Re: HR 811 -- undisclosed software prohibited

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Feb 07 2007 - 00:33:39 CST

Jim March wrote,

> So...if you tell me it's absolutely necessary to run voting system apps on
> closed-source operating systems...well color me skeptical, OK?
> Because there IS a way "there" from "here"...
>
I didn't say it was "necessary to run voting system apps on closed-source
operating systems."

For example, the language says all "firmware." What about a harddrive
controller? What about a video driver? and so on.

For manufacturers of such COTS components as these, there isn't enough money
in voting systems to even begin to make them want to disclose their source
for such items.

There is a way there from here. But it's not via Holt 811 for 2008.

It's going to take a while to get all the open/disclosed products
available -- with some incentives to get there.

Alan D.

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