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[–][deleted] 4872 points4873 points  (169 children)

I think that person won't be talking to anyone for a while yet

[–]joexner 609 points610 points  (30 children)

[AMA Request] Person who actually shot Kennedy

[–]LAVA_ENEMA 341 points342 points  (26 children)

[AMA Request] Demolitions expert who worked 9/11

[–]Dlrlcktd 230 points231 points  (25 children)

[AMA Request] Someone who loves me

[–]Pillarsofcreation99 133 points134 points  (20 children)

[AMA Request ] A friend

[–]Bradford_ 109 points110 points  (9 children)

[AMA Request] Ancient Aliens

[–]YouHaveLowBattery 72 points73 points  (6 children)

[AMA Request] Abraham Lincoln

[–]Barvoucher 59 points60 points  (5 children)

[AMA Request] Joseph Kony

[–]mach_oddity 69 points70 points  (4 children)

[AMA Request] Film crew on the "moon landing" set

[–]PM_ME_YOUR_HOT_DISH 22 points23 points  (3 children)

[AMA Request] A Vikings fan who does not loathe his or her self.

[–]Orangeswork 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ancient alien here, whachu' need to know?

[–]Edwardga1108 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Nice try CIA

[–]sleepysnoozyzz 760 points761 points  (84 children)

Maybe we'll get someone pretending to be the guy.

[–][deleted] 497 points498 points  (73 children)

That's me

[–]slide_potentiometer 146 points147 points  (63 children)

No I'm Spartacus

[–]dizzyhobo 60 points61 points  (45 children)

I’m Spartacus?

[–]DirtyPolecat 54 points55 points  (40 children)

I'm Spartacus.

[–]dizzyhobo 124 points125 points  (30 children)

Hey Billy Mays here.

[–]BrisketWrench 59 points60 points  (26 children)

It’s a me, Mario!

[–]PyroTactician 95 points96 points  (10 children)

Hi! My name is Troy McClure. You may remember me from such other AMA threads such as “Serial Killers, What made you want to kill so many people?” and “Kim Jong Un, Why you do dis?”

[–]PinkAbuuna 28 points29 points  (8 children)


[–]dizzyhobo 19 points20 points  (4 children)

We’re men! We’re men in tights!

[–]FlyingAce1015 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You expected the Spanish inquisition but NO IT WAS ME DIO!

[–]omar1993 6 points7 points  (0 children)

points at real Spartacus

He's Spartacus :/

[–]Ruttingraff 28 points29 points  (3 children)

,How much is it?

Florist: It’ll be eighteen dollars.

Johnny: Here you go, keep the change. Hi doggy!

Florist: You’re my favorite customer.

Johnny: Thanks a lot, bye!

Florist: Bye bye!

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Oh hi mark!

[–]markashworth 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I did naaaaaat

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I didn't do it! I didn't hit the button! I did not!

Throws bottle of water

[–]MrLamebro1 14 points15 points  (1 child)

hey its me ur brother guy who tells people to watch out n stuff

[–]john2kxx 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hey its me ur accidental missile alarm guy

[–]Theman00011 43 points44 points  (8 children)

That guy is currently 50ft underwater off the coast of O'ahu

[–]seekunrustlement 18 points19 points  (7 children)

scuba diving?

[–]detahramet 26 points27 points  (6 children)

Yes actually. Without a tank.

[–]caomhnoir 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Wearing concrete boots.

[–]alexdunnemm 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Some guys take strength training to extremes.

[–]SinglesRazor 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Wow, free-diving, that’s ambitious in those currents.

[–]fr3nchcoz 67 points68 points  (19 children)

What systemic failure allowed people to make a mistake is the root cause and what needs to be addressed, people are considered unreliable and cannot be blamed for weak processes. Unless that person knowingly and intentionally chose not to follow procedures, that person should not be reprimanded but the process sure needs to change.

[–]lopoticka 10 points11 points  (0 children)

RIP, person.

[–]spore_attic 40 points41 points  (11 children)

it wasn't an accident, it was an averted disaster.

the accident story is a cover up

[–]uniqueUsername_1024 26 points27 points  (7 children)

Whoops, seems you got this mixed up with r/conspiracy.

[–]nanonan 11 points12 points  (2 children)

No, then it would be an attempt by the Deep State to force a fatal error from Trump.

