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 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, March 02 2004 @ 12:07 AM PST
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TechnologyFrom an MSNBC article about electronic voting machines:

Linda Lamone, Maryland's elections administrator, said each machine would be covered in security "tamper tape" and include a protective seal. The tape changes from black to red if someone tries to remove it.

"We're good to go," Lamone said. "We have tested this equipment extensively, and there is absolutely no evidence that there's been any tampering."

Now, if you're testing the tamper resistance of something, and when you're done there's "absolutelly no evidence that there's been any tampering", wouldn't that be a bad thing?

I love it when reporters string paragraphs together like this to create utter nonsense.

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 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, November 10 2003 @ 09:53 AM PST
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TechnologyAbout a week and a half ago, at about 2AM, I was reading in bed when the phone rings. Now, even with my particular penchant for being nocturnal, it's very rare that the phone rings that late, because pretty much everybody that has my home number understands that I also have a roommate that isn't particularly nocturnal. Needless to say, I knew something was up.

My next clue was what my CallerID told me: it was my boss calling, which simultaneously eliminated the possibility that it was a drunk dial, and meant that something at work was very broken. I knew it was going to be a long night before I even hit the talk button.

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 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, August 01 2003 @ 07:37 PM PDT
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TechnologyI've been using Mozilla's new Firebird browser all day today, and I can describe the user experience in one word: relief.

My experience with browsers is long and painful, dating back to the days of Mosaic 1.0, and I haven't been this psyched about a new browser product since Netscape 1.2.

Unfortunately, I don't have time to do a full review, but I'll give a quick overview.

Everything about Firebird is made to work well, and run fast. The download for Windows is only 6.8 MB, and get this: it doesn't even need an installer. You extract the zip file, double click the executable, and you're off and running.

The initial load time is roughly equivalent to IE on my system, which is much faster than Mozilla, and the browsing experience is intuitive, feature-rich, and fast fast fast.

Technically, it's still beta software, but already it's better than the alternatives. What are you waiting for? Go get it!

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