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  1. take note: Red-light cameras to be activated to detect speeding from Apr 1 SINGAPORE: The speed enforcement function in red-light cameras across Singapore will be "progressively and dynamically" activated from Monday (Apr 1). Locations that are more accident-prone or violation-prone will be prioritised for the activation. Red-light cameras, which are deployed at selected road junctions, are used to detect vehicles that commit red-light running offences. They are prominently painted in orange and white. Warning signs with speed limits are also placed before traffic camera enforcement zones. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/red-light-camera-speed-enforcement-function-activated-apr-1-traffic-police-4231476
  2. I've BlackVue on the front windscreen. Isit necessary to install another set at the rear just incase someone kiss your bumper and you've solid proof to show your insurance for damages claim. Anyone done before?
  3. "To err is human. To forgive divine." - Alexander Pope To take on a career in photography is to commit yourself to a lifetime of struggle against light and GAS. And recently I've been getting quite a severe bout of the latter. No, I'm not talking about the flatulence that Julian is prone to letting fly in the office, but rather about Gear Acquisition Syndrome - the dangerous compulsion to get more equipment and better lenses in the (usually misplaced) assumption that they will make your photos better. For those interested, I'm planning to write about how one can manage this strange phenomenon in the coming months, but for now, let's just say recently I gave in to this horrible affliction and committed myself to some rather hefty (in the context of what pittance a writer/photographer can afford) purchases. One of these is this rather lovely piece of glass you see in the picture above (the body, unfortunately, belongs entirely to Sgcarmart). It's a Zeiss Touit 32mm F1.8, and it's admired for the fact that it delivers images full of specular highlights, otherwise known as soap bubble bokeh. For those interested to know more about the lens, may I recommend this short film on the lens by GxAce? But surviving on that aforementioned wafer-thin budget requires prudence, so some homework was necessary before I swung down with what little was left in my bank account to make this purchase. And along the way, I stumbled across this other rather interesting video: In the video, YouTube channel Overexposed highlights (excuse the pun) the role which Zeiss played in supporting the German war machine in the Second World War, as well its use of forced labour during the war to support its operations. I'm sure the many automotive enthusiasts gathered here are also familiar with the fact that many of our beloved brands, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Porsche, alongside Renault, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were also all involved (with varying degrees and levels of culpability) in the conflict. Which brings me into today's topic of discussion: Should we be concerned about what our favourite brands do or have done? Opioids available for purchase - Let's remember that the standards of the past differ greatly from those of today I'm sure many of you have heard about the McDonalds boycott currently ongoing in Malaysia. And I think it's not hard to see why there has been so much support for it. The spectacular rise of global MNCs and the increasing embrace of neoliberal policies by many states in the last decades has, I'm certain, shifted the perceived perception of the global balance of power in favour of these global corporations at the expense of the state. So, the common man, even if he/she may not articulate it as such, feels that his/her dollar has, more than ever, the ability to change the direction of current affairs more so than the cross he/she marks out at the voting booth. Carl Zeiss would eventually get split as either side of the Iron Curtain were eager to get their hands on the optical know-how that supported the German war machine (The half that ended in East Germany adopted this Carl Zeiss Jena name) But an ongoing conflict is entirely different from one that has happened in the past. And this, I think, is an important distinction that needs to be made. I'm all for putting an end to the bloodshed in Palestine (even though the realist in me would like to borrow from that famous line from Arthur Koestler to say that just as the beating of war drums have reverberated all through the history of mankind, this is likely one of those conflicts that was stay with us for the foreseeable future), but the idea that we should abstain from a firm's products because of its involvement in atrocities of the past looks, frankly, a little absurd. Let's get real. A business is out there to make a profit - whether it be to fatten a greedy owner, or to tease the pockets of its diligent employees - and it will make decisions that are in its own best interests, even if they may be morally questionable. And yes, you can argue that we should expect more out of the corporations that now play such a huge role in global affairs. But I retort with this: Let’s not act as if we are, as individuals, are such great arbiters of right or wrong to begin with. Perhaps a bit of reading about the Milgram experiment will convince those unpersuaded by my point here. That may be a Beetle in the diagram, but Ferdinand Porsche (pictured, lower left) was also responsible for the development of some of the tanks of the German war machine The reality is, Man can be compelled to do silly and even reprehensible things whether it be in in the name of duty, patriotism, or perhaps even by sheer simple greed (and hence Koestler's observation that conflict has followed through all the history of mankind). And like it or not, it's these same everyday men and women that lead businesses. So expect corporations to make mistakes, to err, and to falter. And expect them to continue to make embarrassing decisions. But don't get yourself too caught up with what any firm has done in the past, or abstain from any product just because of the mistakes of a few past business leaders. Life is short, and the threat of conflict is never non-existent, so you might as well go out there and enjoy the moment. Go out there and buy that Mercedes-Benz or BMW, or that Zeiss or Hugo Boss that you've been eyeing. But if you want to afford many nice things, don't take on a job with any firm as a writer or a photographer. - Clarence Images courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, Porsche Newsroom
  4. Prior to last month, I couldn't even recall the last time I used a film camera. It might have been two decades ago, because sometime in the mid-2000s, digital cameras began to proliferate and before we knew it, film was out, and the 'Megapixel War' had commenced. I still remember how almost everyone I knew suddenly started talking about which camera had how many megapixels and how it that would deliver the best resolution and therefore, the 'best' photos. One-hour photo developing shops in shopping centre basements started disappearing. Nobody wanted to wait for their photos to be developed when they could be viewed and even printed at home. I, too, was enamoured at the speed at which we could produce images. Pictures that were no good could be easily deleted, so there was no more pressure to get your photos right the first time. But I began to miss shooting film a few years ago. Shooting for work is done with a digital camera and there's a rush to just get the shoot over and done with. There's little engagement in the process. The Spotmatic F feels great to hold as it is constructed from mostly metal, with some plastic bits used for the dials After all, we live in an era where everything must happen instantly, which means we're always doing (or trying to do) everything as fast as we can. It's like going on a holiday with such a packed itinerary that instead of immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and flavours, you're just rushing to tick every box on your list in a bid to maximise your time there. Damn, that's WORK, not leisure, and it's also the reason why you come home and declare you need another vacation. Slow your roll I have four film cameras: A Minolta I inherited from my late grandfather, a Yashica from the 1990s, a Mamiya RB67 I bought from Ebay a few years ago (but got 'lost' before I could use it), and my most recent acquisition, a Pentax Spotmatic F. I got that because I wanted a manual 35mm camera. One Saturday, during a few hours of clear skies, I asked my better half to indulge me by playing the role of muse/model in a photo shoot. I then loaded the Pentax with a roll of Kodak Portra 160 and set the film speed to 100. Not having touched film in nearly 20 years made the process of loading the camera, which once upon a time felt so natural, feel tricky. Luckily, I could tell I loaded it right, because the rewind lever turned counterclockwise as I advanced the roll. With a digital camera or even my smartphone, taking snapshots is easy. Once I am satisfied with the light, background and overall composition, I can click away without worry. The 120mm film rolls are expired, but they could still give 'interesting' results With film, the process is slower and more purposeful. Yes, I also imagine the final image I want to see and work backwards from there, while factoring in the available light and background. After this, I asked my missus to practice a few poses. Only after we decided on one did I activate the camera's light meter by uncovering the lens. Aha, and unlike modern camera lenses that have plastic caps, this one is made of metal. Woot. Then I adjusted the exposure by tweaking the aperture and shutter speed. Once these were sorted, I finally cocked the shutter by advancing the film lever. I felt like a sniper of sorts as I held by breath before releasing it. The click