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  •  I love the Atlantic story (14+ / 0-)

    Great writing by Madrigal. The Obama campaign hired the best tech team, not the most connected or the ones who looked good in khaki pants. It's interesting how their mission morphed from nerdy geekness techy stuff into the personal - recognizing where this country would end up if President Obama lost reelection, right down to the future of the Supreme Court. Failure was not an option.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 05:17:12 AM PST

    •  Yes. Fascinating and thrilling. (4+ / 0-)

      I'm not a geek, but I do front-end work so I understand a tiny bit of the amazing things the geek squad did.

      One of the most interesting articles I have ever read.

      •  Even more interesting (4+ / 0-)

        is the complete fail of the Orca system that the Romney campaign put forth):
        (warning, Breitbart link, but they accuse Romney of suppressing the vote because of the failure of Orca:

        Project Orca was supposed to enable poll watchers to record voter names on their smartphones, by listening for names as voters checked in. This would give the campaign real-time turnout data, so they could redirect GOTV resources throughout the day where it was most needed. They recruited 37,000 swing state volunteers for this.
        I worked on the Colorado team, and we were called by hundreds (or more) volunteers who couldn't use the app or the backup phone system. The usernames and passwords were wrong, but the reset password tool didn't work, and we couldn't change phone PINs. We were told the problems were limited and asked to project confidence, have people use pencil and paper, and try to submit again later.
        Then at 6PM they admitted they had issued the wrong PINs to every volunteer in Colorado, and reissued new PINs (which also didn't work). Meanwhile, counties where we had hundreds of volunteers, such as Denver Colorado, showed zero volunteers in the system all day, but we weren't allowed to add them. In one area, the head of the Republican Party plus 10 volunteers were all locked out. The system went down for a half hour during peak voting, but for hundreds or more, it never worked all day. Many of the poll watchers I spoke with were very discouraged. Many members of our phone bank got up and left.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 05:54:29 AM PST

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        •  I know that in Michigan... (3+ / 0-)

          ...OfA did no less than 2 "practice runs" of Election Day, testing their reporting systems in real time and doing a couple of voter suppression scenarios to evaluate the response of the Voter Protection lawyers. They found problems and fixed most of them prior to Election Day.

          I am certain every battleground state had the same sort of "trial run."

          When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

          by Egalitare on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 06:13:46 AM PST

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          •  well of course (3+ / 0-)
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            Minnesota Deb, Egalitare, skohayes

            Testing is crucial to any system, computer based or not.

            Hospitals run disaster drills. So do cops and other first responders. The military has drills and mock battles all the time. And if you design an app, you thoroughly test it before you roll it out, and you NEVER roll out a mission crtitical app before testing, and preferably multiple stages of testing.

            Hell, they could have set it up and used it to track their volunteers only, attendance at meetings, etc., before election day.

            But the Romney team was so technologically inept that they didn't even make sure the URL they gave out was correct.

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