Yes... I still like 'em 35 years later...
Running through the first mission and it says to activate the bombs is a Difficulty 3 Manipulation check. Doing it remotely with a computer is also Difficulty 3.
Can the minions here (i.e. not Bane) actually do this?
My understanding is that if you don't have a die on the card for Manipulation or Thought then you can't do those. And the few minions that have them are either a single yellow or orange die, which would not give enough successes to succeed on the action.
What am I missing here?
I think you might be the latest victim to "see right through" the white die and consider it a blank or something. It is actually a white die.