that accompanied its opening and closing was most satisfying. This was followed by a long-lost but familiar feeling of not knowing how the images will turn out. I wonder if I focussed correctly and whether my hand shook. From here on, it'll be up to the lab and whoever's processing the film to adjust accordingly, assuming there's enough latitude. The shutter speed is set using the left dial, while the shutter itself has a threaded hole for a cable release. The film counter is above the advancing lever Making each shot count Because each shot is carefully planned, my time is put to better use. Film costs more than it used to, and I recall spending $21 for the 36-exposure roll of Portra 160. The entire shoot lasted 35 minutes and I took either five or six photos. So, I probably have another 30 exposures... and much planning to do. I'm thinking of shooting landscapes in the Botanic Gardens next time. Shooting film feels more shiok than shooting digital. After all, it's something I enjoy, so naturally, it's nicer to spend more time on it as opposed to hurrying through the process. It's also liberating. A digital camera is more convenient, but if you review your shots, you start to feel constrained. With film, I can totally focus on lighting and composition since I won't see my results anytime soon. And yes, I like that feeling of anticipation and eventually, excitement, after I eventually finish the roll and send it to be processed. Aperture is set using this handy dial, while the focus is dialled in using the checkered ring - plenty of engagement for the hobbyist Larger formats? Having 36 exposures is great, but for a hobbyist like me that tries to plan every shot, medium format might be a better option. Apart from better resolution, and smoother tones and colour gradients, I'll have less planning to do, as the 6x7 format may only give me a dozen exposures. Or maybe I'll want to try a large format 4x5 camera in the future. Sheet film might be even more expensive than 120mm film, so I might only take two photos. Two well-planned shots after spending time setting up the camera. Film is outdated for an online portal like ours, but as a hobby, it's immensely more rewarding than shooting digital. I hope it doesn't disappear, because it's not outdated - it's just another format.
  5. Phluvcat

    Wifi IP CCTV

    Sim Lim Tower or Sim Lim Square better for wifi cctv for home. I want get those mini cctv system. TIA.
  6. Hi all. So over the weekend this happened. I bid farewell to my exactly a year old iPhone 8 Plus. My circles.life sim card survived apparently. But having not back up my iCloud for awhile.... there goes everything else inside. Including contacts. Too heartbroken to going back to being an Apple user, though no fault of Apple's, I bite the bullet and went for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. My first android in years. No research done on this phone except constantly impressed by @steveluv's vacation pictures taken by the Huawei. Huawei users fall in here! What's good about this phone, tips and tricks to use the camera correctly, reasonably priced tempered glass for the curved screen, solid phone casing etc. Please share with a total noob here!
  7. SAN FRANCISCO - Tesla has assured its millions of electric car owners that their privacy “is and will always be enormously important to us”. The cameras it builds into vehicles to assist driving, it notes on its website, are “designed from the ground up to protect your privacy”. But between 2019 and 2022, groups of Tesla employees privately shared, via an internal messaging system, sometimes highly invasive videos and images recorded by customers’ car cameras, according to interviews by Reuters with nine former employees. Some of the recordings caught Tesla customers in embarrassing situations. One former employee described a video of a man approaching a vehicle completely naked. Also shared were crashes and road-rage incidents. One crash video in 2021 showed a Tesla being driven at high speed in a residential area and hitting a child riding a bike, according to another former employee. Other images were more mundane, such as pictures of dogs and funny road signs that employees made into memes by embellishing them with amusing captions or commentary, before posting them in private group chats. While some postings were shared between only two employees, others could be seen by scores of them, according to several former employees. Tesla states in its online “Customer Privacy Notice” that its “camera recordings remain anonymous and are not linked to you or your vehicle”. But seven former employees told Reuters the computer programme they used at work could show the location of recordings – which potentially could reveal where a Tesla owner lived. One former employee also said that some recordings appeared to have been made when cars were parked and turned off. Several years ago, Tesla would receive video recordings from its vehicles even when they were turned off, if