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(CBS San Francisco)   This is a test of the emergency pancake notification system   (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com) divider line 31
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2013-10-17 09:02:19 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-17 09:15:54 PM
Congrats, marketroid, on failing to differentiate between "PR" and "emergency." Now you've got more than a PR emergency on your hands: people who could have benefited from such alerts in the event of an emergency will ignore or attempt to block alerts.

Like the imbeciles who thought that defining the default behavior for Amber Alerts as "wake up the entire farking state" was a good idea, you just caused half the people who subscribed to an otherwise useful service to opt out or block the messages, permanently.

Push notifications of emergencies to mobile devices are a fantastic idea on paper, but the downside of using people as information amplifiers is that you only get to cry "wolf" once.
 
2013-10-17 09:42:45 PM
That's worse than bad, it's waffle.
 
2013-10-17 09:54:06 PM

BATMANATEE: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 399x302]


www.faithmouse.com
 
2013-10-17 09:54:16 PM
Had this been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed where to tune for news and official breakfast foods.
 
2013-10-17 09:54:17 PM
I'm arranging a push alert for every occasion when I lose my car keys.

WAKE UP, biatchES!
 
2013-10-17 09:55:22 PM
"About 27,000 residents received text message alerts from the county about the event."

"ten residents had complained that it was a misuse of the county's alert system."


10 farking people out of 27,000? So why is this even a news story?
 
2013-10-17 09:55:50 PM
This is what it sounds like when the pancakes text.

liveforlivemusic.com
 
2013-10-17 09:59:00 PM
Please report to your designated griddles and prepare for e-snack-uation.
 
2013-10-17 09:59:36 PM
Speaking of pancake teats, Mrs Fingers ain't getting any younger. Any perky farkettes wanna send some BIE?
 
2013-10-17 10:05:20 PM
"Pancakes are farking gay"
 
2013-10-17 10:05:44 PM

fusillade762: BATMANATEE: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 399x302]

[www.faithmouse.com image 300x428]


i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-10-17 10:06:03 PM
Rufus?
 
2013-10-17 10:06:13 PM
Is this the Dustin Penner thread?
 
2013-10-17 10:07:42 PM

ReapTheChaos: "About 27,000 residents received text message alerts from the county about the event."

"ten residents had complained that it was a misuse of the county's alert system."

10 farking people out of 27,000? So why is this even a news story?


They didn't count complaints that went back to the originating number, like a normal person would expect. Only ones that managed to make it to the official complaint department, in the basement, behind a locked door with a sign that says beware of the puma.
 
2013-10-17 10:07:46 PM

SpdrJay: I'm arranging a push alert for every occasion when I lose my car keys.

WAKE UP, biatchES!


pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-10-17 10:28:58 PM
 
Skr
2013-10-17 11:04:09 PM
Hmm the article states that the message also forewarned the recipients about a helicopter landing at a local school which had caused 911 calls in the past. Preventing a panicked response doesn't seem like a bad use of the alert system.
 
2013-10-17 11:08:23 PM

Skr: Hmm the article states that the message also forewarned the recipients about a helicopter landing at a local school which had caused 911 calls in the past. Preventing a panicked response doesn't seem like a bad use of the alert system.


Looks to me like the message only mentioned pancakes and told people to check FB for the rest of the information, at which time presumably they'd have told you about the helicopter.
 
2013-10-17 11:24:32 PM

ReapTheChaos: "About 27,000 residents received text message alerts from the county about the event."

"ten residents had complained that it was a misuse of the county's alert system."

10 farking people out of 27,000? So why is this even a news story?


Bingo. RtC takes this thread home. That is all.
 
2013-10-18 12:11:30 AM

brimed03: ReapTheChaos: "About 27,000 residents received text message alerts from the county about the event."

"ten residents had complained that it was a misuse of the county's alert system."

10 farking people out of 27,000? So why is this even a news story?

Bingo. RtC takes this thread home. That is all.


