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Beyond BlackBerry: Outdated Tech The Feds Should Dump

The US Senate is finally ditching BlackBerry devices. Now, if only the rest of the government could leave the past behind. Here's a look at outdated tech still being used by federal agencies, including the military and the IRS.
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Don't Copy That Floppy

The Strategic Automated Command Control System (SACCS) network is the primary system for communication between US military leaders and US nuclear forces. According to the GAO, the system presently depends on an IBM Series/1 'minicomputer' from the 1970s and 8' floppy disks to coordinate various operational functions. At least, the Department of Defense is planning updates by the end of 2017. Let's hope someone in IT remembers to cover the write-protect tab.

(Image: US GAO)

Don't Copy That Floppy

The Strategic Automated Command Control System (SACCS) network is the primary system for communication between US military leaders and US nuclear forces. According to the GAO, the system presently depends on an IBM Series/1 "minicomputer" from the 1970s and 8" floppy disks to coordinate various operational functions. At least, the Department of Defense is planning updates by the end of 2017. Let's hope someone in IT remembers to cover the write-protect tab.

(Image: US GAO)

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