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  1. RadX

    VR, AR and 360 cameras

    Since I am venturing into this, and developing areas within the sector, any inputs on this? Looking at 360 cameras that are a supplement to VR and AR as well. Welcome all inputs. The new Kodak 360 cameras are pretty fascinating and neat. Gives a new perspective to adding that to a drone and then flying with great aerial footage
  2. Seems fun and challenging...wonder if locals will have similar reality shows? I know there are many good skill drivers out there hiding somewhere... First episode is a chio XMM (though married with a 3mth old baby liao )...but her skills think even most professional drivers can't do that...maneuvering on 2 wheels for more than 2 minutes... btw anyone know whats the brand of the car? [media]https://www.facebook.com/hot518/videos/1651485718416865/?fref=nf[/media]
  3. Billcoke

    Augmented reality GPS

    Latest car GPS
  4. this study seems to be false in SG? --- Consumers Beware: In Reality, Luxury Cars Don't Make Us Feel Better 7/28/2011 -- Professor Norbert Schwarz says most of the time, we're focused on the mundaneness of daily life and our car makes little difference. ANN ARBOR, Mich.
  5. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has approved first flying car to be on roads. This car have folding side wings and easy entery like vehicles and can be parked in side home garage, safe and speedy on roads, its anme is terrafugia Here are the pics for detailed information &videos source= www.vehiclepdf.com
  6. Can't believe ST got the cheek to print letters of disillusioned cuckoos. ST Forum May 11, 2011 Reality check: It was a solid PAP victory WE MAY have overlooked the fact that this General Election was actually a step backward for the opposition, amid the euphoria of the Workers' Party's victories in Aljunied GRC and the single seat in Hougang. For a start, there will be only one elected opposition party in the new Parliament - the WP - compared with two in 2006 - the WP and the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA), then led by Mr Chiam See Tong. The Singapore People's Party lost Potong Pasir, which was contested by his wife and successor Lina, and Mr Chiam failed in his bid to win Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC. The results show that although the opposition parties offered better candidates than in previous elections, it was still not enough to convince the majority of the electorate of their calibre. Apart from Aljunied GRC and Hougang, the WP failed in Moulmein-Kallang GRC, East Coast GRC, Nee Soon GRC, and the single seats of Joo Chiat, Punggol East and Sengkang West. So the opposition has a long way to go before it can establish itself firmly in Singapore politics, let alone beat the ruling People's Action Party. I am sure it knows what it has to do. It has to prove itself worthy of the electorate's trust and confidence. On the other hand, Saturday's GE was a big success (yet again) for the PAP. Winning 81 seats out of 87 is a landslide, by any yardstick. And remember, in the process, it regained Potong Pasir after 27 years in the hands of Mr Chiam. The PAP's performance is a clear indication that the majority of Singaporeans still want the party to govern, despite their unhappiness, never mind that the party lost its first GRC and Hougang, and suffered a drop in the overall share of the vote. I look forward to watching how the PAP performs under its new mandate and whether the WP can deliver its promises to the voters of Aljunied GRC and Hougang. We can expect the verdict in the next general election. Anthony Oei
  7. Latka

    A reality check about income

    This guy must have just been discharged fm IMH. Or, a ghost writer fm the PM's office. Talk about leaving the company, their jobs are ho chia, ho koon, leave for wat? ST Forum Mar 26, 2011 A reality check about income THE opposition should think carefully and get a reality check if it plans to use the issue of ministers' salaries to score an election point. The arguments can go like this: that if one wants to serve the nation, one must be prepared to sacrifice and forgo one's income worth. If one were to use this line of logic, does it mean we should also not compensate our national servicemen during their in-camp training? After all, they should be prepared to sacrifice for their country and it's only income and not their lives they are sacrificing. This would save lots of taxpayer money. If this suggestion sounds absurd, then I guess I have made my point. We need to recognise that income is not only meant to deter corruption but also to communicate appreciation and the value of the person in the employer's eyes (the employer in this case being the nation). Most of us would feel sore and unappreciated if we realise we are not paid market value. We would leave the company. This is human nature. I would expect that someone looking to lead the nation would understand this basic management principle? Gideon Lee
