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  1. ameer

    Gandini Interview

    Davide also did a series of interviews with Paolo Stanzani (who died meanwhile). He talks a lot about Ferruccio, you guys are going to love those.
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    UFO’s and Aliens.

    Yes, definitely, not as far as another galaxy though, but it can be detected in a large area around us, but they'd have to have a way to detect if the heat is artificial or naturally occurring. Scientists proposed something similar in their search for intelligent alien life, using infrared telescopes, any advanced civilization that has sufficiently advanced industry will give off IR heat, actually everything that uses energy does. Any planet that produces more energy than provided by it's parent star, might be a candidate for an advanced alien civilization. Also there are radio waves that we have been emitting for around 80 years. THough those won't necessarily be detectable or distinguishable for very long, the signals are just too weak. I read recently something about a project, that proposed studying our planet from outer space so we can better understand how to detect signs of industry/civilization elsewhere. Good idea imo.
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    UFO’s and Aliens.

    Life is highly adaptable and can survive in a number of extreme scenarios. Our planet and its history/circumstances, is perfect for us, because we evolved on it, in those set conditions, any other circumstance that we might not survive in, can in fact be nurturing to others. So the uniqueness argument doesn't really hold water. Each might be unique in its own way. Lower gravity on Mars might not be a huge issue. Iirc Mars' gravity is about 1/3 of Earth's. Zero g is quite detrimental but having some gravity mitigates to a large degree effects on muscles and bone density. Some adaptation will occur naturally, or will perhaps be aided by gene manipulation to a point. We have no idea how large a core other planets have, they're just educated guesses. Any seismically active planet will have a core of molten rock inside it. It might or might not have a magnetic field depending on the matter it consists of and its history or proximity to its star or other celestial bodies. Our star is in fact a less common type of star, habitable zones are possible on red dwarves (the most common type of star), just that they are closer to the star. Many of the possible candidates for life bearing planets that have been confirmed, orbit red dwarf stars. Also another extremely important ingredient is that the star is at least a second generation star, as there will be no heavy elements (carbon etc) in a first generation star and its accompanying system, probably made up mostly of gaseous planets, clouds etc. Any element above iron in the periodic table requires a supernova to fuse and form. Ours too is a second or third gen star, we don't know for sure, but definitely not first. And on aliens, we have no clues, they might be so different as to make communication next to impossible, even if we do meet some. Our imaginations are quite limited when it comes to the infinite variables that can occur. I used to read a lot of scifi, some books contain some really out of this world ideas about how alien life forms might be, but still even those are limited. As far as we can ascertain at this time, traveling the stars is not economically feasible, the amount of effort and energy just to come say hello just doesn't make sense. If anyone makes the effort to come over, they have to have a very clear purpose, that's why I think it would be bad news if someone makes contact with us. It's naive to think even an enlightened alien culture/civilization is completely benign, just as the US and Uk haven't been, no matter their intentions.
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    UFO’s and Aliens.

    I don't think we are alone in the universe, and I also think we aren't really that special. I have theory that life is a natural consequence of the Universe, intelligent life is probably not that common, but life, I'm sure exists. Life also doesn't require intelligence to survive, at all, in fact the most successful living things aren't intelligent. Intelligence is an accident most likely, life is not. Starting from that premise, I think it is highly doubtful that we will ever be able to travel the stars in star trek fashion. We are bound by the speed of light, and nothing can ever exceed that. Even though it seems incredibly fast to us, on the scale of the universe, it's snail speed. At 300,000 km per second (186,000 miles per second) it would take us a little more than 2 years just to reach the nearest star system. At that speed it would take 100,000 years to cross the galaxy. WIth current tech that is impossible. ALl other theories, proposals, concepts of interstellar travel are just that. The Alcubierre drive, which is something some people take seriously as an alternative to travel between stars, requires such amounts of energy that is also makes it unfeasible. That and also it requires the existence of completely unproven elements such as negative energy etc. Even if the necessary elements required for Alcubierre's drive to work do exist and are possible, there are a host of other hurdles to overcome, such as the release of energy upon arrival, that might actually destroy the vessel and so on. On intelligent aliens. I really do not want us to meet any others at this point, especially not ones that have solved the interstellar travel problem, which would make them far more advanced than us. Resources are scarce, any intelligent life has most likely evolved from a predatorial species, and they will most likely be in competition for resources. Any predatorial species would be innately violent, just as we are. Sure we are civilized now and so on, and these basic impulses are largely under control, but they are there. It is best if we stumble upon them rather than the other way around. Even if we could travel and colonize other planets that can support life, imagine the effort it would take to adapt ourselves to another environment with other microbes, bacteria, viruses etc. Would be a mammoth task. It would take years of studying a planet just to be able to adapt to it. We have no idea what we can find out there. Bacteria native to our planet with which we share origins, are deadly to us, imagine a contact with an ecosystem with which we have nothing in common. The other way around can also be considered, our impact on an alien environment can wipe it out. For the foreseeable future the only places we will be travelling to are our vecinities within this solar system, and the best approach for now at least, is to take care of the planet we have and on which we evolved. There is nowhere else we will be going to anytime soon. We are in the stone age of space exploration, who knows what we'll discover in the future. The first planet outside our solar system was discovered in 1995, since then we've discovered thousands, things are moving along, but compared to how much we need to know, and how much is potentially out there it's literally a drop in the ocean.
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    Is anyone in the BITCOIN market?

