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diva77 Donating Member (999 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-17-08 03:21 PM
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14. How can Open Source possibly be a viable alternative????
Edited on Thu Jul-17-08 03:22 PM by diva77
logistically, the machines are NEVER all examined prior to an election; they are distributed weeks or days in advance of the election, they are subject to the same security failures and breakdowns as proprietary devices; in hearing Avi Rubin speak of an exercise he gives to his grad. students where they are asked to find "easter eggs" embedded in code they are given, it seems that it is EXTREMELY difficult, and at times impossible to detect those easter eggs. And trying to get the evidence once the election has transpired is damned nearly impossible, not to mention unaffordable. Also, how 'bout the budgets for maintenance people and how do you do a background check on them , and then there is the cost of replacing the machines every few years, etc. etc.

sorry, it's just putting lipstick on a pig in my humble opinion to think that open source is going to be a viable alternative. Machines be damned!!

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