Binary Reveux http://binlog.reveux.com These are some of my favorite things. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:54:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 The U.S. Army Wants a Cannon with a Crazy and Nearly Impossible Range https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-u-s-army-wants-a-cannon-with-a-crazy-and-nearly-im-1829150693 https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-u-s-army-wants-a-cannon-with-a-crazy-and-nearly-im-1829150693#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:54:00 +0000 http://1829150693

The U.S. Army wants to push its long-range guns into territory artillery officers have previously only dreamt of. The service’s Strategic Long Range Cannon is projected to fire way, way, way farther than any existing gun, or any gun ever made. And ironically, developments in Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein…

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The U.S. Army wants to push its long-range guns into territory artillery officers have previously only dreamt of. The service’s Strategic Long Range Cannon is projected to fire way, way, way farther than any existing gun, or any gun ever made. And ironically, developments in Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein…

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Amazon shopping test recommends products based on your likes https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/amazon-scout/ https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/amazon-scout/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:51:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/amazon-scout/21|23532752 Online stores have a common problem: you usually get recommendations based solely on what you've already seen or bought, which isn't much good if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. Amazon is testing a solution that might eliminate that i... Read More →

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EU investigating German automakers, alleging collusion on emissions tech https://arstechnica.com/?p=1378689 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1378689#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:50:28 +0000 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1378689 Commissioner suggests the companies may have "agreed not to use the best technology." Read More →

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Enlarge / A hose for an emission test is fixed in the exhaust pipe of a Volkswagen Golf 2.0 liter diesel car at the Technical Inspection Agency in Ludwigsburg, southwestern Germany, on August 7, 2017. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP) (credit: Getty Images)

The European Commission said on Tuesday that it is opening an investigation into possible collusion among Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Daimler to avoid competition on developing state-of-the-art emissions control technology.

According to Bloomberg, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told reporters at a press conference that the investigation is not focused on price-fixing as much as it is focused on the allegation that the companies together “agreed not to use the best technology” in order to cut costs together.

The emissions control technology in question applies to both gas and diesel vehicles in the EU. A press release from the European Commission noted that it suspected the companies of agreeing to limit the development and roll-out of two types of emissions-regulating technology. The first is Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems, which are specific to diesel engines and reduce the amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted by the vehicle. The second are “Otto” Particulate Filters (OPF), which reduce the particulate emissions from gasoline vehicles. These emissions treatment systems are based on their diesel counterparts and started appearing in Daimler vehicles after 2014.

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Lyft Concierge lets businesses schedule flexible rides https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/lyft-concierge-businesses-schedule-flexible-rides/ https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/lyft-concierge-businesses-schedule-flexible-rides/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:43:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/lyft-concierge-businesses-schedule-flexible-rides/21|23532643 Lyft's Concierge service, which opened up to all businesses earlier this year, lets companies and organizations hail rides for their customers, patients and employees. While it lets those businesses offer an additional service, it's not always clear... Read More →

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Lyft's Concierge service, which opened up to all businesses earlier this year, lets companies and organizations hail rides for their customers, patients and employees. While it lets those businesses offer an additional service, it's not always clear…

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Toyota’s Performance Boss Was Going to Make a New Supra in 1997. Years After It Was Cancelled, He Finally Gets His Chance https://jalopnik.com/toyota-s-performance-boss-was-going-to-make-a-new-supra-1829125702 https://jalopnik.com/toyota-s-performance-boss-was-going-to-make-a-new-supra-1829125702#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:47:00 +0000 http://1829125702

Tetsuya Tada, you’ll not be surprised to hear, is a regular car nut, just like you and I, and Dave, that guy down the block who owns a Camaro. You’d hardly expect otherwise from the man who created the sweet-hearted GT86 coupe, and who was personally appointed by Akio Toyoda himself to rebirth the Toyota Supra for a…

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Tetsuya Tada, you’ll not be surprised to hear, is a regular car nut, just like you and I, and Dave, that guy down the block who owns a Camaro. You’d hardly expect otherwise from the man who created the sweet-hearted GT86 coupe, and who was personally appointed by Akio Toyoda himself to rebirth the Toyota Supra for a…

