Re: Alternate low-cost platform for OVC

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jul 08 2004 - 00:14:00 CDT

On Wednesday 07 July 2004 12:17 pm, charlie strauss wrote:
> > p.s. I still think palm pilot-like devices plugged into
> > full-sized screens and keyboards are the way to go due
> > simplification of robustness in rough handling, battery
> > operation, transport, storage, and physical security.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >Why would a handheld give better physical security than any
> > other computer? Do you mean that you can lock more of them
> > up in a given volume?
> . I've mentioned this at length here before. But basically,
> you could distribute the devices for most cities in a single
> vehicle with cerified guards the day before an election.

So the answer to my question is Yes.

> At
> present most election systems are distribute about a week
> before and the security is basically the lock on the janitor's
> closet. Distributing them is very expensive and takes many
> trucks and truckers, and security has been an issue there
> (e.g. the famous Hooters incident in new mexico, in which
> escorts did not ride with the truckers so the truckers went to
> hooters got hammered, left the machines ungaurded. they were
> later caught when the truck crashed, turns out neither had
> licenses, and theycould not explain where they had taken the
> machines when they were caught).

Ah, people problems. Indeed.

> The computers get destroyed
> by rough handling or worse malfunction on election day.
> Distributing a dozen palm-pilot-like devices locked in a
> sealed metal shoe box means the devices are significantly more
> secure at all times, in the warehouse, in the truck, in the
> school house, and on voting day, and on the way back.
> Distributing 50% more of them would not take extra work so
> spares woul dbe on hand. The palms themselves are resistant to
> droppage, moisture, and heat. Consider that in Louisianna
> their election machines suffered a 66% failure rate one
> election due to the ambient heat. (That was the reason the SOS
> gave for junking the ES&S brand machines).

So Simputers from south India and Singapore would have an

Edward Cherlin
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