Short Survey: PSAs. And what else …

It started earlier this week.  PSAs on our mobile telephones – 3 so far this week.  The messages say something similar to:   You are safer at home — maintain social distancing of 6 feet.    All residents urged to remain in their homes except for essential activities.

The messages have come from the State/FL Surgeon General, sometimes the Mayor.  And we have had a couple of Amber Alerts involving children (more in a week than we usually get in a year or so)

I have no worries with PSAs in and of themselves, but a curious thing happened today.   The Alert today included an “OK” button.   My telephone was on the desk next to me and I tapped the OK right away.  End of the Alert siren.

Mr. TempTime’s phone was in another room.  The Alert sounded once, and then continued to sound every couple of minutes (4 times in total) — until I went out to the Family Room and tapped the OK button.

Just curious.  Anyone else receiving PSAs on their telephones?   Do you think the Alert system — with the now added ‘feedback’ OK button — indicates they are now testing/utilizing Alerts as a tool to track, check-in/on people electronically?

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11 thoughts on “Short Survey: PSAs. And what else …”

  1. Last Tuesday both my wife and I got an Illinois PSA for all healthcare workers asking for volunteers to help work the Chicago cases. Not sure what they really need. To be honest, I don’t feel this is my fight; I’ve done my time already.

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  2. Yes they are. Always assume malign intent in regard to the government. I have seen too many stories lately of the many ways by which local and state governments are surveilling their citizens.

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  3. interesting. yes, by clicking your location can be verified. the bulk send function may not have that ability as it was designed. adding this to verify you received it can also be used to locate you to what cell tower, or worst case to pull your GPS info and send it along with the “OK”.

    Big Brother, I’m not sure they have the right to do this, it may be cause for a class action suit, but under this emergency I do not know how the court will handle it.

    Interesting to note, when you sign up for cell services, you should have read the fine print. You literally “throw away” a lot of your rights by using the service. I, personally, was somewhat alarmed about this last year for another reason. The company that I was dealing with, on behalf of my older brother actually came out and said this.

    I suggest opening up your text application and “swiping” to terminate/acknowledge the message locally.  That should NOT be the same as the “OK”. Also open up your text application and look for a method to delete all conversations from that user.

    We have not received those in Pennsylvania, YET, although in the past we have received weather alerts relating to storms.

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  4. Gerard:
    “throw away” a lot of your rights by using the service

    I just recently began to consider just throwing away my mobile phone, but then … I’m not sure this is truly an option anymore.

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  5. TempTime:

    Gerard:
    “throw away” a lot of your rights by using the service

    I just recently began to consider just throwing away my mobile phone, but then … I’m not sure this is truly an option anymore.

    I would like to cut off my land line and cell phone, but for two different reasons, but, I must accept it as a necessary evil. Otherwise, go Amish.

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  6. Gerard:

    TempTime:

    Gerard:
    “throw away” a lot of your rights by using the service

    I just recently began to consider just throwing away my mobile phone, but then … I’m not sure this is truly an option anymore.

    I would like to cut off my land line and cell phone, but for two different reasons, but, I must accept it as a necessary evil. Otherwise, go Amish.

    Don’t make any important decision before you have had time to talk it over with Alexa.

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  7. 10 Cents:

    Gerard:

    TempTime:

    Gerard:
    “throw away” a lot of your rights by using the service

    I just recently began to consider just throwing away my mobile phone, but then … I’m not sure this is truly an option anymore.

    I would like to cut off my land line and cell phone, but for two different reasons, but, I must accept it as a necessary evil. Otherwise, go Amish.

    Don’t make any important decision before you have had time to talk it over with Alexa.

    I talked over with her and this is what she said…

    [audio mp3="https://www.ratburger.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Untitled2.mp3"][/audio]

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  8. 10 Cents:
    If there is no way to turn off the alarm without clicking okay

    I want to add I’m not certain the Alert would not have eventually stopped after sounding some specific number of times.  I only heard an Alert, then a pause of perhaps a minute, and then the Alert sounded again 3 times with a pause in between each of them; it could be it stops after 5 Alerts or something.   I tapped the OK button after I heard the Alert a 4th time.

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