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      Is McDonald’s ice cream machine working near you? There’s a bot for that

      Kate Cox · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 23 October, 2020 - 16:49 · 1 minute

    This 2019 photo was taken in Poland, but McDonald

    Enlarge / This 2019 photo was taken in Poland, but McDonald's main virtue is that you pretty much know what you're getting with it anywhere in the world. (credit: Michal Fludra | NurPhoto | Getty Images )

    Burgers, fries, and McNuggets are the staples of McDonald's fare. But the chain also offers soft-serve ice cream in most of its 38,000+ locations. Or at least, theoretically it does. In reality, the ice cream machines are infamously prone to breaking down , routinely disappointing anyone trying to satisfy their midnight McFlurry craving.

    One enterprising software engineer, Rashiq Zahid, decided it's better to know if the ice cream machine is broken before you go. The solution? A bot to check ahead. Thus was born McBroken , which maps out all the McDonald's near you with a simple color-coded dot system: green if the ice cream machine is working and red if it's broken.

    The bot basically works through McDonald's mobile app, which you can use to place an order at any McDonald's location. If you can add an ice cream order to your cart, the theory goes, the machine at that location is working. If you can't, it's not. So Zahid took that idea and scaled up.

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