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Out of the Blue

The NYTimes has an article about that wee hours amber alert I mentioned yesterday, saying that I was not the only one awakened by this, explaining how the system works, and discussing whether a late-night alert is really advisable (thanks j.c.f.). It also tells us that the missing child that inspired the alert was found, so there's good news there, and in fairness, the amber alert played a part in this (albeit during the day when people were awake), so one can't complain about the results. There's also a post about this on Buzzfeed (thanks nin) including this explanation from the powers-that-be: "It truly is a city that never sleeps. There are always tons of people on the road. It makes perfect sense to send this out." So their actual intent wasn't to wake up the millions of us who were asleep, it was for people to read on their cell phones while driving that night. Okay, as long as they thought this all the way through.

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16. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2013, 14:20 Jivaro
 
I can adjust what type of vibration/ring/notification etc for specific numbers and text message sources on my SGS3. My Amber alert text messages light up the screen with a notification, but they do not make a sound or vibrate. I don't miss any alerts because I see them when I am up and about and at the same time they don't disturb me at night. Don't most cell phones do something like that? I mean, don't the Amber alerts in NY come from the the same source every time?

If all else fails, can't you put text messaging on silent without putting your alarm on silent? I thought that was a pretty standard thing.
 
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