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Michael Peters
2005-03-02, 21:06
Listening to the radio right now - just had an amber alert for a girl
kidnapped, with a description of the car, napper, etc.

Also, occasionally there are other important feeds etc.

AFAIK they do not broadcast these alerts on the internet, but if my
local county or city did set up a shoutcast server to do so, is there
a way that slimserver could acknowledge it and switch from current
playlist to that feed? Most people I'm guessing wouldn't want it, but
they are something I do like to pay attention to - the amber alert,
for example - the city the kidnapping happened in, I wouldn't be
surprised if they did come through here on their way north - so it's
good to know the car and description in the event that I see it -
that's often how these sicko's get caught, and the first 48 hours is
critical.

I suppose one would have to configure their slimserver for the local
shoutcast feed if one existed, and there would need to be a protocol
by which slimserver knows the feed is active so it could switch. So it
would probably require some sort of cooperation to create a standard.
I would use it if the functionallity was there, though - and with how
sucky most radio stations are now days, internet radio and mp3's are
what people are listening to.

I think there does need to be a way we can be reached in those
scenarios - preferably by an opt in (IE I don't want to force it on
people).

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kdf
2005-03-02, 22:07
Quoting Michael Peters <funkyres (AT) gmail (DOT) com>:

> Listening to the radio right now - just had an amber alert for a girl
> kidnapped, with a description of the car, napper, etc.
>
> Also, occasionally there are other important feeds etc.
>
> AFAIK they do not broadcast these alerts on the internet, but if my
> local county or city did set up a shoutcast server to do so, is there
> a way that slimserver could acknowledge it and switch from current
> playlist to that feed? Most people I'm guessing wouldn't want it, but
> they are something I do like to pay attention to - the amber alert,
> for example - the city the kidnapping happened in, I wouldn't be
> surprised if they did come through here on their way north - so it's
> good to know the car and description in the event that I see it -
> that's often how these sicko's get caught, and the first 48 hours is
> critical.
>
> I suppose one would have to configure their slimserver for the local
> shoutcast feed if one existed, and there would need to be a protocol
> by which slimserver knows the feed is active so it could switch. So it
> would probably require some sort of cooperation to create a standard.
> I would use it if the functionallity was there, though - and with how
> sucky most radio stations are now days, internet radio and mp3's are
> what people are listening to.
>
> I think there does need to be a way we can be reached in those
> scenarios - preferably by an opt in (IE I don't want to force it on
> people).

if there were any such services that you can find access to, a plugin could be
written by an interested person to poll that service for any announcements. Or
campaign for such announcements to be made as part of any internet radio
station originating in the country/state/county applicable.

If such notifications go out over local news rss feeds, you can add those to the
rss news plugin.

-kdf