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Microsoft today said it plans to disable support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 in Edge and Internet Explorer browsers by the first half of 2020. From a report: “January 19th of next year marks the 20th anniversary of TLS 1.0, the inaugural version of the protocol that encrypts and authenticates secure connections across the web,” said Kyle Pflug, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft Edge. “Two decades is a long time for a security technology to stand unmodified,” he said. “While we aren’t aware of significant vulnerabilities with our up-to-date implementations of TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 […] moving to newer versions helps ensure a more secure Web for everyone.” The move comes as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) — the organization that develops and promotes Internet standards — is hosting discussions to formally deprecated both TLS 1.0 and 1.1. Microsoft is currently working on adding support for the official version of the recently-approved TLS 1.3 standard. Edge already supports draft versions of TLS 1.3, but not yet the final TLS 1.3 version approved in March, this year. Microsoft engineers don’t seem to be losing any sleep over their decision to remove both standards from Edge and IE. The company cites public stats from SSL Labs showing that 94 percent of the Internet’s sites have already moved to using TLS 1.2, leaving very few sites on the older standard versions. “Less than one percent of daily connections in Microsoft Edge are using TLS 1.0 or 1.1,” Pflug said, also citing internal stats. You can check public stats on the usage of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 here.
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Status: TITSUP – Total Inability To Support Users’ Packets
Virgin Media, one of the UK’s largest broadband and TV cable providers, is suffering an outage right now. If you can’t access the internet or watch the telly, then it’s not just you. It’s quite a few of you.…
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Everyone’s heard of the “black box”. Officially known as the Flight Data Recorder (FDR), it’s a mandatory piece of equipment on commercial aircraft. The FDR is instrumental in investigating incidents or crashes, and is specifically designed to survive should the aircraft be destroyed. The search for the so-called “black box” often dominates the news cycle after the loss of a commercial aircraft; as finding it will almost certainly be necessary to determine the true cause of the accident. What you probably haven’t heard of is a Quick Access Recorder (QAR).
While it’s the best known, the FDR is not the only type of recording device used in aviation. The QAR could be thought of as the non-emergency alternative to the FDR. While retrieving data from the FDR usually means the worst has happened, the QAR is specifically designed to facilitate easy and regular access to flight data for research and maintenance purposes. Its data is stored on removable media and since the QAR is not expected to survive the loss of the aircraft it isn’t physically hardened. In fact, modern aircraft often use consumer-grade technology such as Compact Flash cards and USB flash drives as storage media in their QAR.
Through the wonders of eBay, I recently acquired a vintage Penny & Giles D50761 Quick Access Recorder. This was pulled out of an aircraft which had been in service with the now defunct airline, Air Toulouse International. Let’s crack open this relatively obscure piece of equipment and see just what goes into the hardware that airlines trust to help ensure their multi-million dollar aircraft are operating in peak condition.
It’s Still Built Like a Tank
The Quick Access Recorder might not be intended to survive in a crash, but it’s still an expensive piece of hardware installed in an even more expensive aircraft, so this thing is still built like a tank. The case itself is best described as a metal shoe box: the bottom and sides have all been expertly welded together to create one continuous piece of metal, and only the top “lid” can be removed by loosening twelve captive screws around its perimeter.
The front of the QAR has a handle and some locking tabs, so it looks like this device was meant to slide into an electronics rack of some type rather than being permanently mounted. There’s a power LED down at the bottom, but everything else is covered by a locking door during normal operation. Under the door is a slot for the tape the device stores its data on, status LEDs marked BUSY and READY, and an Eject button. Interestingly the Eject button is electronic rather than being connected to a physical mechanism, but it did help explain why the QAR arrived to me with a tape stuck inside of the drive.
I was able to remove the tape from the QAR without too much trouble, but unfortunately it doesn’t provide us with a whole lot of information to go on. The label says it was put …read more
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A new study from Nature Plants has identified the one climate-related issue that can unite people from myriad political backgrounds — beer. From a report: Led by Wei Xie, an agricultural scientist at Peking University, the paper finds that regions that grow barley, the primary crop used to brew beer, are projected to experience severe droughts and heat waves due to anthropogenic climate change. According to five climate models that used different projected temperature increases for the coming century, extreme weather events could reduce barley yields by 3 to 17 percent. Barley harvests are mostly sold as livestock fodder, so beer availability could be further hindered by the likely prioritization of grain yields to feed cattle and other farm animals, rather than for brewing beer. The net result will be a decline in affordable access to beer, which is the most commonly imbibed alcoholic beverage in the world. Within a few decades, this luxury may be out of reach for hundreds of millions of people, including those in affluent nations where breweries are a major industry. Price spikes are estimated to range from $4 to over $20 for a standard six-pack in nations like the US, Ireland, Denmark, and Poland.
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