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Diebold Leaks 2008 Election Results 196

Posted by samzenpus
from the vote-early-vote-often dept.
samzenpus writes "With all the scrutiny that Diebold has received in past few years you'd think that they would be more careful but apparently due to a malfunction in some machines, they have leaked the results to the 2008 presidential race early. Hopefully this will be the nail in Diebold's coffin. Surely we have another company in this country that can run a sham election better."

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Diebold Leaks 2008 Election Results

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  • by Fusen (841730) on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @01:20PM (#22575368)
    Wow, embedding a flash movie directly on slashdot. Considering 90% don't RTFA this is going to be the worst /.ing that's ever happened!
  • by Volante3192 (953645) on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @01:20PM (#22575376)
    Funny, probably, but does it really belong in what's supposed to be a serious section?
  • by Stuart Gibson (544632) on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @01:26PM (#22575458) Homepage
    I didn't realise /. had started posting links to things the submitter happened to find amusing today.
    • by djupedal (584558)
      ./ has successfully climbed out of the social toilet and firmly landed in business sector muck - how common.
    • by LarsWestergren (9033) on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @03:07PM (#22576920) Homepage Journal
      I didn't realise /. had started posting links to things the submitter happened to find amusing today.

      Then you honestly can't have been here very long. The foot icon appears at least a couple of times a week on the frontpage and indicates a "funny" story submission. If it displeases you, you can filter away these stories in your preferences.
    • by crossmr (957846) on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @03:24PM (#22577158) Journal
      Ron paul 2008!!! digg me down haters!!!
    • by MC Negro (780194) *

      I didn't realise /. had started posting links to things the submitter happened to find amusing today.

      I'm not quite ready to call this Digg until I see at least THREE separate marijuana legalization stories in the RSS feed, each sandwiched between a Ron Pa,er,Obama-worship/Hillary-bashing article, and every other post calling America a fascist police state.

      Seriously though - I'm not crazy about this embedded video business. I hope this isn't a trend Slashdot embraces.

    • by brkello (642429)
      I am really guessing all of you people posting negatively got fooled by the article despite the giant foot and the fact that it doesn't even make sense. We have funny mods here, so I don't know why people can't relax and have a sense of humor about an article here or there. It is easy to filter these out. And of all things you felt the need to post. Go make your own site where pretentious jerks can look down on other sites and squash anything humorous before it makes someone smile.
  • http://satirica.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/stalin_voting.jpg [satirica.net]
    It's not who votes that count - it's who counts the votes. - Josef Stalin

    With apologies to the poor soul whose server I've linked to. :)
    • It's not who votes that count - it's who counts the votes. - Josef Stalin

      Yeah, well, he would say that. After all, he was in Soviet Russia.

  • This is not news, it doesn't matter, it's not /.

    Start spamming /. with this stupid shit at your own risk.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    The dems are already preparing an excuse just in case the improbable happens and they actually manage to lose this presidential election. The sad part is that a lot of people will believe in it.
  • by dario_moreno (263767) * on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @01:52PM (#22575798) Homepage Journal
    This time the media (not Diebold) are going to have an apparently nice democrat elected, since Bush went a little too far but it should be obvious that once again it won't make any notable difference. Kucinich, Paul or Nader would have, but this would be against so many interests....
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by stinerman (812158)
      Meh, I actually think that Obama has a small chance of being a once-in-a-lifetime figure that might get *some* good done. He's certainly the best Democrat since I've been alive (but that isn't saying too much).

      I might actually vote for him in the general if he doesn't throw away half his issues like most politicians do after the primary. The Libertarians and Greens are both going to run unpalatable candidates, and Nader will be lucky if he gets on more than a handful of state ballots.

      Now in a Clinton-McCa
      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by 0p7imu5_P2im3 (973979)

        Don't give up your vote just because the Republicrats limit you to two bad candidates. Men fought and died to get you that vote. Leaving a ballot blank is the modern day equivalent of burning the US flag.

