Binary Reveux http://binlog.reveux.com These are some of my favorite things. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:42:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Facebook is testing a Watch Party-like feature for Messenger https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/facebook-testing-watch-party-messenger/ https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/facebook-testing-watch-party-messenger/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:42:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/facebook-testing-watch-party-messenger/21|23591663 Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out Watch Parties, a way for group members to watch the same videos together. Now, it looks like the company is testing a similar feature for Messenger. TechCrunch reports that code spotted by mobile investigator An... Read More →

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Women Pay More to Get Around NYC Than Men: Study https://jalopnik.com/women-pay-more-to-get-around-nyc-than-men-study-1830490777 https://jalopnik.com/women-pay-more-to-get-around-nyc-than-men-study-1830490777#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:24:00 +0000 http://1830490777

Women generally experience more forms of harassment than men and it’s costing us: Data from a new study shows that, on average, women pay more to get around New York City than men do due to safety reasons. Looks like there’s a Pink Tax on transportation, too.

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Women generally experience more forms of harassment than men and it’s costing us: Data from a new study shows that, on average, women pay more to get around New York City than men do due to safety reasons. Looks like there’s a Pink Tax on transportation, too.

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Cut-and-paste error apparently reveals federal charges against Assange https://arstechnica.com/?p=1413149 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1413149#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:00:38 +0000 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1413149 Filing in unrelated case mentions criminal charges against Wikileaks founder. Read More →

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Julian Assange, at center.

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Federal prosecutors have accidentally revealed that criminal charges have been filed against “Assange”—an apparent reference to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The feds filed the revealing document back in August, but the slip-up wasn’t noticed until it was flagged in a Thursday evening tweet.

The filing was in an unrelated sex crimes case in the Eastern District of Virginia. Federal prosecutors asked the court to seal its criminal complaint and arrest warrant against a man named  Seitu Sulayman Kokayi—for “coercion and enticement of a juvenile to engage in unlawful sexual activity”—to avoid tipping the suspect off. But in two places, the document refers to “Assange” instead of the actual defendant in the case.

The document argues that the case should be sealed because, “due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.”

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Qualcomm reportedly hired crisis PR firm behind Facebook controversy https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/qualcomm-definers-facebook/ https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/qualcomm-definers-facebook/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:19:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/qualcomm-definers-facebook/21|23591436 The New York Times' expose that revealed the relationship between Facebook and Definers mentioned that the controversial PR firm has another big-name client from the tech industry. That client reportedly hired the company to launch a campaign against... Read More →

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The New York Times' expose that revealed the relationship between Facebook and Definers mentioned that the controversial PR firm has another big-name client from the tech industry. That client reportedly hired the company to launch a campaign against…

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Toyota Is Slowing Camry Production Due to Slumping Sedan Sales https://jalopnik.com/toyota-is-slowing-camry-production-due-to-slumping-seda-1830488828 https://jalopnik.com/toyota-is-slowing-camry-production-due-to-slumping-seda-1830488828#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:15:00 +0000 http://1830488828

Toyota has to scale back sliding sedans, Jaguar’s in a pickle, Tesla needs money for Chinese push, Volkswagen is betting big again on EVs, and Brexit is bothering BMW and Rolls-Royce. That and more on The Morning Shift on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.

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Toyota has to scale back sliding sedans, Jaguar’s in a pickle, Tesla needs money for Chinese push, Volkswagen is betting big again on EVs, and Brexit is bothering BMW and Rolls-Royce. That and more on The Morning Shift on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.

