As reported in the UK by rouge Tech news site The Register Electronic Voting & Security company Diebold has refused to open up the source code for it’s e-voting machines to the State Government of North Carolina as required in state legislation.
This more or less means that it has to withdraw it’s products from the state unless it wishes to violate State law.
The fishy thing about this Amazing Machines is basically State officials merely wanted to check Diebold’s source code (the code which makes up software which the e-voting machine uses) to see if it was responsible for it’s election cock up in 2004.
It had argued for an exemption in the State courts but failed. Now they did argue that they did not have permission from Microsoft (on whose operating system Diebold’s e-voting software runs on) to show it’s source code and this is quite plausible.
However vicious and dasterly Microsoft is however, one would doubt that there is a specific clause in Diebold’s agreement with Microsoft where in return for letting Diebold use Microsoft Windows (embedded, 2000, or whatever) Diebold have to refuse to show Microsoft source code to anyone be they civilian or government eyes.
In fact it would have been better to let North Carolina State officials inspect the source code and if it got a clean bill of health, well better publicity then.
By doing this Diebold have left us with only one other possibility: that Diebold’s e-voting software machine is critically flawed and in order to save their financial skin in the electoral market have decided to keep it a secret. It is going to be their loss when it belatedly comes out in the future.
Just goes to show that the simple “tick the box with a pencil” method will always be the best one.
On the bright side, this might not actually be a bad idea. Most probabbly RGU would build a much bigger Union at Garathdee or buy better premises in town, both of which would be much better than what we have at the momment.
“I must stress that like most classic British Vicars they don’t pounce on people and shout “RAWR join my religion” in fact most times people who talk to them don’t even know who they are. They get a polite answer about which platform such and such a train is leaving at and what time and that is that.
On the contary these days more and more Railway Mission Chaplains are more used to listening to peoples problems and acting as a Railway version of the Samaritans. Observe!
“I once got a call to go to a signal box at the crack of dawn,” he remembers. “There was the signalman in his vest and underpants at the controls. He told me that his wife had discovered that he had been playing away from home and had thrown him out of the house that morning without even letting him get dressed.”
Having driven to work in his underwear in the dark the errant signalman realised that he would have to work hard to earn forgiveness—and to get his clothes back. “We talked it all through and then he spoke to his wife,” says Lawrence. “Eventually, she forgave him and sent their son over with his uniform—it’s things like that that make the job so rewarding.”