Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Jan 2018 21:09 UTC
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Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline released by the state. From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: "Test missile alert" and "Missile alert". He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert.

"In this case, the operator selected the wrong menu option," HEMA spokesman Richard Rapoza told The Washington Post on Sunday.

A dropdown menu with just two options. That's incredibly bad user interface design.

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RE[2]: Missing the point
by kwan_e on Wed 17th Jan 2018 03:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Missing the point"
kwan_e
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I don't think I want my early warning system reliant upon a committee for me to get an early warning.


Two people is not a committee.

Further, yes you actually want some thought out decision before triggering the alarm. If it were you, you'd have set off a conflict in this scenario https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Soviet_nuclear_false_alarm_incide... . We can't bet on there always being a level headed person to avert these incidents.

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