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    Maybe it is a stroke of genius, using computers that have been obsolete since Carter left office, we sure got our money out of the system and it maybe so old nobody remembers how to hack it!
    OTOH, maybe we should invest a little more on the system that controls our ballistic missiles...

    Let’s see, what could do wrong…
    Beyond the nuclear program, much of the technology used by the federal government is woefully outmoded, the report says. About 75 percent of the government's information technology budget goes toward operations and maintenance, rather than development, modernization and enhancement.
    "Clearly, there are billions wasted," GAO information technology expert David Powner said at a congressional hearing Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.
    The GAO report found that the Pentagon's Strategic Automated Command and Control System — which "coordinates the operational functions of the United States' nuclear forces, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers, and tanker support aircrafts" — runs on a IBM Series/1 Computer, first introduced in 1976.
    The report also found that the Treasury Department uses 1950s-era assembly language code (which it says is "a low-level computer code that is difficult to write and maintain") on the individual master file ("the authoritative data source for individual taxpayers where accounts are updated, taxes are assessed, and refunds are generated.") The reports adds that the department has no firm plans to modernize the system.

    Likewise, the Social Security Administration relies on COBOL ("a programming language developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s") to determine retirement eligibility and amounts, according to the report. However, there are "ongoing modernization efforts" at the agency.
    Last edited by Urban hermit; 26 May 16, 20:51.
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