Know all those terrifying stories about …

Know all those terrifying stories about how vast pieces of our national infrastructure may be running vastly outdated code?

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has switched 1,300 of the servers that manage its package tracking system to a Linux environment. The move has taken the better part of a year since all the original system code was written in Cobol and had to be converted for Linux — a less expensive option than rewriting it altogether.

Guess it’s still working, though, so the original coders do get props for that.

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