No worries: a new Microsoft app is tallying all the Iowa caucus results

posted at 8:01 am on February 1, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

What could possibly go wrong?

Microsoft is jumping into the presidential campaign business in a big way this year, starting with today’s long awaited Iowa caucuses. The tech giant has generously volunteered to proved (at no cost) a new app to both major parties which will be used to tally the votes from the more than 1,600 caucus sites across the state. If you’re suddenly feeling a sense of creeping dread, you’re not the only one. (The Hill)

Microsoft volunteered to provide the technology to help tally up the results of Iowa’s caucus, free of charge. Now it will be put to the test Monday night.

The contests in both parties are expected to go down to the wire. And the spotlight will be on precinct officials who have been trained on a new Microsoft app, which is meant to cut down on human error and speed up the reporting process…

Only four years ago, the Iowa Republican Party suffered an embarrassment with its caucus reporting when Mitt Romney appeared to be the winner for weeks, only for the final tally to show a narrow victory for Rick Santorum.

Microsoft is seeking to avoid such confusion by providing an app, backed up by its cloud technology, that will be used to help report the caucus results.

“Microsoft and their App partner, InterKnowlogy, are global leaders in the technology industry, and we completely trust the integrity of their staff and the app,” Iowa Democratic Party communications director Sam Lau said in a statement.

Yes indeed, it’s an app. To be used on a smart phone. And if you’re used to seeing the same collection of blue haired ladies running the Iowa caucus sites that we have handling the primary voting out here in New York, I’m sure the first thing that comes to your mind is a mastery of smart phone app technology.

There were some rather infamous problems with caucus result reporting during the last two cycles (Santorum Wins!) when they used a phone based system where the results were entered on a standard phone keypad. This new system was designed to reduce those errors, so I see no cloud on the horizon. (Pun intended)

Putting aside my own misgivings on the technical front for a moment, others have been more than a little suspicious for different reasons. Most prominent among this group is Bernie Sanders.

Pete D’Alessandro, who runs the Sanders operation in Iowa, last week questioned the tech giant’s motivations. However, the campaign declined to expand on its concerns after multiple requests for clarification.

Other aides to Sanders noted that Microsoft employees have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton campaign, according to MSNBC.

“You’d have to ask yourself why they’d want to give something like that away for free,” D’Alessandro said.

Despite assurances that everyone is confident in the new system, The Hill reports that both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns have installed their own backup reporting systems. There is no mention made of how the Republican campaigns feel about it. Still, I get the feeling that if either race is really coming down to the wire around 10 pm tonight we’re going to see challenges to the app results and calls for the backup systems to be dredged up and compared.

Personally, I’m not too worried about the robust abilities of the new app in performing this critical task. I use a Microsoft system myself on my workstation for Hot Air and it’s always been solid. In fact, it’s made writing this column much easier, so as soon as I hit save one more time and do a quick QC check of my work, I’ll hit publish and get this post up for all of you to read and commen

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How is the cell coverage in Iowa outside the cities?

kcewa on February 1, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Skynet giggles in the shadows.

Limerick on February 1, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Doom and gloom Monday?

I don’t think I’ve seen the “blue screen of death” in over a decade.

cozmo on February 1, 2016 at 8:06 AM

Will Trump sue Microsoft if he loses tonight?

PappyD61 on February 1, 2016 at 8:06 AM

Microsoft hasn’t made a decent piece of software since DOS 6.22

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 8:07 AM

lol awesome ending with the BSOD

dmacleo on February 1, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Heh Jazz
Commen

cmsinaz on February 1, 2016 at 8:08 AM

http://dailycaller.com/2015/08/26/from-immigration-to-abortion-longtime-democrat-donald-trump-must-reckon-with-his-rich-progressive-history/

Hey……but how could Trump sue a fellow Progressive like Gates????

