November 14, 2006

Democracy Depends on This?!

I spent the last few days at a conference of hackers.  (It's run under a cone of silence so I won't say more about who was there or what transpired.)

I took along a functional Diebold TS voting machine.

Our goal is to neither copy nor penetrate nor examine the Diebold software in the machine.  Instead we are planning on replacing that code, in its entirety, with inspectable and open source components.

When I got there I realized that I forgotten to bring a mini-bar key with me so that I could open the locks.  But with the help of a couple of metal twigs and a couple of seconds of wiggling, the lock was opened.

Sheesh, I would have expected a rather more substantial lock from a company that builds bank vaults.

Posted by karl at November 14, 2006 7:18 PM