Power On Self Test: That better be a damn good Pepsi

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Photo: Heather Beschizza, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Crystal City, VA., near Washington, D.C.

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36 Responses to Power On Self Test: That better be a damn good Pepsi

  1. Anonymous says:

    both dr. pepper and brisk are available outside of USA, as both are available here in Canada.

    and..

    Dr. Pepper is *not* known as Mr. Pibb

    yes, they have similiar tastes, there is a reason for that…

    Mr. Pibb was invented to compete against Dr. Pepper.

    Mr. Pibb is a Coke product, while Dr. Pepper is a Pepsi product

  2. Anonymous says:

    haha i used to do this at my high school all the time. excellent joke.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think someone just put 99.95 in the machine. Not impressive at all.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If it is an old bottle, instead of one of the terrible new designs, it might be worth it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Photo: Heather Beschizza, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Crystal City, VA., near Washington, D.C.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like that pepsi you pick up at a casino after losing all of your money.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Could it be a vending machine at a hotel in Monaco?

  8. Alex_M says:

    #10 – not illegal. If it’s not HFCS it’s probably beet sugar.

    If you want cola made with cane sugar, I’d suggest Ubuntu Cola (not related to the linux distro), if you can find it, that uses “Fair trade”-branded cane sugar from Malawi.

    It tastes better, and has the side-benefit of helping those guys out so they’re not forced to sell their kids to Madonna.

  9. Anonymous says:

    this is fun to do my brother tought me how to hack soda machine at a car expo farely easy to do just gotta press the right buttons on the machine and you can either get money, a soda or see how much money is in it

  10. Barry Wilson says:

    Actually, the machine probably was hit by a power surge or something, the 99.95 is the factory default price that shows up when the machine is reset.

    If you really want to see some vending machine hacking, stop by the vending machines in the Boeing building in Everett, WA at 3:14 am, when for exactly one minute several of them read on the scrolling display “Free Kevin Mitnick!”

  11. Anonymous says:

    Fortunately, here in Soviet Canuckistan HFCS is illegal, so pop is made from sugarcane sugar (or maybe maple syrup — what is dextrose really?)

    Unfortunately, that means this is how much it costs! Where’s you proof this isn’t from a Canadian school?
    ;)

  12. HeatherB says:

    I told the front desk about it but when I was leaving the next morning it was still there. Needless to say, I didn’t buy anything from that machine.
    I will be sure to say though, my stay there was lovely and the rooms were much more affordable than the drinks.

  13. strider_mt2k says:

    MMMM real sugar.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s positioned for Senators in the DC area. When they vote to increase their Per Diem, they point to this proving they require an increase. Pepsi costs 99.95!

  15. worldmatt says:

    Seems like Dr. Pepper needs some help paying off his student loans…

  16. TJ S says:

    Maybe it’s a Throwback? Real sugar IS expensive, after all.

  17. Jake0748 says:

    Is this the Pepsi that comes in the Swarovski crystal encrusted bottle?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t that the Pepsi machine located outside the new Yankee stadium?

  19. stridulate says:

    i work in a hospital, this appeared on a machine (on the medical cardiology floor!) and stayed like this for several weeks. i thought it was the karmic opposite of the machine on the labour & delivery floor that gave you 2 bottles of soda for $1.50…
    others surmised this is where the CEO, drug sales reps, and insurance companies purchased their soda.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Here in Kasakstahn we say expensive Pepsi is for girl! *Thumbs up*, very nice!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Very easy to do.
    To get into the maintenance menu its a simple press the four buttons across the top; or press the four buttons down the left side.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Our vending machine at 3:21 says, “Free John Gotti”

  23. Trent Hawkins says:

    good old hacking, that’l teach the technician to leave the default password on the machine.

  24. Anonymous says:

    it could be in jamaica..1 us dollar is roughly 90 jamaican dollars

  25. Anonymous says:

    I work in the sugar industry and the only reason the soda companies ever went to corn syrup is because sugar USED to cost way too much. It has now gone back down and in some cases costs a lot less then corn syrup so, everyone is trying to get them to go back to real sugar because it tastes so much better, AND believe it or not is better for you then corn syrup!
    :D

  26. Barry Wilson says:

    #33 Don’t look at wiki.answers.com, go straight to the source. ( http://www.drpepper.com/ ) Dr Pepper is a Dr Pepper/7up inc. product. In some locations in the US it is distributed by Coke. In some locations it is distributed by Pepsi. In some locations, it is distributed by someone else entirely.

    #26 Wrong! You cannot get into the programming far enough to get product, cash, or change the prices. All you can do is display the temperature and display the sales data. If any company made a vending machine so hackable that the average joe could find instructions on the internet about how to easily hack it, that company would go out of business, because no vending company in their right mind would set their equipment. A quick look at Youtube shows me many videos of supposed hacks of vending machines that are all either fake or broken machines.

  27. Anonymous says:

    ^^

    Not true. Th wording for the term is different in Canada, look for the glucose-fructose entry on the nutrition facts, there’s your HFCS…

  28. Anonymous says:

    what in gods name is a “DR PEPPER” or a “BRISK”? I guess the only exist for you yanks.

  29. Anonymous says:

    sugar should be that expensive, would solve the obesity epidemic anyway!

  30. Anonymous says:

    I bet the whole vending machine costs less money than that bottle!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Brisk is iced tea

    Dr. Pepper is also known as Mr. Pibb

  32. Anonymous says:

    I was the technician in charge of that machine, I left the default password to make life easier you dick….

  33. Anonymous says:

    The dollar bill input?

    Maybe suggests it’s not from Canada =P

  34. Anonymous says:

    “i’ve got 99 dollars but a Cokes not one.”

  35. Anonymous says:

    The machine has been fixed

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