[–]DamnBootlegFireworks 1028 points1029 points  (139 children)

  1. They have done this test every shift change (8hrs) since November without issue. The reason they test it so often is because if it were a real emergency you would only have 12-13 minutes to react compared to a hurricane which can take hours if not days to be a threat.

  2. You go through each step one by one and the last step offers two options; "test" or "actual" followed by an "are you sure?". This test is performed by one person. That one, unnamed, person clicked "actual" then "yes"

  3. unknown

  4. A cancellation message was sent out. What this message does is stop further messages from sending. It does not send any messages itself. The emergency Management office that sent the original message was not prepared for the event they would need to cancel that message. They had to draft a message from scratch and it had to be approved by FEMA before it could be sent. While this was happening government officials and emergency personnel were posting that it was a false alarm on Facebook and Twitter. The emergency management office also had to contact PACOM and ensure that a missile was not in fact inbound before sending out a cancellation. From the first message to the last was 38 minutes.

  5. Unknown

Source: I was with my wife when this happened. I very closely watched the press conference held yesterday at 1pm. I am just a soldier, I do not work for the emergency management office.

[–]AndyKrause 132 points133 points  (2 children)

38 minutes... that's exactly how long a Stargate can stay connected.

[–]ehkodiak 20 points21 points  (0 children)

You've cracked it!

[–]whiskey5673 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Fuck they are on to us!

[–]249ba36000029bbe9749 134 points135 points  (29 children)

You go through each step one by one and the last step offers two options; "test" or "actual" followed by an "are you sure?". This test is performed by one person. That one, unnamed, person clicked "actual" then "yes"

Looks like that procedure is going to be getting a makeover. Sounds like a horrendous UI issue if someone could mistakenly send that message out. What do you want to bet that it will now require a second human to authorize an alert now?

Is this the only thing the person is responsible for? As in "You had one job!"

[–]DamnBootlegFireworks 51 points52 points  (10 children)

They did announce that policies are changing to integrate two person integrity. The software will remain unchanged however. One person is still able to send the message if they want.

Considering the sirens are controlled by a second person. It's likely that this was their one job.

[–]249ba36000029bbe9749 14 points15 points  (5 children)

The easy quick interim fix would be to just have the previous shift employee wait in the room to supervise the test being run by the incoming employee.

[–]fnordfnordfnordfnord 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Then you'd just have two people to fire.

[–]fnordfnordfnordfnord 3 points4 points  (2 children)

The software will remain unchanged however.

Dumb. A second confirmation for "actual" would probably prevent a similar false alert.

[–]Zarlon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

But then you'll never get to test the second confirmation dialog

[–]tlighta 47 points48 points  (14 children)

When I delete a software project online it makes me type in the name of the project.

The "are you sure?" part is useless.

[–]fnordfnordfnordfnord 34 points35 points  (1 child)

The "are you sure?" part is useless.

Yes, especially if the task is repeated often enough to form "muscle memory"

[–]amazondrone 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I would have the "test" path not include the "are you sure" question, so that you don't develop that muscle memory and are forced to think a little harder when you're on the "actual" path.

[–]archon286 22 points23 points  (6 children)

Used to do CAD work all the time. Was common procedure to ctrl-S to save, X to close, "are you sure?", "Yes".

Of course, about once a day someone would shout "SHIT!" because they'd hit ctrl d or something instead and had the program closed and confirmed before their brain even reacted to making the typo. An hour or so of work could be lost.

Worth noting- they didn't think they'd saved. They KNEW they'd typo'd the S, but the rest just followed so quickly that before they could react their fingers finished the sequence. Habit/muscle memory is weird, and I agree- clickable "are you sure?" message boxes do NOTHING. :)

[–]Zazaku 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Doesn't cad keep the last drawing with its edits as a temp file when it's closed?

[–]archon286 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It does now I think, depends on the software package. Older versions of AutoCAD had an auto save that would fire off every 15 minutes (or whatever you set it to). But often when working on very large and complex things, you have to shut off auto save or increase it because saving the drawing could take a few minutes and having that happen every 15 minutes all day was irritating as hell. :)

[–]249ba36000029bbe9749 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Agreed. The news is saying it's a mistake so the UI clearly isn't making it clear enough what action will follow the confirmation button.

