Re: Polling Place conditions, reframing the issu e

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri May 14 2004 - 14:15:39 CDT

On May 14, 2004, at 2:51 PM, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:
> Redundancy is good as long as there's only one definition of "true".
> In this case, having both OCR and barcodes is great so long as we're
> clear that the OCR (that people can read) wins in the case of any
> conflict between the two. (Sorry to state the obvious, but sometimes
> it's not obvious).

Don't be sorry, this is important.

But also, redundancy is in conflict with the KISS principle. Each
redundant system introduces possibilities of programming errors. To
repeat my favorite quote one more time:

  The cheapest, fastest and most reliable components of a
  computer system are those that aren't there.
     --Gordon Bell, Encore Computer Corporation
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