"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Hail to the Victors!

We have seen the future, and we are screwed. When real folks have to walk into real voting booths in order to exercise their franchise, we still have felons votin and people voting twice, not to mention the all-important Vote of the Living Dead.

Last week the District of Columbia Board of Elections & Ethics opened up its online voting site for a trial run. A sort of "let's see what happens" kind of test period, scheduled to last two weeks. A few days later they prematurely ended their cutting-edge experiment. It seems that by Friday, every time a pretend voter pretended to cast a pretend vote, the software played the Michigan Fight Song. Stating the obvious, a concerned non-profit "election integrity" organization explained: "The test pilot was apparently attacked successfully shortly after it began by a team of academic experts led by Prof. J. Alex Halderman at the University of Michigan."

This is embarrassing. Cal Tech? Nope. M.I.T.? Nope. UI-Champaign-Urbana? Nope. Michigan! Good God!  Worse, the Michigan fight song truly sucks.

Well, good luck, guys. Back to the lab, fix the code, and give it another try. Maybe you can do better next time, and attract a better class of hackers.


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