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NIST blasts paperless electronic voting

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published a paper condemning paperless electronic voting machines as insecurable.  I'll have to read the paper in-depth to see how they came to that strong of a conclusion, but I do know that there is no research showing that a purely electronic system can be completely trustworthy.

It's amazing how far this subject has come in just a few years, yet how far it still needs to go as evidenced by the irregularities in the recent 2006 midterm election.

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Dangerous plastic packaging

I've been wondering this and noting that more and more products are coming wrapped in this stuff.  I use a tchochke that I got from Tripwire that has a tiny corner of a razor blade on it to open these packages, but even then, the cut plastic package is sharper than the razor.  I've cut myself on several occasions.  The unusual shapes of the packages doesn't make it very easy to cleanly open either.

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Of course this happened in Florida

This might get the award for best article title too.

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: He was naked, on crack and in alligator's mouth
"A gator's got me," Apgar replied, his voice faint in the background.

Mayid's call shortly after 4 a.m. sent four Polk County, Fla., deputies racing to the 2,150-acre lake just outside Lakeland, Fla., where they jumped into the water and wrenched Apgar's arm from the gator's mouth. The 45-year-old victim, who told authorities he'd passed out nude on the shore after smoking crack cocaine, was rushed to a hospital in critical condition.

Later Wednesday, state wildlife authorities trapped and killed a nearly 12-foot-long alligator thought to be the one that attacked Apgar.
Sheriff's officials have said Apgar, 45, suffered a broken right arm.
His left arm was nearly severed, and he had bites to his buttocks and
leg. He underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon at Lakeland Regional
Medical Center