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How One Employee ‘Pushed the Wrong Button’ and Caused a Wave of Panic

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  1. Melody Bot

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    This article has been imported from chorus.fm for discussion. All of the forum rules still apply.

    Amy Wang, writing at The Washington Post:


    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.

     
  2. Analog Drummer

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    It would be a bit dark for me to think this, but also fascinating to know what some reactions of people would be with something like this so unique for the modern western world. Fight, flight, fear, disbelief, confessing true loves, looting, revealing dark secrets? etc. almost reminds me of the aftermaths of that short lived network show FlashForward
     
  3. TJ Wells

    Trusted Prestigious

    That's fucking insane that they would have those two buttons right next to each other. Honestly surprised it hasn't happened already.
     
  4. web250

    I'll change this eventually Prestigious

    UI is everything...
     
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  5. Former Planets

    Aaaachem! Supporter

    [​IMG]
     
  6. RileyWitiw

    more like absolutepop.net Supporter

    I bet economists are drewling over the data that came out of this.
     
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  7. White

    I long for death. Prestigious

    Even more insane that it ostensibly didn't have the "Are you sure?" safeguard that every other goddamn program in the universe has.

    Setting up a Pornhub account is a more secure process than initiating a fucking nationwide missile alert apparently.
     
  8. Fucking Dustin

    Chorus.fm Pokemon Draft League Reigning Champion Prestigious

    This isn't the point but I laughed imagining someone trying to warn the nation of a nuclear strike but he can't get past the captcha in time
     
  9. SmithBerryCrunch

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    They said there actually was a second prompt that asked for confirmation before the alert went out.
     
  10. They should hire me to oversee their risk management program.
     
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  11. serotonin

    who told you this room exists?

    "This is not a test. Are you sure? You will be sending this out to every resident in Hawaii. Is this really what you want?"
    Yes.
    "Are you sure that you want to do this? Can you confirm that there is death raining down from above?"
    Yes.
    "Okay, may God save us all. Or whatever."

    -Emergency message sent--
     
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  12. Fucking Dustin

    Chorus.fm Pokemon Draft League Reigning Champion Prestigious

    *Clippy appears* "It looks like you're sending a missile alert. Would you like some help?"
     
  13. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    got my own hell to raise Platinum

    " It looks like they all have street signs"
     
  14. White

    I long for death. Prestigious

    Which I would've known had I done some very simple double-checking.

    Thank fuck I'm not responsible for a missile alert system.
     
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  15. oneeightytwo

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    I enjoyed that show. Left so many loose ends. Should’ve had a second.
     
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  16. Analog Drummer

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    It thought it was great ay, just must’ve been too expensive and not getting enough ratings to justify even though it rated pretty good
    Yep those loose ends still bug me
     
  17. Former Planets

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    Didn’t they try to tie it all up in like the last 45 seconds of the final episode with another flash? (When they knew it was not coming back)
     
  18. Ska Senanake

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  19. Analog Drummer

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    Maybe. It’s been so long now I can remember at all. I know the poles in Africa or whatever they were was very vague
     
  20. Yellowcard2006

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    Who among us can say they haven't made a similar mistake at work?

    The real concerning part is how terrible the design is of this software.
     
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  21. parkerxcore

    Somebody's gonna miss us Supporter

    I LOVED that show.
     
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  22. ReginaPhilange

    FKA Jacob Prestigious

    It was a mistake waiting to happen. Wonder if the person got fired?
     
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  23. ReginaPhilange

    FKA Jacob Prestigious

    Was flash forward the one where everyone blacked out temporarily?
     
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  24. sammyboy516

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    Wow, the scariest part is that if this is true then it would be just as easy to accidentally send out an alert labeld “test” during an actual life-threatening emergency.
     
  25. Analog Drummer

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    Yep. And saw how every many minutes of a year later in their life before they came too causing mass chaos