February 04, 2020
They've completely botched the Iowa Caucuses.
Several of my legions of...six or seven readers work in IT and have had experience with applicable app issues.
Here are the facts as I understand them.
The Democrats decided to simplify the chaos that is this caucus thing by using a smartphone app.
A Phone application: you know, one of those esoteric bits of technology that is basically unknown to the general populace that is never used for secure online sales and such in everyday...oh wait.
To that end, the Democrats hired a company called SHADOW to manage the app that counted the votes.
There was a technical problem and as I post this nobody knows who won or lost, aside from the three or four candidates who have claimed victory in the absence of any numbers.
How does this happen?
What incompetence was necessary for this to happen?
Gurus of technical support just, explain this...
Note that even assuming nefarious intent with the goal of botching the caucuses does not absolve the participants of failure due to an unprofessional lack of subtlety.
Again; they named the company that ran the AP that lost the votes...SHADOW which is a company partially owned by a firm named A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.which in turn is run by former Clinton staffers and funded by a big Pete Buttigieg backer supporter.
A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. is literally an Umbrella Corporation that owns several companies that...seem to...exist...but have indeterminate specialties other than to be oriented towards left wing politics and...
Why would you name your company that makes voting software and has to have trust and transparency as its highest priorities...SHADOW (in all caps)?
And , A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. what the actual hell?
Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion,
or perhaps League Of Calamitous Intent
or Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem.
But this notion; it is crazy.
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W hat is going oN?
There is nothing about this problem that calls out for a custom multi-platform smartphone app as a solution. A secure web form would be far easier to create, test, maintain, and audit, and would work on any modern smartphone or tablet. In either case, you have to distribute login credentials to the right set of people well in advance and have them all verify that it works before C-day; that doesn't seem to have happened here.
Posted by: J Greely at Tue Feb 4 14:48:06 2020 (ZlYZd)
Posted by: J Greely at Tue Feb 4 18:57:42 2020 (ZlYZd)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Tue Feb 4 20:17:54 2020 (cTMj+)
Posted by: ReallyBored at Tue Feb 4 21:21:17 2020 (ijRNj)
Posted by: J Greely at Tue Feb 4 23:55:47 2020 (ZlYZd)
They've still only reported about 70% of the tally so far. How could this possibly be taking so long, unless the original (presumably on paper) counts were destroyed?
Something kinda funny: Pete Buttigieg (I probably spelled that wrong) was talking about abolishing the electoral college, but he seems to be running behind Bernie right now in votes, but ahead in delegate-equivalents. I wish someone would point that out to him, although he probably knows.
Posted by: Rick C at Wed Feb 5 14:12:58 2020 (Iwkd4)
I could have built her a more powerful computer than the server she was trying to contact and it would NEVER GET FASTER than 64kb.
I see parallels to what happened in Iowa.
Bureaucrat: "Our vote counting needs to be better, more reliable, easier for people to use."
Techie: "It's only as good as a person's ability to read, write, and talk. There is no technology that's going to improve on any of the existing solutions."
Bureaucrat: "Apps! Those are things everyone wants! We need an app for that! Ha! Isn't that clever?!? Need better voting? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT!!!"
Techie: "But...but that's..."
Bureaucrat: "Make it so."
Techie: "Yes, sir."
Posted by: Ben at Fri Feb 7 11:02:09 2020 (osxtX)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Fri Feb 7 11:14:47 2020 (5iiQK)
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