Amber Alert - total loss of control?

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  1. rahnbo

    rahnbo Well-Known Member

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    LOL I bet. :D
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    The whole point is to have you see it even if you aren't watching live TV.

    What they should do though is put in some sort of activity timer. So it doesn't display (or get recorded) if no one has touched a button on the remote in the last couple hours. They should also always use an unused tuner when available so your recording will only be intterupted if you have all tuners going at once, and in that case they should use the tuner for the lowest prioity recording.

    Better yet these EAS alerts shouldn't require a tuner at all. They should be presented as some sort of overlay that automatically pauses what you're watching so you can hear any accompanying audio.
     
  3. tomhorsley

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    My favorite new alert is the ones new cell phones have. An amber alert went off on someone's cell in a meeting and everyone had to go and change their armor :).

    I'm waiting for the cell alert that scares the carp out of every driver on a busy interstate at the same time.
     
  4. rahnbo

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    I can't even find the option to turn off Amber Alerts. There is E911 but that can't be disabled. But the Amber alerts come through SMS which is sort of weird, I guess. Perhaps I just need a nap.
     
  5. Dan203

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    How to enable or disable AMBER and Government Alerts on your iPhone

    1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
    2) Tap on Notification Center and scroll all the way to the bottom.
    3) Under the Government Alerts section, toggle the AMBER Alerts or Government Alerts option on or off to enable or disable them.
     
  6. Tobashadow

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    I get as much use out of the EAS system as I do the local emergency alert system our city introduced a few years ago. I would get voice mails once a week or so saying emergency alert system message then a pause and then someone saying the trash pickup would be delayed due to a holiday or the town wishes to thank someone for making the decorations in town or some other kind of useless crap.

    There was a ton of complaints and it still took a mass amount of people opting out for them to figure out the problem.
     
  7. Dan203

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    Here in Nevada the counties are HUGE so we get EAS flash flood warnings for areas that are a hundred miles away. Totally useless. But the tests are the most annoying. They seem to happen weekly late at night when I'm watching TV.
     
  8. rahnbo

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    I have Galaxy Note 3's. Found out there is an icon in Apps called "Emergency Alerts." That is on my Verizon Note3. yay! Only "Presidential Alerts" can't be disabled. On my wife's ATT Note 3 phone the option doesn't exist. I'm sure somewhere in Google land I'll figure her phone out too. The funny thing about my alert tone is it doesn't go off at all if the phone is muted. So if that tornado is coming directly to my house I wouldn't know at night because the phone is always muted.
     
  9. LoadStar

    LoadStar I voted! Did you?

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    Correct. Those are what are known as EANs (Emergency Action Notification) and are generally considered "end of the world" alerts, as the kinds of things they'd be used for would be informing the public of inbound nuclear ICBMs. They're only issued at the directive of the President, or the last surviving member of the chain of command in the government.
     
  10. tarheelblue32

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    Well then I suppose it's okay to not be able to disable those. If I'm about to get nuked, I'd like to know about it a few minutes before it happens.
     
  11. rahnbo

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    Not I. Its not like I can outrun a nuke so I'd rather just not know. My other concern is that it could be a very limited strike or even a dud. We might even laser an ICBM or two out of the sky. So effectively nothing may happen. But every nut job out there who thinks they have a few minutes to live is going start raping and pillaging.
     
  12. Dago Red

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    On my Nexus 5, the AMBER Alert setting is under Settings - Wireless & Networks - More - Emergency broadcasts.

    There are settings for extreme threats, severe threats, and AMBER alerts.

    This is for Android 5.1.
     
  13. rahnbo

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    I saw that and had to ask, which is worse, extreme threats or severe threats?
     
  14. kdmorse

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    The Extreme alerts from the National Weather Service include warnings for tsunamis, tornadoes, extreme winds, hurricanes and typhoons.

    The Severe alerts from National Weather Service include warnings for flash floods and dust storms.


    Edit: 'Severe' List is incomplete.
     
  15. Dago Red

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    This is how they are described on the phone (in order):

    Extreme threats - alerts for extreme threats to life and property.
    Severe threats - alerts for severe threats to life and property.
    AMBER alerts - child abduction emergency bulletins.

    My guess is extreme threats trumps severe threats, but that is just my opinion.
     
  16. rahnbo

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    I sounds like Extreme and Severe should be merged.
     
  17. mattack

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    Yes, I know that's the POINT, but my admittedly not-going-to-be-implemented suggestion is a more realistic scenario -- if I'm watching some old recording, I'm not going to be out looking for kidnappers, and ESPECIALLY don't want "weekly tests" ruining my recordings.
     
  18. randian

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    They want an EAS to force the TiVo out of standby and stop recording? That's crap if true.
     
  19. Mikeguy

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    It's already started, to a degree: an Internet company started a lost pet finder service a bunch of years back, one of the potential components of which (for a fee) is mass robocall telephoning to people in the area with the lost pet "alert." Given how it was styled, reminiscent of amber alerts, the first robocall I received in this system was somewhat alarming.

    Haven't received calls like this in a few years. The company still seems to be around, but I wonder if public reaction to yet another realm of robocalls has affected the efficacy of the service. Also, I wonder if the company has had an issue with the FCC and it's Do Not Call registry (which I'm on, but then received the robocall regardless).
     
  20. CharlesH

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    In my opinion, the DNC list is useless. They just get a list of phone numbers off the Internet somewhere and fake the caller id so you cannot report them. They don't even bother to use numbers with a legitimate format (I've seen numbers with the 7-digit part beginning with 1). On top of that, the blockers on many phone systems require that you enter a validly formatted number, so you cannot even block the $#@!#.
     

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