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« Reply #50 on: 2006 January 17, 15:22:54 »
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I don't think we have any kind of public alert system here in the UK.

I think we do in Norway, but it's called something like Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, no fancy colours or anything.
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« Reply #51 on: 2006 January 17, 18:53:40 »
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Hairfish: lol Smiley
You could be right.  A quick google found that the costume got its' name from the atoll.

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I found out why we don't have one here in the UK, our Govt. doesn't want to scare us.  The conclusion of
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200102/cmselect/cmdfence/518-ii/2013002.htm
The fact that Blair was soon up for re-election and campaigning that the UK was so much safer has absolutely nothing to do with it.
I don't recall buses and trains blowing up (without warning) in my neighbourhood in the decades preceding.
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« Reply #52 on: 2006 January 17, 22:05:14 »
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Don't green and blue need to be swapped to correspond with the color spectrum, or am I just crazy?

I guess because green is a more neutral color...

Obviously none of the people who designed this system had ever heard of the phrase "blue and green should never be seen without something in between" or a variation "blue and green should never be seen except in the washing machine".  If they had, they would have realised that by putting blue and green together they were creating a massive faux pas.  I can't really get worried or worked up over a scale that ignores basic fashion lol.

Seriously though, maybe blue is the next stage up because the sea can become turbulent?
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« Reply #53 on: 2006 January 17, 23:29:55 »
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Blue and green can look perfectly fine together, next to each other, providing they're done right.  Also, I've seen more color-wheel compliant color disasters than I can shake a stick at.  Brick red and bright blue just don't go together.

To be fair, the only way they could create a totally non-offensive color alert system would be to do the entire thing in shades of gray, ranging from black to white.  You know, like "Medium Gray Alert!" and "Dark Gray Alert!"  Or "Black Alert" in those really dire situations, like when your brain's been smattered against your carpet courtesy of the latest A-bomb to stop by your house.
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« Reply #54 on: 2006 January 17, 23:52:35 »
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Blue and green can look perfectly fine together, next to each other, providing they're done right.  Also, I've seen more color-wheel compliant color disasters than I can shake a stick at.  Brick red and bright blue just don't go together.

To be fair, the only way they could create a totally non-offensive color alert system would be to do the entire thing in shades of gray, ranging from black to white.  You know, like "Medium Gray Alert!" and "Dark Gray Alert!"  Or "Black Alert" in those really dire situations, like when your brain's been smattered against your carpet courtesy of the latest A-bomb to stop by your house.

I don't think it's necessarily an issue of offensive colors but that if this system is supposed to be effective, one should be able to tell the alert status and for many people with colorblindness, they wouldn't be able to distinguish between the green and the blue.
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« Reply #55 on: 2006 January 18, 03:30:47 »
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Obviously none of the people who designed this system had ever heard of the phrase "blue and green should never be seen without something in between"

To me, this sounds much more like heraldry than fashion sense. In heraldry one doesn't put a color next to a color because they blend together at a distance and make recognition harder (makes sense for an alert system too, I suppose, except the next bit) - one would put a "metal" or something to divide the colors (furs debateable, tinctures frowned upon) on top and metals should really be the metal and shiny.

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Hark the Herald Alfgar screams
don't use blues on top of greens.
Or and Argent that's all right
metals and tinctures do not fight.
Use a bend, no highland plaids
keep it simple please my lads.
Azure, vert, purpure, and gules
must follow all my herald's rules.
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don't use blues on top of greens.
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« Reply #56 on: 2006 January 18, 03:36:29 »
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I don't think it's necessarily an issue of offensive colors but that if this system is supposed to be effective, one should be able to tell the alert status and for many people with colorblindness, they wouldn't be able to distinguish between the green and the blue.
Except the system ISN'T supposed to be effective. And that's why we're mocking it by parodying it on MATY.
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« Reply #57 on: 2006 January 18, 09:00:08 »
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Gwill! I never realized I had a fellow Norwegian on the board! Cool!
I am from Stavanger.

I bet your name is Ingvild?
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« Reply #58 on: 2006 January 18, 14:29:10 »
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I bet your name is Ingvild?

