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  1. He Who Fakes It Well
    He Who Fakes It Well January 31, 2018 8:42 am

    Hawaii alert: That story touches on issues, but I saw another that had more info from the FCC report.

    1. The night shift supervisor ran his own unscheduled “test,” apparently without telling anyone but the oncoming day shift supervisor.

    2. Day shift supervisor though it was a test for night shift before they left, so didn’t bother supervising his people.

    3. The “test” message did say, “Exercise Exercise Exercise.”

    4. The “test” message also said, “This is not a drill.”

    Sounds like the unsuspecting worker missed the first part, but tuned in and heard the “not a drill part.” No one explains why “not a drill” was included in the drill message. That’s… kinda understandable; in the military, most of the test stuff we used specified “test” or “drill” at the beginning AND end of messages, just to avoid confusion.

    Nor does anyone explain why the only indicator that a warning was sent is the supervisor receiving the cellphone text alert.

    I’m still confused by the part where they needed the governor’s TWITTER access to cancel the message. Do they actually control their EAS through Twitter? (Seems really unlikely, but lots of fun for hackers if they do.)

    Unless they can show documentation of the worker’s prior alleged issues, I’m inclined to think they’re scapegoating him.

  2. Claire
    Claire January 31, 2018 9:07 am

    “I’m inclined to think they’re scapegoating him.”

    Quite possible. Certainly whatever “system” they had (and I put that in scare quotes because it doesn’t appear they actually have one) was a disaster waiting to happen.

  3. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 31, 2018 10:01 am

    The answer to the Sufism question is pretty clear to me. Everything enrages radical muslims.

  4. Shel
    Shel January 31, 2018 11:07 am

    Back when biorhythms were in vogue, I ran a few compatibility comparisons. Of the three categories, for people I was friends with or had dated, at least one was in the ’80’s and some had one in the upper ’90’s. Of several random tests, none were that high and each had one category rated less than 10 (with 100 being a perfect match). I concluded there was a reasonable chance there was something to it.

    A friend recently sent me an email with some Winston Churchill quotes, one of which happened to be “Islam is more dangerous in a man than rabies in a dog.” Shows how little he knew.

  5. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 31, 2018 12:35 pm

    Researchers put 42 business school students in an MRI…
    That’s a pretty narrow demographic to start with. IMHO as people mature they might “branch out” to include more friends who respond differently to, say, baby sloths. I have friends who share my love of choral music, but don’t believe in hunting and care a lot more about college sports than I do.

    Kennedy? [sigh] No comment.

    “What happened on January 13th will never, ever be repeated again,” Ige said at a news briefing.
    I have a feeling Hawaii, and probably other states, will now institute such controls; and as a result it will take 20 minutes to issue an alert that a missile will hit in 15 minutes. That is, if everyone remembers their password.

    I’m waiting for “The Big Book of Government.”

  6. ~Qjay
    ~Qjay January 31, 2018 1:21 pm

    larryarnold said: I’m waiting for “The Big Book of Government.”

    www .irs. gov is waiting for you. 😉 If you were looking for “The Book of Big Government” just go to ANY .gov website and start opening new tabs.

    Have a great day, folks! ~QJ
    I had to edit to break the link. Don’t want the pingback coming here! Sorry, my bad!

  7. Jorge
    Jorge January 31, 2018 3:11 pm

    I actually know Bruce Schneier although it has been many years since I saw him in person. He is a really smart guy, a really nice guy and someone who, despite all the evidence to the contrary, believes that the “democratic” institutions of the US can be turned. That somehow Congress can be persuaded to restore the 4th amendment. That the courts will protect liberty.

    I really wish he was right. Sadly he is not.

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