The “tamper-evident” seals on this model of electronic voting machine are apparently a little shoddy. These enterprising students were able to replace the voting software with a game of Pac-Man without disturbing them.
In fact, they note, you can simply open the case with a screwdriver, remove the Compact Flash card that the voting data is stored on, put it in your PC, change the results, and replace.
“With about 35 CPU-years of idle computer time donated by Google, a team of researchers has essentially solved every position of the Rubik’s Cube™, and shown that no position requires more than twenty moves.”—God’s Number is 20
“I would like to say, though, that this secretly negotiated private “deal” is a terrible, terrible blunder on Google’s part, considered purely from the perspective of its own self-interest. Google has enjoyed a generally good relationship with many activists and civil society groups who want to protect individual freedoms online. Even if what Google is now proposing is good policy, the backroom nature of the process sends an unmistakable message to Google’s erstwhile allies: we’re with you only as long as it’s convenient for us.”—
“In the 60s, the symbolic role that youth played in American culture—honesty to self, renewal, rejection of ancient values—became a driving market force. This notion was really that becoming an adult meant participating in consumer culture. This is perhaps the most loathsome legacy of the Boomer’s ascent to cultural dominance: the perpetual teenage mentality of rebellion through buying things.”—
Most legal groups involved with gay rights never wanted this suit filed, because their current strategy has been to avoid cases that could be appealed to the Supreme Court, which is where the real damage to gay rights could be done.
David Boies and Ted Olson filed the suit anyways, because they do whatever the fuck they want. To their credit, it seems like they kind of crushed the trial.
Now we wait and see whose strategy assessment was actually correct.
It’s a good day, but I’m extraordinarily nervous about what comes next.