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Best of Black Box?
|Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 7:49 pm: |
As a software professional with 30 years of programming experience, I find this news extremely disturbing - not just because of the obviously sloppy and incompetent programming, but because in my judgement there is no legitimate reason for choosing the wide-open, totally insecure architecture they went with. I can only conclude that the Diebold machines were designed to cheat state certification tests. The state inspector can only test the base code that resides on the ROM chip inside the machine. The machine can be programmed to pass the certification tests, then behave in a totally different way when a RAM memory card is inserted. If I had my way, all Diebold machines nationwide would be decertified pending a thorough investigation by each state's attorney general, with criminal charges a possibility.