Re: Barcode Vocalization Application

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Oct 03 2003 - 16:23:34 CDT

"Alan Dechert" <adechert@earthlink.net> wrote:
|I did that just now. See "Files" at this page

Great. We'll stick with your version for the demo, I'm sure it's fine
(my sound card blew up on my current machine, and my Apples won't run
your app--so I take this as a matter of faith; I -do- have an old Win98
laptop with built-in speakers, maybe I'll try it there).

|If you really don't want an M$FT OS, then BVA should run as-is on IBM
|DOS or OS/2 or some other OS (may have to substitute wav file player).

Well... it *is* true I dislike MS in general, for ever so many reasons.
But the issue I had in mind wasn't really that. If we were to run OS/2
on the demo BVA machine (as I do on the machine I'm typing this note
on), we would still be required to have a valid OS license for that
particular machine (are we sure the same copy isn't installed elsewhere,
etc).

It would be a bad thing to have the EVM2003 demo accused of "piracy"
because of a glitch with license files and copies of installation disks.
With Linux or FreeBSD, we are automatically authorized to install on
whatever, and however many, machines we want.

|You might be thinking of alltrim().

That's probably right. It's been a few years since I programmed xBase.

|If we really want clarification for using this particular one in the demo,
|we could ask the guy. I'm sure he'd be happy to see us use it.

I'm sure he would too. Reading the WAV.TXT file, the author seems like
a good guy, and I have confidence in his intentions. But from a
legalistic perspective, his waiver isn't worded unambiguously--I really
don't think his intention is to prohibit our use, but I'd hate to get
into a quagmire over a copyright violation allegation.

|Yes, this is definitely paranoid mode. For the demo, I don't think
|this is an issue. In the production system, we should probably take
|another look.

Agreed. For the demo, showing it WORKS is fine. But past that, as much
paranoia as we can muster is appropriate.

For example, I am sure that neither Doug Jones nor I *really* thinks
that disk-access drivers have been written to corrupt our vote storage,
not even those in MS OS's (to bring back an earlier conversation). But
a standard of due diligence demands that we treat them AS IF such malice
was written into the code (until we can -prove- otherwise).

Yours, David...

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