[–]showeringwithbeer 61 points62 points  (53 children)

Unless they have changed procedure (highly likely, my info from family is about 20 years old now), they used to have to have authorization by NORAD before emergency services could issue a warning on a nuclear strike. And it used to be SOP to never let one person control any one procedure, it was my understanding even tests were done with two people to ensure fail-safe equipment was functioning properly as well.

If it's changed thanks for the new info, this was morbidly fascinating to read about yesterday. I can't imagine what people did for the ~30 mins they thought missiles were inbound...I bet there were some interesting decisions made bc people thought they were about to be nuked.

[–]uniqueUsername_1024 40 points41 points  (10 children)

I wonder how many people said or did things they wouldn't normally do, and now have to deal with it.

[–]showeringwithbeer 34 points35 points  (7 children)

I can't even fathom the hell that must have been for them, my condolences go out to everybody that had to endure that. What a horrific event to have occurred in your life. The only consolation is that it wasn't real, thank God it wasn't real.

[–]YellIntoWishingWells 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Thanks, man. What a wake up call it was. The silver lining to all this is that we found out that all the emergency sirens that were supposed to go off didn't. I hope this forces the county to get new ones. Every month we run tests and most don't go off because a lizard or cockroach got in and shorted it out. SMH

[–]RaindropBebop 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Didn't the sirens not go off because they weren't activated?

[–]riders_of_rohan 4 points5 points  (3 children)

That system is separate from the one that sends out emergency messages. You have to activate the sirens just as you would to send the original message. Both systems are tested every quarter or month so you know they work. Which was kind of telling if you live here, you see the message on the phone and we were expecting the sirens to go off, but no sirens. So it was like oh this real?? Plus the national news wasn't broadcasting anything. We were thinking if this was real, the news would have something on it asap. Live in Hawaii so it was an experienxe, everyone who lives here had a laugh after but it does make people look real stupid when you say a wrong button has been pushed. Whattt???

[–]RaindropBebop 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I live here. That's one of the reasons I didn't get out of bed. No sirens, no emergency.

[–]commander_nice 2 points3 points  (1 child)

"Samantha, I just want you to know before we die that I think you're a total bitch. Always have."

[–]21tonFUCKu 53 points54 points  (11 children)

Lots of babies in 9 months!!!

[–]mrgoodnoodles 33 points34 points  (7 children)

Don't know about you, but kinda hard for me to get an erection when I am not sure whether or not I'm gonna die.

Edit: die in the next 15 minutes you fucking sandy little buttholes. You people are vultures of nonspecific things.

[–]MrAbomidable 16 points17 points  (1 child)

I refuse to die with full balls. But that's me personally.

[–]mrgoodnoodles 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Say that when there's a nuclear missile headed your way and the nearest decent looking single female is scared outta her mind and her life is flashing before her eyes and all of the sudden General FULL FUCKING BALLSACK plops his furry sasquatch balls menacingly on the table and expects her to suddenly become horny as fuck.

[–]MrPBH 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I don't know about you, but kinda hard for me to get an erection unless I am not sure whether or not I'm gonna die.

[–]ThePointForward 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I am sure I will die. I am quite sure you will die too.

[–]AFK_ing 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Lots of divorces incoming due to 1) cheating and 2) admissions of cheating.

[–]Berly2300 34 points35 points  (11 children)

My first was how many people killed themselves rather than live with the aftermath of the hit.

[–]showeringwithbeer 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Yeah... there have to be some real horror stories about to come out because of this mistake.

[–]Berly2300 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I never said I would. I have a kid to worry about. But considering all the crazy stuff going on in the world I would think at least one person thought about what they would do if a nuclear war was ever in the future. Just a thought. No need to get angry. Hope your week is full of reasons not to kill yourself.

[–]imhungry213 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I can't possibly predict how I would have reacted to the alert, but to kill yourself to avoid the fallout before you know it will even happen for sure requires a lot of, I'm not sure, something. To be going about your day like always, get the alert, decide to kill yourself, decide on the method, and take action, all in 38 minutes is pretty drastic.

I would like to think I would either wait to be killed in the initial blast, or wait to assess the situation if I survived it.

Now, the number of people who had heart attacks could be tragic.

[–]RaindropBebop 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I live in Hawaii. My reaction was to go back to sleep.

[–]DamnBootlegFireworks 11 points12 points  (1 child)

They did announce that policies are changing to integrate two person integrity. The software will remain unchanged however. One person is still able to send the message if they want.

