A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in by Andrew MacGregor-Marshall

By Andrew MacGregor-Marshall

Suffering to emerge from a despotic earlier, Thailand stands at a defining second in its heritage. whereas rankings of voters were killed at the streets of Bangkok and freedom of speech remains to be oftentimes denied, democracy feels like an more and more far-off proposal. and plenty of worry that the loss of life of King Bhumibol Adulyadej may possibly unharness even higher instability. because of Thailand’s draconian lese majesté legislations, which prohibits someone from wondering the royal relations, not anyone has been prepared to provide a complete research of the present country of the country—until now. Going a criminal offense, Andrew MacGregor Marshall is among the in simple terms reporters protecting modern Thailand to inform the complete tale. In state in concern he offers thorough historical past on Thailand this present day, revealing the unacknowledged succession clash that has develop into entangled with the fight for democracy in Thailand

“An explosive research that lays naked what the Thai elite have attempted to maintain hidden for many years. A clear-eyed view of what's relatively at stake in Thailand’s carrying on with turmoil.”—David Streckfuss, writer of fact on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté

“A well timed and hugely readable account of the awful political fact of the Land of Smiles. a vital primer for each visitor.” —Joe Studwell, writer of the way Asia Works

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I know this because I did it. You will find software engineers who currently work for voting machine companies by finding any company e-mail address. ” Enter “essvote” in a search engine, and you’ll find people who submitted information to high-school reunion sites and programmers who post comments on forums, join listservs, create personal Web pages and post their wedding plans on the Internet. One guy even listed his hobbies and his favorite vacation spots. I located eight dozen voting-company employees this way.

By the way, people who have worked around touch screens know that rubbing them can screw them up big time. And almost everyone who works on computers knows that strong magnets and magnetic storage don’t mix. Accidentally put a few bugs in the software. Software engineering is like writing music or creating a painting. It is inspired, sometimes in the middle of the night, and in the wee hours things slip past the best of them. Sometimes engineers just don’t catch bugs in the code. Or perhaps, a programmer plays with bugs for a hobby… Bugs in the Code Voting-machine source code apparently has turned into the digital equivalent of “The Blob,” with such massive code, around a million lines long, that no one really catches all the bugs.

Fixed problem in FileUtil that did not correctly determine if path was empty. - Fixed problem in PollBook for Closed Primary Elections. - Work around problem reporting zero totals when runing [sic] on Win95 units and Win98 units upgraded from Win95 - Fix bug with starting PollBook when main and def. Directories do not match. - Fix bug uploading candidate totals - Fixed problem in Poll Book where it fails to clear totals. - Fixed bug that did not accumulate write-in votes. - Handle failure of some files during upload.

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