jamie writes: "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent "Restoring Honor" event. The would-be rally has been dubbed "Restoring Truthiness" and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own "Colbert Nation.""
snydeq writes: "Of the 135 people Fortune 500 employees targeted by social engineering hackers in a recent contest only five refused to give up any corporate information whatsoever, and they shared one glaring commonality: all five were women. The contest, which transpired over two days at this year's DefCon, pitted social engineering hackers against employees at 17 major corporations. Sitting in a plexiglass booth, with an audience watching, contestants called up company employees, trying to get them to give up information. Among the more successful tactics: pretending to be insiders who were doing audits or consultants filling out surveys. And if contestants tried to get employees to visit an outside Web site, they always succeeded, eventually. Still the five women performed admirably, said contest organizer Chris Hadnagy. 'Within the first 15 seconds, they were like, "This doesn't seem right to me," and they ended the call,' Hadnagy said. Contributing to their suspicions may have been the fact that all of the contestants were men. 'I think inherently women are more cautious when guys are involved,' he said."
Tootech writes: After Apple introduced its social music discovery service, Ping, on Wednesday, some people reported they were able to use Facebook Connect to find people to follow. But a day later, that feature doesn't appear to be supported by Facebook. And a lot of people are wondering why.
"Last night before going to sleep, I downloaded iTunes 10 and set up my Ping account (more on that later). As part of the setup, I signed up with Facebook Connect so I could find my social graph, ready to recommend songs," Om Malik, founder of GigaOm, wrote Thursday. "I woke up this morning, and expected to see Ping activity in my Facebook account, and well let's just say, nothing is going on."
According to Malik, Ping is not communicating with Facebook and vice versa.
So what happened? It was there Wednesday, and even made a cameo at Apple's presentation, according to screenshots captured from the live stream. One slide clearly says "find friends via Facebook or e-mail."
Once you sign up for Ping, you get a welcome e-mail from Apple, the text of which refers to finding friends through Facebook (see below). Yet people who logged in to the service Thursday only have the option to find new friends via e-mail.
The confusion seems to stem from some disagreement between Facebook and Apple. The reason, as articulated by Apple CEO Steve Jobs in an interview with AllThingsD on Wednesday: Facebook wanted "onerous terms that we could not agree to."
from the high-energy-pinball dept.
eldavojohn writes "A paper recently accepted for publication (preprint here) proposes a sound explanation for the source of the gamma rays that permeate our galaxy. The Milky Way's central object Sagittarius A*, widely believed to be a supermassive black hole, is now suspected to be the source. To test this theory, two scientists created a computer model to track the protons, flung outward with energies up to 100 TeV by the intense magnetic fields near the event horizon, as they make a random walk through the plasma environment. It can take thousands of years for them to travel 10 light-years from the black hole, where they collide with lower-energy protons to form pions. These decay into gamma radiation emanating from a torus-shaped region around the central object."
from the pay-for-play-no-no dept.
Gr8Apes writes with a just-breaking AP story reporting that the FCC is wrapping up a settlement in which four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists. The finish line is near after a 3-year investigation. An indie promoter is quoted: "It's absolutely the most historic agreement that the independent community has had with radio. Without a doubt, nothing else comes close."