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(BBC)   Narrowly survive a terrorist bombing and need to tell your loved ones that you're still alive? There's an app for that   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 16
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2014-02-12 09:50:52 PM
Combine it with a pulse monitor and have it tweet "I am dead" when it doesn't detect one.
 
2014-02-12 11:40:50 PM
Is the app named, Well...Bye?
DNRTFA
 
2014-02-12 11:48:11 PM
That'll be great when all the comms networks immediately get overloaded following any disaster.

/except HAM, you weirdos
 
2014-02-13 12:35:24 AM
Her app was a triumph.
 
2014-02-13 12:50:00 AM
I could swear there was an app just like this during the Egyptian bread-helmet uprising, just in case you get snatched up by someone. The company that did Angry Birds probably just re-skinned it.
 
2014-02-13 01:04:13 AM

poot_rootbeer: That'll be great when all the comms networks immediately get overloaded following any disaster.

/except HAM, you weirdos


The point is a tweet uses far less bandwith than a call.  There's also the issue that it goes to Twitter and is broadcast from there, thus only one copy needs to be sent.

That still doesn't help if the internet gets DDOSed by everyone trying to contact relatives but it's much harder to DDOS the internet than the wireless system.
 
2014-02-13 01:19:28 AM
Considering how nerve wracking it was waiting to get in touch with my brother after one of the terrorist attacks in Delhi a few years back, an app that lets people know you're safe even when the phones are jammed sounds like a good idea.
 
2014-02-13 01:53:44 AM

ciberido: Her app was a triumph.


A huge success, perhaps?
 
2014-02-13 02:19:06 AM

poot_rootbeer: That'll be great when all the comms networks immediately get overloaded following any disaster.

/except HAM, you weirdos


Ham technician here.
During the Boston bombing hams were the only radios working between checkpoints after the blast. It's a very good thing to have in disaster scenarios.
 
2014-02-13 02:44:31 AM

ciberido: Her app was a triumph.


FOR ME TO POOP ON!
 
2014-02-13 05:42:53 AM

fusillade762: ciberido: Her app was a triumph.

FOR ME TO POOP ON!


Day old internet high five.
 
2014-02-13 07:28:25 AM
Is there a "my legs were blown off" button?
 
2014-02-13 07:57:42 AM
I can't decide if it's worse that someone felt the need to write an App like this, or that 4000 people feel that they  need an App like this.
 
2014-02-13 08:25:00 AM
What about a "proof of life" app?
Now that could be useful a lot of places south of the border.

/willing to wager, coming to a 1%r near you soon
 
2014-02-13 09:02:08 AM
iSurvivedislam
 
2014-02-13 10:50:20 AM

abhorrent1: Is there a "my legs were blown off" button?


It could show the outline of a person and the user could chop any limbs off fruit ninja-style to show their injuries.

// Assuming they have a functioning finger left.
 
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