  8. The series is called "Every Singaporean Son". Now the whole of Asia can have a good laugh at us.
  9. Many in this forum or elsewhere (as long as you live in Singapore) are discussing about the spike in COE premium over the last one year. I aim to provide a reality check on COE and car population control and well as how public transport can play a part in the overall transportation system and cost. First the COE demand and supply situation. Please look to year 2009 March bidding. There were 3682 COE available (for month of March) for 1.6l and below cars. COE price was $3864 and $3162. That was the time whereby all in Singapore who wants to buy a car and think that they can afford it and willing to pay for it at the OMV plus taxes plus dealer profit plus $3800 did so. That was the time whereby almost all demand were fulfilled by supply. Coming back to present, if we were to satisfy all demand for new cars (1.6l and below) in current economic climate, the COE available numbers could by more than double that of March 2009, that works out to be ~8000 new 1.6l and below cars a month. Compared to the 1300 available COEs available for december, this works out to 6700 new car owners want to be who cannot fufill their dreams of owning a new car. This is how COE works. How do you get the 1300 who are willing to pay $50k for a COE to work with the 6700 who doesn't want to pay $50k to work together so that somehow a newly defined batch (be it through balloting or means testing or lottery) of 1300 gets their COE at $1? You will need to issue 8000 new COEs to enable all 8000 new cars owners wannabe to get their COE at $1. Think about it, COE works by limiting the number of new cars allowed on the roads according to what the LTA wants. It taxes the car owners for wanting a new car. This method works for car population control. We should however be asking how we can maximise the returns on the taxes that we collect from new car owners. How to make public transport better such that those who are deprived of car ownership because being less well-off or less willing to pay taxes do not suffer disproportionate disadvantage from not owning private transportation. Secondly, the train system can play a very deciding role in determining the private car ownership and usage situation in Singapore. I think this thread title is a good platform for everyone to discuss about car ownership or the lack thereof. This is my second posting in this thread regarding how our train infrastructure should be before motorist starts giving up their private transport on weekdays. The public transport frequency, comfortable load carrying capacity and coverage (trains) must be improved on tremendously. COE can be as high as $200 or $500K. Singaporeans will not care if the public transport is affordable, comfortable, punctual and has extensive coverage. Taxes from COE should be used to build public transport infrastructure to a truly first class status. The circle line is 8 years late. The east to north line (Changi/Pasir Ris/Tampines to Yishun/Woodlands) should have been completed in 2009. The second east west line should have started work in should be completed in 2012. The second North-South line should be completed in 2014. A third North-South Circle line should be in planning and work to start in 2012. Jurong Island and Tuas should have been served by the MRT line in 2007. Palau Bin and Tekong MRT station should have been completed in October 2010. Train carrying capacity can be increased by a double deck MRT track that runs express service from major MRT stations, example Tampines to Tuas stopping only at Tampines, Payer Lebar, Raffles Place, Buona Vista, Jurong East, Boonlay and Tuas. The double deck MRT system should have been ready in 2010. Planned tracked should have 4 track rail to enable express trains. LRT should serve every MRT station to bring commuters to within 300m of 95% of residential high-rise and 500m of offices and other residential buildings. A system like the above serves a population of 6.5million comfortable with the desirable effect of such extensive rail system is that most Singaporeans would prefer to travel on public transport and the number of cars on the road can be drastically reduced through even further cuts on issuance of COE.