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Spotify sued over executives’ alleged gender discrimination https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/spotify-sued-over-gender-discrimination/ https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/spotify-sued-over-gender-discrimination/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:23:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/spotify-sued-over-gender-discrimination/21|23532595 Spotify has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexism in its workplace. Former sales executive Hong Perez has sued the streaming service over allegations that male execs have perpetuated systemic gender discrimination. The global head of sales re... Read More →

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Spotify has been accused of turning a blind eye to sexism in its workplace. Former sales executive Hong Perez has sued the streaming service over allegations that male execs have perpetuated systemic gender discrimination. The global head of sales re…

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3D-printed gun pioneer Cody Wilson accused of having sex with underage girl https://arstechnica.com/?p=1378783 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1378783#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:15:45 +0000 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1378783 Cody Wilson has not yet been taken into custody, county jail records show. Read More →

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Enlarge / Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed company, holds a 3D-printed gun, called the “Liberator,” in his factory in Austin, Texas, on August 1, 2018. (credit: KELLY WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Cody Wilson, the 3D-printed gun rights activist, has a warrant out for his arrest, according to an affidavit partially published Wednesday by an Austin-based reporter, Tony Plohetski.

According to the document, which was also described by KVUE, Wilson is accused of meeting a girl under the age of 17 through a website known as SugarDaddyMeet.com and paying her $500 for sex last month in Austin, where Wilson lives.

Wilson allegedly used the username “Sanjuro,” a seeming reference to a 1962 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. At some point, according to the affidavit, which was described by the Austin American Statesman, Sanjuro identified himself as Cody Wilson and further indicated that he was a “big deal.” Wilson also allegedly exchanged nude photos with the girl.

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Be Advised: Apple’s Latest iOS Update Lets You Use Google Maps In Apple CarPlay https://jalopnik.com/be-advised-apples-latest-ios-update-lets-you-use-googl-1829152005 https://jalopnik.com/be-advised-apples-latest-ios-update-lets-you-use-googl-1829152005#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:31:00 +0000 http://1829152005

Some good news if you don’t really care for driving with Apple Maps, which seems to be just about everybody: with the latest iOS 12 update, you can now run third-party map apps from Apple CarPlay. Yes, including the objectively better Google Maps. This is good news.

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Some good news if you don’t really care for driving with Apple Maps, which seems to be just about everybody: with the latest iOS 12 update, you can now run third-party map apps from Apple CarPlay. Yes, including the objectively better Google Maps. This is good news.

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Quantum observers with knowledge of quantum mechanics break reality https://arstechnica.com/?p=1378581 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1378581#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:20:24 +0000 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1378581 Quantum mechanics can't handle quantum observers that know quantum mechanics. Read More →

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A set of Matryoshka dolls. To the smallest doll is upright and looking back at the bottoms of all the other dolls, which are still together.

Enlarge / The inner quantum matryoshka doll wonders what all the fuss is about (credit: Bradley Davis)

Today, I learned something new: matryoshka nesting dolls aren’t quantum mechanical objects. Surprisingly enough, this was not something I should have been certain of. After reading a paper about how quantum mechanics within quantum mechanics can lead to contradictions, I will never look at matryoshka dolls the same way again.

The paper is not just theoretical in nature but seems to overcomplicate what should be a fairly straightforward argument. That probably means I’ve misunderstood it pretty thoroughly. So, let the mistakes begin.

The innermost doll is solid

Imagine that I have a single particle that has a quantum mechanical property called spin. We don’t care what spin is, just that it has an orientation in space. I can measure the orientation of the spin. But quantum mechanics doesn’t let me measure it in a general way; I can’t ask “hey, Frank-the-quantum-particle, which direction is your spin pointing?” Instead, I can only ask “hey, Frank, is your spin pointing up or down?” To which he will always reply with an “up” or a “down.”

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Google provides 911 call centers with more accurate location data https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/google-911-call-centers-accurate-location-data/ https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/google-911-call-centers-accurate-location-data/#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:19:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/19/google-911-call-centers-accurate-location-data/21|23532483 Google is providing 911 operators with more accurate location information from callers using Android phones. The company has partnered with T-Mobile and emergency technology companies RapidSOS and West to send location data from its Emergency Locatio... Read More →

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