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Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy | 397 comments | Create New Account
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Satelite phone
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 03:44 PM EST
Your argument has a few issues.

The first one is, satelite phones aren't perfect. As the US military withdrew it
satelties from the satelite phone network, connection is spotty and can take a
few hours to get in some areas. This is not very practicall in a hurricane
situation where a few hours could often mean death.

Another is the cost of satelite phones. Considering the people who were struck
by Hurricane sandy had every expectation that they would be provided cell phone
service quickly. The cost of a satelite phone would be ridiculous compared to
the improved safety for the middle and lower class. It is not right to only
afford the rich protection as a basic moral.

Third, even if everyone did get a satelite phone. They would probably have just
brought down the network from an slash-dot effect (accidental ddos).

Finally just because there is an alternative (which in this case there wasn't
but in the theoretical) doesn't mean you have no responsibility. Imagine a
situation where a doctor guranteed his services to a family for a year. Then
when there was a large scale virus outbreak that he COULD cure (and he knew he
could) he left the city and abandoned the family who preceded to die. He would
be in trouble. This is the same, though a less sensationalist sitatuation.

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  • Satelite phone - Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 04:20 PM EST
    • Satelite phone - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 07:17 AM EST
      • Satelite phone - Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 20 2012 @ 12:21 AM EST
  • Satelite phone - Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 04:22 PM EST
Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 18 2012 @ 01:30 AM EST
1: My landlord didn't offer to supply emergency services to me, when I signed
the lease. OTOH, that landlord did recommend several organizations and vendors,
that would provide the goods and services I would need, during an emergency, so
that I would not have to rely on government provided emergency services during
the emergency period.

(On the gripping hand, I've always thought it bizarre that one branch of
government suggests that one have at least three days worth of food and water on
hand at all times, and a second branch of government has defined having three
days worth of food and water as hoarding, and as such, subject to confiscation
at will, without restitution, or any appeal to any courts, or other branches of
government.)


2: My cell phone vendor did specify that the phone could be, and would be
usable during periods of local, regional, or national emergencies, regardless of
the nature of such emergency.

IOW, were I in the middle of Tropical Storm Sandy, and my cell service went out,
my cell phone vendor would be in breach of contract, and would be liable for
damages thereof. (I'd need a lawyer to analyze that contract to determine how
much I could claim in damages, but it is greater than the amount that Microsoft
holds itself to be liable, when their software malfunctions.)

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