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Formula-1 Racing

Is English required?

Every time they tap into driver/pit radio chatter they are always speaking English even if English is not the first language of anyone talking. Are all teams required to use English? Would there not be a smaller chance of miss communication if teams used their own native language? After all most F1 fans are not American, (I know it's true, being American) so the Americans don't need to be appeased.  (Jul 18, 2010 | post #1)

Formula-1 Racing

What's up with the tires?

Also note folks, this prick did not have the courage to leave his contact info.  (Jul 16, 2010 | post #6)

Formula-1 Racing

What's up with the tires?

Why be rude? Did I not say I understood and agreed with the reasons to slow cars down? Through the 60s 70s and 80s cars in most auto racing were going faster and faster, but safety advances were keeping up. Then in the 80s drivers were getting hurt and killed. I don't want people killed for entertainment.  (Jul 16, 2010 | post #5)

Formula-1 Racing

What's up with the tires?

That seems to me anti-racing. If you don't want to go fast then stick to horse racing!!! Though I do see the point. It sucks to have drivers getting killed or hurt bad. Can you imagine telling someone like Mario Andretti in 1969 that within 30 years they would be doing everything they could to slow the cars down? Do you think the speed records set in F1 in the late 80's and early 90's will stand forever?  (Jul 15, 2010 | post #3)

Formula-1 Racing

Mark Webber "to blame for F1 crash".

Looked to me to be no fault. Webber tried to pass the other car on the same side the other car turned to get out of his way. Just bad luck but not really anyone's fault (as far as negligence is concerned) Years ago I was driving on a very cold, but dry day. A water main had broken and water was flowing across the road. The water had frozen but liquid water was over the ice. I was coming up to a red light and when I hit the ice I lost ALL traction. I had just enough dry road on the other side of the ice that I was able to stop before hitting the car ahead. Unfortunately the car behind me (a brand new BMW) didn't. She hit me doing quite a lot of damage to her car but only putting a little fold in my bumper. Legally it was her fault, but she was not really negligent. The police were negligent for not closing the road. They were already investigating another accident that happened there a little before.  (Jul 14, 2010 | post #2)

Formula-1 Racing

What's up with the tires?

Years ago the FIA began using tires with grooves rather than the racing slicks with no tread at all. I assumed that because F1 is run in the rain this change was made so the cars would have at least some grip in the wet when running with tires designed for dry conditions. But this year the FIA went back to slicks. Why did they use the grooved tires, and if I was correct in my thinking, why go back to slicks?  (Jul 14, 2010 | post #1)

Judge Judy

put your hand down

When Judge Judy says "Sit down" My dog does it.  (Jul 14, 2010 | post #3)

Judge Judy

put your hand down

Does anyone think Judy can get through an episode (or even 1 case) without saying "Put your hand down"  (Dec 6, 2009 | post #1)

Global Warming

a "denialists" perspective

I want to make another point here to show how ignoring the facts and racism can lead to the death of nations. In our own recent history Japan attacked the US thinking that Americans were all fat, lazy and weak. On the American side the idea of the Japanese attacking was equally surprising. If Japanese leaders had looked at American history (or even listened to Isoroku Yamamoto himself, who had gone to college in the US) they would realized that an attack was unwise. If the US had not ignored the evidence they would have realized the Japanese were a real threat. Their planes were far better than ours. The Zero could fly circles around our Wildcats. Their ships were better and there is evidence that they were very close to developing their own atomic bomb (and may have even detonated one). They knew right away what had happened in Hiroshima. I guess my point here is that ignoring some evidence because it disagrees with your own world view is very dangerous. It's been done over and over with disaster every time.  (Sep 25, 2009 | post #6)

Global Warming

a "denialists" perspective

JRS, You're right. I don't have to explain my view point. The key word here is WANT. I feel it's important. If it's ignored well that's on the person who chooses to ignore it. I'd as them if they were on trial for murder would they want evidence that might show they are innocent to be ignored? The history of science is full of surprises. In the middle part of the last century it was widely accepted that people of African decent did not have the cognitive ability to fly an airplane in combat. It was thought that when faced with combat they would run away. I guess everyone just ignored the British/Zulu wars of the 19th century. It was set up as a bet between two people. The person betting on failure was so sure of his position that he even provided the men with the best fighter plane available. Not only did these men fight well. They were the only escort wing to never lose a bomber to enemy aircraft (and they were really busy, being requested by bomber wings because they NEVER ran away). Anyway don't get me going on my views on racism! (Ignorance meets stupidity) Look at all the surprises during planetary space probe missions like Pioneer and Voyager, Galileo and Cassini.  (Sep 25, 2009 | post #5)

