Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Failure Modes

While I disagree with the pro-nuclear arguments later in the article, I agree that technology should be made robust enough to withstand disasters.  The peer-to-peer texting should be required by law, since it is both doable and lifesaving.  (P2P technology would allow individual cell phones to send and receive texts from each other even if the cell towers stop functioning. Emergency messages could thus pass from person to person until reaching someone outside the failure zone, thus saving lives.) I am appalled, though not surprised, that cell phone companies have resisted this.  They don't care if people die.  The matter should be framed for them in terms they will understand: add this safety feature or you can't sell the phones.
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