Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Oh god, I get enough generic, not actually for me messages already

Turns out the the new homeland security emergency alerts system won't actually just be for homeland security derived emergency alerts. I'm SHOCKED*.

Check out the current results for the NY Daily News article's poll below (Yes, I'm one of the "No" votes)

As Drudgereport.com puts it "Cellphone warnings to include urgent texts from the president...", how exactly is this different than following (or not following) on Twitter?
Honestly I don't want this at all. Please let there be an opt-out. I get that the point of it is instant-widespread notification of emergencies, then please just leave it for actually that.

Other things that were probably considered but ignored. Old people with cellphones who do not text. If they hear a sound coming from their phone unfamiliar to them (not the ring they're used to), look at it and see "EMERGENCY, EVACUATE YOUR AREA"**, they are going to freak the hell out. All kidding aside, there are going to be many issues with the human-recipient side of this if there is no opting.

I'm stock footage!

*Not at all
**will likely (hopefully) be worded better and/or more specific than that, demonstration purposes only.

Sources -> http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/05/09/2011-05-09_new_yorkers_soon_to_get_emergency_cell_phone_alerts_in_what_bloomberg_calls_quan.html & http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/05/10/national-emergency-alert-system-set-to-launch-in-nyc/

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