June 7th, 2005


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I think it's time to develop a formal symbology for logical and argumentative fallacies. That way, when I explain to somebody that they're under delusions of a straw man fallacy, I can just write: &0x3020;

Then an overly complicated cascade of broken Unicode symbols can follow.
Killer Coding Ninja Monkeys

If there was any doubt before, there shouldn't be now

Investigation of Diebold machines by Blackboxvoting.org and Bev Harris has revealed that it wasn't the touch-screen machines we should have been worried about - it was the optical scanning machines. Their investigation has determined that not only are they incredibly easy to hack, they seem to have been designed for this purpose:

"It's probably not an accident," Harris said, "because you can look back through the source code to see that [Diebold] went through some programming contortions to keep this thing there. It had to have been expensive for them, frankly."
"When we saw the way they designed it [the ‘built-in']," Harris explained, "Harri [Hursti, computer expert] said 'We have the Holy Grail.' The Elections people are very concerned," Harris said.

The most disturbing discovery in recent memory is the latest report from Blackboxvoting.org:

In another test, Congresswoman Corrine Brown (FL-Dem) was shocked to see the impact of a trojan implanted by Dr. Herbert Thompson. She asked if the program could be manipulated in such a way as to flip every fifth vote.

"No problem," Dr. Thompson replied.

"It IS a problem. It's a PROBLEM!" exclaimed Brown, whose district includes the troubled Volusia County, along with Duval County -- both currently using the Diebold opti-scan system.

I would recommend you read both articles carefully - there is a lot of technical detail.