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Old 10-26-2019, 10:44 PM   #1
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'Update Complete: U.S. Nuclear Weapons No Longer Need Floppy Disks'


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The United States' nuclear arsenal will no longer rely on a computer system that uses eight-inch floppy disks
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the disks are more widely used than one might expect, especially in industrial machines, aircraft, medical devices and complex hardware systems like those used by the world's militaries. He said he thought it had been roughly five years since anyone had manufactured a new disk.
Someone made an 8-inch floppy 5 years ago.


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/24/u...ppy-disks.html
 
Old 10-26-2019, 10:48 PM   #2
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I once had a gig developing training materials for an outfit that had a cnc machine running on DOS something or other.

And that was in 2006.

"If it ain't broke, don't update it" seems to be a thing.

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Old 10-28-2019, 01:15 PM   #3
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I had a clear-out last weekend. Among the things unearthed and discarded were boxes of floppies, Sinclair microdrive cartridges, and plug-ins for the TI99/4A!
 
Old 10-28-2019, 04:48 PM   #4
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I may be mistaken, but I would prefer as low tech as possible for nuclear weapon activation. Of course I would prefer they did not exist at all but that's another topic....
 
Old 10-30-2019, 12:10 PM   #5
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Industrial Electronics often hangs behind. That's why I got away repairing it as long as I did (2006). And the tech wasn't beating more than 25% of the time, the companies were closing up, firing workers, and sending machines to lower paid countries like India, China, Poland, & Bangladesh.

At the time I was still fixing RF Generators with Thermionic Valves, used in wood glueing processes, plastic welding, & broadcasting. As well as modern tech. When nukes were first made, (1960s) 8 inch floppies were actually quite modern, despite their appalling failure rate. Memory was hugely expensive. We could do it all now with a phone App, even dodging incoming traffic :-).

It's really a statement of the progress in Technology. They should have been gone by the end of the 1970s, but there probably wasn't a budget for that.
 
Old 10-30-2019, 01:13 PM   #6
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Dad showed me all of that back in the 60's. Back when silo warriors were encouraged to take their family along. I never saw my Dad much growing up.

Betcha that stuff is hard to hack. Neato thing. Stuff still works. Kinda like my oldy Kapok Netbook.
 
  


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