Posts Tagged ‘games’

It Should Have Been Obvious

February 7, 2011

I was upstairs this morning, trying to put away some laundry, when I head blood-curdling screams coming from downstairs where the kids were playing. Fearing some horrible scene awaiting my discovery, I bolted down to the living room.

Edvard Munch's "The Scream"

From Wikipedia.

To my surprise, the kids both had huge grins on their faces as they ran back and forth across the living room, shrieking at the top of their lungs all the while.

“What are you guys doing?” I asked.

“Playing screaming,” our three year-old answered matter-of-factly, as though this should have been completely obvious.

The kids promptly resumed their “game,” apparently commencing the lightning round.


Frightening Fun With Voting Machines

September 10, 2010

Just how frighteningly insecure are touch-screen voting machines? They’re so insecure, it turns out, that you can reprogram them to play Pac-Man instead, without any noticeable exterior tampering done to the machine.

Two guys from the University of Michigan and Princeton University did just that with a voting machine that was used as recently as 2008 in the Virginia state primaries. In fact, in ’08, this particular model of machine was “used in 161 jurisdictions with almost 9 million registered voters.”

Here’s the truly scary part: “We received the machine with the original tamper-evident seals intact. The software can be replaced without breaking any of these seals, simply by removing screws and opening the case.”

If it wasn’t for the fact that the voter would be staring confusedly at a Pac-Man game on the screen rather than a ballot, no one using the machine would have any idea it had been completely reprogrammed.

At any rate, here’s the Pac-Man voting machine in action:

While that video was simultaneously horrifying and awesome, the next one’s simply horrifying. Here’s the same model of voting machine modified to steal votes:

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