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Homeland Security uses Windows 95

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A MASSIVE computer outage in the Department of Homeland Security's identity checking system in August has been put down to the fact that it is still using machines so old that they think Windows 95 is a pretty neat idea
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=28386

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Its sad that our security rests in any Windows let alone 95.
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Originally Posted by accskyman
Its sad that our security rests in any Windows let alone 95.
Yes it is....
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Dept of Homeland Security - Isn't that something Bush created?
Of all the money being spent by the Bush Administration, can't they hire some programmers to update these applications? They must've been made during Clinton's time!

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Edit that, or get a warning
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Make sure we don't start talking politics now guys...that is a no-no.
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I also heard that some air traffic control centers are still using vacuum tubes
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post #8 of 26
Quote:
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Were are the millions of tax dollars going then ? I bet my computer is as powerful as their whole network
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Originally Posted by Melcar
Were are the millions of tax dollars going then ? I bet my computer is as powerful as their whole network
LOL - think, the CIA using windows 3.1 with 15Mhz CPUs
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Yes some but not all air traffic towers do still use vacuum tubes because they are less likely to fail in the case of a electromagnetic pulse where as solid state circuits (unless they are shielded) will fail. Not all the government uses crap equipment just the most critical systems lol. When I was in the Navy I had a security clearance higher than top secret. I went to spend some time in the pentagon ( got in trouble, bad trouble) and I was really shocked to find that there was little to no security on most of the comps in the pentagon. The government is naive. They do not believe that some kid with the knowhow and a computer could possibly get into thier systems. I can also say from first hand experience that there are systems in the government that aren't even known about outside of a very select few.
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