Would you be concerned if an "experimental software patch" was installed by your company the day before a major project?
News reports today suggest that the Secretary of State in Ohio is issuing directions to install a new patch on the eve of the November 6 elections for the state's vote tabulation system. Apparently, it is intended to convert voting results into a different format for transmission from some counties to the Secretary of State than the system is now set up to use. Is it just me, or does this sound a little unwise side as a matter of practice? I've never had to oversee election results, but I personally can't imagine a installing a patch without extensive testing on the eve of what I think is fair to call a big event. I don't think that I would be able to sleep tonight if I was the one responsible for the patch!
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