PappyD61 on February 1, 2016 at 8:08 AM

Silly Jazz, BSOD hasn’t been around for a while, Windows just auto-reboots now :P

RblDiver on February 1, 2016 at 8:08 AM

Hope it works better than the Patriots tablets….

dogsoldier on February 1, 2016 at 8:08 AM

What POS version of Windows are they going to be using? Then again all versions of Windows are pretty much worthless.

tom2789 on February 1, 2016 at 8:09 AM

“Here’s a picture of my little grand son, Tony, isn’t he cute, and here is Jeff, we went to the senior bingo party, and here is Cruz, just a few points behind Trump, and here is Jasper, isn’t he a cute dog, we just got him, oh look, Hillary is tanking…look at Jasper and Tony, aren’t they the cutest…”

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:11 AM

Will Jeb! see the BSOD tonight?

Galtian on February 1, 2016 at 8:12 AM

Conflict of interest, much?

According to Bing’s forecast, Trump will be the winner in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, while Hillary Clinton will walk away with victorious from all of the first four races, except for New Hampshire. Bing predicts that race will go to Bernie Sanders.

These predictions are just one of many ways Microsoft is inserting itself into the political process this year. The company has also launched the so-called Bing Elections Experience, which appears at the top of Bing searches on the election. It shows you how conservative or liberal candidates are compared to each other and to the US population as a whole, allowing you to dig into where candidates stand on certain issues.

kcewa on February 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

What POS version of Windows are they going to be using? Then again all versions of Windows are pretty much worthless.

tom2789 on February 1, 2016 at 8:09 AM

They finally came up with a decent version in Windows XP and then 7, but quickly got rid of them by replacing them with Vista, 8, and 10…

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

“Here’s a picture of my little grand son, Tony, isn’t he cute, and here is Jeff, we went to the senior bingo party, and here is Cruz, just a few points behind Trump, and here is Jasper, isn’t he a cute dog, we just got him, oh look, Hillary is tanking…look at Jasper and Tony, aren’t they the cutest…”

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:11 AM

… did I push send? What’s that? Look, I’m trying to show Martha these photos.”

Walter L. Newton on February 1, 2016 at 8:14 AM

In 2007, Bill Gates even testified before Congress and called for an unlimited number skilled foreign workers—particularly in engineering—to be admitted into the country. “My basic view is that the country should welcome as many of those people as we can get,” Gates declared.

In Florida, scores of Marco Rubio’s own constituents were laid off by Disney and were forced to train their low-wage foreign replacements brought in on H-1B visas. The American tech workers launched a discrimination lawsuit against Disney earlier this week.

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:14 AM

The App-lication is only as good as the “inputers”.

Trust me!

Rovin on February 1, 2016 at 8:16 AM

You get what you pay for.

MT on February 1, 2016 at 8:16 AM

One of Marco Rubio’s Biggest Financial Backers (Microsoft) to Tally Iowa Caucuses

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:09 AM

Who else is Microsoft backing…have any other stats on who they gave money to?
And they are not “backing” Rubio, they are fighting for a specific bill.

If Trump was a Senator, some of the bills he supported would have money flowing to him…like his Ethanol Subsidy support, or his Planned Parenthood support, or his KELO support, or his bail out support…

The fact that Trump has not received any support, is just proof he has done nothing, never been in a position to receive support.

No one has even asked the great businessman to be on a board, not even a non-profit board…most businessmen view him a useless.

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:19 AM

In Florida, scores of Marco Rubio’s own constituents were laid off by Disney and were forced to train their low-wage foreign replacements brought in on H-1B visas. The American tech workers launched a discrimination lawsuit against Disney earlier this week.

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:14 AM

What a surprise, one of the largest companies in Florida, supporting a Florida senator…

Do you think any NY companies will support Trump?

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:19 AM

You have lost your ability to reason.

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Anyone see this, it came out this morning. Clinton is using out of state paid staffers to captain her caucus drive. Suddenly Democrat Sanders is worried about voter ID and fake voters invading their precincts.

