Re: Diebold on eBay

From: Matt Koglin <matt_at_antinomia_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jun 16 2006 - 10:30:01 CDT

FYI, a good tactic for winning with the lowest possible bid is to set an
alarm for 30 minutes before the bid ends, then watch the clock and wait
until there are 1-5 minutes left. At the very last minute, place a bid for
the largest amount you're willing to pay for the item. The item cost will
only increase as far as the second highest bidder's largest bid. This
technique will keep you out of a potential bidding war that would only drive
the cost up.

-Matt

On 6/16/06, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> 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
> >>
> >> --
> >> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> >> ---------
> >> Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4507
> >> tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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> >
> >
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