we interrupt this broadcast for an emergency bulletin

27 March 2007, 8:48 am

(for those of you who don’t read Slashdot. . .)

If you need anymore evidence that Diebold is pure evil, and that they deserve your eternal scorn and ridicule, but absolutely none of your cash, ever, how about this: They’re bringing a suit against the commonwealth of Massachusetts for awarding a contract to a competitor.

I’m checking my calendar as I write this. The new DST has screwed up plenty of stuff, but it’s definitely not April first.

4 comments on “we interrupt this broadcast for an emergency bulletin”

  1. Terri

    What? Ha ha ha ha! “Diebold says it will ask a judge to overturn the selection of AutoMARK , a Diebold business competitor, because the office of Secretary of State William F. Galvin failed to choose the best machine.” This just makes me laugh. If they were to win that case it would be a disaster in terms of precedent. I can’t imagine there’s any way they could win unless all parties deciding the case are utter jackasses.

  2. summervillain

    Yeah, God forbid accountability, transparency, or security (let alone ease of use by people with impairments of one sort or another) should be considered as evaluation criteria for electronic voting machines.

    Hopefully the judge will be familiar with some of the analysis of electronic voting protocols conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology:
    http://vote.nist.gov/docmap.htm
    http://vote.nist.gov/ECPosStat.htm

    This draft white paper is especially interesting:
    http://vote.nist.gov/DraftWhitePaperOnSIinVVSG2007-20061120.pdf

  3. 2fs

    What a bunch of arrogant shits. As if there were objective standards of quality, for all situations. I agree, though, that it would be a horrifying precedent if Diebold were to win.

  4. summervillain

    Not a done deal yet, but looking good. Diebold’s request for an injunction to block the awarded contract was rejected, as were a request for accelerated discovery and “to keep the state’s legal team from viewing Diebold’s internal documents.” (No comment on why that last might conceivably be beneficial to the plaintiff. None. Zip. Nada.)

    Article at Computer World has more details (I recommend disabling persistent cookies before following this link)

    In other “none, zip, nada” news, early returns on the benefits reaped by the most recent “daylight savings time” inanity are in. Well, duh.

    I would still like to find a reliable source of statistics on industrial accident variance following DST shifts.

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