[EM] voting machines
davek at clarityconnect.com
Sat Aug 28 22:08:04 PDT 2004
On Sun, 29 Aug 2004 00:20:08 -0400 James Green-Armytage wrote:
> Dave Ketchum <davek at clarityconnect.com> writes:
>>If someone writes usable code, AND makes it public, what stops someone
>>else copying the code without paying those who did the work?
> The threat of a law suit stops them, of course. I mean, these machines are
> being contracted in large numbers for public use, right? In fact, public
> access to the source codes should make it even easier to determine that
> one company is using a source code that was copyrighted by another
> company. So I think it would be foolishly easy to catch copyright
They make the argument, get away with it, and it makes more sense if
someone would copy open code and that someone would be allowed to do secrecy.
> Anyway, I don't see why designing the software for an electronic voting
> machine would be so hard anyway. It would probably require less hassle to
> just design your own rather than steal someone else's and fight it out in
> court. I mean, you give the voters a menu for each office or issue, and
> whatever buttons they press, you save that as a tiny file and add the
> numbers to the overall sums for the candidates. I think that most
> competent software designers should be able to dispatch something like
> that pretty quickly without any serious brain-strain.
Sounds simple until you try and start stumbling over the details.
Sequoia has been into elections for decades, if not a whole century. Used
to be their website had a detailed discussion, and I liked seeing good
answers to a zillion questions. That discussion is no longer public, but
they now have a short discussion that shows the topic is complex.
> You may have read that there are very rigorous standards for electronic
> slot machines... their source codes are inspected on a regular basis to
> ensure fairness. It is pathetic that any government officials would take
> the notion seriously that we don't need voting machine standards which are
> as rigorous as slot machine standards, but that's where we seem to be.
> Man, this stuff has got me really worried. It's just scary how unconcerned
> the Republicans seem about having a verifiable vote-counting process. It
> doesn't seem unreasonable at this point to fear a slide into a
> dictatorship, that is, a loss of all democratic accountability, by means
> of voting machines which routinely falsify the result in favor of the
> ruling party.
Read about Diebold - could be the Reps are DELIGHTED with what they have got.
Puzzle is why the Dems are not making more noise.
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