Wildfires: Reminder smart devices don't include emergency warnings while streaming

Aaron C. de Bruyn aaron at heyaaron.com
Fri Sep 11 21:26:52 UTC 2020

I would trust it more than not getting an alert.
Especially if it started with something along the lines of "There is a
tornado warning for Springfield and North Haberbrook" and I had enough
brain cells to know what city I was in.


On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 1:14 PM ITechGeek <ITG at itechgeek.com> wrote:

> At least cell phones have a reliable way to know where they are at any
> given moment.  Would you really trust providers sending out emergency
> notifications based on something like GeoIP or based on the zipcode on the
> account?
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> On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 3:49 PM Sean Donelan <sean at donelan.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, 11 Sep 2020, William Herrin wrote:
>> > tl;dr: keep your cell phone on and with you 'cause only a few things
>> > get emergency alerts and only when they're turned on.
>> You sound like the CTIA in the 2000s when it was opposed to requiring
>> emergency alerts on cell phones.  "Its unnecessary to require cell phones
>> have emergency alerts, because people get emergency alerts other ways."
>> The problem was all the consumer electronic industry groups always point
>> at "someone else."  The cable industry said it was unnecessary in the
>> 1980s because local TV stations had emergency alerts.  The TV industry
>> said it was unnecessary in the 1970s because local radio stations had
>> emergency alerts.  Etc. etc. etc.
>> The reason your cell phone has emergency alerts, is the FCC required them.
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