Apr 25 2007

They’re using Microsoft Access?

Published by at 10:38 am under Government

It’s entirely possible that my memory is going, but if I remember right, the Microsoft Jet database engine is the same engine used by Access.  I’ve heard of people running successful Access databases, but I’ve never personally seen one that could handle more than half a dozen concurrent users without data corruption.  So why was Diebold using Jet as the database engine for their electronic voting machines?  Because they still don’t know a thing about building a bulletproof database for tabulating ballots!  Ballots are more important than counting widgets coming off an assembly line, but Diebold doesn’t have the basic checks and balances your average manufacturing robot has.  It’s obvious from this article that Diebold hasn’t overcome the inherent weaknesses of the Jet database engine.

Something as basic as the database engine choice would have been immediately obvious if electronic voting machines were subject to proper review.  But it’s not in the interest of companies like Diebold to have someone look over their shoulder.  Maybe they’ll follow through on their previous hints get out of the e-voting machine business.

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3 Responses to “They’re using Microsoft Access?”

  1. noexploiton 25 Apr 2007 at 11:42 am

    FYI – Microsoft still uses their Jet database for Exchange.

  2. MikePon 27 Apr 2007 at 4:29 am

    “For once, Microsoft wasn’t exaggerating when they named it
    the ‘Jet Engine’ – your data’s the seagull.” – Chris Adams

  3. Agroon 29 Apr 2007 at 3:46 pm

    E-Voting Machine – A Travesty for Silent Voters

    It is unbeliveable that the American people are using e-voting technology in elections. The technology they are using is similar to the one used in Brazil. In other words, you are using a kind of travesty technology that is very much appropriate for fraud and corruption. This is a kind of technology for people that have no citizenship. Most of the Brazilian voters are the poor living under the poverty line and democracy for them is what the perverse political elite design for them. In short, e-voting technology in Brazil is a tool for corruption not for democracy. Last year, during the last election, vote buying has increased and vote turnout declined. As a hard defender of freedom, you should reject using e-voting technology, as it is now.

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