A 24-year-old engineer created a website that tells you if your McDonald’s has a working ice-cream machine

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  • ‘McBroken’ aims to fix a common problem for McDonald’s customers: arriving to find the ice-cream machine is broken.
  • The website works in real time to tell users if an ice cream machine is up and running or not.
  • McDonalds seems to be on board with the site, with the fast-food giant’s VP tweeting, “Only a true @McDonalds fan would go to these lengths to help customers get our delicious ice cream.”
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There are many things that are synonymous with McDonald’s, but a broken ice-cream machine is often near the top of the list. 

Seeking a solution, a software engineer set out to save customers from disappointment in their pursuit of a cold treat from the fast-food chain.

McBroken, a website created by 24-year-old Rashiq Zahid, according to The Verge, aims to

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Mozilla tells Facebook and Twitter to ‘unfck the internet’ before the U.S. election

Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, is calling on Facebook and Twitter to take action before the U.S. presidential election on November 3.

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Mozilla tells Facebook and Twitter to ‘unfck the internet’ before the U.S. election

Specifically, Mozilla is demanding the two social media giants help “unfck the internet” by making big changes to two major features on the Facebook and Twitter platforms.

On Tuesday, Mozilla published an open letter in a full-page ad in the Washington Post urging Facebook to turn off its Group recommendations feature prior to the November elections. The organization similarly asked Twitter to shut down trending topics.

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State auditor tells Gov. Reynolds CARES Act funds can’t be used for software

State Auditor Rob Sand said Monday that his office and the Treasury Department’s inspector general have advised Gov. Kim Reynolds that federal CARES Act funding cannot be used to help implement a new software system for state government.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds

Sand said through a news release that he advised Reynolds that using CARES Act dollars for her personal staff was questionable and could lead to repayments being required if insufficient work was done related to the pandemic or insufficient documentation was maintained.

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Sand said he encouraged her to redeploy those dollars to uses that were automatically qualified, such as purchases of personal protective equipment, increasing testing capacity, or other direct pandemic-mitigation purposes.

“The governor has chosen to spend $21 million on Workday, an HR/accounting computer system intended to replace the state’s legacy mainframe system. The state contracted

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Boris Johnson tells single dad he might have to stop seeing his son

Boris Johnson in conversation with Christopher. (BBC)
Boris Johnson in conversation with Christopher. (BBC)

A single dad who asked Boris Johnson if he could see his son was told by the prime minister: “Check the website”.

The man, “Christopher from Margate”, asked what the guidance is for single parents who have regular contact with their children who live in a different county.

He explained how he lives in Kent, which is in Tier 1, while his son lives in Essex, which will move into Tier 2 on Saturday.

Christopher asked Johnson what he should do when one area is at a higher alert level under the government’s new three-tier local lockdown system, which was announced by Johnson on Monday.

Johnson, who was speaking at a Downing Street press conference, told him: “Christopher, I think the guidance, alas, is that if… you should go on the website, obviously, and check.

“But when places go into a higher tier

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