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/sanders-campaign-cites-alarming-signs-clinton-020552922.html

ArthurMachado on February 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Despite assurances that everyone is confident in the new system, The Hill reports that both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns have installed their own backup reporting systems.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM

How is the cell coverage in Iowa outside the cities?

kcewa on February 1, 2016 at 8:05 AM

C’mon, Iowa ain’t in the arctic. I’m pretty sure they’ve had statewide coverage for over a decade.

lowandslow on February 1, 2016 at 8:22 AM

This is suspicious:

The app is designed so it can’t accept results that don’t add up, and the parties have each developed algorithms to catch suspicious tallies. “They’ll flag results that are wildly off,” Szold said. “So if a precinct that’s never reported more than 50 votes all of a sudden reports 500 votes, it’ll literally get flagged on our system.”

So if the party center doesn’t like what’s being reported they can question it until they get the results they’re expecting?

kcewa on February 1, 2016 at 8:22 AM

Despite assurances that everyone is confident in the new system, The Hill reports that both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns have installed their own backup reporting systems.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM

As I was saying…

Given the technical success of Obamacare, what’s to worry about?

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2016 at 8:23 AM

D Allesandro? Think Pelosi and the 39th mayor of Baltimore.

wolly4321 on February 1, 2016 at 8:24 AM

So if the party center doesn’t like what’s being reported they can question it until they get the results they’re expecting?

kcewa on February 1, 2016 at 8:22 AM

When the app shows Martin O’Malley winning by a landslide, the app will be toast. :0

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2016 at 8:25 AM

Anyone see this, it came out this morning. Clinton is using out of state paid staffers to captain her caucus drive. Suddenly Democrat Sanders is worried about voter ID and fake voters invading their precincts.

ArthurMachado on February 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM

It’s the typical Dem response. They’re against voter ID when they think it is too their advantage to allow voting those not qualified. But when it isn’t to their advantage- well suddenly the sanctity of the ballot becomes a burning issue. And the reality is that both Clinton and Sanders and Trump are out there looking to bus in out-of-staters to skew the results.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2016 at 8:28 AM

So, margin of fraud over/under 10%?

Paperclips on February 1, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Hmmm, 1,600 caucus sites, so why doesn’t the person in charge of each caucus phone in the results to a central location by a specified time and a person at that location add up each total as it comes in? Why even mess with an app?

WordsMatter on February 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

HotAir hates:

Electic Cars
Gwyneth Paltrow
Microsoft

tlynch001 on February 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

“The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”

~ Joseph Stalin

Ricard on February 1, 2016 at 8:31 AM

At party headquarters, there will be separate verification apps that allow staff to identify mistakes or anomalies in the data. If there is a question about the results, precincts will be quickly contacted through the app. Once the data is deemed trustworthy, the results will be sent directly to media and voters through the public-facing app.

kcewa on February 1, 2016 at 8:31 AM

HotAir hates:

Electic Cars
Gwyneth Paltrow
Microsoft

tlynch001 on February 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Trump.

Walter L. Newton on February 1, 2016 at 8:32 AM

So let me get this straight. Both parties agreed to use this brand new untested software to count the votes at the most hotly contested Caucus in a generation with potential record voter turnout. Did I get that right?

Johnnyreb on February 1, 2016 at 8:37 AM

Speaking of tech glitches, when I paste this link into Facebook, it defaults to a thumbnail photo of… a mosque?

segesta on February 1, 2016 at 8:37 AM

So if the party center doesn’t like what’s being reported they can question it until they get the results they’re expecting?

kcewa on February 1, 2016 at 8:22 AM

It sounds to me like the Microsoft system isn’t counting ballots but is instead relying on election officials to input the ballot counts. Having something that will automatically flag an unexpected number for further inquiry sounds like a reasonable “sanity check.” You can’t catch every data input error, but a system like this would let you catch an egregious one (e.g., a poll worker meant to enter “539” but put in “5639” instead).

