Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 22:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV A couple of days ago we talked about how the RIAA and NAB are planning on asking US Congress to mandate FM radio chips inside every cell phone. This plan was met with some ridicule, so the NAB decided to write a blog post addressing the critics. Most of the post is overshadowed by an overdose of America's favourite national pastime: WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE. 9/11!
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RE: Dennis, you're a jacka@@
by CyberMonkTitan on Thu 26th Aug 2010 00:20 UTC in reply to "Dennis, you're a jacka@@"
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I can imagine (though I'm not entirely convinced) the need for the government to be able to mass-communicate to people using technological measures. The only thing that strikes me as odd is that there is apparently no better proposal for doing this other than mandating FM chips in cell phones. Not only does this mean that all those that currently have an FM-free phone are either left out of emergency news or are forced to "upgrade" their otherwise perfectly capable phone, it also means that a completely separate infrastructure is to be kept alive and working just for this cause.

For mass communication during emergencies the cell phone is an interesting idea, certainly, but maybe one should look at actually using its normal capabilities? Have the operators build a special mode of functioning into the masts, from what I know of GSM and similar networks, they should be able to override all communication with the chosen communication. Mass-SMS during override mode would come to mind.

Me, I think I'll just stick to how the Dutch government has done it: air-raid sirens (yes, special infrastructure, but you're not going to warn people for an air-raid using anything that might not reach someone) and broadcasting using all possible mass media, be it old or new. And you're not telling me people don't watch television or listen to the radio, anymore. And even if they do everything over the internet, they usually have a car...

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