Re: Prerendering of GUI for voting machines

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Dec 01 2007 - 22:16:21 CST

Fred, I wouldn't get too bent out of shape about it. I think we should
point this out to them (sounds like David already did), and stay on the
case. They should cite OVC and OVS when it comes to prerendering. ACCURATE
also talks about their work with prerendering.

Having UC Berkeley and ACCURATE plugging the prerendering idea helps to
validate our approach.

Alan

> The more I think about this, the less I believe it was a coincidence.
> The same UC where one of our founders was a professor. The same
> programming language, the same libraries and the same design? Even
> the design criteria match with the dev list discussions. What an
> amazing coincidence. I'm sure it had nothing to do with our
> development forums, design and code being freely available just before
> Ping started going for his degree. In OSS terms, that amounts to
> "prior publication".
>
> -Fred-
>
> On Dec 1, 2007, at 4:44 PM, David Mertz wrote:
>
>> On Dec 1, 2007, at 3:27 PM, Fred McLain wrote:
>>> Is PVote open source? I'd like to take a look at this code. Call me
>>> paranoid but it seems a bit of a stretch to think that this was
>>> developed to the same design as our demo without Ping having first
>>> seen our work.
>>
>> I've spoken with Ping, and he (and his supervisor, David Wagner)
>> arrived at the design independently. Nonetheless, I'm a little
>> annoyed too that they haven't at least added an acknowledging
>> citation to the OVC work.
>>
>> Nonetheless, it's good work... and anything that popularizes the
>> general concepts is for the good.
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