@TBoneZeOriginal Clicking your link took me to model 5542 for $34.99 - coupon; the shower head is 4.3" instead of 6, but the coupon makes it $19.24, and it looks like it has exactly the same nozzles, just closer together. I’ll trade a more compact head for $10.
@mehrrychristmas Either way I need at least 1000 settings. Each water jet individual and so on. I NEED this to shower properly, right. I’m sure i’m not alone on this. And yes off counts as one setting so no emails please.
@legnip@mehrrychristmas There are six settings each plus three diverter settings. So with both on there are 36 combinations. The another six with just one on, and another six with just the other on. So 48. Not useful, but it adds up.
I’d imagine that chain fast food places keep better tabs on their machines.
They don’t seem to, mostly. It seems that it is really a design flaw in that the machine basically takes ink cartridge sized little tanks (I’m only slightly exaggerating) of flavor concentrates. From my experience, if the restaurant has high traffic, they’re almost guaranteed to be out of something, and one flavor concentrate being empty can affect dozens of drink options in the machine.
It also seems that the flavors are so concentrated that a slight variation in calibration can make a huge difference in flavor. Since that part can probably only be done by a Coke technician, I have experienced quite a few bad-tasting drinks.
But Coke pushes this machine everywhere it can. The markup must be higher on the ink cartridges it uses. At least, you can’t buy the cartridges at Sam’s like you can regular fountain bibs. They are probably only available through Coke directly.
About the only real (like it was when you were a kid) fountain Coke you can get anymore is actually at McDonald’s. They go through so much of it that they have special production just for their stores. They are the only place that still gets their Coke syrup in the metal canisters instead of the bib system that is used everywhere else. They also keep the machines well calibrated, as consistency is their ultimate goal.
I don’t actually drink Coke much anymore, but it was interesting to learn about that.
@compunaut It’s not impossible to get a good drink from one (especially if it’s newly set up or well-attended), but the consistency is not great across all machines. I decided on one visit to a Wendy’s that the lime sparkling Dasani was pretty good. A few weeks later I found myself at a different Wendy’s across town, and got the same drink but it tasted like club soda that rode the bus seated next to some limes instead.
@djslack@nolrak@PlacidPenguin@radi0j0hn Yeah the better statement would be that those who don’t know how to use the machine can get confused and thus take more time. Automatically assuming that if you are old you are therefore confused is misinformed thinking.
@radi0j0hn my hatred is for the machine, not for the old or young people. Why, I hope to be an old person someday.
But I can see how it looks like that. My writing was imprecise.
@kidsandliz not all old people are confused by it, not all kids want to play with it. Some of each are probably slow for the opposite reasons. And some of each are probably quick and exhibit German-style levels of efficiency in making exactly the choice they want and moving along.
If it were truly a freestyle machine, and there were a UI that let you tweak the various flavor components and perhaps invent new sodas, I’d like to play with it too.
@djslack@nolrak@PlacidPenguin@radi0j0hn Acknowledgeing that the brain ages over time. All of us need to realize and accept that we will all reach a point where we will need help with things. There is nothing wrong with asking for help.
@djslack I always figured they had tied those things into computers so that if something hadn’t been ordered it wouldn’t dispense it (although there would be problems if 2 ordered water and one pop and a water person stole pop then the pop person wouldn’t get their drink).
order water and steal soda is hopefully pretty small, and they’re protecting a few cents worth of goods. Probably wouldn’t ever be worth it.
At the scale of standard retail level, no … but Disney resorts have started putting in Freestyle machines with RFID readers. The cups are chipped and are only good for a limited number of refills within a limited timeframe.
@nolrak Hmm. You learn something every day. I guess if you’re having people hang around the drink machines for extended periods of time and they’re not behind a counter, you do need some kind of countermeasures.