Would you be concerned if an "experimental software patch" was installed by your company the day before a major project?

kreiley

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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jimlynch
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It doesn't seem like a good idea to me at all. However, it's government doing it so you can expect that bad ideas might be put into action regularly. Heh.

pwarren
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LOL, can you imagine the person who got the memo to implement this?  Bet their face was a textbook example of a grimace.  I haven't seen anything about this, so I don't know the details, but if my office had a one day event that was the culmination of a four year project, I can't imagine someone coming to me a day or so prior and directing me to install anything new.  Doesn't seem prudent.  Well, I suppose that we will see in a day or so if it causes any issues.  

rcook12
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I had not heard about this either, so I did a little searching.  Apparently, other people think this is a little odd too.  There was a Federal lawsuit filed Monday over it. 

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/2012/1105/Is-Ohio-voting-software...

 

Christopher Nerney
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It certainly doesn't adhere to "best practices," does it?

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