Outlander on February 1, 2016 at 8:38 AM

Shocking statement this morning from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: “One of greatest campaign slogans I’ve heard in years”—-Make America Great Again.

Rovin on February 1, 2016 at 8:40 AM

kcewa on February 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

One look at the headcounts at events held by Sanders and Clinton shows the broomstick posse is in serious trouble.

dogsoldier on February 1, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Microsoft hasn’t made a decent piece of software since DOS 6.22

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Believe it or not, for the specialty software outside the O/S, and granted, if one was willing to study up, there were good things in both Wn98 and Xp Sp 2/3 in the many programs “written” for them. Today, Oracle lets you build an HD shell to run everything back to 95 which allows most old programs function – sometimes faster than in the native 64 OS which you have running [Wn 7-10].

The problem has been all OS authors’ invalidating often crucial work features or hiding OS features with each new generation and/or forcing us to buy something to replace them or otherwise completely relearn what should be second nature work functions that don’t need changing.

I still want to get the double click from the mouse wheel [but refuse to pay for a new mouse when my old mice are in perfect shape – or new buy software to get this once simple built-in feature], and as far as I’m concerned, MS and Apple owe users about 100x their company value in lost time for all the unnecessary crap they pull with each new generation of hidden Device Manager functions, utterly ruined search apps, etc., and similar dysfunctional “features”.

I also recall one of my old Profs. always bragging about his “superior” Macs to my Dell – until one day I encountered him fuming about how his new “required” OS also “required” him to get a new printer.

The Brainloc crony capitalist equivalent of modern Robber Barons.

RL on February 1, 2016 at 8:41 AM

You have lost your ability to reason.

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Thanks for your detailed response…typical of a Trump supporter.

Has Trump proposed any bills? Has he been in a position of deciding policy?

No? Then he is untested…except we do know he has no problem buying off people, so we know he is a “John” who doesn’t mind paying off the (w)hores…by his own admission…his words.

And we know he is all in on Federal subsidies…if it favors him, like Ethanol, right?

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:42 AM

I wonder if some prankster will hack the system?

BoxHead1 on February 1, 2016 at 8:42 AM

Funny, most every poster relies on Microsoft, or a similar company to handle their banking, their life savings, and they don’t think twice about it.

Credit cards, bank, all use “software” and are perfectly happy with it…

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:44 AM

HotAir hates:

Electic Cars
Gwyneth Paltrow
Microsoft

tlynch001 on February 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Trump.

Walter L. Newton on February 1, 2016 at 8:32 AM

Conservatives
Secure Borders

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:14 AM

Bill likes him some slave labor.

Everyone should read the writing of Professor Norm Matloff who absolutely nails it.

The assertions of high tech companies that they can’t find enough skilled workers is absolute rubbish! We have 94 million no longer in the workforce, and yet people like Bill claim they can’t find anyone.

They can’t find anyone to do that kind of work for a pittance.

We have a saying here. You get what you pay for.

dogsoldier on February 1, 2016 at 8:46 AM

HotAir hates:

Electic Cars
Gwyneth Paltrow
Microsoft

tlynch001 on February 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Yeah, electric cars are pretty stupid.

Paperclips on February 1, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Something to keep in mind with all the speculation, exit polling, along with the cheerleading and name calling this day will bring. Neither Trump nor Cruz nor Rubio is going to win come November, because there has been no ideological shift in this country. Decade after decades of big government and a fiscal policy based on printing money that slowed economic growth to a crawl and a debt we cannot repay people will still vote for government checks in the mail.
We have learned nothing.

lowandslow on February 1, 2016 at 8:46 AM

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:42 AM

Of course I didn’t give you a detailed response. You’ve been reduced to spewing anti-Trump nonsense on a thread that has nothing to do with Trump in a response to a comment that never mentioned Trump.