[–]showeringwithbeer 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the information, hopefully they do a real evaluation of their processes after this.

[–]crosscountryloves 10 points11 points  (6 children)

From some of our friends stationed there- some of them huddled under staircases or in bath tubs with their children. Others just sat in the living room and called family on the mainland to tell them bye. My understanding is there isn’t many places that are appropriate shelters.

My heart aches for what they would have been going through. I can’t fathom what I would have done.

[–]showeringwithbeer 4 points5 points  (5 children)

That's what I commended about the interview I saw with one of the representatives for the state (apologies for not getting her name, I do remember she was a Democrat, and it was a CNN piece), she emphasized the fact you had 15 minutes, nowhere to go, no hope to survive if this was true. I can't imagine getting that message.

[–]RaindropBebop 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I live in Honolulu. To be honest, I just went back to sleep.

My house is single wall construction. By the time an alert about a missile was sent, it'd be what, 15-20 minutes away, at most? If it's headed to my island, in any close vicinity, I'm fucked.

[–]TragicallyFabulous 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My husband, 8 month old, and I sat in the concrete stairwell of our hotel building. Once in there, I realized I'd brought nothing with me (literally nothing, not nappies, not water, we just booked it - nuclear attack didn't even occur to me, I was just imagining regular bombs at first so my thoughts were to avoid immediate danger, not prepare for hours or days) and then wondered the whole time if I should be trying to go get supplies but also figuring I was probably screwed regardless, so let's just make the baby giggle as much as possible.

Since he loves stairs and discovered his echo, I think our half hour in the stairwell was probably the highlight of his Hawaiian vacation. Me not so much. Ready to go home to New Zealand after that.

[–]darcendale 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I sat in my bathroom with my two month old baby calling people on base to figure out if it was real. And ended up just sitting there crying holding him thinking we were going to die. It was truly the scariest moment I have ever experienced.

[–]Shibeyy 22 points23 points  (40 children)

I live in Hawaii and just thought, wouldn’t that be the perfect time for North Korea to actually send one? Because by the time it’s here the false alarm message is sent out? Or I’m just an idiot.

[–]-Xyras- 35 points36 points  (0 children)

You know that NK is not actually retarded and have absolutely no incentives for a first strike like that. Their nukes are just a tool to insure that they are left the fuck alone to abuse their populace.

[–]Heavygunner1996 17 points18 points  (5 children)

It would not be a tactical advantage, no.

[–]DamnBootlegFireworks 7 points8 points  (1 child)

During the press conference the emergency management office said they did contact PACOM to confirm that no missiles were actually inbound before canceling the message.

[–]General_Landry 3 points4 points  (3 children)

The Pacific fleet is stationed in Hawaii. I would hope there is at least some semblance of ballistic missile defense. AEGIS has to at least be able to hit it according to some tests.

Even if there was a missile I give even odds on it turning out fine.

[–]-Xyras- 8 points9 points  (0 children)

There is no practical stopping of ICBMs, especially with relatively lightweight aegis system and missiles. Some tests were done with shorter ranged ballistic missiles (lower reentry speed) but a lot of data about the trajectory was known that otherwise wouldnt be.

Its a "bit" easier with NK than lets say Russia due to lower tech ballistic missiles. Lower throw weight, not MIRV equipped, no (?) countermeasures, questionable later stage maneuvrability and accuracy.

[–]Bla34112 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure if the North Koreans would actually act as aggressively as that... but no you're not an idiot. If they'd do it, they'd probably do it like that.

[–]less-right 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Yeah, this is absolutely not the fault of the person who was sitting at the console. The only way a mistake like this happens is horrible UI design.

[–]Goutan777 1033 points1034 points  (15 children)

I’d love to see him/her turn up in r/TIFU

[–]RabidZoo 264 points265 points  (1 child)

Maybe after the investigation. This guy/gal is gonna be on the hot seat for a little while.

[–]Teslix80[S,🍰] 103 points104 points  (11 children)

Either way, I want the story from the horse's mouth lol.

[–]TheGarth 492 points493 points  (10 children)

We never should have put a horse in charge of that alarm.

