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I bought them by the hundreds.Last week I tried to use a couple of 1.44 meg plastic floppies and they wouldn't even format.
The military still uses them because the 19-year-old kids that sit in these silos think the floppies are at the cutting edge of technology since they've never seen floppies before.How have they managed to keep them working this long? Can you still buy new eight inch drives?
The authentication system for US nuclear forces is electronically unhackable. The actual messages can be in the clear over a cell phone or pony express but the authentication system for the content of messages is completely offline encrypted using manual systems with the SIOP as the target decoder.I guess obsolete technology has its place.
Floppies are so outdated that cyber criminals don;t even bother with trying to hack 1990s technology.
Imagining and being ready to execute the unimaginable worked because it was so horrible. The hair trigger of the Cold War is over thanks to the men and woman who trained and were willing to pull the trigger for the unimaginable. Just be glad you never had even the remote possibility of being in the chain to trigger that event because even a small section of the SIOP target matrix would give a person nightmares.Imagining the unimaginable. "Don't worry citizens. We are fully prepared to protect you by rendering the whole planet uninhabitable."
The Floppy system was not the online active system in 2014 and is not now the online active Strategic Automated Command and Control System.As it happens, a similar logic underpins the U.S. military’s continued use of floppy disks. The fact that America’s nuclear forces are disconnected from digital networks actually acts as a buffer against hackers. As Maj. General Jack Weinstein told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in 2014:
Jack Weinstein: I'll tell you, those older systems provide us some -- I will say huge safety when it comes to some cyber issues that we currently have in the world.
Lesley Stahl: Now, explain that.
Weinstein: A few years ago we did a complete analysis of our entire network. Cyber engineers found out that the system is extremely safe and extremely secure on the way it's developed.
Stahl: Meaning that you're not up on the Internet kind of thing?
Weinstein: We're not up on the Internet.
Stahl: So did the cyber people recommend you keep it the way it is?
Weinstein: For right now, yes.
But also you don't have to record the BBC programmes so you can skip through all the time wasting adverts.Oh, the irony of the BBC poking fun at '70s technology (slow news day?) when they are 94 years old themselves (sadly, still working).
Yesterday I was retuning / rescanning terrestial TV channels (some moved around yesterday PM in the UK) and there were 140+ channels found. The BBC provides just 7 of these, but we all have to pay GBP145.50 (~ USD190) each year even if we don't watch them.
One big part of the reason is that the newer the technology, the more susceptible it is to electromagnetic pulse (EMP). Modern storage devices and electronics are inherently far more susceptible to EMP than older technologies. It is much easier to shield old floppy drives and older computers than modern ones.I'm not surprised they still have some floppies and drives around. I just recently sold off all that I had. But I'm a little perplexed if they actually use them for normal daily operations. I mean, what data could be on them that wouldn't be better stored on a thumb drive or other modern storage device? I guess you could have protocols to make up for the reliability issues and small capacity of the floppies. It just seems like the people responsible for these protocols would have suggested some improvements over the last 3 decades.
That's an argument for punch cards!One big part of the reason is that the newer the technology, the more susceptible it is to electromagnetic pulse (EMP). Modern storage devices and electronics are inherently far more susceptible to EMP than older technologies. It is much easier to shield old floppy drives and older computers than modern ones.
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