One of the core problems with starbucks is the over roasting of all their beans, this is done to "ensure" consistency between stores. Mix that with enough marketing and a general populous that cares more about being hip and don't know any better, consistency becomes a major factor for them. If one store produced a better quality/tasting drink then you could have fragmentation of the brand name. It's the unification of the brand name that sets them apart from the mom & pop coffee shops, so consistency becomes one of the key factors to ensure that setting apart. Now to do that at a cheap cost the easiest way is to over roast the beans so that it doesn't matter where they are getting them from or the original quality..
While i don't agree with it, and i don't care for their coffee, i can fully understand their strategic decision to do it, and it was and is proving to be a very wise decision.
You do realize the traditional trike design is an extremely unstable platform?
Does OSX Mavericks come with a Sarah Palin or a Tom Cruise doll?
Just so long as they don't include a Grumpy Old Man McCain doll.
You people keep lying about libertarianism is, trying to conflate it with its opposite. What is your motivation in doing this?
Was that a rhetorical question? I think it's fairly obvious what motivation is: Muddy the waters by using the BIG LIE technique. The left has a fear that liberty might appeal to some people, so they introduce a faux boogeyman ("Teh Corparashunz!") to compete with tyrannical government. The problem they (willingly?) fail to realize is that most of the abusive powers corporations wield over the masses are enabled by tyrannical government. Agricorps (ADM, Monsanto, et al.) can sue farmers whose crops get cross-contaminated by their GMOs, but farmers can't sue them for the same cross-contamination. Telecom corps get the government to make it illegal to "jail break" your phone so you can switch service providers, so-on and so-forth.
And you think everybody running to the press every 5 minutes is going to get things done any better?
If it slowed them down an extraordinary amount so they were able to pass fewer bad laws, then yes.
just look at Congress and ask yourself why a lot of the stuff that *does* get done is primarily negotiated in closed rooms.
That's exactly the problem.
I had an S80 T6, i will say that is one of the best road trip cars i've ever driven. and overall performance wise it wasn't bad. but it was one of the worst built POS's i've ever seen.
that was a Volvo, everything uses the same damn bus
How far off are we from drinking in the car again?
Today. It's called a limousine.
IANAL, but is there any reason the officer cannot decide to turn it into a full-blown arrest? After all, you are being charged with having committed a crime, right?
"Arrest this man, he's resisting arrest!"
Agreed, by using the same core board/cpu they are bringing the lower end devices up to the same software lifecycle as the high ends.. and just as you said it allow them to avoid fragmentation which is a serious issue to manage.
Most people will listen to your unreasonable demands, if you'll consider their unacceptable offer.