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My impression is yes.

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*snort*

on a semi serious note, JW if that makes it harder for them to be hacked via cyber?

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In May 2016 the United States Government Accountability Office released a report that covered the need to upgrade or replace legacy computer systems within Federal Agencies. According to this document, old IBM Series/1 minicomputers running on 8-inch floppy disks are still used to coordinate...

...ready for it...

....the operational functions of the United States’ nuclear forces.

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On a lighter note, here's a fun fact.

Say "beer can" with an English accent.

I just taught you how to say "bacon" in Jamaican.

You're welcome.

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today is national meatball day.

for all y'all omnivores, s'ghetti and meatballs could be good.

for vegetarians and vegans, there's such a thing as meatless meatballs and they are pretty fab on s'ghetti with a nice hearty marinara.

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This experiment is standard reading in any psychology survey course, along with Zimbardo's work.

One could never get away with those experiments based on the human subjects protections in the Belmont Report.

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The experiment has been used (and rebutted against) as a rationalization for how an entire country can go mad. About how you, a (presumably) good and honest person could be coaxed into murdering innocent people so long as you didn't have to look at them and a quasi-authoritative person told you to do so.

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Not being able to see the person you are executing makes it far easier to do... consider this "Fun Fact" - the Milgram Experiment.

Let me preface this with the fact that A) this is from an article trying to make fun of it and B) this interpretation is possibly a little bit much.

The Setup: When the prosecution of the Nazis got underway at the Nuremberg Trials, many of the defendants' excuse seemed to revolve around the ideas of, "I'm not really a prick" and, "Hey man, I was just following orders." Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram wanted to test willingness of subjects to obey an authority figure.

The subject was told he was a "teacher" and that his job was to give a memory test to another subject, located in another room. The whole thing was fake and the other subject was an actor.

The "teacher" (i.e. the actual subject) was told that whenever the "subject" gave an incorrect answer, he was to press a button that would give him an electric shock. A guy in a lab coat was there to make sure he did it (again no real shock was being delivered, but the subject of course did not know this).

The subject was told that the shocks started at 45 volts and would increase with every wrong answer. Each time they pushed the button, the actor on the other end would scream and beg for the subject to stop.

The Result: Many subjects began to feel uncomfortable after a certain point, and questioned continuing the experiment. However, each time the guy in the lab coat encouraged them to continue. Most of them did, upping the voltage, delivering shock after shock while the victim screamed.

Eventually the actor would start banging on the wall that separated him from the subject, pleading about his heart condition. After further shocks, all sounds from victim's room would cease, indicating he was dead or unconscious.

Between 61 and 66 percent of subjects would continue the experiment until it reached the maximum voltage of 450, continuing to deliver shocks after the victim had been zapped into unconsciousness or the afterlife. Repeated studies have shown the same result: Subjects will mindlessly deliver pain to an innocent stranger as long as a dude in a lab coat says it's OK.

Most subjects wouldn't begin to object until after 300-volt shocks. Zero of them asked to stop the experiment before that point.

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(I fully appreciate how icky it is to talk about such a thing in practical terms...)

From a practical standpoint, rapid poisoning is fairly ideal, as they can simply ventilate the chamber and remove the (mostly) non-messy bodies out to be buried or cremated. Shooting everyone is messy and dangerous (to the executioners).

Not to mention that in all likelihood the vast majority of executioners had a huge problem with what they were doing. Dumping something through a ventilation hole into a room where you can't see anyone makes it a little easier to stomach. Actually shooting innocent people requires a much stronger resolve to follow your horrible orders, no matter your personal objections.

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TBR my father in law lost his family to the Nazi. He was twelve years old. he because a French soldier until Hitler took over France and then as in the underground as a sniper. The war ended when he was fifteen.

The gas chambers happened because Hitler was looking for a way to mass exterminate Jews and others that where genetically unfit to potentially pollute the Aryan genes. Bullets where too slow and took to much time when they had millions to exterminate.

The Nazi also used trains, Filled them with Jews like cattle and then just left the train for a few days in the freezing cold of winter until everyone in the train froze to death.

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