Wired news has a section dedicated to the trials and tribulations of e-voting and the attempts to upgrade the US ballot system.
The problems that are continually found with voting systems are really depressing. If getting something as seemingly simple as casting a ballot to work reliably and securely after throwing untold millions of dollars at the problem, there are only two possible explanations for this: a) The companies tasked with solving these problems are staffed with nitwits; or, b) It’s a very difficult problem.
If the problems stem from option a, somebody obviously needs to be fired and an investigation into how Nimrod, Inc. got the contract needs to be instigated, and pronto.
If, however, the problems stem from option b, that is much more troublesome. If a clearly defined task like counting ballots can’t be secured, what is really going on with your personal information? Your credit card is on the internet, your medical records are out there in the data soup, your spending habits are online, and some of your bills are sitting in computers attached to the internet. How many breaches are there? What is happening with your personal information? Should the systems in place be trusted at all?
Music: Stream from Secret Agent
Posted Friday, 19 March, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.