Re: Polling Place conditions, reframing the issue

From: Karl Auerbach <karl_at_cavebear_dot_com>
Date: Fri May 14 2004 - 12:44:33 CDT

On Fri, 14 May 2004, Arthur Keller wrote:

> At 12:27 AM -0700 5/14/04, Karl Auerbach wrote:
> >Personally I find the thumb drive more attractive than the writable
> >multi-session CD-ROM except for the implicit validation that comes with
> >having everything from boot-code to final data on the same medium.
>
> I like idea of using the thumb drive *and* writing it all to the CD-R
> at the end of the day. CD-R's are easier to load, and then the votes
> and the program and parameters are all on one semi-permanent record.

Yes, I agree. I wouldn't get rid of the CD-ROM. But being a mechaninical
device it does have a noticable failure rate - it wouldn't surprise me to
see percent or two of the voting machines at the end of the day discover
that they can't write the CD's due to mechanical problems with the writer
or the media.

One way to deal with this to make the thumb drives the primary mode of
data transfer and use the CD's as secondary storage and for auditing.

                --karl--
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