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(Daily Mail)   The US nuclear missile codes during the Cold War were either never moved from the default setting or made up by president Skroob   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 108
    More: Scary, World War III, Cold War, U.S., Skroob, world wars, rocket launchers, nuclear deterrent, nuclear missiles  
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2013-11-29 08:07:50 PM
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2013-11-29 08:08:31 PM

iheartscotch: 1..2..3..4..5


Nuclear launch detected.
 
2013-11-29 08:08:56 PM
What a load of bs. From what my dad told me of the air force, the types of people would not do that.

What they found out was the lie code for the traitors to see and have. I do not know this for any fact at all, but come the fack on.
 
2013-11-29 08:09:19 PM
Daily Mail said it! It must be true!
 
2013-11-29 08:10:38 PM
how was that never hacked?  let's assume the same idiocy prevails today.  someone will eventually hack it.
 
2013-11-29 08:11:02 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-29 08:11:18 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-29 08:11:55 PM
Wasn't this already pretty much already known? I'm sure I remember reading it was because politicians mandated that the nukes have combination locks but didn't mention anything about setting the combination.
 
2013-11-29 08:12:35 PM
"The password is... 'Password.' It's impossible to guess!"

//obscure?
 
2013-11-29 08:12:40 PM
o_O

Wow - 16 seconds. Neat.
 
2013-11-29 08:13:25 PM
"Congratulations on your purchase of a UC1583 PAL Controller.  Please read all installation instructions carefully and reset launch codes prior to deployment"
 
2013-11-29 08:13:27 PM
That's about as close to a simulpost as it gets.
 
2013-11-29 08:13:41 PM
if i could just remember my Fark password...
 
2013-11-29 08:13:46 PM

rockforever: [i.imgur.com image 500x371]


Englebert Slaptyback: [i.imgur.com image 500x371]



Aww.. you guys were within 16 seconds of free TotalFark for a year.


Too bad.
 
2013-11-29 08:15:40 PM
If you read Cracked, you already know this.

But Pargin is a raging asshole, so I understand if you don't patronize his website.
 
2013-11-29 08:15:47 PM
But they were protected on Windows 95 with the password "password" and the PIN "1234", so it's totally secure.
 
2013-11-29 08:17:12 PM

Errk: rockforever: [i.imgur.com image 500x371]

Englebert Slaptyback: [i.imgur.com image 500x371]


Aww.. you guys were within 16 seconds of free TotalFark for a year.


Too bad.


Even the same source link
 
2013-11-29 08:17:40 PM

Errk: rockforever: [i.imgur.com image 500x371]

Englebert Slaptyback: [i.imgur.com image 500x371]


Aww.. you guys were within 16 seconds of free TotalFark for a year.


Too bad.


My alt thinks we can do it
 
2013-11-29 08:17:53 PM

SlothB77: how was that never hacked?  let's assume the same idiocy prevails today.  someone will eventually hack it.


Think about the time frame we're talking about. I'm assuming you had to physically connect the what'sit to the missile in question for it to work. And to do that, you had to get into the base. I'm betting that, even with the football and modern technology, someone would have to turn a pair of keys to launch a missile. Most of that technology would have to interface with stuff from the 70's and 80's to get it to work any other way.
 
2013-11-29 08:18:16 PM
It's not like they were subject to brute force attacks or anything, but yeah this is common knowledge.  UK bombs too.
 
2013-11-29 08:18:28 PM

walktoanarcade: What a load of bs. From what my dad told me of the air force, the types of people would not do that.

What they found out was the lie code for the traitors to see and have. I do not know this for any fact at all, but come the fack on.


Pretty much this.

Maybe one idiot commander of one missile silo set his to that because he was to stupid to remember them, but I seriously doubt our entire nuclear arsenal was.
 
2013-11-29 08:19:49 PM
So...the Daily Fail, citing Today I Learned, citing a commander of one launch facility?


I'm not saying it's not true. But..well, that's a bit thin.
 
2013-11-29 08:20:57 PM
This is pretty old news.

It's also detailed in Command and Control (which I advise getting if you're interested in nuclear weapons, the Cold War, or military history).  The code was only set at Minuteman sites and was meant to unlock the missile, not the warhead itself.  Strategic Air Command did this as a big fark you to the Pentagon (which required the coding) and also under the argument that if war does break out you want to remove any hindrance in firing off your missiles.
 
2013-11-29 08:21:58 PM
Yeah, I'm gonna believe some rag about that.
 
2013-11-29 08:22:34 PM
CPE1704TKS
 
2013-11-29 08:23:23 PM
Great now I have to change my password, thanks farker.
 
2013-11-29 08:26:12 PM
Won't you gentleman have a Pepsi?
 
2013-11-29 08:26:37 PM
How about a nice game of chess?
 
2013-11-29 08:28:48 PM
HA! Thanks for the laughs, ReapTheChaos. I misread at first as "sub"  not "silo" as you had typed;was picturing the sedentary version of McHale from McHale's Navy..because, eh you get me, right?
 
2013-11-29 08:30:17 PM
This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible


*cough* Bullsh*t Alert! *cough*
 
2013-11-29 08:33:39 PM
That was the code for the president's launch order.  You'd still have to be the president, to have the authority to authorize the launch, and it's not like there are not twenty secret service agents, with machineguns standing around protecting both the president, and the suitcase.