EDIT: Obligatory Gold Thanks

[–]SeedlessBananas 47 points48 points  (2 children)

This comment, at 4:51 AM, has me laughing quite loud. Hope I don't wake anyone lol

[–]Battleshell 6 points7 points  (0 children)

"Tifu by sounding an alarm"

[–]SwingingSalmon 89 points90 points  (6 children)

I think you’d be just as likely to get Kim Jon Un to do an AMA

[–]dan6663 43 points44 points  (4 children)

No he prefers to be just a "supreme reader!".

[–]bobcat112 236 points237 points  (12 children)

Has anyone actually ever answered these requests? I don't think I've ever seen one answered before.

[–]HQna 196 points197 points  (7 children)

There were a few but in general those requests are more karma farms than anything else... especially when they are in regard to a current hot topic.

[–]249ba36000029bbe9749 17 points18 points  (2 children)

They at least are making progress by requiring five questions to be asked. Next step would be proof of posting to social media that they have tried to contact the person in question.

[–]applepwnz 16 points17 points  (3 children)

I feel like people don't tend to reply directly to the requests, but I wouldn't be at all shocked if, for example, someone's publicist saw an AMA request, and told the celeb, "you should consider doing a Reddit AMA next time you have a movie coming out" or whatever.

[–]Geicosellscrap 254 points255 points  (17 children)

Yo yo yo. The computer is in the bottom of this old bunker, and I have to type this code in every ten minutes or planes start to fall from the sky and I hit on enumber wrong on an 8 hour shift, and they should really put a safety switch on the thing.

[–]Darkwaxellence 51 points52 points  (10 children)

We have to go back!!!

[–]PyroTactician 21 points22 points  (7 children)

The show had so much potential, and then it fucked itself with a barbildo. Edit: I refuse to apologize for this comment. Lost was a great show at first, but by the end, the writers were so confused by their own plot that they couldn’t come up with a half decent final season.

[–]doesntsmokecrack 7 points8 points  (0 children)


[–]A_Booger_In_The_Hand 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Goddamn captcha...

[–]IreliaObsession 5 points6 points  (1 child)

so they were in hawaii the whole time.

[–]Doctor_McKay 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It was actually filmed in Hawaii.

[–]__pragma__ 107 points108 points  (1 child)

In the event that there's another person who initiates an accidental ballsitic missile alarm in Hawaii on any date, I hope we hear from them too.

[–]Teslix80[S,🍰] 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I agree, just thought I'd be specific LOL.

[–]greenebean78 29 points30 points  (2 children)

I'm betting it'll be a This American Life episode about human error in about 10 years

[–]ultimatebob 7 points8 points  (1 child)

You'll think they'll wait that long? They'll probably add a clip from this person when they tweak and rebroadcast episode "#634: Human Error in Volatile Situations" a few months from now.

This American Life tends to have a ton of "tweaked reruns" like this in their Podcast feed.

[–]LanceFree 71 points72 points  (22 children)

I hope this person doesn't kill himself or anything.

[–]insharkywater 30 points31 points  (14 children)

I feel sorry for whoever "pushed the button" or whatever. If it really was just a single switch with no safeguards, then the guy shouldnt even be fired. I dont know the exact details, but considering the extraordinary consequences of the mistake, you can't pin this on one low level guy.

Everyone has fuck ups at work. I cant believe what this guy must be feeling.

[–]9bikes 27 points28 points  (12 children)

If it really was just a single switch with no safeguards, then the guy shouldnt even be fired.

If it really was just a single switch with no safeguards, then the guys who designed and approved that system should be fired.

Are you sure? y/n

[–]SarcasticCarebear 16 points17 points  (8 children)

These warning systems are designed to be easy to use and durable because its impossible to know the state of the world in the situation where they would be used ahead of time. As much as people seem to think someone is in trouble and some crazy system of checks and balances needs to be in place, they are wrong.

When the Dallas tornado alarms got hacked it was done with a radio signal. I'm sure they updated a little but you still have to have the system be easy to use in the event of some end of the world scenario.

The warning going off is more important than making it stupidly hard to set off.

[–]9bikes 6 points7 points  (1 child)

The warning going off is more important than making it stupidly hard to set off.

I certainly agree with that. But we've been told that someone "hit the wrong button", the implication that it was something super easy to accidentally do. A simple second confirmation step is far from making it "stupidly hard".

[–]SarcasticCarebear 5 points6 points  (0 children)

And what happens now is a review meeting where they do change something like that, not the public castration of some poor dude like some people seem to want.

