Nightly Open Thread
As one who works in the cyber security industry, I can readily attest to the fact that all the security controls in the world are all but useless against human curiosity…and stupidity.
The European Union suffered a massive cyber attack just as the final preparations for the G20 Summit were underway. Evidently, Iran was the source of the attack, according to Comodo.
If you’re a sci-fi fan, do yourself a favour and add the Concept Ships blog to your RSS reader.
Starring Natalie Portman, James Franco, and some other guy. It looks like Dungeons & Dragons cross-bred with Cheech & Chong, but strangely better.
Oh, and the trailer at that link is probably NSFW. Just sayin’.
Nothing so dramatic as open revolt — a la Libya/Egypt/Tunisia/Bahrain/Yemen/Syria — mind you. In governments based on the British model, certain bills presented to the Parliament (the rough equivalent of the US House of Representatives, I guess) are what are known as “confidence votes”. Budgets, for example, are always confidence votes.
If the sitting government fails to pass a confidence vote, that is called a “vote of non-confidence”, and the government is considered to have lost confidence of the nation…and, consequently, the right to govern as well. The Governor General (the Queen’s representative) is obligated to dissolve the sitting Parliament immediately in such a case.
And…that just happened up here in the Great White North.
Tonight’s post brought to you by oh good gravy, of course this game has been delayed again: