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Writing this also made me decide to volunteer to become a poll worker. You can sign up here:

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In the course of writing this, the one that was impressed on me by multiple people was that 1) the election may take days to complete but 2) that's not a sign that the process is under attack and 3) could be a sign of the safeguards working as designed.

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I look forward to the day when I can, once again, write about election security in a theoretical, low-stakes context.
Until then.

If you'd like to make a difference, becoming an election polling place volunteer is a good way to do it.

They are almost always desperate for more volunteers to run election polling places. The more volunteers, the faster the line moves. You can always riot later if necessary, too. :)

You can sign up for it through your state's election board website, or through the link.

I'm looking to commision a UI designer to help design the 250x122 bitmap interface for my e-ink public transit timer. Send me your rate sheet and let's talk!

Some background. Numbers stations - ratio stations in which people (or synthesized voices) read out strings of random numbers - are a means of messages for use with "one-time pads," a cryptographic tool that is, in theory, unbreakable.


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As Matt Blaze writes, a throwaway detail in the book resolves a longstanding cryptographic mystery: that of a Cuban "numbers station" that operated for years, including a decade where it behaved very erratically (by numbers station standards).


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Xenophobia - a fear of the other

Xenaphobia - a fear of a powerful princess warrior

Honestly bummed out about this. They were both really cool projects.

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