Nah, you have to think of it like the FCC to understand the need to fix it.

Family Guy -
FCC Suit 1: Gentlemen, we got 20 calls about the David Hyde-Pierce incident. And as you know, one call equals a billion people, which means 20 billion people were offended by this. Needless to say, something must be done.
FCC Suit 2: Perhaps we should ask the chairman.
FCC Suit 1: Good idea. (to the chairman) Uh, sir, we're wondering what course of action you recommend regarding the Hyde-Pierce incident.
Cobra Commander (the chairman): You've got to censor television, you fools! Now, follow my orders!


27,000 people received this message but it was rage inducing that 10 billion people have complained about it thus far.
 
2013-10-18 12:13:07 AM

Skr: Hmm the article states that the message also forewarned the recipients about a helicopter landing at a local school which had caused 911 calls in the past. Preventing a panicked response doesn't seem like a bad use of the alert system.


The message pictured doesn't say that.
 
2013-10-18 12:22:26 AM
Semi-related: in the DC area, we have "Silver Alerts," when some white-hair is about to drive through a farmer's market or wandered off in their car to visit Ike at the Big Rock Candy Mountain.  A few weeks ago, there was one on the Maryland side of the Beltway:

SILVER ALERT
CALL 511 FOR DETAILS

Maryland just made actually talking on your cell phone while driving a primary violation, so what are we supposed to do?  Wait till we get home, then call and listen to some police dispatcher read recorded details they couldn't sum up in a 3-line overhead signboard?

Maybe they should practice their skillz on Twitter.
 
2013-10-18 12:45:27 AM

Tenatra: brimed03: ReapTheChaos: "About 27,000 residents received text message alerts from the county about the event."

"ten residents had complained that it was a misuse of the county's alert system."

10 farking people out of 27,000? So why is this even a news story?

Bingo. RtC takes this thread home. That is all.

Nah, you have to think of it like the FCC to understand the need to fix it.

Family Guy -
FCC Suit 1: Gentlemen, we got 20 calls about the David Hyde-Pierce incident. And as you know, one call equals a billion people, which means 20 billion people were offended by this. Needless to say, something must be done.
FCC Suit 2: Perhaps we should ask the chairman.
FCC Suit 1: Good idea. (to the chairman) Uh, sir, we're wondering what course of action you recommend regarding the Hyde-Pierce incident.
Cobra Commander (the chairman): You've got to censor television, you fools! Now, follow my orders!

27,000 people received this message but it was rage inducing that 10 billion people have complained about it thus far.


WON'T YOU THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN???
 
2013-10-18 01:35:21 AM
I wonder if the firefighter in question also called 911 just to make sure that the dispatchers there knew about the pancakes.
 
2013-10-18 02:33:34 AM

TheTurtle: SpdrJay: I'm arranging a push alert for every occasion when I lose my car keys.

WAKE UP, biatchES!

[pbs.twimg.com image 600x450]


i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-10-18 02:45:10 AM
And I thought it was bad when our local VFD put out "Traffic Emergency Ahead" signs to warn people about... the fill-the-boot drive they were running that day.
 
2013-10-18 02:51:48 AM
I went to read TFA thinking it would have something to do with the thing where people all buy milk, bread, and eggs in advance of a hurricane, even if this is nothing like their normal shopping list. Apparently emergency French toast.

I am disappoint!
 
2013-10-18 08:28:31 AM
I think this is a good idea. I'd love to be notified when there are fresh pancakes available for consumption
 
2013-10-18 08:47:23 AM
If they are worried about 911 calls, why not just tell the 911 operators on duty that it's happening.  If someone calls, they can respond with a simple "It's a training exercise, don't worry about it".
 
2013-10-18 01:34:13 PM

nytmare: sign that says beware of the puma.



WOW, LOOK AT THOSE VICIOUS BEASTS IN THE CRAVICES!!

heh

/ sure smell like pumas
 
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