Sunday

The End Of The World Via Text Message

It's sobering and rather depressing to realize that if the bombs do start raining down upon us, if we get any warning at all it will be from our smartphones.

Residents of Hawaii found this out during a very unpleasant 30 minutes or so when island residents all received an early Saturday morning alert on their phones:
"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."
What would you think?

While it was indeed an official alert (i.e. not a prank or a hack) it was thankfully not correct, and explanations and apologies were sent via Twitter after around 10 minutes and then via the cell phones again after about another 30 mins. 

While I expect some will make light of it, the way we do after a near miss - but for several minutes, real fear must have spread though the population of that lovely place. 

And the bell tolled via a text message alert.



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