[–]TurnbullFL 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Even my delete spam, gets a confirmation request button.

[–]MrUnycorn 46 points47 points  (5 children)

Could you imagine?

"Employee that caused mass panic in Hawaii, dead from suicide"

"Ha, yeah right."




"Well, I guess this one wasnt a false alarm."

[–]ManWithDominantClaw 43 points44 points  (0 children)

I mean, you don't get a much better cry for help than texting everyone in the state saying that it'll all be over soon

[–]papa_xandon 24 points25 points  (2 children)

In Soviet Russia he would be found dead of natural causes: 2 9mm cerebral hemorrhages.

[–]uniqueUsername_1024 10 points11 points  (0 children)

In Soviet Russia, natural causes done by YOU!

[–]bronzeNYC 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you sir. I needed this chuckle.

[–]12hangrymen 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Hi I’m Troy McClure!

You might remember me from such educational films as

Phony Tornado Alarms Reduce Readiness

[–]icesir 86 points87 points  (67 children)

  1. Why were some phones not notified?

Edit: anecdotal evidence from other redditors suggests that some phones just weren't notified. Different manufacturers, different carriers, different islands.

[–]EludicatorZ 48 points49 points  (21 children)

I'm on an Android and on Verizon and I was notified, doesn't seem to be something that can be generalized

[–]icesir 46 points47 points  (18 children)

That's even more strange. Half a dozen Verizon subscribing Android users on Oahu didn't get a notification, myself included. Now I'm actually questioning the effectiveness of the entire system.

[–]PossiblyMakingShitUp 56 points57 points  (1 child)

Well at least now you know how we feel about you. Sorry.

[–]Dravvie 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Look at it this way. If there ever is a nuke, you will go blissfully unaware.

[–]Dan03-BR 20 points21 points  (3 children)

Except for everyone panicking and screaming and running everywhere

[–]itsjustspacy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

where's the fire guys?

[–]Jkountz 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Is that not normal in Hawaii? I've never been

[–]PlopKitties 12 points13 points  (0 children)

My parent didn't get the notification but me and my other one did and were all on the same network. Must be been terrible to be woken up by your child asking if the nuclear bombs on their way were real.

[–]CrankyPupper96 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nonono I assure you there was no mistake in the system

[–]DamnBootlegFireworks 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Different carriers have different "gaps". The emergency management office is working to reduce and study those gaps. The reason not everyone got the message was because a cancellation message was sent out shortly afterward. The cancellation message does not send out a second message but stops more messages from being sent.

Verizon Moto Z, both messages received.

[–]HighSorcerer 199 points200 points  (9 children)

Verizon has their own emergency alert system and missile defense satellites, they didn't detect anything so they didn't send an alert.

Source: This is all bullshit, I have no idea.

[–]SeedlessBananas 91 points92 points  (6 children)

i completely believed you, just so you know

[–]RufusMcCoot 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Emergency alerts, sure. But missile defense?

[–]Heavygunner1996 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Some people on Reddit don't think for themselves but are waiting for others to make them an opinion.

[–]bass-masta 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It's not required under new net neutrality rules.

[–]uniqueUsername_1024 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I thought this was real, LOL. I didn't read the missile defense satellites part.

[–]biobasher 72 points73 points  (0 children)

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[–]doughcastle01 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Perhaps it's not a completely instantaneous process, and was interrupted before every batch was sent.

[–]Demog93 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’m using iPhone at&t and I never got notified either until after it said it was a false alarm. But that was from a news app that I had and not an emergency alert

[–]EludicatorZ 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I'm on an Android and on Verizon and I was notified, doesn't seem to be something that can be generalized

[–]EHStormcrow 14 points15 points  (2 children)

How about 6. How is unemployment?

[–]Qanaesin 19 points20 points  (0 children)

When I was working IT for a hospital, we had a employee find out about netsend and tried to mess with a coworker by sending a message that said “You are the bomb, I’m gonna blow you up” needless to say it went to the entire hospital and they took it as a bomb threat.

The guy that did this to Hawaii, definitely won’t be sharing his story any time soon. But I’m sure it was an accident

[–]kyoto_kinnuku 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I think he has a brother in my small town in Japan -_- we've had air raid sirens twice this month...

[–]Theist17 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Really? That's crazy. Would you tell us what that's been like? If there were a third, would you take it seriously?