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Apple Mac Mini review (2018): A video editor’s perspective https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/apple-mac-mini-2018-review/ https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/apple-mac-mini-2018-review/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:27:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/apple-mac-mini-2018-review/21|23588861 The Mac Mini has had a rough few years. Its last update, in 2014, was disappointing. After offering quad-core CPUs on the 2011 and 2012 editions, the 2014 model was stuck with a dual-core CPU. This meant it was actually slower at some tasks tha... Read More →

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The Mac Mini has had a rough few years. Its last update, in 2014, was disappointing. After offering quad-core CPUs on the 2011 and 2012 editions, the 2014 model was stuck with a dual-core CPU. This meant it was actually slower at some tasks tha…

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Do Banks Require a Service Contract For a Used Car? https://jalopnik.com/do-banks-require-a-service-contract-for-a-used-car-1830487121 https://jalopnik.com/do-banks-require-a-service-contract-for-a-used-car-1830487121#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:16:00 +0000 http://1830487121

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few and try to help answer your burning car-buying questions. This week we are talking about buying a service contract to get a loan on a used car, cosmetic damage on CPO vehicles and doing a…

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As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few and try to help answer your burning car-buying questions. This week we are talking about buying a service contract to get a loan on a used car, cosmetic damage on CPO vehicles and doing a…

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Suck Up the Savings On the Pro Model of Our Readers’ Favorite Affordable Vacuum https://kinjadeals.theinventory.com/suck-up-the-savings-on-the-pro-model-of-our-readers-fav-1830486533 https://kinjadeals.theinventory.com/suck-up-the-savings-on-the-pro-model-of-our-readers-fav-1830486533#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:06:00 +0000 http://1830486533

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is your favorite affordable vacuum cleaner, but it’s the step-up Professional model that’s on sale today for $139. Compared to the standard Lift-Away, the Professional includes a longer power cord and a microfiber dusting attachment, and it can still lift off the wheeled base for easier…

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The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is your favorite affordable vacuum cleaner, but it’s the step-up Professional model that’s on sale today for $139. Compared to the standard Lift-Away, the Professional includes a longer power cord and a microfiber dusting attachment, and it can still lift off the wheeled base for easier…

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Casio’s Transformers G-Shock is Optimus Prime’s ticking heart https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/casio-g-shock-transformer/ https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/casio-g-shock-transformer/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:02:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/16/casio-g-shock-transformer/21|23591291 As leader of the Autobots, you'd think that Optimus Prime would always know what time it is. However, Casio, in collaboration with Transformer toymaker Takara Tomy, Casio has unveiled a special edition Transformer with a G-Shock watch installed right... Read More →

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As leader of the Autobots, you'd think that Optimus Prime would always know what time it is. However, Casio, in collaboration with Transformer toymaker Takara Tomy, Casio has unveiled a special edition Transformer with a G-Shock watch installed right…

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“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarok myth https://arstechnica.com/?p=1411875 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1411875#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:55:22 +0000 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1411875 Passing comets and eclipses may have stoked fears of pending apocalypse Read More →

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Only the onset of Ragnarok can defeat Hela, the goddess of death, in Marvel's <em>Thor: Ragnarok.</em>

Enlarge / Only the onset of Ragnarok can defeat Hela, the goddess of death, in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. (credit: Marvel Studios)

In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is a cataclysmic series of events leading to the death of Odin and his fellow Asgardian gods, and ultimately to the end of the world. Some iconographic details of this mythical apocalypse that emerged around 1000 AD may have been influenced by astronomical events—notably comets and total eclipses.

This is not to say that the myth of Ragnarok originated with such events; rather, they reinforced mythologies that already existed in the popular imagination. That’s the central thesis of Johnni Langer, a historian specializing in Old Norse mythology and literature at the Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil. He has outlined his argument in detail in a recent paper (translated from the original Portuguese) in the journal Archeoastronomy and Ancient Technologies.

Langer’s analysis is based on the relatively young field of archaeoastronomy: the cultural study of myths, oral narratives, iconographic sources, and other forms of ancient beliefs, with the aim of identifying possible connections with historical observations in astronomy. Both total eclipses and the passage of large comets were theoretically visible in medieval Scandinavia, and there are corresponding direct records of such events in Anglo-Saxon and German chronicles from around the same time period. These could have had a cultural influence on evolving Norse mythology, including the concept of Ragnarok.

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