  10. I guess most of the bros/sis here are locally-bred Singaporeans, sprinkled (no offence) with some foreigners-PRs, FTs or simply visitors/tourists. And if you have been reading the local press or have been watching local news regularly (I admit I do all the time), what will strike you is that almost everything from the economy to local B&B issues have been reported to be rosy or about to be better or looked into by the powers that be. A good example would be after EVERY NDP rally talk, the reporters would be churning out tonnes of praise by at least 82 MPs, business folks, academics & other eminent people in their follow-up reports. You seldom find any negative doubts expressed. Maybe some slight concerns but nothing that warrants any serious attention. If, however, you dwell into the realms of the internet, you will find that almost all are allegedly not all-systems-go-let's fire-it-up type of situations. I think most of us are wise enough to differentiate fact from friction and not taken in easily by everything in it. Take for example the hot Foreign Talent (FT)/Permanent Resident (PR) topic. (Notice in the local press/news reports, the powers that be have stopped using the term "FT" but the more generic Foreign Workers (FW)? By definition this group of folks include that friendly foreign cleaner at your void deck to high power MNC CEOs. I guess it will some how soothe frayed tempers over the so-called talents which some claimed otherwise.) And lately almost all gov. top guns have been coming out defending the policy of FWs/PRs, probably due to the imminent BIG day. Of course the latest rally by the top of the top guns clearly painstakingly pointed the importance of the contributions from these group of non-Singaporeans to our economy. And you begin to see many letters of attesting to the soundness of this policy appearing on local press or interviewees praising this policy has helped in his/her business or enable him/her to keep his/her job on the local tv. Things get very interesting when you googled words like, for example, "Singapore Foreign Talent" and it would generate, at last count, 275 000 resulting topics. Many of these are simply 100% anti-establishment bashings/arguments without any substantiation but you will also find some do offer sensible points or raise valid concerns. The latter, however, often do not get much attention in the local media maybe due to the sensitivity it may cause. One of the key reasons for the recent setback by the incument gov. of our neighbouring country of losing some states to the opposition was said to be the latter making full use of the internet to spread their cause. Whether the arguments our neighbour's opposition parties raised were valid or not, only time would tell. So the question is: What is the real Singapore? Is it what is being potrayed in the local media or do you think you can find the real answer in the internet? Your views?
  11. Hi there, I watched a TV show about zero emission technology and chanced upon this CAT car invented by the French. Guess what? it is a conceivable and commercialized car not some concept car. So i decided to browse the web for more information: http://www.gizmag.com/go/3523/ http://www.gizmag.com/compressed-air-car-s.../picture/42549/ It is actually being sold in France. There is no battery needed. Cost next to nothing to run (no petrol). Take about 3 minutes to re-charge and can do it at home (of course, only when you have a landed house or office area). For added power and convenience, there is also a hybrid version. Regards,
  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgCKaO6_O6A Jeremy Clarkson, host of the Top Gear television program, performed a head-to-head test of real life versus GT4 on an episode of the program. He ran Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in real life in an Honda NSX for a lap time of 1:57. His GT4 lap time was 1:41:148
  13. This old joke is courtesy of talkinc0ck.com. Never expect this to be a reality today. One of the main reasons why in recent years the Singapore Government has always ensured that their Miss Universe representative were of tertiary level education or higher was because of the following incident which occurred not too many years ago. It is the final round of the Miss Universe Pageant and the 3 finalists, Miss USA, Miss Malaysia and Miss Singapore are being asked 3 simple questions: MC: The first question is name me an electrical appliance starting with "L" Miss USA: Lamp Miss Malaysia: Light bulb Miss Singapore: LADIO Judge: No, no, Radio does not start with the letter "L" MC: I am going to give you 2 more chances; The next question is name me an animal starting with the letter "L" Miss USA: Lion Miss Malaysia: Leopard Miss Singapore: LABBIT Judge: No, no, no, Rabbit does not start with the letter "L" MC: I am going to give you one last chance, if you answer this question incorrectly, you are disqualified. Name me a fruit starting with the letter "L" Miss USA: Lemon Miss Malaysia: Lychee Miss Singapore, with full of confidence, smiles and says: LIEWLIAN ! This is not the end of the story, the Judge consulted the board of judges to determine if Miss Singapore should really disqualified; and they decided that since Miss Singapore was having as many problems with the letter "L", the decided to give her another chance. Judge: OK, the final question is name me a human anatomy starting with the letter "L" Miss USA: Lung (applause) Miss Malaysia: Liver (even more applause) Miss Singapore: L** J*** ! Judge: ?????????!!!!
