[Fsfe-ie] ideas for fs promotion for world domination or was that the social good of humanity

Joseph Kiniry kiniry at acm.org
Tue Jun 13 00:49:48 CEST 2006

Hey Malcolm et al,

On 29 May, 2006, at 11:45, Malcolm Tyrrell wrote:

>> I think the voting stations themselves are fairly low-end machines
>> with a Motorola 68000-series processor, so roughly comparable to
>> an original Palm Pilot.
> I was taught assembly on 68000 machines (they were called Waterloo
> stations, not sure why) which I quite enjoyed.

I always enjoyed 680X0 assembly coding as well.  I was buried in it  
for years in my Amiga days...

> Perhaps a university or tech could make use of them. Perhaps a course
> in embedded computing could design better e-voting firmware (although
> I seem to remember that it isn't just a case of better firmware).

Actually, as I mentioned in my previous email, the firmware is not  
the problem at all.  The voting machines, firmware, etc. have all  
been very carefully evaluated by very respectable organizations  
(e.g., TNO).  They are not FLOSS, of course, but they are small, well- 
documented, well-reviewed, etc.  The problem is the vote setup and  
counting application developed by PowerVote.

Joseph Kiniry
School of Computer Science and Informatics
UCD Dublin

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