epiphani writes: At about 9pm EST today sunspot 1158 erupted in an X-class 2.2 flare. This is currently in orientation to result in an earth-facing Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), which would be the first time in modern history that the results of an X class flare hit earth. If the CME is deemed to be on course for earth, this will likely cause serious problems. The 1989 Quebec power grid failure was the result of an X class flare and its CME that almost completely missed earth.
epiphani writes: "Byron Sonne of Toronto, was arrested today by a task force of around 50 police officers associated with the G20 summit taking place this week. An independent contractor, IT security specialist and private investigator, he had notable ties to the Toronto technology and security communities. According to friends and associates, he had been purchasing goods online and speaking with security groups about building devices to collect unencrypted police broadcasts and relay them through twitter, as well as other activities designed to test the security of the G20 summit. By all accounts, it would appear that Mr. Sonne had no actual malicious intent. In Canada, the summit has been garnering significant press for the cost and invasive nature of the security measures taken."