I wish.  It's a lot more Viking than that.  But too uncommon to reveal.
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« Reply #59 on: 2006 January 18, 16:49:37 »
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Scibirg is norwegian also...my grandfather's family all second generation Norwegian immigrants.  Any Testmans left there or heard of that name?
 
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« Reply #60 on: 2006 January 19, 10:23:11 »
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I can't really get worried or worked up over a scale that ignores basic fashion lol.

Just thank the gods that they didn't use blue with brown. That will never be acceptable. Hmph.
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« Reply #61 on: 2006 January 19, 14:18:46 »
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Just thank the gods that they didn't use blue with brown. That will never be acceptable. Hmph.

Brown allert! Brown alert!
I'd run like hell!  Wink
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« Reply #62 on: 2006 January 19, 16:08:29 »
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I don't remember what it's for, but Wal-Mart has a brown alert for something or other.

In my book, brown and blue can work together perfectly fine, providing they're done right.  It's not so much the colors themselves as the shade of the colors, really.
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« Reply #63 on: 2006 January 19, 16:39:37 »
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I don't remember what it's for, but Wal-Mart has a brown alert for something or other.

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« Reply #64 on: 2006 January 19, 21:02:17 »
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Could this system also include an update "notification" of some sort. When a hack has been updated (for whatever reason) it's sometimes hard to figure out if the one I already have is the most resent version or if I have to reinstall it.
I'm in the Software Quality Assurance field so I can't stand to see new Development "releases" without some kind of version number/configuration management system in place.  Lips sealed
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« Reply #65 on: 2006 January 19, 21:13:52 »
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I completely agree, Playlives.  Too often hacks will get updated with nothing said from the creator (Pescado  Lips sealed), and it is a pain in the ass to go check all his hacks to make sure they haven't been updated.
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« Reply #66 on: 2006 January 20, 00:55:22 »
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I try to post an update notice for major changes, but remember, time I spend writing update notices is less time spent working on stuff.
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« Reply #67 on: 2006 January 20, 01:06:41 »
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I try to post an update notice for major changes, but remember, time I spend writing update notices is less time spent working on stuff.

I think putting the version date in the subject line (like you've been doing recently) is helpful. A quick scan of the subject lines tells you if something has been updated.
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« Reply #68 on: 2006 January 20, 01:25:53 »
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I agree, simmiecal.  Also, the ability to sort posts according to date helps, so if I see the date in the subject line has changed, it will be one of the most recent ones near the top.
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« Reply #69 on: 2006 January 20, 06:27:37 »
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Well, this is what I use to see what's been udated recently.

http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/ffs/nl/hacks/?M=D

Shame we can't do the same with 2J and CBoy hacks.
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« Reply #70 on: 2006 January 20, 06:51:37 »
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Yeah, I use that too, tunaisafish, when I remember to do it. Wink  Usually when I see one of the other mods has been updated, then I go back and look to see if anything else has been as well.  I discovered the RSS feed from this site through Google Desktop, and it notifies me of new posts even if I'm not subscribed to a thread, so I've seen a few that way as well.
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« Reply #71 on: 2006 January 20, 15:21:51 »
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I try to post an update notice for major changes, but remember, time I spend writing update notices is less time spent working on stuff.

.... Roll Eyes typical Developer/coder...never anytime for documentation

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« Reply #72 on: 2006 January 20, 16:05:29 »
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Anyway, my husband (a truck driver) just informed me that he's been to only one place that actually displays the Terror Alert Scale, and they manufacture fertilizer. Go figger.

Probably a wise thing to do.   Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Oklahoma City, 1995.
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« Reply #73 on: 2006 January 20, 16:48:49 »
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Anyway, my husband (a truck driver) just informed me that he's been to only one place that actually displays the Terror Alert Scale, and they manufacture fertilizer. Go figger.

Probably a wise thing to do.   Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Oklahoma City, 1995.

And would a silly color coded sign have prevented that?
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« Reply #74 on: 2006 January 20, 19:24:51 »
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Wouldn't it be sad if something similar did happen, and a silly little sign could have fixed it, but there wasn't one?

The color coding is ridiculous, yes, but reminding ordinary folks to keep an eye out and LET SOMEONE KNOW if anything makes them suspicious is important (if only the government had a way to filter through the crazy foil-hat people who report alien invasions every day). And that's what the sign-posting thing is supposedly about.
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