United States Still Using Floppy Disks For Its Nuclear Programs

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In a country like the United States where movie CGI is so advanced that everything seems real, you would at least expect that its nuclear programs would be run by some sort of super computer. Nope! According to a report from the US GAO (Government Accountability Office), the US nuclear program is so technically outdated at the back end that requires an 8″ floppy disk to launch a missile. Yes, an 8″ floppy disk that was made obsolete in the late 1970s by the 3.5″ floppy disk, which nobody even remembers now.

An 8 Inch Floppy Disk Next To A CD Photo geekadelphia
An 8 Inch Floppy Disk Next To A CD Photo geekadelphia

These floppy disks operate some ground breaking technologies such as ICBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles), tanker support aircrafts and nuclear bombers. The outdated system costs 60 billion USD to be maintained a year while the latest IT infrastructure would cost only 20 billion. The report also mentions that the US Treasury still uses the Assembly programming language which went out of fashion after the 1950s. Government’s plan? To move the control of nuclear programs to latest computers by end of 2017 but only if it can move the slow moving behemoth called “Government” fast enough.

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Soumyajit is an SAP technical consultant with a flair for writing. An avid blog reader, he started off with a free WordPress blog and slowly moved to his own personal news and blog site. Apart from writing he loves reading books, playing table tennis and long bike trips. He is currently trying to learn playing guitar and failing miserably.

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