vintage computers in active use
dkelvey at hotmail.com
Thu May 26 12:22:35 CDT 2016
It is interesting that the military may not be able to use W10.
I doubt it can meet tempest requirements without major changes.
From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org> on behalf of Rod Smallwood <rodsmallwood52 at btinternet.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:19:51 AM
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Subject: Re: vintage computers in active use
On 26/05/2016 17:48, Fred Cisin wrote:
> On Thu, 26 May 2016, Brent Hilpert wrote:
>> A friend notice this in the news, I heard it mentioned on the radio
>> this morning too:
>> The report said that the Department of Defence systems that
>> intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker
>> support aircraft
>> "runs on an IBM Series-1 Computer - a 1970s computing system -
>> and uses
>> eight-inch floppy disks".
> "This system remains in use because, in short, it still works,"
> Pentagon spokeswoman Lt Col Valerie Henderson told the AFP news agency.
> And, THAT is why it MUST be replaced immediately by "modern" hardware
> and software, to put an end to that. Windows10 can change that.
> "According to the report, the US treasury also needed to upgrade its
> systems, which it said was using "assembly language code - a computer
> language initially used in the 1950s and typically tied to the
> hardware for which it was developed"."
> And, THAT is the reasoning for replacement?
> Not even an understanding of what assembly language IS.
> "Nobody programs in assembly language any more, nor ever will
> again" - Clancy/Harvey
> "Eight-inch floppy disks date back to the early days of computer systems"
> The author is unaware of the many decades of computers, including
> military, prior to floppy disks. Mag tape? EAM (punch-cards, etc.)?
Sounds like good security to me. Try hacking that lot.
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