  14. Youngest Son: "Tell me Daddy, what is the difference between Potentiality" and "Reality" Dad: "I will show you"... Dad turns to his wife and asks her: "Would you sleep with Robert Redford for 1 million dollars"? Wife: "Yes of course! I would never waste such an opportunity"! Then Dad asks his daughter, if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for 1 Million dollars? Daughter:" Wow! Yes! He is my fantasy!" So Dad turns to his elder son and asks him: "Would you sleep with Tom Cruise for 1 million dollars"? Elder Son: "Yeah! Why not? Imagine what I could do with 1 million Dollars! I would never hesitate!" So the father turns back to his younger son saying: " You see son, "Potentiality" we are sitting on 3 million dollars, but in "Reality" we are living with 2 prostitutes and 1 gay!!
  15. Genie47

    Bullrun Reality TV series

    Watching it right now on Star World. Team Honda (Civic LX) damn disappointing man. Trans Am leading. Surprisingly, the Dodge Charger is damn maneuverable and is comparable to the Civic for such a big car. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullrun
  16. Picnic06-Biante15

    Jurassic Park - A Reality in Near Future.....

    Read yesterday ST report and scientist have break-through in bring extinct animal back to life with DNA....... Scientist has "resurrected" extinct animal : the Tasmanian Tiger to life with implanting the DNA into a mouse, raising the future possibilitly of bringing the dinosaurs to life. Wow............, T rex roaming at Central Park in US......
  17. Tire Myths...and Reality "Black and round." If that sums up the bulk of your knowledge about tires, you could be missing out on some key facts. By Rik Paul Myth: I should inflate my tires according to the pressure indicated on the tire sidewall. Fact: The handwriting's not on the wall--the tire sidewall, that is. Molded into the sidewall is the tire's maximum inflation pressure, not the manufacturer-recommended pressure. For normal operation, follow inflation pressure recommendations in the owner's manual or on the vehicle placard located in the glovebox or on the door post. Myth: A tread pattern is needed to provide great traction on dry roads. Fact: A racing slick--a tire without any tread--provides the ultimate in dry traction due to the maximum amount of rubber touching the road. A tread pattern, with its groove voids, actually compromises this adhesion capability on dry roads. The role of tire tread is to act as a squeegee on wet roads to remove water from under the tire and channel it through the grooves for improved wet traction. Myth: Performance tires wear out faster because of the sticky compounds. Fact: Performance tires may wear out faster than conventional family-car tires; however, tread rubber polymers aren't the culprits. In fact, new polymers and ultratensile steel constructions make performance tires last longer than ever. Industrywide, performance tires average about 45,000 miles in tread life, similar to the figures for family-car passenger tires. Fast wear usually is due to high-horsepower vehicles fitted with the tires and aggressive driving. Jackrabbit starts and quick stops can shorten the life of any tire. Myth: Wide tires provide better traction under all weather conditions. In fact, putting oversize snow tires on a car delivers better snow traction. Fact: The opposite is actually true. Wide tires tend to "float" on deep snow, and the tread lugs never have a chance to "dig" through to the road surface to gain traction. Narrow tires are a better option in deep snow. The tire acts similarly to a knife cutting through butter; the blade works best when using the narrow edge to push through the butter rather than the wide flat side of the blade. Myth: All-season tires are so good that winter tires are never needed. Fact: In some parts of the country, this may be true, but if you live in the northernmost states or in Canada, the traction provided by winter tires can't be beat. Winter tires reign supreme in rural areas where snow remains on the road for days. They provide 25-percent-improved traction in deep snow over all-season tires. Metal-studded tires deliver up to 40 percent greater traction on hard-packed snow and ice over all-season tires, but many locales have restrictions regarding the use of studs. Myth: Never rotate tires from side to side, only front to back. Fact: Radial tires can be crossed from side to side in the rotation pattern. The old front-to-back rule applied to bias ply tires. Regular tire rotation--every 6000 to 8000 miles--promotes more uniform wear for all tires on a vehicle. (Goodyear recently designed a light-truck tire system that requires no rotation; the Wrangler RF-A provides a rear tire with a different tread design from the front tire). Myth: Put your new tires on the drive-wheel position to get the most traction. Fact: This is only