    I'd suggest that you don't put all your life savings into cryptocoins. I've been reading up on them a bit, the only one that really does seem to have a future is Ripple. The idea and tech behind it have a practical objective purpose, other than that one, none convince me. I've been trying to find a way to use cryptos to do something practical, that is, get around capital controls in certain countries and move money with ease. Couldn't do it, because the exchange infrastructure is not sufficiently developed yet. So if it's not developed enough to be able to do something useful with them... then what's the point? Aside from it being so volatile, even if the infrastructure was sufficiently developed, I'd really want to at least get the money I put in back, but with these fluctuations and the possibility of a flash crash at any time, it's far too risky. So other than speculation they really don't have a use, at least not to me. And unless they become stable, they won't be widely accepted and their primary purpose will remain speculative. Would a merchant hold/accept a currency that can drop 20% in a matter of minutes, taking away his profit and possibly inflicting losses? Would an employee accept payment of wages in a currency so volatile? Are there any products whos costs and prices are solely calculated in btc? Yes they are becoming more and more accepted, but it won't stay this way if high volatility remains an issue. If you've already made some money, I'd suggest you cash in what you originally invested, and play with house money. I think lots of people are going to get hurt on this soon enough. Heard about a guy who took a second mortgage on his home to invest in cryptos. Idiotic if you'd ask me. Also every day new crypto currencies are being launched, they will start competing with each other, and as in any competition there will be winners and loosers. Loosers will disappear and so will the investors money.
  6. ameer

    Urus

    I think it looks cool and different, I wouldn't call it pretty but I certainly like it.
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    My Bugatti Chiron has arrived

    Wow! Congratulations, enjoy it in good health! Absolutely stunning spec!
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    Unfuckingbelievable numbers from Tesla

    I always wonder if SpaceX is profitable, because as it is a private company the stock is held by Musk and a few other investors of his choosing. In contrast Tesla is public. Why? I'm thinking SpaceX is profitable and has more potential, and he sees it as his main business, and Tesla is on the side, and it's public so he can share the risks with everyone else. If it works and it becomes a new auto giant, good for him, if it flops he'll still be hailed as the man who forced the auto industry to become environment friendly. Thing is do you really want to take part in his experiments? He'll land on his feet no matter what, some of his investors won't.
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    Unfuckingbelievable numbers from Tesla

    That's exactly what I've been telling people. It's valued is totally wrong, it's not really a tech company, it's a car company and this is a very competitive segment, and once the big manufacturers launch electric products Tesla will get buried. I'm pretty sure Porsche is going to make a good electric car and that's on schedule to be launched in 2020. Tesla will have a lot of catching up to do in terms of build quality, design and so on. I wouldn't care if the roadster goes beyond the speed of sound in 2 seconds, no engine = no soul, to me at least the way a car sounds is a big part of the experience. Speed isn't everything.
  10. I just hope these assholes don't start a new trend.
  11. ameer

    Shooter in Las Vegas

    Why are the shooter's political leanings being discussed? He was clearly a very deranged man, what difference does it make, or what point are you trying to make about that?
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    Shooter in Las Vegas

    Damn... Some pretty fucked up people on this planet. RIP to the victims of this terrible tragedy. I hope you are all safe.
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    Chiron

    Saw one in Cannes parked right outside the Carlton hotel. It is absolutely amazing in person, and a bit smaller than I imagined it to be. Thing is there was a Veyron right next to it, no competition... The Chiron has much more sophisticated lines, it made the Veyron look cheap. It truly looks special, if I had the money for it, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one.
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    Laberghini 2020 plans

    For the V12s going hybrid seems a better option than turbo charging. The 918 spyder with its NA V8 + hybrid seems like a really good compromise and its also quite eco friendly. Emissions are lower than on an average city car.
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    Valerian: DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE

    It's not bad at all. It was very entertaining and imaginative in some aspects. Also the special effects are cool, it's not a movie that takes itself seriously, it was a lot of fun.