How to Install No Limits Magic Build Kodi Krypton


Step 1) From home screen go to Settings

Step 2) Click File Manager

Step 3) Click Add Source

Step 4) Click None

Step 5) Enter the following address:

Step 6) Name it Kodi No Limits

Step 7) Make sure everything has been entered correctly

Step 8) Go back to Home screen and click add-ons

Step 9) Click the add-on installer from the top left

Step 10) Click Install from zip file

Step 11) A box will open click Kodi No Limits

Step 12) Click

Step 13) Wait for the top right to popup Kodi No limits Wizard Installed

Step 14) Go back to Home screen and click add-ons

Step 15) Click Program Add-ons

Step 16) Click No limits Wizard

Step 17) Select the version wanted, here Server-1 No Limits Magic (No XXX Section) has been selected

Step 18) It will download and install

Step 19) A box will popup and close Kodi. Sometimes it must be done manually.

Click OK to force close Kodi if it does not close automatically.

Step 20) Restart Kodi and it should come up. Be sure to give it time to build menus and update add-ons


The Ares Build on Kodi Media Player

The Ares Build

Though not quite as slick looking as CellarDoor TV, the official Ares Build brings some unique features to the table.

Official Ares addons

The Ares Project community’s official addons are featured on a separate menu page called “Ares Project.”

Instant search

The Ares Build’s movies and TV pages feature a convenient button that allows you to simultaneously search through a variety of different movie and TV addons.  Or, if you prefer one addon in particular you can get to it by clicking its icon.

Handy sports widgets

The Ares Build’s sports page gives you an easy way to jump into SportsDevilPro Sport and other sports addons.

Lock down inappropriate addons

The PinSentry and Suitability addons allow you to filter out content or password protect mature content areas.


Ares Build features a working version of the popular video addon Exodus.  The official version of Exodus went offline when TVAddons was shut down a few weeks ago.

The Ares Build Installation instructions

Ares Build is available via the Ares Wizard installer.  Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how to install Ares Wizard and get Ares Build.

1.  Download the Ares Project repository file

Go to and download to your hard drive.

2.  Install the repository file

From inside of Kodi, click the addons menu on the side of the screen.  Then, click the box icon.

The box icon is the leftmost icon.

Once you click the box icon, you’ll see a text menu.  Select the option that says install from zip file, then navigate to where you saved and clickopen.

3.  Install Ares Wizard

Now that you have the repository installed, click the box icon again.  This time, click install from repository → ares project → program addons → ares wizard → install.

4.  Install Ares Build

Open up Ares Wizard, then go to the browse builds tab.  Click ares builds, then click the link to get your PIN code.  Finally, enter in your PIN, choose the ares build – krypton and click install.

Ares Wizard (Color of links described)

Kodi Builds in Ares Wizard

The most useful feature of Ares wizard is the ability to download and install builds easily. If you want to get a new build, then choose Browse Builds menu from home and select the build which you want to use and click Install. But there are two types of builds in Ares Wizard:

  1. Green Builds;
  2. Yellow Builds.

Green Builds

In Ares Wizard after entering into the Kodi builds menu you can see a list of builds which highlights in Green that means you have to enter a unique code to install.

  1. Select the Kodi Builds which you want to Install.ares wizard green builds
  2. It will open a pop-up menu with a link to the pin code. So, just click the link it will take you to the required site and get your code from the webpage to install.ares wizard pin required
  3. After you get the Pin code then just select Enter and type your 4-digit pin number and click Done.ares wizard numeric pad

These are the steps to get the pin code to install green highlighted Kodi builds. Here are a few most usable featured builds. They are:

  • CellarDoor TV
  • Ares US Builds
  • Ares Builds
  • Apollo
  • Pulse Builds

Yellow Builds

ares wizard yellow buildsIn this, the Kodi Builds are highlighted in Yellow but not Green, and it does not require any pin code to accessSo just select the build, and it starts installing without any pin number.

Cortana Is Way Smarter, and Can Talk to Android and Windows Phone

Microsoft’s first big feature update for Windows 10, the Anniversary Update, is out today. With it comes a smarter Cortana, better multiple desktop tools, and tweaks that fix annoyances we’ve hated since Windows 10 launched.