true on a rear-drive vehicle. In all cases, install new tires on the rear axle. Most tire buyers purchase new rubber for the drive-wheel position to get the most traction; however, by doing so they transfer most of their traction capabilities from the rear and make it susceptible to oversteer. The vehicle's rear will fishtail and swing out in fast cornering or emergency maneuvers. Myth: Sticking your fingernail in the tread can help you pick the tire with the softest compounds, and thus, the best adhesion. Fact: It's sort of like kicking the tire, but with another part of your anatomy. Tread compounds only tell part of a tire's story. Tread pattern, tire shape, and tire footprint shape on the pavement provide clues to its adhesion capabilities. Don't rely on the fingernail test. Myth: The government tests tires for traction, temperature resistance, and treadwear and assigns grades molded onto the sidewall. Fact: Uniform Tire Quality Grading is a federal law that requires tire manufacturers to grade their own tires for treadwear, traction, and temperature resistance. Tire manufacturers, not the government, test tires and assign their own grades. Unfortunately, the government has not prescribed a formula for converting the manufacturer test results into universal grades; therefore, the numbers are not objective. According to the Federal Trade Commission, treadwear grades are for comparison purposes only and are not intended to be converted into anticipated or promised tire mileage. Myth: An undulation on a tire sidewall is a weak spot that could lead to tire failure. Fact: An undulation is created where materials overlap each other in the tire carcass, and it actually is the strongest part of the tire. Still, motorists perceive a "wave" on the sidewall as a defect. Goodyear's new ultratensile steel reinforcement eliminates this material splice and overlap. Ultratensile steel should reduce sidewall undulation in polyester-reinforced tires. Myth: Before you buy a car, kick the tires. Fact: It might not tell you much about the vehicle or tires, but it could tell you whether your shoe padding is adequate.
  18. Car Care: Paint-Care Myths and Reality With so much misinformation out there surrounding car care, it's no wonder people get confused about what's truth and what's fiction. By Rik Paul With so much misinformation out there surrounding car care, it's no wonder people get confused about what's truth and what's fiction. Paint care is definitely one area that can raise a lot of questions. To sort the myths from the reality, we talked to Mike Pennington, director of training for Meguiar's. Active with detailing professionals, show-car owners, and amateur enthusiasts, Pennington conducts regular paint-care classes and seminars and acts as technical consultant for many auto manufacturers and their dealerships-including BMW, Lexus, Nissan, Infiniti, and DaimlerChrysler-as well as such automotive paint manufacturers as DuPont, PPG, and BASF. Here's his insight into the paint-care quagmire. Natural 100-percent carnauba wax must be blended with other ingredients for a car wax that's easy to apply.Myth: A wax made of 100-percent carnauba is superior to those using lesser amounts. Reality: Carnauba wax has been a favorite among car enthusiasts for years, but don't believe that any wax is made of 100-percent carnauba. As the hardest natural wax known, carnauba is much too hard to apply directly to automotive paint. It comes in bricks that must be melted and added to a company's formulation. If a paint protectant advertises "pure carnauba," it means the part of the formula that is carnauba is pure, not that it's 100-percent carnauba. According to Pennington, today's synthetic polymer technology actually provides better protection than carnauba. Myth: Avoid a silicone-based wax. If used, the vehicle can't be repainted. Reality: It's true that silicones are a bane of the auto painter. For instance, if particles of silicone are on the sheetmetal when it's painted, they can keep the paint from adhering to the surface, causing defects known as fisheye. That's why some professional cleaners and polishes intended for shop use are formulated without silicone. However, once paint is on the car, silicone is no longer an issue. In fact, virtually every wax on the market uses some kind of silicone in its formula because it enhances the product's ease of application, gloss, and durability. If repainting is necessary, a body shop can easily take off the wax as part of its normal preparation. Myth: You can assume that a finish that looks glossy is in good shape. Reality: There are different degrees of glossiness, and a paint can dull so gradually you may not realize it's happening. For this reason, don't rely just on reflectivity to judge your paint's condition. Use your sense of touch, as well. Place your clean, dry hand flat against the paint and slowly rub it along the surface. Feel with both palm and fingertips. A well-maintained finish should feel smooth as glass. Any roughness could be due to oxidation, tree sap mist, or adhered grit, all of which degrade a paint's gloss to some degree. To avoid swirl marks, dry with a clean chamois or high-quality, thick-nap towel.Myth: Oxidation is a major problem for factory paint. Reality: Until a few years ago, this was definitely the case. Today, however, oxidation is no longer the concern it used to be. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun was once a finish's worst enemy, gradually causing the paint to deteriorate into a white, chalky dullness. In the last five to 10 years, new paint technology has come onto the scene that's much more resistant to UV, allowing new-car paint to hold up many years longer. With older cars, though, oxidation is still a problem an owner should be concerned with. Myth: Clear-coat finishes don't require waxing. Reality: Even though today's clear-coat finishes are much more resistant to UV radiation, they're still as susceptible to other environmental contamination. A clear coat is still just another layer of paint, and is subject to the same deterioration as paint with pigment. Therefore, periodic waxing is still recommended for maximum protection against the elements. Always use a non-abrasive formula labeled safe for clear coats. "The problem today is the stuff that lands on paint," says Pennington. Contaminants ranging from bird droppings and bugs to tree sap mist, industrial fallout, and airborne pollutants can adhere to the paint and gradually cause dulling and roughness. If left unattended, it can chemically etch into the paint, causing permanent scars. A quality wax can help keep the contaminants from bonding, but the best strategy is to wash them off before they can adhere. Myth: With modern "easy-care" formulas, paint scratches can be easily removed by hand. Reality: Scratches can be temporarily filled with some types of products, but they'll likely reappear after your first wash. The only sure way to eliminate scratches is to use an abrasive product-such as a cleaner-that removes enough of the surrounding paint to physically make the scratch appear less deep. Pennington notes, though, there's a wide range of scratches. Even with a cleaner, only the very lightest scratches can be removed by hand. As scratches deepen, they require more advanced methods, progressing in order from an orbital buffer, a dual-action polisher, a rotary polisher, and finally wet sanding. Scratches that go completely through a paint layer cannot be eliminated without repainting. The ol' flame-on-paint trick proves nothing about car-wax protection.Myth: Machine buffing is dangerous for paint. Reality: As mentioned above, there are different types of machines designed for buffing and polishing, and all are safe when matched with the right skill level. An orbital buffer, is the least aggressive type and can be easily used by the average do-it-yourselfer. A dual-action polisher is slightly more aggressive and therefore requires more care and skill to use safely. Finally, a professional-type rotary polisher can remove paint relatively quickly, making it a good choice for fixing damaged paint. This same trait, however, also makes it easier to burn through a paint layer unless used by an experienced person. Myth: Swirl marks or spiderwebbing are found mostly in old or abused paint. Reality: Even brand-new paint can quickly show spiderwebbing-very light scratches, often in a circular pattern, most easily seen in the reflection of a light. A number of products are designed to remove swirl marks, but Pennington emphasizes the real key is to find out what's causing them. Spiderwebbing is commonly caused by unseen dirt on a towel, sponge, or chamois, and can happen either at a carwash center (even those that handwash) or in your own driveway, while you're washing or drying your car. Even cheap towels can cause these marks. "Use a good quality terry towel with a thick nap," says Pennington, "and always use good car-care techniques." Myth: A good paint protectant can even protect against fire. Reality: Don't be misled by sleight-of-hand. You may have seen a car wax salesman demonstrate the durability of his product by lighting a flame on the surface of a car and then pointing out that his product's "superior protection" kept the paint from being damaged at all. What he sprays on the paint and ignites is lighter fluid, which burns extremely easily and quickly. In fact, the flame doesn't actually touch the paint surface because it's feeding off rising fumes. Usually, the paint gets no warmer than it would on a hot summer day, and you can place your hand on the spot immediately after the flame goes out and not be burned. Even paint with no protection at all will survive this test just fine.