        If you really want to show them who's boss, and prove that they cannot limit your vote, vote for a third party that offers a candidate that is closer to your values than the Republicrats. I'm not a Libertarian shill, but the Libertarians are a freedom-based compromise between the Republicrats. Personally,

      • Meh, I actually think that Obama has a small chance of being a once-in-a-lifetime figure that might get *some* good done. He's certainly the best Democrat since I've been alive (but that isn't saying too much).

        I might actually vote for him in the general if he doesn't throw away half his issues like most politicians do after the primary. The Libertarians and Greens are both going to run unpalatable candidates, and Nader will be lucky if he gets on more than a handful of state ballots.

        Now in a Clinton-McCain race, all bets are off. I could see myself writing in some joker or just leaving the ballot blank.

        Personally, I think I might vote for CowboyNeal just to vote for someone that might do some good. I really don't like _any_ of the candidates. Obama would be better than Clinton, but McCain is no better than either. Oh well...





        The sad this is that I really am not even half-joking. The candidates are just so abysmal this go round.

    • by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland@@@yahoo...com> on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @03:02PM (#22576848) Homepage Journal
      Do you really think those guys would have made a difference?

      Really, there not king, they need other people to agree on things,. have two parties not liking you gets exactly nothing done. Granted, getting nothing done would have made the last 7 year much better.

      Of course the media screwed Edwards. I didn't want him to win, but the media just ignored him and tried to makes it a Race/Woman thing. frankly I applaud both candidates for not rising to that bait.
      • The Media's favorite candidates look like they are winning, which likely is going to result in a GOP victory... it'll be a close race, but Nadar is right, the Democrats SHOULD be able to blow this one out of the water. Unfortunately for the Democrats, the media destroyed the emotional GOP favorite (Huckabee) by dismissing him, and the potential run away player (Romney) by focusing so much on the Mormon issue that people who wouldn't have cared got nervous.

        McCain may piss off the GOP's hard right, but he i
      • by pla (258480) on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @06:26PM (#22580064) Journal
        Do you really think those guys would have made a difference?

        In eight years, one man in that office took us from having a strong economy and reasonably decent foreign relations, to the pariah of the world with an economy so weak even the CANADIAN dollar beats our own.

        So yeah, the right person in that office could certainly go a long way toward improving things. Not to say I consider any of the named people that impressive (I liked RP, but don't know that he would have had the cooperation to even start to undo Bush's damage), but as proof of concept, you have to concede the point.
      • by brkello (642429)
        Funny how whenever the candidate people want to win drops out they blame it on the media coverage. If Edwards did better in the polls, inspired more people, won primaries, then there would be more of a focus on him. With the exception of one state, Edwards placed third. This is the fault of his campaign, not the media. The media just follows whoever is most popular. As much as people don't want to believe it, the people elect the candidate and the media follows whoever has that momentum. Fundamentally
  • by kenj0418 (230916) on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @01:53PM (#22575816)
    I have mod points today -- but unfortunately theres no way to mod-down a submitter.
  • /. is pretty flushed down the toilet.

    Secretly, I'm proud of the Onion gang. They succeed at being seen as legit, relevant, newsworthy, true (!), and just plain really neato. The best TV news is still the Jon Stewart stuff. Life goes on.

    Glad also to see someone else gets duped. I haven't been taken by The Onion ever, but the Washington Post has caught me a few times...

    And since when has it been a wast of OUR time to revel in the delightful agony of a fellow /.'r getting completely fooled, or fooling us i
    • by dougmc (70836)
      I doubt the submitter was fooled.


      Personally, I liked the piece.

    • Can't believe someone actually modded you insightful. Scratch that, if one person out of a couple of thousand can be idiotic enough to miss the foot icon, 3 people can too.

      The only one who is looking like an idiot is every last person complaining about flash, (flashblock), specific stories (filter) or the quality of posters (Pot, meet Kettle).

      Now get off my lawn.
  • ...for April Fool's. So much for any pretense Slashdot had of being "news".
  • Seriously, if I wanted embedded videos about non-tech subjects, that would be my first stop...
  • ...I had a brief moment where I seriously considered that it could, in fact, be true. Hmmm.
    • by MBGMorden (803437)
      Yeah. This stuff is excuseable on April 1st. It's a long running gig on Slashdot and is part of our culture.

