Friday, July 29, 2016

I doubt the Russians did it, but if they did, I don't care.

Bruce Schneier joins the chorus of people assuming the Russians hacked the Democrats, though he, being an actual security specialist and not a politician, quickly moved to something that might actually compromise our elections:

Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack.

But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have thrown up enough obfuscating babble that election officials are largely mollified.

We no longer have time for that. We must ignore the machine manufacturers' spurious claims of security, create tiger teams to test the machines' and systems' resistance to attack, drastically increase their cyber-defenses and take them offline if we can't guarantee their security online.

Schneier concern over these voting machines is valid, but the repetition of Democrat talking points is not- especially not that part about Trump 'inviting' Russia to fiddle with our elections.

Now, if we think of these voting machines actually being used to subvert the election, where might we find info of relevance to such a plan? Maybe Wikileaks? What's more likely? Russians? Or the same democrats who have happily managed to pull in some dubious votes over the years?

Democrats are hoping their reality distortion field is still up and functioning. You know how providing basic facts about planetary warmth, or lack thereof, doesn't work because they just refuse to believe you. Pay no attention to the content of the leak, but rather assume based on nothing but a bunch of democrats creating a rumor that the Russians did it, that the Russians did, and this justifies non-belief in whatever knowledge you might glean from the leak.

I wish we could shut this reality distortion field down. In fact, why would I care if the Russian's leaked this stuff? This administration- Hilary definitely included- has been playing games with the governments of all sorts in various parts of the world, to Russia itself, with these half-baked embargoes on trade that tend to hurt Europe more than they hurt Russia. They've invited this sort of thing.

If a Bernie supporter could read the emails, and then go over to Trump's website and read the actual policy statements,- instead of listening to the liars who say he doesn't have them- interesting things could happen.

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