Economies of scale.
I find it interesting to note that your entire argument centers around, not running servers, but abusing bandwidth. One does not necessarily lead to the other, and the latter can be done without doing the former. (And your example doesn't even involve running a server, but instead involves running a client.)
If they want to avoid subscribers abusing bandwidth, then they should say so, instead of prohibiting one kind of thing that could possibly be used to abuse bandwidth, but is often useful without being abusive.
Classic case of medicating the symptoms instead of looking for a cure.
Anybody using the word "literally" figuratively needs to be taken out and shot. Literally.
I feel sorry for people that will never know the joy of typing on an ASR-33 teletype. Composing anything with that awesome "KACHUNK KACHUNK KACHUNK"...
Hah hah, no, seriously. You're right, the old IBM keyboards were AWESOME. Great tactile feedback, impervious to damage, and in a pinch you could use it as a blunt weapon. Against a bear. And when you were finished bludgeoning the bear into submission, hose off the blood and fur and go back to typing.
Reading comprehension is fine. Attention span is... ooh! Shiny!
... and C) all the other parties, which somehow everybody managed to ignore. No matter what their platforms.
Or you could have end-to-end verification of your vote. Doesn't guarantee the software is the same, but at least you'd know that YOUR vote got there intact. And if not, presumably there'd be something you could do about it. Enough people complaining might get paid attention to.
"...planned to test an experimental feature where the voter can check via a physically separate channel (smart phone) if his or her vote has been registered correctly." Yep, that's the kind of thing I had in mind. It'd have to be done properly, of course, but somebody is apparently thinking along the same lines.
The fact that the government is asking for help with the software suggests to me that they're making an honest effort. But if you start from the premise that the government is automatically and irredeemably dishonest, and this is just being done as a distraction, then there's not much you can do short of overthrowing it.
Per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth#Safety_considerations the food grade stuff has got little to no crystalline silica. Of course, even without silica, you don't want to be breathing a fine, abrasive powder.
What is your objection to diatomaceous earth?
... More stuff for me to ignore from EA, aside from mocking them.
Ah, one of my favorite Python sketches.
... I'm not sure if this is funny or sick. I'm leaning towards "both".
We had to carve our own ICs out of wood.
Get over yourself.