There is no "very vulnerable" state for 10.6.8 users, and the recent SSL vulnerability only affected 10.9 among Mac users. The central contention of the original post is false.
A timely post given the headlines from the UK today. Britain's high-tech surveillance society is now in a royal mess, shall we say, with the Prime Minister, the police, and the press as major players. The corruption has just been shown to reach into law enforcement in a widespread way.
Is a value in and of itself. I have even more sympathy for those who have another rootkit, and have yet to find out, than I do for those who had a BSOD which caused them to either a) stop using their computer entirely and reformat or b) fix the BSOD and rootkit. Actually I have plenty of sympathy for both since I don't use Windows at all.
There is no need to do anything different than this simple counting-by-hand system. Computers, in the form of punch cards, were introduced into US voting systems for reasons of convenience and profit, and not for accuracy. There's nothing more accurate than a double count done by hand, and it doesn't take that long. Ask a veteran pilot how they feel about computers arbitrarily taking over functions in the cockpit.
By prosecutors in cocaine cases, until the first case in which a defense lawyer requested and got, with the judge's permission, the cash out of the prosecutor's wallet, sent it off for testing for cocaine, and came back with a 100% positive test for cocaine traces on every bill. How many people were wrongly convicted with the help of the prosecutor's trick of pointing out "traces of cocaine" on the money in evidence, was exposed?