Cortana Is Way Smarter, and Can Talk to Android and Windows Phone

Cortana reminds me not to schedule dinner during my plans to see Suicide Squad.

Cortana on Windows 10 is already pretty useful. You can check your schedule, get answers to simple, spoken questions, find and keep your notes, set reminders, and more. Now it’s getting even smarter. For example, if you add an event to your calendar that conflicts with another scheduled event, Cortana will let you know that you’re about to double-book yourself. Cortana can also interact with other apps to make reservations, or send the document you were recently working on to someone in your contact list.

Cortana can also bridge the gap between your phone and PC, much like Pushbullet before it. With today’s update, It can mirror your Android system notifications to your computer, so you’ll see missed calls, incoming messages, and low battery notifications right on your desktop. You can also mirror notifications from any other app you want. You’ll can find instructions on how to get Cortana set up here.

Cortana on the desktop can also talk to your phone. For example, if you search for “Directions to [place],” Cortana will send the directions to your map of choice on your Android device. You can say (or type) “Find my phone” to locate your phone on a map. You can even ring it remotely right from your desktop. Microsoft plans to add more commands over time, so keep an eye on this feature in the future.

Managing Multiple Desktops Is Now Even Easier

Pin certain windows and they’ll show up no matter which desktop you switch to.

Windows 10 made managing multiple desktops much easier and more straightforward than it was in Windows 7. It was one of the most underrated and overdue features of Windows 10. Now, it’s getting even better. The Task View interface, which you call up by pressing Win+Tab, now gives you a few more useful options. You can right-click a window to move it to another desktop (previously you could only drag windows from one desktop to another). You can also use the Task View to snap windows to the left and right side of the screen.

Best of all, you can now pin windows so they appear on all desktops. This is extremely handy for things like messaging or chat apps. While virtual desktops are great for separating workspaces, they can get in the way when there are certain apps you need in every context.

Your Calendar Is Now Integrated With the Taskbar

The calendar is actually a Calendar! What a crazy idea!

Microsoft’s Calendar app is one of the best Windows 10 universal apps out there, and one of the few worth using. In the Anniversary Update, it’s getting integrated with the system calendar in the taskbar. If you click the time and date in the lower-right corner of your screen, you’ll see a month view of a calendar like normal. Below that, however, you’ll see an agenda of all your events for the day.

You can also add events to your calendar from this panel. Click the plus sign at the top of the Agenda view and the Calendar app will open. Add an event name, time, and location. You can also choose one of your synced calendars from, say Google calendar, to add events to from this same panel. If you don’t care about the Agenda view, you can minimize it from the taskbar calendar panel.


I don’t need a quick toggle for VPN, but that Note button is handy. YMMV.

Windows 10’s Action Center (activated by pressing Win+A) is a pretty awesome tool that doesn’t quite get the love it deserves. Microsoft’s notification overlays can be a bit of a mess, and having all of your notifications in one organized place is a godsend. This panel already has Quick Actions to jump to Settings or activate features like Quiet Hours. Now you can customize which Quick Actions appear in the Action Center, so the ones you actually use are the ones displayed.

To customize Quick Actions, head to Settings > System > Notifications and Actions. At the top of the window you’ll see an array of Quick Action tiles. You can click and drag to rearrange them, or click “Add or remove quick actions” to disable any you don’t need.

You also have finer control over how notifications show up in the Action Center. Scroll down on the same screen and you’ll find a list of apps. Click an app and you can adjust its priority (in order, Top, High, and Normal) to determine where it will be positioned in the notification list. You can also customize how many messages each app is allowed to show at once in the Action Center. If you want to tweak how an app delivers notifications, this is the place to do it.

Set “Active Hours” to Keep Windows Update From Interrupting Your Work

No, Microsoft, I don’t want to update at 10AM on a Tuesday. I want to work.

Microsoft has been infuriatingly stubborn about when updates are applied over the years, sometimes forcing you to interrupt your work to do so. With Windows 10’s Anniversary update, you can set Active Hours, a timeframe of up to 12 hours, during which Windows will never apply automatic updates. Outside of these hours, Windows will still detect whether you’re using your computer before updating.

