The US Air Force has retired the 8-inch floppy disks. The archaic Strategic Automated Command and Control System switched its storage component from the floppy disks to a ’highly-secure solid state digital storage solution’ in June.
Sometimes archaic formats provide an additional level of security by virtue of being old, same reason many intelligence agencies still use typewriters for recording particularly sensitive information just to add that extra layer of security in an otherwise digital age.
And I just invested in 8” floppy discs! I have to find a better financial advisor...
if it aint broke, dont fix it
It's nearly the end of 2019... Why wasn't this done 20 years ago?!?
I miss old military tech. Literally one of the fixes for our computer "RAM" was to drop it on the ground and reinsert. Who says violence and technology dont mix :)
So let's VET the supplier big time. One little backdoor / truism in the firmware and all the info is owned. Just look at the Intel hacks of late, most of the worst vulnerabilities come from the firmware the manufacturer puts on.
And the controller chips inside the SSDs are made in China?
Welcome to government. These are the people we want to "solve society's problems" and yet they're still using ridiculously old technology. If you ever think "the government should..." correct yourself and figure out a way we can fix it without their antiquated ideas and technology.
Ohhh, except police and military. When it comes to ruling or killing others, nothing but the best technology!
Oh no! now all those 90s cartoons where the thing that could destroy the world was on a floppy disc will be outdated!
They completely passed over the zipdisk? That thing could hold 100MB!
I like how people are saying "floppy disks are harder to hack" when most people dont understand basic security..
Seriously most issues with hacking come from corporations not properly setting up security within networks and servers and people not using proper password etiquette.
You can also still create closes proprietary systems if you really need security. Also encryption but that just like any technology is only as good as the human using it.
The US still uses many of those old windows computers, because it is too risky to move the info to other platforms, and they already know how to fix issues either their old ones.If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
In their defense good luck hiding 8 1/2 inchers as a spy.
So you’re telling me that the old Matthew Broderick movie, “War Games” was an example of current USAF tech until just now...? 🤯
"Finally"? What biased reporting! 😆
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