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Comment Re:Start open from the beginning (Score 4, Insightful) 314

Day 1 is long past. You have to deal with files from other folks outside the organization. Conversion back and forth between Microsoft and Open Office is glitchy and unfortunately everybody you deal with has a word, excel or powerpoint file to give you.

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

So one guy can go into the polling place for a dozen people and nobody cares, unless one of those people shows up. Then the problem is fixed by, umm, how do you figure out which votes to pull back out of the box, mate?

The problem is fixed by finding the guy who voted falsely and throwing him in jail. It's a felony after all. In the extremely unlikely event that enough false votes were cast to throw the election in to doubt (there are no verified cases of this happening in the U.S., ever), you decertify the results and hold a new poll.

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

If you want to make the investigation and prosecution easier simply take a photo of everyone as they get their name marked off the voter list for having voted that day.

Exactly. Show up with photo ID -or- get your picture taken before you can vote. But you still get to vote either way.

Comment ECC (Score 2) 350

I just wish I could buy desktops that supported ECC memory. A decade ago I could and I did.

My most recent desktop has 32 gigs of ram. With firefox alone routinely climbing to 2.5 gigs, I don't see how anybody could survive on only 4. Well, use fewer tabs I guess. But that's just how I roll -- the tabs stay open until I no longer care about their contents.

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

Your Chicago claim doesn't hold water. If there was any funny business surrounding the elections of mayor Daley (not Dailey) it's unlikely the books were cooked that particular way. And the voting dead claim doesn't even come from Daley's campains, it comes from JFK's 1960 election where the only people convicted of tampering were election workers, not ordinary citizens.

You then go on to associate minorities with non-citizens, which is despicable.

Comment Re:Classic FUD (Score 2) 373

I can control the risk from all those other events with a little technique known as "defensive driving."

If there's a hardware network path from the Internet to my steering system that's advanced enough to permit the construction of software which passes arbitrary commands, my only real defense is to sever that path.

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

Third world countries don't ask for a photo id. They make you dip a finger in ink that won't wear off until after the election in order to signal that you voted.

The photo ID requirement is racist because (A) virtually no voter fraud occurs as a result of claiming false identity at the polls and (B) a disproportionate number of minorities either don't vote or are turned away when photo ids are required.

In other words: the sole meaningful result of a photo id requirement is that minorities are denied a vote.

Part (A) is not hard to understand: changing the vote outcome by having people lie at the polls would require a conspiracy too vast to keep secret. It's not a useful way to cheat at voting, so little protection is needed. Unless, of course, protection is the excuse rather than the goal.

Submission + - Virginia ditches "America's worst voting machines"->

Geoffrey.landis writes: Computerized voting machines are bad news in general, but the WINVote machines used in Virginia might just have earned their reputation as the most insecure voting machine in America, featuring wifi that can't be turned off (protected, however, with a WEP password of "abcde"), an unencrypted database, and administrative access with a hardcoded password of "admin." According to security research Jeremy Epstein, if the machines weren't hacked in past elections, "it was because nobody tried." But with no paper trail-- we'll never know. Well, after ignoring the well-documented problems for over a decade, Virginia finally decided to decommission the machines... after the governor had problems with the machines last election and demanded an investigation.

"In total, the vulnerabilities investigators found were so severe and so trivial to exploit, Epstein noted that “anyone with even a modicum of training could have succeeded” in hacking them. An attacker wouldn’t have needed to be inside a polling place either to subvert an election... someone 'within a half mile with a rudimentary antenna built using a Pringles can could also have attacked them."

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Comment Re: What problem? (Score 1) 212

No. Added a scene, restored the artwork, colored it, those things create a derivative work copyright. Cutting and rearranging does not -- every single element of the work is still in the public domain. You have to add something to the work which in and of itself is copyrightable or it's just a transformation.

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