October 21, 2003
Back to Diebold. As someone who fiddles with relational databases as part of my living, I don92t know whether to laugh or cry when it is revealed that the system which is offered as the backing infrastructure for American democracy involves as its lynchpin an Access database.Really, there is no more important domestic political story than the growing voting-machine scandal. And we need to start acting like it, instead of just insta-clucking as if it’s just one enormity among many. [10:43 PM]
Access, as any fule kno, is a toy program for putting together a database upon which you want to record the details of your CD collection or keep track of the contents of your sock-drawer; it does not supply a platform which anyone with the tiniest bit of nous would use for anything that actually mattered.
If a reader can provide me, in confidence, with the name of a financial institution which relies on Access as a core component of a critical business system, I shall be gigantically surprised, and then move my account with them, if I have one, when I have recovered. Perhaps I92m just weird, but I really do care at least as much that I can trust the means by which my government is elected as that my bank statements should be correct each month.