It wouldn't matter what you made the password, because the only people getting to the suitcase to order the launch, would be the only people legally authorized to know the password anyways, is what I am saying.
 
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2013-11-29 08:35:19 PM

Piizzadude: Errk: rockforever: [i.imgur.com image 500x371]

Englebert Slaptyback: [i.imgur.com image 500x371]


Aww.. you guys were within 16 seconds of free TotalFark for a year.


Too bad.

Even the same source link


Chew your gum.
 
2013-11-29 08:44:36 PM

walktoanarcade: What a load of bs. From what my dad told me of the air force, the types of people would not do that.

What they found out was the lie code for the traitors to see and have. I do not know this for any fact at all, but come the fack on.


Odd that this should come up, I'd been reading about this not too long ago.

There were two issues at hand.  You do NOT want to fark up entering the code, so a code of all-zeros eliminates that.  And, you don't want to have to sit on your thumbs waiting for a code to arrive when time is critical and the lines of communication may have been disrupted.  Assuming that there was anybody at the other end to begin with.
 
2013-11-29 08:45:21 PM

NewportBarGuy: This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible


*cough* Bullsh*t Alert! *cough*


I'm with you here. They knew they would have about 20 minutes to launch once they first detected incoming missiles. The few seconds it takes to input an eight-digit number wouldn't matter.
 
2013-11-29 08:46:09 PM
Would you like to see some projected kill ratios?
 
2013-11-29 08:49:49 PM
Sure, that could be.  I don't have any proof, just a gut feeling and going on how military types actually are, but yeah, I see your reasoning.

Plus, life has shown me some unbelievable shiat, so if the daily fail is finally right about something and it's this-a part of me would not be surprised.  I still side that's it's bs, though. Judgement call...and I am not calling yours into question, just saying that's my feelings on it.
 
2013-11-29 08:51:28 PM

walktoanarcade: What a load of bs. From what my dad told me of the air force, the types of people would not do that.

What they found out was the lie code for the traitors to see and have. I do not know this for any fact at all, but come the fack on.


Agreed, it's just gun grabber pillow biter hornswoggle.
 
2013-11-29 08:52:27 PM

DigitalCoffee: CPE1704TKS


ZXC741ASD852QWE963?

/that's the combination to my luggage!
 
2013-11-29 08:52:57 PM
farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2013-11-29 09:09:37 PM
If it is true it makes them all look very dumb.
 
2013-11-29 09:11:03 PM
Holy crap. That's my password and I've been using it since forever.

Glad I didn't blow up the world by mistake by logging in to the wrong web site...
 
2013-11-29 09:12:30 PM
From Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety:

"After the accident at Thule, the Pentagon had ordered SAC to impose some form of use control. Instead of relying on PALs, duringthe early 1970s the Air Force put a coded switch in the cockpit of every bomber that carried nuclear weapons. The switch permitted an arming signal to be sent to the bomb bay when the right code was entered. The lock had been placed on the bomber, not inside the bombs- and a stolen weapon could still be detonated with a simple DC signal. SAC was far more worried about its weapons being rendered inoperable during wartime than about someone stealing them or using them without proper authorization. During the late 1970s, a coded switch was finally placed in the control center of every SAC ballistic missile. It unlocked the missile, not the warhead. And as a final act of defiance, SAC demonstrated the importance ofcode management to the usefulness of any coded switch. The combination necessary to launch the missiles was the same at every Minuteman site: 00000000."

And thanks to the Farker who recommended that book - an extremely interesting and informative read.
 
2013-11-29 09:12:47 PM
Ladies and gentleman, the true code can now be revealed:

NTHGTHDGDCRTDTRK

There, and don't worry it's long been deactivated.
 
2013-11-29 09:14:25 PM
What does the CRM114 say?
 
2013-11-29 09:16:49 PM
********
 
2013-11-29 09:20:46 PM
For those of you sitting alone reading this; if you knew that in 5 minutes nukes were going to take everything out, would you try to find someone to be next to, or would you go stay alone?

I don't know why this thought occurred to me, but I think I would try and find someone to stand next to, maybe hold hands with.

/alone
//dork
 
2013-11-29 09:23:50 PM
Well I've been to one World's Fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard come over a set of earphones.
 
2013-11-29 09:23:57 PM
Kennedy made it law that you had to connect a laptop to the missile launch system in order to use it? Huh....
 
2013-11-29 09:26:06 PM
5 minutes?  Hmmmmmm Alone. Why spend the last five minutes watching and listening to people..with only five minutes.  That's not enough time to do much.  Fark being around terrified people. I mean, if I'm going out in five minutes, I'm going to play one of the classic arcade games on mame or something.  May as well.
 
2013-11-29 09:33:05 PM

almejita: For those of you sitting alone reading this; if you knew that in 5 minutes nukes were going to take everything out, would you try to find someone to be next to, or would you go stay alone?

I don't know why this thought occurred to me, but I think I would try and find someone to stand next to, maybe hold hands with.

/alone
//dork


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I'd send my son into outer space with special crystals towards Alpha Centauri.
 
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