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Starbucks Is Tired Of People Watching Porn On Their WiFi

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Last week, McDonald’s cracked down on customers using their WiFi to download and watch pornography. Porn’s a big “no no” when it comes to the family-friendly burger chain. Well, another popular chain, known for free WiFi, will also implement a porn block.

Starbucks has announced that they’ll no longer allow their customers to stream pornography through their network.

The coffee company intends to place filters on their Internet service to prevent customers from watching adult entertainment. Groups Enough is Enough and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation asked the restaurant chain to block the content for fear of kids trying to get on.

Starbucks agreed, once they figure out a way to implement the filters without hindering the customers’ WiFi experience.

Donna Hughes, president of Enough Is Enough, calls Internet pornography a public health crisis. She also mentions news reports of public WiFi spots being used in trafficking child pornography thanks to the anonymity of open WiFi.

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McDonald’s Knows You’re Watching Porn On Their WiFi

Regardless of why people go to McDonald’s, there’s one specific reason the fast-food chain is making adjustments to its dining experience. Apparently, too many people are using the wifi to access pornographic websites — rather than innocently post a photo of their Big Mac on social media.

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As billions continue to be served, the McDonald’s Corporation started noticing  customers — and other folks looking for wireless internet — were keen to browsing #NSFW websites while using access points at McDonald’s locations.

Now, McDonald’s has partnered with the Enough Is Enough Organization to ensure it’s locations are smut free. Enough Is Enough is an organization focused on Internet safety

In an interview with the New York Post, Donna Rice Hughes, Enough is Enough’s chief executive, said that McDonald’s and Starbuck’s are now the two pioneering companies to incorporate family friendly filters on their public wifi networks.

“We discovered that corporate America is not aware of how some people use their free Wi-Fi,” she said. “I’ve asked Starbucks employees whether they’ve had problems with customers in stores watching porn, and they’ve said, yes, that they sometimes have to tap customers on the shoulder [to close a website.]”

So, just remember, the next time you’re trying to enjoy a Filet-O-Fish, but can’t get through to your favorite spank bank site, just go ahead and turn off that wifi.

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6 Infuriating Coffee Shop Habits Built By Starbucks Culture

We’ve gotta hand it to Starbucks. We instinctively look to them for Coffee 101 lessons. Accessible just about everywhere, from Target to Disneyland, it’s a welcome sight for coffee fiends from all walks of life. Although sometimes, you will actually encounter areas where the only brewed selection isn’t courtesy of a green goddess. This is where we often fail as consumers, as Starbucks has ruined our perception of caffeine-laced beverages. How? Well, for starters . . .

1. Ordering by size is a language barrier.

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Do you want a large? Then stop requesting a Venti elsewhere! It’s an ugly habit that’s tough to kick, especially when you have a favorite potion. The phrase just rolls off your tongue. Many places don’t even offer more than two size options, making this exchange especially awkward. Speaking of size . . .

2. Requesting beverages by name may yield other results.

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For example, a macchiato ordered in Starbucks has multiple sizes. In non-Starbucks territory, it yields a single espresso size. Before you go chewing out your barista for incompetence, stop to consider the possibility that they’re actually assembling the norm. Now take a deep breath before your next move.

3. New, fancy drinks aren’t exactly new.

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Starbucks recently introduced a Latte Macchiato. Consisting of espresso layers, steamed whole milk and even more espresso, it’s the kissing cousin to their new Flat White. However, Flat Whites have been around in Australia since before you were born. Brush up on what’s listed on another joint’s drink board, and try not to look like an douche when it’s your turn.

4. Coffee shops don’t all offer frequent buyer cards.

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Everybody may know your name at the local ‘bucks, but at the independent spot, they will give you a blank stare if you attempt to pay with an app. Remember, these places thrive in an indie-minded environment. That may mean a wall of mismatched mugs belonging to regulars. What it doesn’t mean: Attitude over their differences. This is especially apparent if you  . . .

5. Ask about WiFi (DON’T).

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Connecting to their internet should not be considered a right. Believe it or not, many shops want you to put your phone down and communicate with those around you. Lugging in your laptop and setting up office for an afternoon may generate a lot of stink eye in your direction. If it isn’t obviously available, just chill for the time being and do something cray like read the news from an actual paper.

6. Your expectations run low for everyone else.

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Go ahead and play favorites, but remember that Starbucks used to be just another place to get a hot beverage. Less corporate coffeehouses make up for a lack of festive branded cups with kick ass latte art and board games. Who doesn’t want a complex, steamed milk design with your Jenga competitive streak? And remember to drop a tip in that jar; many can’t afford to offer things like health benefits. Supporting local only makes you look good.

 

 

 

 

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Report: Which Fast Food Chain Has The Fastest Wi-Fi?

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The next time you chug your morning Starbucks, you’ll be happy to know that their Wi-Fi can keep up with your caffeine rush.

According to a report by OpenSignal, Starbucks’ Wi-Fi is the fastest by any major chain. Starbucks clocked in an average of 9.1 megabits per second, while McDonald’s clocked in at a little over 4 Mbps. Both blow away Panera Bread’s Wi-Fi, which averaged around 1 Mbps.

OpenSignal gathered data from its mobile app users and compared the speeds between the user’s provided mobile internet and the Wi-Fi they used. That process showed that Starbucks’ download speeds were also faster than the average 4G LTE speeds, which were clocked at 5.6 Mbps. Something good to know for those with data limits on their phones.

If for some reason you can’t find a Starbucks (like that’ll ever happen), Ronald McDonald and the gang still had the second fastest recorded Wi-Fi on the list, which was still significantly faster than other food chains Tim Horton’s and Dunkin’ Donuts.

So if you ever have a to make last minute adjustments to that term paper that’s due in 20 minutes, you’d probably want to run to Starbucks first.

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H/T Mashable, Chart PicThx OpenSignal
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Here’s How to Boost Your Wifi Signal Using a Beer Can

One of the top first-world problems is battling your temperamental WiFi signal. It can ruin your mood in one fell swoop, sending your bowl of cereal across the room and disrupting not only your breakfast, but your entire day. Actually, if that’s ever happened to you, you probably have anger issues and should see someone about that… Anywhoo *slowly scootches away*, the folks over at Hack College have solved your WiFi woes with their nifty “Minute Hack.” The trick involves a beer can and utility knife. We’ll let them take it from here:

 

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