      But, for all the crap that gets posted, I still expect this to at least TRY to be a "news" site. By simple virtue of this NOT being April 1st, when I first read this I was like "OMG - there's gonna be a shit storm on the news tonight!". Then when I moused over the link and saw "theonion.com" I was just left puzzled as to WTF the editor was thinking - particularly disturbing is that he was both the
  • Fark (Score:3, Insightful)

    by _14k4 (5085) <sullivan DOT t AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @02:35PM (#22576412)
    When did this site become fark? This was on _that_ page yesterday, and to top it off, did not involve an embedded flash movie.

    That's two posts in one day that have those flash movies in them. One of the reasons I read /. is because there is little network traffic during the visit. I suppose that's not very true anymore, unless I go to the text only theme.
  • Funny excerpt (Score:5, Insightful)

    by guruevi (827432) <evi.smokingcube@be> on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @02:35PM (#22576418) Homepage
    "This country is based on the fantasy that the government is the voice of the people"

    Best quote, ever, and true as well.
  • THIS JUST IN (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Gay for Linux (942545) on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @02:48PM (#22576642)

    BREAKING NEWS STORY: Comments posted on a slashdot thread earlier today indicate its readers are a bunch of humorless, whiny fags.

    • Re:THIS JUST IN (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Toonol (1057698) on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @03:50PM (#22577532)
      Exactly. I'm a bit disappointed in my fellow Slashdot participants today. This is an obvious joke; Slashdot is not CNN, they can post jokes occasionally. That's a good thing. The flash video doesn't load and play automatically, so it's not a significant waste of bandwidth. If you are insulted at the mere suggestion of flash... well, you get insulted too easily.
      • by sumdumass (711423)
        Don't get disappointed or upset at people who took the tag line "news for nerds , stuff that matters" seriously. I mean sure, it's all fun and games but some people have come to expect certain things that have been represented here. That is why the onion and other sites are well, other sites. If you want your humor goto them, it you wanted news and stuff that matters to you, you used to goto slashdot.
  • by jahknow (827266)
    To the "why is this here on /." replies, I humbly submit the following: Please note that this IS a geek/tech-related post. Note the explicit warning of humor, as exhibited by the big monty python foot icon. If anyone takes offence (sp) at this being yet another US-centric post, well, I'll give you that, but just remember that US political and technological affairs do affect everyone -- just ask an Iraqi... or an Afghani, or an Iranian, or a Cuban, or a Vietnamese... I'm too lazy to link to the 12,000 non-h
  • And, of course, I could not RTFA.

    So, tell me, who is going to win?
  • Seeing the title of this 'news' item in my RSS reader, I actually thought: 'finally proof that things are not being played in a fair way'. Too bad...
    • I was taken in the exact opposite way. I subscribe to The Onion in my RSS reader, but thought at first from the headline two days ago that it was a serious slashdot article.

  • ... oh wait
  • I couldn't watch much after the 50th time they mispronounced Diebold. It's Dee-bold! Not Die-bold!
  • I have finally devised the complex equation of Obama's increasing support, and I found that though his support is skyrocketing in Texas, it becomes asymtotic at around March 4. On that day around 2:42pm, his support goes to infinity and will form a black hole that will kill us all. Support Hillary before it's too late.
  • Onion Get It Right (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Foobar of Borg (690622) on Wednesday February 27, 2008 @06:22PM (#22580004)
    Actually, the sad thing is that the Onion tends to predict things more accurately than the pundits. I mean, they even predicted how the Bush presidency would go back when it began. For instance, this article from January 17, 2001 [theonion.com]. Perhaps William Kristolnacht should write for the Onion and let some of the Onion people write serious news.
    • by unitron (5733)
      Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

      I've been trying to find a working link to that article. I saved the page to my hard drive a few years ago from Dan Chak's reprint of it, but it's not on his site anymore and The Onion's search thingie just choked when I tried using it.

      It's scary how accurate that article's predictions were.

    • by pimpimpim (811140)
      That and the 5-blade gilette [theonion.com]. I think there were even more.

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