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Diebold says, "Uncle! We didn't mean it!"
cananian
Diebold has filed a court document asserting that it is withdrawing all its Cease-and-Desist letters and does not plan on filing any lawsuits --- not even the one they threatened against me. Of course, it is doing this in order to forestall the EFF/Stanford's lawsuit against it. Since the EFF and Stanford law clinic were filing suit in order to obtain an injunction preventing Diebold from threatening any more people with its bogus claims, Diebold is hoping that saying "we won't do it again" is enough to get the case dropped. Of course, we'd like the judge to issue a definitive ruling anyway, since I trust Diebold about as far as I can throw one of their voting machines. Or ATMs, for that matter.

Details on this from Lawrence Lessig, Ed Felten, and Joe Hall, who also points out how the memo contents have been used so far to reform California's election law.


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I was worried about the loss-of-control thing, too, but there are several good livejournal clients that let you archive all your postings in XML form -- although not the comments, I think. But there exists that mechanism to pull your posts and recreate them on your own server, if it ever comes to that. That was a key factor (for me) in deciding to trust livejournal with so much of my writing.

But, in the end, I haven't actually pulled a backup copy of my journal ever. I guess LJ has proven themselves trustworthy. Still, a nagging voice says I probably should set up a cronjob once a month or so. Just in case...

I've got a heck of a lot of backed-up Elections-related stuff to post. Perhaps Bev's press conference tomorrow will give me the push I need to clear out my backlog. =)


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