Wait 5 minutes for Hot Air to post their next Trump article and spew there. You know it’s coming. Trump is living rent-free in Hot Air’s heads just as he’s living rent-free in yours.

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Bill likes him some slave labor.

Everyone should read the writing of Professor Norm Matloff who absolutely nails it.

The assertions of high tech companies that they can’t find enough skilled workers is absolute rubbish! We have 94 million no longer in the workforce, and yet people like Bill claim they can’t find anyone.

They can’t find anyone to do that kind of work for a pittance.

We have a saying here. You get what you pay for.

dogsoldier on February 1, 2016 at 8:46 AM

And Rubio is more than happy to help out Bill, even if it means screwing over his own constituents.

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:49 AM

Yeah, electric cars are pretty stupid.

Paperclips on February 1, 2016 at 8:46 AM

So are solar panels and windmills that don’t work in the dark or on calm days respectively.

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Funny, most every poster relies on Microsoft, or a similar company to handle their banking, their life savings, and they don’t think twice about it.

Credit cards, bank, all use “software” and are perfectly happy with it…

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:44 AM

All of that stuff has been tested and tested in the real world and still there are security holes, bugs, failures that the banks cover for. And when it first was in use there were lots of problems that needed solving .

This IA thing is a brand new system. The reason to be optimistic isn’t because … banks. It’s because voting is probably not as complicated as an atm transaction.

BoxHead1 on February 1, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Wait 5 minutes for Hot Air to post their next Trump article and spew there. You know it’s coming. Trump is living rent-free in Hot Air’s heads just as he’s living rent-free in yours.

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:47 AM

She can’t help herself. By the end of the day she’ll have a comment that extends 4 pages and contains every boring talking point she’s ever posted.

katy the mean old lady on February 1, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Funny, most every Bill Gates fanboy think that they rely on Microsoft to handle their banking, their life savings, and they don’t think twice about it.

not2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:44 AM

… and your point is?

corona79 on February 1, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Wait 5 minutes for Hot Air to post their next Trump article and spew there. You know it’s coming. Trump is living rent-free in Hot Air’s heads just as he’s living rent-free in yours.

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Good howler! Good boy! Keep the inane pro-Tramp support alive.

Happy Nomad on February 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM

… and your point is?

corona79 on February 1, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Damn, you’re demanding.

katy the mean old lady on February 1, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Funny, most every poster relies on Microsoft, or a similar company to handle their banking, their life savings, and they don’t think twice about it.

Credit cards, bank, all use “software” and are perfectly happy with it…

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 8:44 AM

I work in computers and network security as a professional and I can TELL YOU it’s neither safe nor secure. And I don’t bank online and try to do as much of my financial dealings WITHOUT A COMPUTER as possible…

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 9:13 AM

One bored employee can go to a site like Drudge without an ad blocker, and thanks to the lack of responsibility of the ad networks such as Google, get a spamvertising virus that compromises the security of your whole network.

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 9:18 AM

Microsoft wants to crash the entire country with a BSOD!!!

…and that’s precisely what a ‘blue’ presidential result would be…

landlines on February 1, 2016 at 9:19 AM

I work in computers and network security as a professional and I can TELL YOU it’s neither safe nor secure. And I don’t bank online and try to do as much of my financial dealings WITHOUT A COMPUTER as possible…

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 9:13 AM

Would not argue that…it’s just the complaining about a voting system, when they have literally spent their lives depending on those systems for their banks, payroll, loans, credit cards…

But you have a bank account, credit cards, savings account, checking account…so you do rely, totally depend, on the system.

You may minimize it, but I would bet you don’t have your money buried in the backyard…it’s “in” the bank, but it’s not there, right? Electronically it’s there.

My point is, I just think it’s funny that people worry about something that is part of their lives already and they don’t see it.

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 9:23 AM

… and your point is?

corona79 on February 1, 2016 at 9:05 AM

My point is, I didn’t post that…you did, you made up your own post and put my name to it.

