Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline released by the state. From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: “Test missile alert” and “Missile alert.” He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert.
Yes, it was a huge design fail closing these buttons in the vicinity of each other, blah blah. I’m still curious about this, though. Isn’t there a second confirmation dialog in place for sending out the real alert? (I mean, come on.) How can you change the text for the alert? It’s set and you press a button, whole thing goes off? If this is a standard drill that is supposed to be botched just by pressing the wrong button, how come this hasn’t surfaced earlier? The report doesn’t go into details.
But I’m asking this: wouldn’t you have come up with a similar story if Kim Jong-un have indeed fired a missile that you could successfully shot down mid air? Always blame it on design and the operator?