top Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County
I am an officer of election. We use DRE machines. We black-box test them before each election, the exact same technique that is the gold standard for software testing by any reputable QA team.
A properly-tested machine is far better than any paper-based system. It provides immediate feedback to the voter. It can display in large fonts. It can be used by the disabled. It has almost no moving parts. It cannot get jammed. It does not have to guess what a vote is, it is unequivocal.
Paper is a miserable medium. It gets lost. It gets wrinkled. It can be marked haphazardly or incompletely.
NO ONE counts paper ballots by hand. Humans are TERRIBLE at repetitive tasks, that's why we invented machines to do this kind of work for us. Even optical ballots are counted by machine, so it is no different than a direct-recording machine -- except it has many more moving parts, and has to GUESS at the voters intent.
top Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease
Unless you are willing to personally recreate every scientific experiment ever made whose assumptions you are incorporating into your hypotheses, you MUST accept a certain level of "belief" in order to Science.
But go ahead, pretend like you are being completely objective and the other guy is a mindless twit.
top Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC
Otherwise we'd have a hard time creating our own superpac!
top Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?
Zim is a great FOSS note taking app. Saves to text files, so can be read on any device.
top How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch
don't "love it", we're appalled, angry, embarrassed and saddened. Trust in government is at an all-time low.
top UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"
Except for that guy who shot up those kids at a summer camp a few years back, and was only sorry it wasn't worse, or that guy with the moustache who put millions into death camps. Europeans have their own, unique brand of mass murderers, don't get too satisfied with yourself.
about a year and a half ago