Why would you post an outright lie like that?

Try to think of your own words, and put your own name to it…

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 9:25 AM

TWO QUESTIONS will tell you whether any “new” Microsoft product has any chance of being secure:

1. Does it use a “Registry”?

2. Does it use any variety of “Active X”?

(Any ‘YES’ answer should immediately disqualify the product. But even if it passes this quick test, MUCH more investigation is warranted based on the dismal security history of everything Microsoft.)

landlines on February 1, 2016 at 9:26 AM

All of that stuff has been tested and tested in the real world and still there are security holes, bugs, failures that the banks cover for. And when it first was in use there were lots of problems that needed solving .

This IA thing is a brand new system. The reason to be optimistic isn’t because … banks. It’s because voting is probably not as complicated as an atm transaction.

BoxHead1 on February 1, 2016 at 8:53 AM

I don’t know…what are the back up systems and fail safes?

Do you know, or are you just guessing…I haven’t seen the details.

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 9:26 AM

My point is, I just think it’s funny that people worry about something that is part of their lives already and they don’t see it.

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 9:23 AM

There is a name for people who DON’T worry about this: IGNORANT!!

landlines on February 1, 2016 at 9:29 AM

I try to think of your own words,but it’s too hard, so I let Microsoft Babble do my writing for me.
not2bright on February 1, 2016 at 9:25 AM

That explains it.

corona79 on February 1, 2016 at 9:37 AM

“Those who cast the votes decide nothing.

Those who count the votes decide everything.”

—COMMUNIST TYRANT AND MASS MURDERER JOSEF STALIN

patch on February 1, 2016 at 9:45 AM

BSOD: Star Mastery Lvl 80.

Rix on February 1, 2016 at 10:04 AM

BSOD: Star Snark Mastery Lvl 80.

Rix on February 1, 2016 at 10:04 AM

Rix on February 1, 2016 at 10:04 AM

They finally came up with a decent version in Windows XP and then 7, but quickly got rid of them by replacing them with Vista, 8, and 10…

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

XP was actually likeable. It eludes me entirely why they even bothered to replace it.

Rix on February 1, 2016 at 10:09 AM

“And in conclusion, the votes tallied for the state of Florida, to decide the election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump:

“Hillary Clinton, 5,467.,440 votes

“Donald Trump, 5,5————(404 FILE NOT FOUND ERROR ERROR ERROR)

“We regret to inform you that the entire vote file for the Republican candidate has been lost, as the processing server crashed. And fell of the table. Into a tub of water. That was on fire.”

No; it could never go this way.
Until it does.

orangemtl on February 1, 2016 at 10:24 AM

The tech giant has generously volunteered to proved (at no cost) a new app to both major parties which will be used to tally the votes from the more than 1,600 caucus sites across the state.

Okay, Jazz.
Time to confess as to which OS you use for your grammar and spell checking.

LoganSix on February 1, 2016 at 10:26 AM

Yes indeed, it’s an app. To be used on a smart phone.

Windows 10 has apps for the smart phone and the PC/Laptop.
Are you sure you know what you are talking about?

LoganSix on February 1, 2016 at 10:27 AM

The Microsoft apps will be replacing a phone reporting system used in 2008 and 2012 that required precincts to report their results through a touchtone keypad — increasing the potential for human error.

The Microsoft app allows only credentialed users to report results and will require precincts to double check the results before they are sent off. It also has a way to flag anomalies and will give the public and press quicker access once the results are reported to headquarters.

Okay, per last comment.
It is a phone app…. a Windows Phone app, would they also be providing Windows Phones to each precinct?

LoganSix on February 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM

lol awesome ending with the BSOD

dmacleo on February 1, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Bernie Sanders of Doom?

malclave on February 1, 2016 at 10:42 AM

They finally came up with a decent version in Windows XP and then 7, but quickly got rid of them by replacing them with Vista, 8, and 10…

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Vista came before 7.