This should go a long way towards fixing the problem of Windows updates installing right when you sit down to work in the morning, or being nagged to reboot to finish installing updates while you’re trying to work. Now you can protect your productive hours. This doesn’t necessarily mean Microsoft will be less pushy with nag screens, but at least it won’t ruin your workday.

The New Dark Theme Makes Windows 10 Apps Easier On Your Eyes

Something a little less eye-searingly blinding, if you please.

In the past, if you wanted something easier on your eyes than a screen full of blinding white apps, you could edit the registry in Windows 10 to enable a hidden dark theme. After you’ve installed the Anniversary Update, it’s a simple settings switch:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click Personalization.
  3. Select Colors from the left-side navigation panel.
  4. Scroll down to “Choose your app mode.”
  5. Select “Dark.”

The change should take effect immediately. You’ll now see the dark theme on any app that supports it. In my experience this only seemed to work on Windows 10’s built-in apps like Settings, Calculator, and Calendar. Other apps like Dropbox, VLC, Wunderlist, and even Microsoft’s own OneNote were unaffected, but that’s likely because they haven’t been updated to support the new theme yet.

Power Users Have the Bash Shell of Their Dreams Built Into Windows

A Bash shell and Windows together? What is this, a crossover episode?

If you’ve ever used any Unix-based operating system, you’re probably aware that Windows’ command line is much different than the command line anywhere else. The Anniversary Update releases you from your terminal prison. Now you can install the Bash shell.

The Bash shell comes from a joint effort between Microsoft and Ubuntu developer Canonical. It supports the full range of commands you’re used to and you can create and run Bash scripts within the app that run natively in Windows. You can even use apt-get to download binaries. You won’t be able to use any of those tools in other command line environments like the normal DOS-style interface, nor can they interact with other Windows apps, but it’s better than nothing. If you’re not familiar with all the things you can do in a Bash-style command line, check out our primer here.


Microsoft’s Edge Browser Finally Gets Extensions, On Demand Flash, and More

Edge has a few extensions, but not many. For now.

Microsoft is trying desperately to get back in the browser game. Windows 10 brought the brand new Edge browser, completely rebuilt from the ground up after burning down Internet Explorer. While it’s had a promising start, it was still missing some key promised features like extensions. In the Anniversary update, that finally gets fixed. Sort of.

For starters, Microsoft Edge finally has extensions! A whopping…thirteen of them. While they include a few highly desirable extensions like Adblock Plus and Evernote’s web clipper, it’s a pretty meager selection. Microsoft has promised that developers will be able to easily port their Chrome extensions to Edge, but we’ll need to wait and see how many actually do it.

Edge is also finally getting the coveted click-to-play Flash feature that Firefox and Chrome users have grown used to. The browser should automatically detect what content is important and play things like videos, while blocking ads and junk plugins. If you want to play a particular piece of Flash content anyway, you can click each one individually to make it work.

Power users who like pinned tabs should also feel a bit more at home. You can now pin certain tabs in Edge so they’ll take up less space in the tab bar. They’ll also all come back when you restart the browser, even if you choose “Close all tabs” when you quit Edge.

Finally, Microsoft has also added support for web notifications. Some sites now ask if they can push notifications directly to your desktop when you first visit the site. Edge will show a dialog box at the bottom of the screen asking if you’d like to accept web notifications. When you do, they’ll appear in the notification center built right into Windows.

Smart Unlock Logs You In to Your Computer With Your Phone or Wearable Device

Soon, you’ll be able to unlock your phone with this. Or your phone, I guess. That’s probably easier.

With the new update, Microsoft is adding new ways to unlock your PC with what it’s calling “companion devices.” These include Windows or Android phones, but it also extends to wearables like Microsoft’s own fitness tracker. You can use these devices to verify that you are who you say you are and bypass a password or PIN. Here are some of the ways you’ll be able to log in with these devices:

  • Plug in your companion device via USB: Certain devices like fitness trackers can unlock your phone simply by plugging them into your PC and tapping a button on the companion device.
  • Pair your smartphone with your PC via Bluetooth: When you dismiss the lock screen on your computer, a notification will appear on your phone asking if you want to unlock it. Simply approve it and you’re in.
  • Unlock your computer with an NFC tap: If you have an NFC reader in your computer, you can tap an approved companion device like a phone to your reader to unlock your PC.
  • Use gestures with supported wearables: Microsoft’s guidelines suggest that some wearable developers could let users unlock their PC by clapping while wearing a device like a fitness band that they have authorized on their computer.

