never fantasized about doing something like this. If nothing else, admire the organizational skills required to pull this off.
posted by majcher
on Aug 6, 2003 -
Personality type: Asshat.
You carry around philosophy books you haven't read and wear trendy wire-rimmed glasses even though you have perfect vision. You've probably added an accent to your name or changed the pronunciation to seem sophisticated. You hang out in coffee shops because you don't have a job because you got your degree in French Poetry. People who drink capuccino are notorious for spouting off angry, liberal opinions about issues they don't understand.
The Oracle of Starbucks.
posted by PrinceValium
on May 22, 2003 -
How many different Starbucks outlets in North America have you
been to? Less than 3,381? If so, this guy
has you beat. See Winter's caffeine-propelled roadtrip stats
and peruse his mind-numbing photo gallery.
Do not try this at home; you WILL end up looking like this.
posted by PrinceValium
on Jan 30, 2003 -
I've never had a cup of coffee in my life. Can't stand the smell. However, if I were able to watch Reverend Billy
's Starbucks Spat Theatre
I'd be living there 24/7. Has anyone witnessed one of these performances? [via an email i got from bud]
posted by dobbs
on Nov 17, 2002 -
Starbucks announces wireless Internet access in stores
and plans to charge customers for it: $29.99/month for access in one store, or $49.99/month for access in all equipped stores nationwide. Seems a little pricey to me. And besides, don't cool coffeehouses offer free wireless Internet access? They're sure getting lots of coverage of the announcement in any case.
posted by tippiedog
on Aug 22, 2002 -