[–]SeraphinaDustyBoots 8 points9 points  (0 children)

How is it that you could press one button by mistake and scare the shit out of an entire island, when I have to have a password and thumb scan to unlock my computer?

[–]GoingLurking 16 points17 points  (4 children)

The Governor was being questioned about the incident. He was referring to an employee who accidentally pushed the wrong button and they're currently investigating. Then the camera pans over, the guy was standing right next to him off camera and says it was me. I did it. I think the were were trying to come up with a good cover story first by not identifying the individual when suddenly, the guy makes his second fuck up after pressing the button by stepping forward and claiming responsibility and admitting how easy it was to accidentally trigger a missile alert.

[–]savannahslipper 9 points10 points  (2 children)

So I'm not the only one who heard that response! I'm not crazy!

[–]hehateme86 6 points7 points  (1 child)

He only says something to the effect that he's ultimately responsible because it's his department. The reporter also asks if he was there during the incident, to which he replies no.

[–]savannahslipper 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I really thought that was what he was referencing. Thanks for clearing it up. Poor Vern.

[–]MartinMuntor 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I accidentally set off a smoke detector yesterday morning and I felt pretty bad about that. I had really upset the two other people in the house. I hope they can find it in their hearts to forgive me.

[–]bgsdaddy1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Here’s the actual report released from HI EMA. It will answer most of your questions. The rest of your answers will follow in a follow up https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/files/2018/01/20180113-NR-HI-EMA-statement-on-missile-launch-false-alarm.pdf Hope that helps.

[–]psbeachbum 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Did you get .... Lei'd... off?

[–]chewbacccccca 14 points15 points  (0 children)

lmao dream on. These ama requests are getting ridiculous

[–]bt1729 9 points10 points  (3 children)

If there actually were a missile attempt and it were shot down, would we know about it or would it be better to think it was all a big mistake? Sorry no coffee yet so I’m in conspiracy theory mode. The silver lining here is that people are thinking about it now...what to do where to go etc.

[–]TheLizardKing89 3 points4 points  (2 children)

No way Trump could keep something like this secret.

“Little Rocket Man tries to nuke Hawaii but our brave men & women in the military shot it down. #VeryStableGenius”

[–]sepseven 1 point2 points  (0 children)

definitely not going to happen

[–]Mrtheboyfull 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah this is so not happening

[–]peacebuster 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think they should do a Snickers commercial.

[–]goofball_jones 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Whoops, Apocalypse

[–]Kiaser21 7 points8 points  (0 children)

"accidental" is right. 3 different emergency systems tied into one button, sure.

[–]poboy212 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Would you like fries with that?

[–]sour_creme 2 points3 points  (0 children)

would you like to play a game?

[–]ohyeahbonertime 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Did you really have to date the incident ?

[–]celerym 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hey where has it been said that this was initiated by a person, and not some sort of automated system or a programming error?

[–]mcpat21 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think he realized it when he received it on his own phone probably

[–]Celery_Stick_Figure 2 points3 points  (2 children)

In spite of living on the mainland as I do, I think I would have liked to have received this warning in real time in spite of it's bogosity. It is probably not the worst idea in the world to get such advance notice of a possible attack on American soil, even if it turned out to be bogus as it was in this case.

[–]SteamBoilerGuy 2 points3 points  (6 children)

I want an AMA with the people who thought they were about to die.

[–]Tone_Definitely 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]freudis2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Useless request, nice karma farming though

[–]wh0k3b3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not to be overly conspiratorial, but there's a real possibility that person does not exist.

[–]ethnicWASP 12 points13 points  (2 children)

According to my BIL/SIL, someone hit the big red button at shift change. And now everyone is walking around the sub whistling “99 Red Balloons.” If you think YOU had a bad day, she is 8 months pregnant and high risk and woke up to that.

Source: BIL is a nuke on a sub stationed in Pearl Harbor.

[–]robm111 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Your brother in law is a nuclear warhead?

[–]ethnicWASP 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Yes. We call him “fat man”

[–]technojesus5K 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Has anyone considered that this is the result of hacking? I don’t think the govt would necessarily tell us if it was.

[–]Cappadox 6 points7 points  (0 children)

lol this request, are you serious man?! what were you thinking

[–]BBQCopter 7 points8 points  (2 children)

It's the governor of Hawaii.

[–]DamnBootlegFireworks 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It was an employee at the emergency management office.