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Windows 7: Emergency Alert System Nationwide Test 11-9-2011

10 Nov 2011   #11

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Thinking further about this...why is an alert system needed on a national basis? The only thing that comes to mind is an act of war, like a missile attack or a comet falling falling out of the sky. Most alerts are of a more local nature, like tornado, hurricane (or if they ever acquired the ability to predict, earthquake) warnings. I suppose that it is good to be prepared for anything, but it seems to me that this system will probably never get used (fingers crossed).
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10 Nov 2011   #12

7 Ultimate x64 SP1

This POS is the reason why we all had to change over from Analog to Digital. They did this because of how the (perfectly fine and working local) EAS was carried out before, with local stations having to have somebody there to physically flip the switches to send out the alerts, thus they could choose not to comply (incurring hefty fines). This way, they have just about enough freedom of choice over it as all of us have: zilch.

As for the reasons they want to be able to grid-lock TV and Radio from wherever and whenever, remotely, and at the 'President's' sole discretion... I don't know (and I for one don't like it one bit). As for why we NEED this... we didn't. The old EAS worked just fine and everybody knows, if something really bad was going to happen which would call for something like this... they (our Government) wouldn't tell us because they don't want us to panic and riot and all the rest of it.

By the way, this NES was a spectacular failure. It was glitched to high hell, entire states didn't get it, had no picture and/or audio or the thing just popped on and off constantly. I for one hope they don't fix it and abandon it... they have entirely too much power over the TV and Radio (and everything else) as it is these days and it's a sure bet that this will not be used as it should be (for emergencies only): they'll find ways to abuse it and even probably start forcing us to watch the President's Addresses and etc.

Or, if they don't like something going on the radio or etc. they can just turn this on and block it out for you (the very same thing they are drooling over doing with the internet). George Orwell's 1984 is happening, folks. The name of this game is called: total control/censorship.

Oh... and I don't recall there being an EAS during or after 9/11 (was sitting right there in front of the TV, not a damn thing about it apart from the news)... a lot of good that did for us then! It'll be the same thing if something like that happened again. No EAS/NES... have to hear it on the news or from somebody calling you. So in conclusion... this was just a huge waste of our dwindling tax dollars and a shameless power grab. Hooray!
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10 Nov 2011   #13

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

If the purpose was to force us to watch political addresses, then they would need a way to control the power switch on my computer, as well as a way to force me to watch and listen. While I agree that this system appears to be extraneous for most anticipated situations, which makes me suspect that the intent is not what it appears, I will reserve judgement. Of course, by the time that I can actually make a judgement, it will be too late to do anything except complain...actually, it was too late after the last election.
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