|Go voting software!
||[Nov. 5th, 2004|05:05 pm]
"The software is not geared to count more than 32,000 votes in a precinct. So what happens when it gets to 32,000 is the software starts counting backward," said Broward County Mayor Ilene Lieberman. Using a signed short to count votes? Niiiice.
2004-11-06 01:40 am (UTC)
lolololll thats ill
2004-11-06 01:42 am (UTC)
one article, several glitches....
I bet that it's written in visual basic.
Does visual basic even have those kinds of errors? I thought it protected you from those kinds of details.
2004-11-06 02:42 am (UTC)
VB's still typed..it just bullshits a lot by defaulting type to Variant if you just "Dim x".
It does prevent bad programmers from doing things like this, but it also is a big reason why so many VB programs perform terribly.
VBScript is kind of a free-for-all, and it performs terribly for the same reason :P.
All Visual Basic software is bug-free. On Error Resume Next.
i believe electronic voting has some merit. and i think it's an attainable goal. i just think so far it's been the work of incurable morons.
But really, reading that, I'm in awe. I cannot help but think that somehow the people making this claim are wrong.
Professional programmers working on a project where the numbers are the thing you are keeping track of should check the datatypes they are using to store those numbers.
Hahahaha. Professional programmers should check many things that they sometimes do not, let me tell you... :-)
2004-11-06 07:17 am (UTC)
Man, and you told people to go vote! Very irresponsible, man!
(This reminds me of a legendary anti-quota hack reputedly written for an IRIX once. You create a sparse file that is so huge it fools the quota mechanism into overflow. Then after you put lots of stuff in your home directory you adjust the size of the sparse file so that the new size still overflows to something well within your quota. Theoretically possible using LD_PRELOAD!)
2004-11-06 08:17 am (UTC)
Some semi-smart reporter will take a look at the source code and then we'll have a huge conspiracy theory news story based on whether the limit is really 32,000 like the government said or 32,767 according to Mulder and Sculley :-)
"Criminal incompetence" is seriously the right term for that. Jesus.
2004-11-06 08:08 pm (UTC)
With all these problems with voting machines in the news over the past few months, what kind of idiots are making these things? I mean this isn't fucking rocket science! how hard can it be to add up a choice of a few options?