Tuesday, March 18, 2008

On what grounds?

posted by The Vidiot @ 7:42 AM Permalink

Sequoia, the company that makes voting machines, is threatening to sue the guys from Princeton who are going to examine how secure the voting system is.
In a terse email sent last Friday, obtained today by The BRAD BLOG, Sequoia's Edwin Smith, Vice-President of Compliance/Quality/Certification, warns the university academics that the company has "retained counsel to stop any infringement of our intellectual properties, including any non-compliant analysis."

"We will also take appropriate steps to protect against any publication of Sequoia software, its behavior, reports regarding same or any other infringement of our intellectual property," Smith threatens.
Really? Not allowed to report on the system’s behavior?

If the threat of this lawsuit isn’t a enormous sign saying, “Don’t look here ‘cause we don’t want you to find out out what we’re doing” then I don’t know what is.

Update: Apparently, the NJ Legislature is a bunch of pansy asses.
Union County has backed off a plan to let a Princeton University computer scientist examine voting machines where errors occurred in the presidential primary tallies, after the manufacturer of the machines threatened to sue, officials said today.

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