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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-10 05:13 PM
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23. I don't see where that has any bearing at all. Accounting ties transactions...
to ledger entries, whatever the ledger happens to be, but I was talking about the concept of audit trails. Audit trails are basic to all accounting, and quite a few other "counting" applications but seem to have been lost in many voting systems. With a proper audit trail all mistakes, fraudulent or simple errors, will be caught.

The fact that voting systems are used maybe four times a year in a heavy year should mean little. Properly programmed, the system can be checked at any time no matter how much or little it is being used. The bits don't get stale or go bad.

ATM receipts? No. I was merely remarking that I am bemused that Diebold, a leader in the ATM business, can make money machines that work accurately but seems unable to make a voting machine that works as well.

Diebold's ATM's, btw, are Windows based, at least the ones I've seen. I don't understand why a dedicated machine should use something as complicated as Windows that requires so much extra error-checking programming and contains so many surprises. The is the kind of thing you could put on an EPROM or BASIC Stamp and get to work without the complexity-- some the first electronic cash registers were networked and included POS and inventory running on an 8080 with less than 64K of RAM. Windows does include the graphics hooks, so maybe that's why they go that way.

(Counting-- it's what computers do best.)

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