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Coffee and Computers

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"Some coffee shop owners try to strike a balance by providing free Wi-Fi connections in two-hour windows, requiring patrons to make a purchase to get the Wi-Fi password. In some high-traffic Starbucks locations in New York City, managers have resorted to blocking access to electrical outlets, the idea being that laptop users will pick up and leave when their batteries run dry."

— From a Chicago Tribune article on tactics some coffee shops are adopting to limit the time laptop users occupy their tables. The paper reported that Sony is developing an electrical outlet that would be able to identify individual users and set limits on their electricity use.

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