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Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert 374

Posted by timothy
from the shouldn't-the-opt-out-go-the-other-way? dept.
Jeremiah Cornelius writes "The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, said the Commercial Mobile Alert System that Congress approved in 2006 will direct messages to cellphones in case of a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other serious emergency. There will be at least three levels of messages, ranging from a critical national alert from the president to warnings about impending or occurring national disasters to alerts about missing or abducted children. The alert would show up on the phone's front screen, instead of the traditional text message inbox, and arrive with a distinct ring and probably a vibration. People will be able to opt out of receiving all but the presidential alerts."
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Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert

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  • Re:What the? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MoonBuggy (611105) on Tuesday May 10, 2011 @07:08PM (#36088642) Journal

    So buy a basic phone, opt out from the alert messages, and you're done. Sure, it sounds a bit unnecessary, but it does no harm if unused and is potentially helpful if it is used - that's better than can be said for a lot of things your taxes are funding. If the 'presidential warning' system gets overused (and I'd estimate more than once every decade is overuse) then you've got a legitimate complaint. Emergency warnings seem to be one of the few areas that the government don't have a history of screwing up, so I'll grudgingly give them the benefit of the doubt here.

  • by Eightbitgnosis (1571875) on Tuesday May 10, 2011 @07:26PM (#36088788) Homepage
    Oh Jesus...

    I can just now see Anonymous bringing havoc to the alert system with announcements from President Pedobear
  • by shutdown -p now (807394) on Wednesday May 11, 2011 @12:51AM (#36090474) Journal

    People tend to be lazy and clueless. Warrantless search & seizure is not so routine that every single American is affected by it directly, and in many cases those affected don't even know that. Many don't really care about the Constitution either, or don't understand it to realize that it's being violated.

    Unblockable political spam that everyone gets, on the other hand, is very easy to understand as "bad". Don't worry about that.

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