Chad Perrin: SOB

18 February 2008

YouTube – FOX News Exposes Diebold Electronic Vote Flipping in Florida

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YouTube – FOX News Exposes Diebold Electronic Vote Flipping in Florida

That’s video of a demonstration on Fox News of how a Diebold voting machine can be compromised. Some important steps were left out, of course. The gist is pretty obvious, though — and unsurprising.

The only way around this kind of thing is to take an open source approach to voting machine development, of course. When you can’t trust the developer (Can you trust Diebold?), you need to make sure the source is available. When you can’t trust the deployer (Can you trust the government under the Bush Administration?), you need to make sure the source is available. It’s that simple.

Nice to see that even Fox acknowledges there’s something wrong with the way voting machines are being “validated”.

If you’re on a Unix-like system, and the audio doesn’t match up with the video when viewing this, you can adjust the video framerate. I had to do this. Here’s one way to do this:

  1. Make sure youtube-dl is installed.

  2. Make sure MPlayer is installed with the necessary codecs for viewing Flash video.

  3. Use youtube-dl to download the video. I used the -o option for youtube-dl to specify the name of the saved file.

  4. Watch the video with MPlayer, using the -fps option to set the framerate for the video so that it roughly matches the audio. For me, a value of 30 worked pretty well.

Here’s the series of commands as I would have executed them if I did it all at once:

  portinstall youtube_dl
  portinstall mplayer win32-codecs
  youtube-dl -o vote_flipping.flv 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVdVcAyDtBI'
  mplayer -fps 30 vote_flipping.flv

This is the Debian version, assuming the needed codecs are in a win32-codecs package in APT archives:

  apt-get install youtube-dl
  apt-get install mplayer win32-codecs
  youtube-dl -o vote_flipping.flv 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVdVcAyDtBI'
  mplayer -fps 30 vote_flipping.flv

I don’t happen to recall whether there’s a package in the standard APT archives for those codecs (I haven’t dealt with this on Debian in a while). If they’re in there, you surely need to have the non-free archives specified in your sources.list file.

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