Floppy disks still used by some federal agencies

Remember the floppy disk? You know, that flexible plastic square disk used to store data magnetically that you probably stopped using when AOL bombarded you with its free CD-ROMs? It turns out that some federal agencies are still using them, according to The New York Times.

Floppy disks have become all but obsolete in the United States. In fact, most modern computers do not even accommodate the device anymore. The Federal Register, the official journal of the federal government, still accepts floppy disks from agencies.

The Federal Register continues to accept the 3.5-inch device because legal and security requirements have yet to be updated at some other government agencies. Agencies are also able to submit documents on paper, with original signatures, CD-ROMs, or use the secure email system.

The Federal Register still will not accept documents on flash drives or SD cards.


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