When people think of the U.S. government, it’s usually in quite the negative light, especially with the ongoing stuff going on with the NSA snooping on everyone and everyone they can. Considering how “advanced” the U.S. government is, it’s kind of shocking to hear 3.5-inch floppy disks are still used on a regular basis.
The Federal Register, which is a daily journal of the U.S. government, publishes on its website and within a booklet somewhere around 100 executive orders, proclamations, proposed rule changes and other government notices that federal agencies are made to submit for public inspection. Unfortunately, many of the Federal Register employees who receive the information to publish are said to receive some of that information on 3.5-inch floppy disks, which have been obsolete outside of the U.S. government for quite some time.
“You’ve got this antiquated system that still works but is not nearly as efficient as it could be,” Stan Soloway, chief executive of the Professional Services Council, told The New York Times.
We’re well aware of the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but in this case, I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying no one should be using 3.5-inch floppy disks in 2013. I don’t care who you are or what kind of computer you’re using. Floppy disks are out!