Keep in mind that all of these are hypothetical use cases that Microsoft supports in its Windows Unlock guidelines, but there’s no guarantee that your specific device will work with it. If you’re interested in a simpler way to unlock your computer, you may want to consider adding a Bluetooth dongle or NFC adapter if your computer doesn’t already support either technology.

How to Install Ares Wizard Kodi

How to Install Ares Wizard Kodi

How to Install Ares Wizard Kodi

To Install Ares Wizard Jarvis:

  • Open Kodi
  • Select SYSTEM > File Manager
  • Select Add Source
  • Select None
  • Type the following EXACTLY and select Done
  • Highlight the box underneath Enter a name for this media Source, type ares and select OK
  • Go back to your Home Screen
  • Select SYSTEM
  • Select Add-Ons
  • Select Install from zip file
  • Select ares
  • Select
  • Wait for Add-on enabled notification
  • Select Install from repository
  • Select Ares Project
  • Select Program add-ons
  • Select Ares Wizard
  • Select Install
  • Wait for add-on enabled notification

The Ares Wizard is now installed and can be accessed via the PROGRAMS (or Apps) menu from your home screen

To Install Ares Wizard Kodi Krypton:

  • Open Kodi
  • Select Settings

  • Select File Manager

  • Select Add Source

  • Select None

  • Highlight the box underneath Enter a name for this media Source, type ares and select OK

  • Go back to your Home Screen
  • Select Add-ons

  • Select Add-on browser

  • Select Install from zip file

  • Select ares

  • Select

  • Wait for Add-on enabled notification

  • Select Install from repository

  • Select Ares Project

  • Select Program add-ons

  • Select Ares Wizard

  • Select Install

  • Wait for Add-on enabled notification

The Ares Wizard is now installed on Kodi Krypton and is available via Add-ons > Program Add-ons (it may take a few seconds to load up so be patient when first launching)


How to install CellarDoor TV Builds on Kodi 17 Krypton

  • Kodi 17 Krypton download.
  • HOME Screen > Add-ons > Settings button  > Enable Unknown Sources.
  • BACK to HOME screen > Settings button  > File Manager  > Add Source.
  • Enter in the top box > Enter CDTV in the bottom box > OK.
  • BACK to HOME screen > Add-Ons > Add-on Browser 
  • Install from zip file > CDTV >
  • Wait for Add-on enabled notification.
  • CDTV Wizard is now installed and ready to use.
  • BACK to HOME screen > Add-ons > Program Add-ons > CDTV Wizard > Select Your build > Install
  • The build will now download
  • Wait for download > Force close > Power off if required.
  • On reboot – OPEN & WAIT! It can take 5 mins to fully update.
  • Congratulations, your CellarDoor TV Build is now installed and ready to use.

This build is a third party build and is NOT supported by the Kodi/XBMC foundation. Please do not post questions on the website relating to this build.

How to install Megabox HD on your android device

You will need Mxplay for Megabox HD to work. You can find a copy here:

Megabox HD:

Mxplay :


Steps to install Megabox HD apk in Android device

  • If installing on Phone First, go to Settings on your Android device.
  • Scroll down till you find the “Security” and tap on it.
  • Scroll down, till you find the “Unknown Sources” and toggle it to enable it.

Download these links

Megabox HD:

Mxplay :

Open the file and hit “Install



Tons of ways to Sort movies and TV Shows:

  •  Update
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  • Popular
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You can even add to favorites to make getting to our favorite shows easier
Sort movies by categories  like comedy, action , drama, and more.

Play and download movies and TV shows

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Search TV shows
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Movies and TV Shows information to help you make you choice easier.

360P, 480P, 720P and 1080p quality stream

How-to Stream Megabox HD to the Chromecast or your smart tv

1. In the Google Play Store, download “Allcast” or “Localcast


2. Open Megabox HD, pick a video, and hit “CustomMegabox-HD-Custom.jpg

3. Open with Allcast or Localcast and connect to your Chromecast

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This Is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Update: It’s Getting Worse]

Image: Getty

Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.

