alerts on your cellphones

alerts on your cellphones

Postby John Galt » Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:24 pm

we're further marching into what futurists described in the dystopian Minority Report

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/nyreg ... spect.html
All around New York City, cellphones blared on Monday morning with the dissonant, but familiar, tone of an emergency alert. But this time, the alert — typically used for weather-related advisories or abducted children — was different.

For what is believed to be the first time, the nation’s Wireless Emergency Alerts system was deployed as an electronic wanted poster, identifying a 28-year-old man wanted in connection with the bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey.

Suddenly, from commuter trains to the sidewalks of Manhattan, millions were enlisted in the manhunt.

The message, probably received by millions, nearly at once, was simple: “WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen.”


of course in minority report, he was totally set up but they plastered his face on everyone's media device, instantly.

i get weather alerts on my phone. i recieve them, and i understand them. i had a "amber alert" on my phone too, but i was puzzled when i got it. now i'm getting wanted posters apparently, for Really Bad Men. but what if it's a local police department? what level are we going to allow this to come down to? people readily believe EVERYTHING authorities tell them, and will condemn any man to death based upon simply what a cop says (even though all cops are pigs, of course). should we really be doing this? i think this will encourage vigilantism
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Re: alerts on your cellphones

Postby NAB » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:21 pm

Some day, when Galt shows up on a cell alert, we'll see this post as the cry for help it really is.
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Re: alerts on your cellphones

Postby exploited » Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:23 pm

Your concerns are valid. Next thing you know like twelve ME dudes who look vaguely like the suspect have guns drawn on them by various jimmyz sorts.
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Re: alerts on your cellphones

Postby Philly » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:08 pm

exploited wrote:Your concerns are valid. Next thing you know like twelve ME dudes who look vaguely like the suspect have guns drawn on them by various jimmyz sorts.

Pretty sure there doesn't need to be an alert or even a suspect for jimmyz sorts to pull guns on Middle Eastern dudes.
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Re: alerts on your cellphones

Postby The Comrade » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:38 am

amber alert ruined galt's daily pornhub time in the office bathroom.
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