Which is wiser:
A) Ignore geologically recent history or
B) Prepare for the worst
Of course, the New Madrid area isn't all that wealthy. I guess we should look for every excuse to not cough up retrofitting budgets.
Cyberwar! It's like war, but for people too dumb to protect themselves.
Don't put critical systems or private data on anything attached to the public Internet. Regularly verify the physical integrity and isolation of all secure systems. For everything else, make regular backups to prevent wiping attacks. This is basic vigilance to protect vital assets.
What I'd like to suggest to every cheap-ass corporate exec that is counting on the government instead of internal IT staff to protect their networks, is to listen to how stupid that sounds.
Removing the candidate list seems like an dangerous complication to the system. The system can verify that a ballot was collected, but there is no possibility to correct a ballot that was miscounted.
Once removed, voters cannot verify for themselves who they marked their ballot for. On the counting side, it allows for fraud simply by changing the correspondences.
Also, if someone cracks the servers, they could replace or delete every ballot in the country, causing detectable but widespread chaos as every ballot would have to be rescanned.
Allowing these devices to power up through a 50 mile radius basically speaks to the market the manufacturers are working toward.
These "white space devices" are going to be industrial-scale. They will cost tens of thousands of dollars and will have to be set upon a pretty tall tower or building to even be safe from an EMR standpoint.
It's not home networking. It's not even local area networking. This is a business model for Wireless ISPs that doesn't include an FCC licencing and application process.
That's it. Big Whoop.
Ethics courses are part of the standard ABET engineering program.
The trouble is that most engineering students are only in it for the money, not out of some moral desire to solve the world's problems.
"Though a program be but three lines long, someday it will have to be maintained." -- The Tao of Programming