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“Troubles hurt the most when they prove self-inflicted”*…


Clicking on VOTE web button on website


Earlier this year, Georgia’s Secure, Accessible, and Fair Elections Commission held a public meeting at the state capitol to answer a pressing question: What should Georgia do to replace its aging, touchscreen voting machines, as well as other parts of its election system? In the preceding years, security vulnerabilities in the state’s election system had been repeatedly exposed: by Russian operatives, friendly hackers, and even a Georgia voter who, just days ahead of the 2018 midterms, revealed that anyone could go online and gain access to the state’s voter registration database.

Computer scientists and elections experts from around the country had weighed in during the seven months of the commission’s deliberations on the issue. They submitted letters and provided testimony, sharing the latest research and clarifying technical concepts tied to holding safe, reliable elections. Their contributions were underscored by commission member Wenke Lee, co-director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for Information Security and Privacy, and the group’s only computer scientist.

Despite this, the commission ultimately did not recommend measures backed by Lee and his colleagues at places like Stanford, Yale, Princeton, MIT, and Google — including the recommendation that the state return to a system of paper ballots filled out by hand, combined with what scientists call risk-limiting audits. Instead, the commission recommended buying a system that included another, more expensive touchscreen voting machine that prints a paper ballot. Months later, Lee was at a loss to explain: “I don’t understand why they still don’t understand,” he said.

With its decision, Georgia’s counties remain among the 33 percent of counties nationwide that use either machines with no paper trail or machines that print paper ballots, which are then scanned on separate machines. The vast majority of the rest of the counties use paper ballots filled out by hand, which are then scanned or counted by hand…

Georgia is one of many states that is adopting or considering voting technology that some experts say decreases security and election integrity: “Georgia’s New Election System Raises Old Computer Security Concerns.”

[Most of those voting systems run on Windows 7, a dated operating system that’s demonstrably vulnerable to hackers… and that reaches “end of life” in January.]

* Sophocles


As we wonder why, we might recall that it was on this date in 1946 that notices were tacked onto the doors of African-American churches in Fitzgerald, Georgia reading “The first n-gger who votes in Georgia will be a dead n-gger” [without the ellision].

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July 16, 2019 at 1:01 am

Geek Humor…


Readers who have wondered about the utility of Quora can discover at least one example here

  • yo momma’s so mean, she has no standard deviation.
  • A infectious disease walks into a bar. The bartender says “We don’t serve infectious diseases.” The infectious disease says “Well, you’re not a very good host.”
  • A neutrino walks into a bar. The bartender says “We don’t serve neutrinos in this bar.” The neutrino says “Hey, I was just passing through.”
  • A wife asks her husband, a software engineer: “Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get 6!” A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk. The wife asks him, “Why the hell did you buy 6 cartons of milk?” He replied, “They had eggs.”
  • The Higgs boson walks into a church. The priest says “We don’t allow Higgs boson in here. The Higgs boson says, “But without me how can you have mass?”
  • Two men walk into a bar and the first one says, ” I would like some H20.” Then  the second man says, “That sounds good I will have H20 too.” Then the second man died.

Many more at “What are some funny nerd jokes?”


As we titter technologically, we might recall that it was on this date in 1988 that the first “computer worm” was unleashed.  The phrase was coined in in John Brunner’s 1975 novel, The Shockwave Rider; but the first worm was written and released thirteen years later by Robert Tappan Morris, a Cornell University computer science graduate student.  Morris also has the distinction of being the first person tried and convicted under the 1986 federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.



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November 2, 2012 at 1:01 am

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