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(The Gateway Pundit)   Not enough big government in your life? Then good news for you because AT&T is going to install a government messaging system on your iPhone that you won't be able to turn off. Now move along, citizen   (thegatewaypundit.com) divider line 157
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2013-06-16 11:35:59 AM  
Verizon has been doing those for a while hasn't it?

I didn't know about the "presidential alerts" category though. How long before we get one of those about the "national emergency" of some abortion or gun control related legislation that we urgently need to write our congressmen about?
 
2013-06-16 11:37:40 AM  
[citation needed]
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2013-06-16 11:43:21 AM  
Not clicking to see what the Goatlaying Dimwit has on his idiotic blog. Get us a legitimate link, Subby.
 
2013-06-16 11:59:26 AM  
Subdumbassmitter: "... that you won't be able to turn off."

Picture in TFA: On-off switches.
 
2013-06-16 12:00:02 PM  

jbc: Not clicking to see what the Goatlaying Dimwit has on his idiotic blog. Get us a legitimate link, Subby.


It's weird. Subby, the headline and the first couple sentences of the blog seem to indicate that you can't shut these off.

But then there's a picture which indicates that you can, in fact, shut those alerts off.

And then they cite a passage from an Engadget article that also says they can be shut off.

Weird. And delusional.
 
2013-06-16 12:06:50 PM  
First off, AT&T is just now doing what the other major cell providers have been doing for awhile.

Secondly, the alerts are broadcast to all phones connected to a particular cell site. So if there is a severe weather alert or AMBER alert in the area, everyone in the area will get the alert.

You can turn off all of the alerts, except the "Presidential Alerts". In the entire history of the Emergency Alert System, the President has not done a national alert. If you get a Presidental alert on your phone, you'll also get it on every radio and TV station, including satellite. If the President issues an EAS message, it means we're in some deep shiat.
 
2013-06-16 12:08:47 PM  

serial_crusher: Verizon has been doing those for a while hasn't it?

I didn't know about the "presidential alerts" category though. How long before we get one of those about the "national emergency" of some abortion or gun control related legislation that we urgently need to write our congressmen about?


probably never.  although I do share your fears that a GOP president will learn to abuse the system for petty personal and/or political gain.
 
2013-06-16 12:09:32 PM  
I have Verizon, I get those alerts every time bad weather comes through.

/the scariest one was the Hurricane Sandy alert
 
2013-06-16 12:18:20 PM  
There are some weapons-grade derb in those article comments.
 
2013-06-16 12:20:26 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: There are some weapons-grade derb in those article comments.


its interesting to see the GOP flip their lids over what is nothing more than a safety/disaster alert system.
 
2013-06-16 12:24:13 PM  
Holy shiat, this article is derpy - something tells me this website gets all of it's traffic from paranoid tin-foil connoisseurs.
 
2013-06-16 12:41:04 PM  
Doesn't bother me. I don't own an iPhone... or ANY other kind of cellphone! They'll just have to tap my landline!
 
2013-06-16 12:46:48 PM  
Meh?  So you might get 'we're screwed' messages in a timely fashion if it ever really hits the fan.  BFD.


hay guys u might wan2 go home n kiss ur kids gbye shiat just got real.  ill b in plane circling arctic lol good luck! :P -Prez
 
2013-06-16 12:54:02 PM  
Author is Jim Hoft, better known as The Stupidest Man on the Internet.

/This gets the green light? Really?
 
2013-06-16 12:55:41 PM  

Buzzerguy: Author is Jim Hoft, better known as The Stupidest Man on the Internet.

/This gets the green light? Really?


Wow. You're not kidding in the least.
 
2013-06-16 01:01:16 PM  

hardinparamedic: Holy shiat, this article is derpy - something tells me this website gets all of it's traffic from paranoid tin-foil connoisseurs.


badattitudes.com
 
2013-06-16 01:33:17 PM  

dustman81: First off, AT&T is just now doing what the other major cell providers have been doing for awhile.


I'm looking at my Sprint iPhone and seeing the very same "Government Alerts" menu pictured in the screen shot. Didn't know it was there, but I'm fine with getting Amber Alerts and such. As long as the president doesn't bombard me with "poop is coming out" alerts, what the heck.
 
2013-06-16 01:35:51 PM  
Personally, I wish there were more ways to get Emergency Alert Notices out to people other than the rare weather radio which everyone should own but few do.

You might save more than a few lives each year, especially in areas where severe weather and tornados are common.
 
2013-06-16 01:41:35 PM  
I voluntarily signed up for @PublicAlerts which sends me info for Portland, OR. I have twitter send me their tweets as texts so I see the alert right away.

Our household doesn't listen to AM or FM radio, our tv isn't hooked up to anything other than netflix streaming/dvd player, and we don't have a land line.  So if there's an emergency we wouldn't know otherwise.
 
2013-06-16 01:52:44 PM  
How do they get from an alert system that sends out broadcast messages to "So now Barack can track your calls"?

Isn't that what the NSA have been doing, with or without this emergency broadcast app?
 
2013-06-16 02:00:30 PM  

Flint Ironstag: How do they get from an alert system that sends out broadcast messages to "So now Barack can track your calls"?

Isn't that what the NSA have been doing, with or without this emergency broadcast app?


But you're forgetting the important thing: it's OK for the NSA to track our calls if the president isn't blah.

/this is what the right wing actually believes
 
2013-06-16 02:29:25 PM  
I trust my cell phone provider as much as I trust the government.
 
