Re: Transparent Tabulator (take 2)

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Wed Dec 13 2006 - 01:19:27 CST

On Dec 12, 2006, at 9:38 PM, Bob Donner wrote:

> Hi Charlie and Ronald,
> Here are some more details about the idea.
> _Processor:_ It is my understanding that the response time of a
> tabulator is limited by the mechanical transport of the ballot through
> the machine and consequently a low performance/speed processor similar
> to a Z80 class processor can be used at a slow clock rate. This will
> reduce the data rate significantly to a point such that the data
> can be
> transmitted. Iíll give up speed for transparency.

Without signal conditioning on the monitor then you will need to
sample the buss at >>4Mhz to actually monitor the system state since
edges can occur at almost any time in a given clock cycle. You've
got lots of buss lines to monitor, so you're talking data rates a
good fraction of a gigabyte per second.

> _Monitoring:_ I am talking about a central tabulator (open source &
> open
> hardware = open system) that processes ballots that are collected from
> satellite voting precincts and consequently the ballots are not
> associated with an individual. (I am in the group that thinks it is OK
> to see ballots as long as the ballot is not associated with an
> individual. We can discus this issue also if desired.)

Well, if you are in "that" group then why not just publish photostats
of all the ballots and be done with this. Who needs a monitor?

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