Global Warming

a "denialists" perspective

I've gotten a lot of flack here as a "denialist ", and read a lot of hateful venom aimed at denialists. So I'd like to try to explain my own viewpoint. First I want to say that I do not deny that climate change is happening. I think the evidence is very strong to support climate change as a fact. The strongest bit of evidence is that it has always been happening! To deny climate change is like denying the day/night cycle or the change of seasons. What I deny is that humans have much, if anything to do with climate change. Again climate change is a natural event, as natural as the change of seasons. No one is surprised when the weather warms in the spring or cools in the fall. You'd be really surprised (and rightly worried) if this DIDN'T happen. To say humans are the cause of climate change is ridiculous. If climate change now is due only to humans influence what caused climate change before humans came along to muck thing up? The Earth right now is quite a lot cool than it's been on average throughout it's 4 billion year history. Before the K/T event that wiped out the dinosaurs the Earth had been quite a bit warmer than it is now. Fossils of tree dwelling fauna have been found in Antarctica dated to a time when the content was basically in the same place it is now. How they and the trees they lived in survived the months long winter nights is not known. What is known is that at the time there was no year round glaciers in Antarctica (or anywhere else on Earth) It's likely it snowed there in the winter but it all melted in the summer. The amount of greenhouse gasses produced by humans is very small when compared to the amount produced by nature. Much of these gasses come from volcanoes, but a significant amount comes from plants and animals. Hawaii has a larger "carbon footprint" then all of the continental US, mainly because of Kilauea. Geologists believe that every 5 minutes another volcano erupts somewhere on Earth. Many of these are under water, but several every year erupt on land. Further there is some evidence that the Earth is experiencing a 300% increase in world wide volcanism. This along could explain the increase in world CO2 content. When Krakatoa erupted in 1885 it caused dramatic climate changes. And this was a single event (though quite a large event). In the short term volcanoes cause global COOLING but they also produce huge amounts of greenhouse gasses leading to global WARMING in the long run. Despite what you might think Earth's climate is still very poorly understood. It is incredibly complex which is why it's so hard to predict the weather even a few days into the future. Climatologists can not even agree if the current trend will lead to a warmer Earth or a cooler Earth in the long term. It's not known how many ice ages the Earth has experienced in the last 65 million years, let alone in the last 500 million (the time complex life first came into being) Ice ages tend to erase evidence of earlier ice ages. The thing that bothers me the most about this debate is that to deny "human caused" climate change has become heresy. I know this term is usually associated with religion but I think it applies here. Just a very few years ago the Governor of Oregon's science adviser was fired for refusing to accept humans as the cause of climate change. Others have had their funding cut for this same viewpoint. It's no wonder that it's so widely accepted (at least publicly). After all who is going to fund research trying to disprove humans as the cause of climate change? Should humans try to find a better source of energy than fossil fuels? Yes absolutely! But not because it's going to destroy the world. Crude oil is incredibly useful stuff. Most plastics are made from crude oil. Medicine is another. And new uses for crude oil are coming up all the time. It's also a very limited. Burning it for fuel is just stupid. But there is not an emergency.  (Sep 25, 2009 | post #1)

Physics

Time Travel

In the film "Back to the Future" The director stated that, like many other time travel stories, the traveler moves through time, NOT space. This property is also mentioned in H.G. Wells Story as well and implied in many others. However we know, (and have known for 500 years) that the Earth moves through space. These movements must be measured and calculated to extremely high precision or our time traveler will find him or herself extremely uncomfortable. Miscalculate by a few meters one way and you find yourself floating above the ground, making a painful or fatal fall. (50% of people falling just 6 meters die). Miscalculate even a few millimeters in the other direction and your feet are going to be embedded in the Earth. I have no idea what this would be like but it could be quite bad. Perhaps the atoms in your feet will get mixed up with the atoms in the Earth making the job of your podiatrist very difficult. Am I off base with my thinking here. Oh and I should add that calculating the precise position of a body in the solar system is extremely difficult (actually currently impossible even with the fasted computers) due to the small influences of the other planets. And that doesn't even consider all the other movements. This is why they can only say the asteroid 99942 Apophis MIGHT hit the Earth in the near future. Any more that a few years and the errors are measured in miles.  (Sep 23, 2009 | post #1)

Physics

Time travel discussed at UConn Stamford

I'd be looking for numbers, such as December 15, 2009. Oregon. 2, 15, 17, 35, 44.....Imagine buying a lottery ticket in every single available state and or country that offers them and winning them all! No more begging for research grants... But it may not work. If the multiple universe theory is corrects then you're not really hearing form the future we will experience, rather you'd be hearing from another universe that is slightly farther along in it's time-line. Thus random events would still be unpredictable for THIS universe.  (Sep 23, 2009 | post #3)

Global Warming

Let me know what you think

I'm very glad to see the people on this forum are using their brains. It is good to know that. Think of this post as a test. I wanted to see what kind of reactions I'd get.  (Sep 23, 2009 | post #5)

Physics

Science and religion

I play dice with God a lot. he loves the game but don't bet any money with him he ALWAYS wins. Personally I think he cheats.  (Jan 4, 2009 | post #3)