2013-06-16 02:56:16 PM  

dustman81: If the President issues an EAS message, it means we're in some deep shiat.


Why didn't we get one in November, 2008? ;-)
 
2013-06-16 03:16:05 PM  
So now sending out messages is the same thing as watching your every move? Technology, how does it farking work?
 
2013-06-16 03:31:18 PM  
Next it'll be on our farking TVs and radios.
 
2013-06-16 03:33:35 PM  
I've received just one Amber Alert in the time since I got my new phone.

I flew into a rage at the violation of my privacy and deliberately didnt keep an eye out for a navy blue Ford Escort.
 
2013-06-16 03:34:16 PM  
I get "stolen kid" notices with Verizon, but that's all I've gotten so far. Stuff like that seems like a good idea to me. But I'm not over the top crazy about privacy.
 
2013-06-16 03:34:54 PM  
lol stupid guy
 
2013-06-16 03:35:18 PM  

Speaker2Animals: Subdumbassmitter: "... that you won't be able to turn off."

Picture in TFA: On-off switches.


Words in TFA: on/off switches for those alert categories, but not for the "presidential" ones.
 
2013-06-16 03:35:53 PM  
Wow. Those comments were a depressing read. My favorite, however was a person saying AT&T is going to lose so much business over this which became an allegory about how Carbonite is dying after they removed their Rush Limbaugh spots.
 
2013-06-16 03:36:00 PM  
taildom.com
 
2013-06-16 03:36:43 PM  

Bathia_Mapes:  derb.


Is that the next evolution of derp?
 
2013-06-16 03:37:45 PM  
I would imagine that the Tea Party and other patriots are happy the Obama won the election now. Can you imagine the shiat storm had the GOP been in power with all this shiat coming out?
 
2013-06-16 03:37:55 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Words in TFA: on/off switches for those alert categories, but not for the "presidential" ones.


What exactly is a "presidential alert?"
 
2013-06-16 03:38:51 PM  
Provided that there are clear limits on its use, including that it not be used for political purposes or propaganda, and that this program can only receive,

fireden.net
 
2013-06-16 03:39:37 PM  
BUT.. BUT.. 9-11! KEEP US SAFE!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD..KEEP US SAFE!
 
2013-06-16 03:42:06 PM  
C'mon, its ATT. Does anyone really expect messages on their network to be delivered?
 
2013-06-16 03:42:14 PM  

Hickory-smoked: Ivo Shandor: Words in TFA: on/off switches for those alert categories, but not for the "presidential" ones.

What exactly is a "presidential alert?"


Likely "We have been invaded" or something like that
 
2013-06-16 03:42:43 PM  
Remember, kids, every single thing the government does comes directly from the desk of Obama. Amber alerts? Obama. IRS audit? Personally commanded by Obama. Long lines at the DMV? Orders from Obama. Speeding ticket? That one also comes courtesy of Obama.

Kenyan socialist atheist muslims don't believe in division of labor.
 
2013-06-16 03:43:18 PM  
Big govt, a libtards wet dream.
 
2013-06-16 03:43:28 PM  
At least you can turn off Amber Alerts for the phone. My TiVo stops whatever I am watching and shows me an Atari 2600 quality graphic with a deeply distorted, staticy voice from the ether intoning the details whenever someone in the Seattle metro has a custody dispute make a turn for the worst (which seems like the majority of the alerts).
 
2013-06-16 03:44:10 PM  

I_C_Weener: I trust my cell phone provider as much as I trust the government.


Yeah. this. Cell phone companies are proof that private businesses can have just as much incompetent bureaucracy as any government.
 
2013-06-16 03:44:16 PM  
You just linked to post by The Stupidest Man On The Internet, subby. Guess what that makes you.
 
2013-06-16 03:44:31 PM  

hardinparamedic: Personally, I wish there were more ways to get Emergency Alert Notices out to people other than the rare weather radio which everyone should own but few do.

You might save more than a few lives each year, especially in areas where severe weather and tornados are common.


I've always wondered why car radios are largely unable to access the Weather bands. There's been plenty of times I've see nasty looking clouds ahead and would like to have had more information to decide whether to continue or pull over.

/yeah I know there are smart phones now
//but no phone use and driving!! :)
 
GBB
2013-06-16 03:45:43 PM  

Hickory-smoked: Ivo Shandor: Words in TFA: on/off switches for those alert categories, but not for the "presidential" ones.

What exactly is a "presidential alert?"


Something around Defcon 2, definitely Defcon 1
 
2013-06-16 03:45:51 PM  
Plus, at least a cell phone Amber Alert is kind of useful. I'm just not going to ever see that vehicle if I'm at home watching television.
 
2013-06-16 03:49:14 PM  
FLOARHUMPAR GRADE 3 ALERT
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2013-06-16 03:50:12 PM  

Shakin_Haitian: Next it'll be on our farking TVs and radios.


that's where i draw the line, gubermint listning in on my radio
 
2013-06-16 03:50:27 PM  

albert71292: Doesn't bother me. I don't own an iPhone... or ANY other kind of cellphone! They'll just have to tap my landline!


Thats so 1980s
 
2013-06-16 03:50:31 PM  

MightyPez: Hickory-smoked: Ivo Shandor: Words in TFA: on/off switches for those alert categories, but not for the "presidential" ones.

What exactly is a "presidential alert?"

Likely "We have been invaded" or something like that


Considering that no Presidential Emergency Action Notifications have ever been issued in the 50 year history of the EBS/EAS, if one is issued, I'd take it as a warning to put my head between my legs and kiss my ass goodbye.
 
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