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Desc:I'll stick with the paper ballot, thanks.
Category:News & Politics, Accidents & Explosions
Tags:touch screen, obama, romney, voting
Submitted:TeenerTot
Date:11/06/12
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Jet Bin Fever
Looks like the side of the finger to me. Nice try though.

You know what... 5 evil stars.
There really is voter intimidation and bullshit going down across the country, and playing the boy who cried wolf is a horrible thing to do.
Meerkat
I deal with customers calling and complaining about their touch screen devices every fucking day.

First question I ask: "Are you touching it with your fingertip or with the side of the finger?"

And they seem to hesitate until I explain to them that touch panels can be either resistive or capacitive and the side of your finger will project outward into the fourth dimension to produce "ghost" resistivity in other areas of the touch panel.

This is known as the Kirlean Aura effect and is one of the main reasons why the industry shifted to capacitive touch panels. Capacitive touch panels can support multi-touch so when you are using the sides of two fingers it really looks like four fingers, but because when you are doing that you are closing or opening your fingers to zoom it doesn't matter.

I get paid a lot of money to do this.

Suedeo
I want to get paid a lot of money, too! Do I need to explain about the Kirlean thingy to every customer, or can I just stick to asking them about how they're using their fingers?

SchlongChimp
Wait...so using the side of my finger lets me time travel? or did you mean 3d dimension?
I don't want to be a dick but... your post seems 100% wrong. Okay, I don't know how much you make, but the rest is wrong.

The switch from resistive to capacitive is because of:

1) No stylus to lose
2) multitouch
3) more accurate
4) does not wear out from use
5) can simulate pressure
6) less prone to error
7) and finally no user calibration required

Old_Zircon
The town I vote in still uses a 19th century wooden ballot box with a big iron crank on the side.
dairyqueenlatifah
I used one of these today. It didn't do that.

Every touch screen device I've ever used pulls this shit at one time or another. I doubt it's a conspiracy.
Jet Bin Fever
yeah, after watching it again I retract my side of finger comment above and just think the thing needs to be calibrated. Old touchscreens will do these shenanigans.

The God of Biscuits
The dude claims it wasn't a calibration issue, but he should have recorded it.

FABIO
He claimed that it was only the Obama box that had this problem; every other one worked fine.

But yeah, he should have recorded that.

FABIO
But you would think if it's just a calibration thing or glitch, it would be affecting all choices equally.

There are tons of credible stories about Democrat votes switching to Republican, but only a smattering of Republican to Democrat and even those only the word of conservative blogs as a source.

takewithfood
This just doesn't add up to me. If you had the ability and opportunity to rig a voting machine, why in the world would you make the cheat show up in the user interface? It's like breaking into someone's house while they're out, then waiting until they come home so they can watch you rob them.
Caminante Nocturno
In the end, it didn't work.
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