Update 12:28 PM EST: Dyn says it is investigating yet another attack, causing the same massive outages experienced this morning. Based on emails from Gizmodo readers, this new wave of attacks seems to be affecting the West Coast of the United States and Europe. It’s so far unclear how the two attacks are related, but the outages are very similar.

In order to understand how one DDoS attack could take out so many websites, you have to understand how Domain Name Servers (DNS) work. Basically, they act as the Internet’s phone book and facilitate your request to go to a certain webpage and make sure you are taken to the right place. If the DNS provider that handles requests for Twitter is down, well, good luck getting to Twitter. Some websites are coming back for some users, but it doesn’t look like the problem is fully resolved.

Dyn posted this update on its website: “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.”

Here’s a list of websites that readers have told us they are having trouble accessing:

  • ActBlue
  • Basecamp
  • Big cartel
  • Box
  • Business Insider
  • CNN
  • Etsy
  • Github
  • Grubhub
  • HBO Now
  • (iHeartRadio)
  • Imgur
  • Intercom
  • Okta
  • PayPal
  • Pinterest
  • Playstation Network
  • Recode
  • Reddit
  • Spotify
  • Squarespace Customer Sites
  • Starbucks rewards/gift cards
  • The Verge
  • Twillo
  • Twitter
  • (lol)
  • Weebly
  • Wix Customer Sites
  • Yammer
  • Yelp
  • Zoho CRM
  • Credit Karma
  • Eventbrite
  • Netflix
  • Fox News
  • Disqus
  • Shopify
  • Soundcloud
  • ConstantContact
  • New York Times
  • Mashable
  • Wikia
  • BBC
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Eve Online
  • PagerDuty
  • Kayak
  • Speed Test
  • Freshbooks
  • Braintree
  • Blue Host
  • Qualtrics
  • SBNation

Here’s an internet outage map from DownDetector as of 12:46 PM EST:

Here’s a gif that shows the internet outage at 9:00 AM EST versus 12:30 PM EST:

At the time of publication Dyn said that it was still dealing with the problem.

Update 9:05 AM EST: Judging by emails from readers, this problem seems to be getting worse.

Update 9:43 AM EST: Dyn says the issue has been resolved.

Update 12:19 PM EST: Dyn says the issue is resolved, but multiple readers are messaging me to say they’re still having trouble accessing websites.

Update 12:25pm EST: It’s happening again. (see above)

Here’s Your First Look At The Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s Next Console and NVIDIA will be powering the console

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s the system that will be replacing the Wii U (and possibly the 3DS) as Nintendo’s main console. Meet the Nintendo Switch. It will launch on March 2017.

Here’s Nintendo:

Introducing Nintendo Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play styles.

Rumors surrounding the NX have circulated the web for months now, with the prime one postulating that the NX would be some kind of handheld-console hybrid, perhaps with detachable controllers. Based on today’s three-minute reveal, it looks like those whispers were pretty much spot-on:

The system is designed to be played both at home and on-the-go. During the reveal trailer, we can see the Switch hooked up to a base station:

But the Switch is not limited to that. Nintendo explains how it works:

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

Here’s the main controller:

Here’s what the Joy-Con controllers look like:

The Switch uses cartridges:

The Switch even has a portable stand:

We already knew that that Nintendo plans on releasing a version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the NX, and we saw some of that in action during the teaser trailer. The footage released today also featured games like Mario,Splatoon, Skyrim (!), an NBA game, and Mario Kart. It’s unclear if some of these are entirely new games, or ports with some new additions.

If Skyrim can run on the NX, that means Skyrim is now portable. Awesome.

Nintendo also released a list of publishers we can expect to see games from down the line:

While Nintendo remains mum on the price and specs of the new console, we do know that NVIDIA will be powering the Switch:

Nintendo Switch is powered by the performance of the custom Tegra processor. The high-efficiency scalable processor includes an NVIDIA GPU based on the same architecture as the world’s top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards.

The Nintendo Switch’s gaming experience is also supported by fully custom software, including a revamped physics engine, new libraries, advanced game tools and libraries. NVIDIA additionally created new gaming APIs to fully harness this performance. The newest API, NVN, was built specifically to bring lightweight, fast gaming to the masses.