HidetheDecline on February 1, 2016 at 10:52 AM

A bit off topic… but funny

kh6zv9 on February 1, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Considering how many bad Windows and other stuff that Microsoft has stolen, copied or bought, stay away from this garbage. AS an ex-computer IT, we were forced to use its Windows but their other programs are useless. Personally, I found out 35 yrs ago that Corel’s Wordperfect works the best, is user friendly and now converts to and from Microsoft Office. Thank goodness. Frankly, Microsoft stuff has only built on the old ’95 basis and that ain’t good enough for me. Don’t you ever wonder why people prefer Apple? And haven’t you notice how Microsoft is copying so much of how Apple works? Don’t get an app that may be similar to voting as the SIEU union preprogramming voter computers!

Roselle on February 1, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Of course I didn’t give you a detailed response. You’ve been reduced to spewing anti-Trump nonsense on a thread that has nothing to do with Trump in a response to a comment that never mentioned Trump.

Wait 5 minutes for Hot Air to post their next Trump article and spew there. You know it’s coming. Trump is living rent-free in Hot Air’s heads just as he’s living rent-free in yours.

Magicjava on February 1, 2016 at 8:47 AM

You think I am the one who brought up Trump first? Really?

Will Trump sue Microsoft if he loses tonight?

PappyD61 on February 1, 2016 at 8:06 AM

This is about the election…and Trump is the leader, right?

So all things, regarding this election, points back to him…

Don’t be so defensive…relax, it’s only Monday.

right2bright on February 1, 2016 at 11:57 AM

Well, if Carly is so much better with tech than all the other candidates, she should be the big winner tonight, huh?

trigon on February 1, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Will Trump sue Microsoft if he loses tonight?

PappyD61 on February 1, 2016 at 8:06 AM

Of course not. He’ll just point out how they are losers and are run by stupid, incompetent people. It will be Trump’s most truthful statement thus far.

NOMOBO on February 1, 2016 at 12:56 PM

What? Diebold was on vacation?

Another Drew on February 1, 2016 at 1:55 PM

Man, in January alone I had to restock my entire garage with popcorn four times. I just made another run today to start covering February.

It will probably take three cases tonight to enjoy the Microsoft app lunacy.

Does anyone in their right mind think that China, Russia, Iran, and 168 other countries can’t hack into that app and do whatever they want?

I have a TS clearance and as a consultant, I support the military on new technology programs that include testing them on secure networks during exercises. During exercises that include Red Teams (friendly government hackers who try to get into the networks during the exercises) have routinely been able to get to the bottom of the kernal with the keys to the kingdom in breathtaking speed. And that’s on secure networks (SIPRNet). There is one configuration that no one has yet been able to break into, but that’s another story.

My point is that the Microsoft app can be hacked (if not already) in minutes to a couple of hours. Think about it. Anyone can throw the election however they want.

This is a very very bad idea. I know from first hand experience. Microsoft is not more secure than the military’s secure networks and they get hacked all the time.

Even worse, there is this thing called an APT or Advance Persistent Threat. The adversary gets into your network and sets up his attack. This is a very slow and low visibility process that may take months or years to setup. The adversary leaves persentent network attacks that are designed to do specific things when the adversay send it the command to execute the attacks.

This is why I am totally against electronic voting. It is the equivalent of allowing adversaries to determin our elections in ways we will never discover or if we do, it will be too late. I mean if candidate X is elected President and a year later the APT is discovered that the election was maniputlated, does anyone have any idea how to recover from that?

Would he not be the President. What about all the laws and EO’s he signed. What about all the rules and regulations of the government agencies that were issued on his guidance. What about the support of the people, Congress, etc. And who else in the House and Senate were the adversary’s choice and not the peoples?

I consider this the nightmare scenario. Oppose electronic voting or you will eventually end up with the Manchurian Candidate in office.

BMF on February 1, 2016 at 4:13 PM