Re: Diebold on eBay

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jun 16 2006 - 10:22:41 CDT

Okay, I wrote to him with your questions. I'll let you know what he says.

Alan D.

> This may be an opportunity; it should not be treated as a joke.
> Someone should write the seller and ask the following questions:
> 1) Is the model a TS or TSx? If a TSx, is it a Rev A, B, C, D, or
> E? (If the seller does not know, we should ask what he knows in
> terms of the provenance, i.e. "used in Georgia in 2004 primary", etc. )
> 2) What is its serial number? (This will tell us something about the
> model and age. And if the seller cannot come up with a serial number
> that is syntactically correct, it may be a hoax.)
> 3) Does the machine work, i.e. power up and boot?
> 4) Is the internal software still intact, i.e. does it boot WinCE,
> and launch the BallotStation app?
> 5) Does any software come with it? I so, what version, and on what
> media?
> 6) Does it have a VVPT unit or not? Does it come with smart cards,
> memory cards, smartcard coder device, or other media, devices, or
> accessories?
> Asking these questions may tell you some other things as well: Is the
> machine stolen?
> If this sale is not a hoax, someone should definitely buy it and
> contribute it to someone else who can make good forensic use of it.
> I would be willing to contribute up to $100 to the purchase if the
> machine is in good shape and not stolen. I'd contribute $200 if the
> machine came to me.
> David
> On Jun 15, 2006, at 10:08 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>> At 10:02 PM -0700 6/15/06, Ron Crane wrote:
>>> Cameron L. Spitzer wrote:
>>>> It would be a terrible waste to destroy a Diebold DRE.
>>>> Take it apart and take pictures. Here's the infrared port,
>>>> here's the socketed BIOS chip with no seal, here's the
>>>> jumper to reset the clock and fake out the date,
>>>> here's the CF socket where the tamperers can substitute
>>>> their code, here's the FAT32 file system with no
>>>> journal or change history, here's Access,
>>>> here's the blue screen, here's how you insert a trojan...
>>>> Send it to the popular conspiracy sites and let
>>>> them buzz it up.
>>> I can hardly add anything to that tour de force, except to say that
>>> rhetoric is extremely powerful: more powerful, alas, than truth.
>>> But if
>>> you can use rhetoric in the service of truth, then you really have
>>> something.
>> Rather than destroying the carcass, I'd rather see if we can use the
>> hardware as the basis for a reliable voting system using open source
>> software. So after you take the pictures, donate it to the
>> University of California. I'll gladly get you a tax receipt.
>> Best regards,
>> Arthur
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