If you've seen the 1983 movie WarGames, this all probably sounds familiar to you. But you might be surprised to know that the gear young Matthew Broderick played around with was probably more advanced than the gear that actually runs our apocalyptic arsenal here in 2015. The U.S. Army Missile Command hasn't received much new gear since the end of the Cold War, which is why you won't find any USB drives underground at the Air Force base where he was stationed. This is how they transfer files:
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It would take four of these to play Oregon Trail.
Yeah, we're going to guess most of the people reading this have never even seen a floppy disk like that. And not only is the gear we use to control our missiles ancient -- the silos themselves are falling apart.
"So many things were broken ... bathrooms wouldn't work so there'd be toilet issues. Little things were always broken: The communications system wouldn't work because there was water in the line. There was a leak in one capsule, with mold. The missiles themselves ... there's always write-ups on those, little things are wrong. Like, there's this thing called a b-plug; it's a massive plug that blocks the manhole cover down to the missile. Those things are horrible, they break all the time. They put in a faster plug ... but the company that made and installed them all immediately went out of business to avoid being sued by the Air Force."