Manual Tally Procedures for California Counties

elections, standards, friends, research, policy, legal, iSchool

Some of you may know that I've been working, for over two years now, with a bunch of other people to develop a set of generic procedures that California counties can use to conduct their manual tally. (The manual tally is a legally-mandated "automatic recount" of ballots cast in 1% of precincts.)

Well, I've finished this set of procedures and you can find them here:

lcome!

I have an academic paper outlining how we constructed these procedures but I can't yet share that document.

Note that we worked closely with officials in San Mateo county and more indirectly with Alameda, Marin and Yolo counties to do this research. San Mateo uses a more specific set of procedures in their elections, adjusted for their county and voting system.

Expelled da bomb!

wtf?, friends

Everyone out there, take a page from LQ and hype up a stupid-ass movie, Expelled, by linking to where people can get the real information when it comes out tomorrow.

Intelligent design is for prosimians.

How to Turn Off Video AutoPlay on Flickr

system, chilling effects, policy

If you don't like new flickr videos playing automatically when you open a bunch up in tabs:

  1. Click on your name in the upper-right corner of flickr.
  2. Click on the ?Privacy & Permissions? tab.
  3. Scroll down and change the ?AutoPlay Videos? setting to ?No?:
image showing Flickr AutoPlay Video setting set to No

It's The Final Cylon

wtf?

It's official, the final cylon is John Frakkin' McCain!

DWTFPL

copyright, hacks, open source, friends, legal, development

Ashkahn pointed me to this great minimalist free and open source software license:

           DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
                   Version 2, December 2004

Copyright (C) 2004 [YOUR NAME]
 [YOUR ADDRESS/EMAIL]
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim or modified
copies of this license document, and changing it is allowed as long
as the name is changed.

           DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
  TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION

0. You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO.

The wikipedia entry points out that it could use an indemnification clause (explicitly stating that the authors of the software are not responsible for any issues). To do this, I'd add:

1. We're NOT RESPONSIBLE WHEN IT DOESN'T FUCKING WORK.

To read more like a generic license (like the BSD), I'd change it as such

DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO AND DON'T BLAME US PUBLIC LICENSE
                   Version 3, April 2008

Copyright (C) 2004 [YOUR NAME]
 [YOUR ADDRESS/EMAIL]
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim or modified
copies of this license document and accompanying software, and 
changing either is allowed.

           DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO PUBLIC LICENSE
  TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COPYING, DISTRIBUTION AND MODIFICATION

0. You just DO WHAT THE FUCK YOU WANT TO.
1. We're NOT RESPONSIBLE WHEN IT DOESN'T FUCKING WORK.
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