Yaba Yaba

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you’re joking, right?

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Ur, hello? Is this the US of A? You’re about to have an election where a third of the votes are counted by machines, closed source machines who had been tested by a good shake, and many of which run Windows CE? Windows CE?

One famous example is the “sliding finger bug” on the Diebold AccuVote-TSX, the machine used in Cuyahoga. In 2005, the state of California complained that the machines were crashing. In tests, Diebold determined that when voters tapped the final “cast vote” button, the machine would crash every few hundred ballots. They finally intuited the problem: their voting software runs on top of Windows CE, and if a voter accidentally dragged his finger downward while touching “cast vote” on the screen, Windows CE interpreted this as a “drag and drop” command. The programmers hadn’t anticipated that Windows CE would do this, so they hadn’t programmed a way for the machine to cope with it. The machine just crashed.

To be honest, the American system has much more fundamental flaws than this. I mean, what’s wrong with one person – one vote? And what’s the big idea about every miserable little county set its own standards?

Maybe its time to send in some UN inspectors. Or someone to help design a simple protocol that works.

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Written by yishaym

January 6, 2008 at 1:33 am

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  1. You are absolutely right, I’m pretty shocked, didn’t know these things run on windows ce…speechless

    Karl

    January 7, 2008 at 2:16 am


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