Gameplay is further enhanced by hardware-accelerated video playback and custom software for audio effects and rendering.

The NX’s predecessor, the Wii U, was released in 2012. Like the Wii before it, the Wii U sought to provide an experience that focused on dual screens and classic Nintendo-brand fun rather than fancy tech.

To Launch a Nuclear Strike, Clinton or Trump Would Follow These Steps

To Launch a Nuclear Strike, Clinton or Trump Would Follow These Steps

By Dave Merrill, Nafeesa Syeed and Brittany Harris

September 7, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have repeatedly accused each other of lacking the fitness, temperament and qualifications, to be commander-in-chief. Clinton has said Trump isn’t someone “we can trust with nuclear weapons.” Trump has called Clinton “close to unhinged.” How much power does the president alone have to launch a nuclear strike? Bloomberg News asked Bruce G. Blair, a former Minuteman missile-launch officer and research scholar at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, to spell out the step-by-step procedure.

The president considers a nuclear strike

The commander-in-chief’s power is clear: He or she has sole authority to use nuclear weapons.

The top brass is brought in

Before initiating military action, the president convenes a conference with military and civilian advisers in Washington and around the world to talk through options. In the White House, the call takes place in the Situation Room. If traveling, the president is patched in on a secure line. A key participant in the meeting: the Pentagon’s deputy director of operations, an officer in charge of the National Military Command Center, also known as the “war room.” This around-the-clock operations center is responsible for preparing and ultimately transmitting a launch order from the president. The head of all U.S. strategic nuclear forces at Strategic Command in Omaha would probably also be asked for a briefing on strike options.

[Time elapsed: less than one minute]

The consultation lasts as long as the president wishes, but if enemy missiles are heading toward the U.S. and the president must order a counterstrike, the consultation may last just 30 seconds. The tight time line raises the risk of launching hastily on a false warning.

The president decides to launch

Some advisers may try to change the president’s mind or resign in protest—but ultimately, the Pentagon must comply with the commander-in-chief’s order.

The order is verified

The senior officer in the Pentagon war room must formally authenticate that the person ordering the strike is indeed the president. The officer reads a “challenge code,” often two phonetic letters from the military alphabet, such as “Delta-Echo.” The president retrieves the “biscuit,” a laminated card the president or military aide carries at all times, and finds the matching response to the challenge code: “Charlie-Zulu,” for instance.

The order goes out

The war room prepares the launch order, a message that contains the chosen war plan, time to launch, authentication codes and codes needed to unlock the missiles before firing them. The encoded and encrypted message is only about 150 characters long, about the length of a tweet. It is broadcast to each worldwide command and directly to launch crews.

[Time elapsed: two or three minutes]

The submarine and ICBM crews receive the message within seconds of the broadcast. Just a few minutes have passed since the initial conference call.

Launch crews take over

Launch message in hand, the crews open locked safes to obtain sealed-authentication system (SAS) codes prepared by the National Security Agency and distributed throughout the military’s nuclear chain of command. They compare the SAS codes in the launch order with those in their safes.

If the missiles are launched from a submarine:

The captain, executive officer and two others authenticate the order. The launch message provides the combination to an on-board safe holding the “fire-control” key needed to deploy the missiles. Missiles are ready for launch about 15 minutes after receiving the order.

If the missiles are launched from land:

Five launch crews in various underground centers control a squadron of 50 missiles. Each crew consists of two officers. The individual teams are spread miles apart. Each receives the orders, opens safes and compares their SAS codes to those sent by the war room. If they match, the crews enter the message’s war plan number into their launch computers to re-target missiles from their peacetime targets in the ocean to their new targets. Using additional codes in the message, the crews enter a few more keystrokes to unlock the missiles before turning launch keys retrieved from their safe. At the designated launch time, the five crews turn their keys simultaneously, sending five “votes” to the missiles.

Mutiny is unlikely

It takes just two “votes” to launch the missiles. So even if three two-officer ICBM crews refuse to carry out the order, it won’t stop the launch.

Missiles are launched

About five minutes may elapse from the president’s decision until intercontinental ballistic missiles blast out of their silos, and about fifteen minutes until submarine missiles shoot out of their tubes. Once fired, the missiles and their warheads cannot be called back.

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