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November 15, 2003

Linkfest II: Ritz Camera, E-Voting, Farscape

Been away (generally) from the computer for the past few days–showing family around the Mystic area. We had some great food, and a good time all around, especially at the Members Appreciation night at the Mystic Aquarium. In the mean time I am behind on a couple projects and the news. So here’s a link fest of news items that caught my eye, two trivial, one very important.

  • Confirmed: Farscape Miniseries on the Way! – The production office reopened in Australia to begin work for The Henson company on a new miniseries independent from the Sci-Fi Channel. Not the new seasons I’ve been hoping for, but at least it’s new Farscape material, and hopefully will breathe some new life ninto the possibilities of new seasons.
  • Cheap Reusable Digital Camera – It was only a matter of time before someone hacked the new Ritz disposable digital cameras. You can now use a program to dump the pictures you take from this $12 digital camera out and reuse it.
  • Dr. Aviel D. Rubin testifies on E-Voting – Basically it appears Dr. Rubin defended his original assesment of the Diebold system and asked Maryland Govenor Ehrlich to disclose the complete contents of the SAIC review of the system – a review that was prompted by Dr. Rubin’s original criticisms of the security in the system. The calls for full disclosure were rejected by state officials who further accused Dr. Rubin of “trying to undermine confidence in election officials” and “doing a great disservice to democracy”. All the while SAIC’s election system project manager, Frank Schugar, acknowledge Dr. Rubin was “extraordinarily qualified and more qualified than I am”, and that of the 26 vulnerabilities that SAIC was able to identify, SAIC has only been able to verify that three have been competed successfully. SAIC further confirmed Dr. Rubin’s allegation that it is easy for even marginally skilled programmers to hide malicious coe in a package the size of the Dielbold voting system, yet very hard for skilled programmers / reviewers to detect. Schugar put the chance that malicious code would go undetected at 99.9%. So, one more time, e-voting systems need to open to extreme scrutiny by experts, ideally an open-source based system with complete code review. Many eyes. Can we please follow Australia’s lead on this. Democracy and the vote is too valuable to entrust to a black box system.
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