US Nuke Arsenal Runs on 1970s IBM 'Puter Waving 8-inch Floppies

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  1. IvanV

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    A US Government Accounting Office (GAO) report has highlighted the parlous state of Uncle Sam's IT infrastructure.

    As an example, the computer used to coordinate America's nuclear forces is an IBM Series/1 that uses eight‑inch floppy disks capable of storing about 80KB of data each. Meanwhile, the Treasury Department is calculating tax returns on a 56-year-old IBM mainframe using programs written in assembly code; it says it has no plans to update its systems.
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    umm, 8" floppies ? 40 year old 8" floppies, those things where the data is written magnetically, right?

    how does anyone know if half of those things even still work?
    or will we not find out until the moment Trump pushes the button, and completely fails to wipe Russia off the map ? :D
     
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    Don't you mean Mexico?
     
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    :D

    My guess is that those things are still being produced somewhere for clients such as this one. An office mate used to work for the police here and says that they still had some legacy systems that used floppies until recently (the 3.5 inches variety) and that they kept a stockpile of new ones.
     

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