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National Presidential Federal Emergency Alert

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by Comfortably Lomb, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. Comfortably Lomb

    Comfortably Lomb Koko the Monkey SoSH Member

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    How do I disable this horseshit. There’s got to be a way but the disable Amber Alert toggle doesn’t seem to block it.
     
  2. loshjott

    loshjott Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Impossible, apparently. Mine only lasted a few seconds.
     
  3. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Turning your phone off is the only way to avoid it apparently.
     
  4. JimD

    JimD Member SoSH Member

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    You know it's only a matter of time before he starts using this alert system for political ends.
     
  5. Doug Beerabelli

    Doug Beerabelli Killer Threads Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I'm laughing at all the kids (like my son) who probably have their phones with them in class against the rules, and who got outed by this. It was friggin loud.
     
  6. Spelunker

    Spelunker Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Hmm, with the ringer off there was no alert sound for me. On Silent, it was just a popup notification.
     
  7. Doug Beerabelli

    Doug Beerabelli Killer Threads Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    That's good. I had my ringer on to wait for a call. He probably has his off. He doesn't take my calls; probably won't take the Donald's either.
     
  8. soxhop411

    soxhop411 Member SoSH Member

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    Tiffany finally got a text from her dad.

    But seriously. You can’t opt out unless you turn off or silence your phone.
     
  9. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    My phone was off, my husband's on. I am sorry, but I kept imagining this being used to tell the local citizenry to report to police any immigrants or non-Whites in their neighborhood. (This will probably be deleted by mods and I will be warned.) If it merely was a "test" of the emergency alert system, that would be fine, but all of a sudden it's a Presidential alert? Why?
     
  10. BlackJack

    BlackJack Member SoSH Member

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    I was playing some dumb iOS game with my sound off and did not get the alert. I have both the AMBER Alerts and Emergency Alerts turned off on my phone.
     
  11. flymrfreakjar

    flymrfreakjar Member SoSH Member

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    Emergency distraction system. “DO SOMETHING”
     
  12. InstaFace

    InstaFace MDLzera

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    This system has existed since at least the Obama administration, if not GWB.

    The worry now, of course, is Trump deciding to use it over the next month for random tweet-esque nonsense. Who's going to tell him no?
     
  13. mauidano

    mauidano Mai Tais for everyone! SoSH Member

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    It is my understanding and correct me if I am wrong is that the Presidential Alert originates from FEMA not from the stubby little fingers of the POTUS and his phone. Regardless, I got the noise but no message so whatever.
     
  14. 75cent bleacher seat

    75cent bleacher seat Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    No alert received here...yet
     
  15. NortheasternPJ

    NortheasternPJ Member SoSH Member

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    Same here, but I have Amber Alerts off because I'm a horrible person and got sick of them at 2am for a car in another state.
     
  16. DrewDawg

    DrewDawg Dorito Dink SoSH Member

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    I mean, everyone knows FEMA actually sent this not Trump right? I mean, it's not like he took over the EBS on TV and radio for things right?

    I mean, everyone is okay in here right?
     
  17. Comfortably Lomb

    Comfortably Lomb Koko the Monkey SoSH Member

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    Yes, and I don’t want them. If a Level 5 Killstorm is heading for me and the only thing that will spare my life is a text from FEMA then it’s just my time to go.
     
  18. NortheasternPJ

    NortheasternPJ Member SoSH Member

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    Of course we understand that. If it came from him it'd be in ALL CAPS and nonsense.
     
  19. InstantKarmma

    InstantKarmma Defender of Roadrunners Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I didn't get one. Not that I'm complaining.
     
  20. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    I was on my phone typing an email and between brief keystrokes I just have hit dismiss? It was like two seconds of a weird sound and then nothing, never even saw what it was. Figured it was a glitch on the new iOS until seeing FB and this thread.

    And I agree with Lomb. My cell phone isn’t saving me, I’d rather go without knowing it’s coming.
     
  21. sittingstill

    sittingstill Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    So my cell phone is a Pixel on Google Fi, and, yes, it integrates my life with Google a little too closely. But after getting the text this afternoon... suddenly my gmail account is subscribed to the White House newsletter. Which I discovered after a friend reported the same thing on Facebook. Is this as creepy as it seems?
     
  22. SumnerH

    SumnerH Malt Liquor Picker Dope

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  23. charlieoscar

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    I had the sound off on my LG G7 Thinq and still got the sound and a text message to boot. I was amused by the screen that popped up that ended, "No further action needed," and then there was a Conform button below that.

    I also had Dr. Who interrupted this morning by New Hampshire's weekly test on Comcast and later this afternoon there was a network test that went on for four pages.
     
  24. jhp64

    jhp64 Member SoSH Member

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    Orwellian.
     
  25. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    So this is a thing that warns you when the President is approaching?

    SIGN ME UP!!!
     
  26. charlieoscar

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    I think Orwell was a better speller than I (or at least there was better editing involved).
     

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