February 27, 2010

The safety of our country rests of computers that use floppy disks

Could somebody get the Secret Service Windows XP? Hell, get them Windows 95...

A classified review of the United States Secret Service's computer technology found that the agency's computers were fully operational only 60 percent of the time because of outdated systems and a reliance on a computer mainframe that dates to the 1980s, according to Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.

"We have here a premiere law enforcement organization in our country which is responsible for the security of the president and the vice president and other officials of our government, and they have to have better IT than they have," said Lieberman, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. 


What the hell? Why is it like that? At some point they figured they didn't need to get an upgrade. Did the fact that they don't sell dial up modems and floppy disks any more a clue? Is Air Force One operated by an Atari 2600?

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