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by on Feb.24, 2006, under General

Ok, saw this one and HAD to post it:Someone accessed 40 Palm Beach County voting machines Nov 2004. Does it strike anyone else as more than a little alarming that votes could be altered so easily? Particularly in a MAJOR election decision. This is the kinda stuff that scares me about unscrupulous business practices.
Now, with my alarm stated, let me also say I do think electronic voting SHOULD be enabled, but done differently. I think voting needs open standards to work. Here’s how I think it should work. I think the electronic voting machines should issue a “receipt” that generates a “vote” number and the results. I think every single vote number should be allowed to display online, so a person could go and check and make sure their vote WAS counted, and WAS accurate. I also think these summaries should be publicly accessible, upon request. That is, you should be allowed to download a csv file of the results. This allows for various calculations to be done on the results, and open verification. Because you’re doing these results based upon a generic number, not a person, you ensure confidentiality.

OK, with that massive political issue out of the way, figured I’d send a cool link to a scientific discovery of mammals who lived during prehistoric times. Looks like dinosaurs weren’t the only things roaming the earth (I know there were more – but mammals weren’t supposed to be around until much later!).

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