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Comment: Re:Paper trail (Score 1) 193

by Rumagent (#47094691) Attached to: Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

I do not know:) Perhaps, if you somehow could create a trusted and platform to run it on, educate the voters enough to both verify their vote and the election process itself (the blockchain and the platform). None of which is trivial, but I guess it is not impossible

The point remains however: What have you gained apart introducing a lot of complexity?

Comment: Re:Paper trail (Score 3, Insightful) 193

by Rumagent (#47094559) Attached to: Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

No good reason. Except perhaps that a perfectly implemented system (if such a thing is possible, so far none has been devised) would be faster.

Apart from that, the paper version is:

Cheap,
Reliable,
Repeatable
Extremely hard to rig on a large scale,
Well tested
Durable,

And most important of all: Easy to understand and audit by a layperson.

Many slashdot readers are well versed in CS and we do not trust these systems. How then can we expect the public to have any faith in these systems?

If the many CS guys out there really want to help, they should think out algorithms for sorting that are efficient, precise and can be done by humans - preferably with some error correction built in. It will not make anyone rich, but it may just keep a bit of faith in elections

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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally 703

Posted by samzenpus
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jamie writes "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent 'Restoring Honor' event. The would-be rally has been dubbed 'Restoring Truthiness' and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own Colbert Nation.'"
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Geologists Might Be Charged For Not Predicting Quake 375

Posted by timothy
from the google-will-no-doubt-be-found-at-fault dept.
mmmscience writes "In 2009, a series of small earthquakes shook the region of L'Aquila, Italy. Seismologists investigated the tremors, but concluded that there was no direct indication of a big quake on the horizon. Less than a month later, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed more than 300 people. Now, the chief prosecutor of L'Aquila is looking to charge the scientists with gross negligent manslaughter for not predicting the quake."

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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