owners gave consent. It has since stopped doing so. “We could see inside people’s garages and their private properties,” said another former employee. “Let’s say that a Tesla customer had something in their garage that was distinctive, you know, people would post those kinds of things.” Tesla did not respond to detailed questions sent to the company for this report. To report this story, Reuters contacted more than 300 former Tesla employees who had worked at the company over the past nine years and were involved in developing its self-driving system. More than a dozen agreed to answer questions, all speaking on condition of anonymity. Reuters was not able to obtain any of the shared videos or images, which former employees said they had not kept. The news agency also was not able to determine if the practice of sharing recordings, which occurred within some parts of Tesla as recently as 2022, continues today or how widespread it was. Some former employees contacted said the only sharing they observed was for legitimate work purposes, such as seeking assistance from colleagues or supervisors. The sharing of sensitive videos illustrates one of the less-noted features of artificial intelligence systems: They often require armies of human beings to help train machines to learn automated tasks such as driving. Since about 2016, Tesla has employed hundreds of people in Africa and later the United States to label images to help its cars learn how to recognise pedestrians, street signs, construction vehicles, garage doors and other objects encountered on the road or at customers’ houses. To accomplish that, data labellers were given access to thousands of videos or images recorded by car cameras that they would view to identify objects. Two former employees said they were not bothered by the sharing of images, saying that customers had given their consent or that people long ago had given up any reasonable expectation of keeping personal data private. Three others, however, said they were troubled by it. One said: “I’m bothered by it because the people who buy the car, I don’t think they know that their privacy is, like, not respected... We could see them doing laundry and really intimate things. We could see their kids.” One former employee saw nothing wrong with sharing images, but described a function that allowed data labellers to view the location of recordings on Google Maps as a “massive invasion of privacy”. Associate Professor David Choffnes, executive director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, called the sharing of sensitive videos and images by Tesla employees “morally reprehensible”. He noted that circulating sensitive and personal content could be construed as a violation of Tesla’s own privacy policy – potentially resulting in intervention by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which enforces federal laws relating to consumers’ privacy. An FTC spokesman said it does not comment on individual companies or their conduct. To develop self-driving car technology, Tesla collects a vast trove of data from its global fleet of several million vehicles. The company requires car owners to grant permission on the cars’ touchscreens before Tesla collects their vehicles’ data. “Your data belongs to you,” states Tesla’s website. In its customer privacy notice, Tesla explains that if a customer agrees to share data, “your vehicle may collect the data and make it available to Tesla for analysis. This analysis helps Tesla improve its products, features, and diagnose problems quicker.” It also states that the data may include “short video clips or images”, but is not linked to a customer’s account or vehicle identification number, “and does not identify you personally. https://www.straitstimes.com/world/tesla-workers-shared-sensitive-images-recorded-by-customer-cars?utm_campaign=stfb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook
  8. Jln Muhibbah......facing MacPherson rd, 1st time seeing him...
  9. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/07/13/business/corporate-business/nikon-slr-production-stopped/?fbclid=IwAR3fVSes-D_U9ImwEUV8D9APQWlzU7QiNNGUt_XNm5hzfY2W8VimOD114fw That's sad....
  10. Does it make more sense to use a mobile phone like an iPhone 12 to take photos during vacation instead of a digital camera now?
  11. Happened at SLE near Mandai Few days I got flashed, was less than 5kph over the limit so thought it was weird. Today just got flashed again at the same location again, but this time I'm going lower than the limit. Cannot be my speedo wrong - it's a <1 yr old car with stock rim and tyres. Waze number (GPS speed) is lower than my speedo even. Anyone encounter before? not speeding but still flash?
  12. It seems like the more popular brands are Blackvue or Iroad cameras. I am given the Blaupunkt BP-9.0A with the following specs Resolution : Front 2MP FHD 1080 30fps, Rear : 2MP FHD 1080 30fps Wide viewing angle: Front - 140, Rear - 120° Screen display: Front, Rear, PIP 3.5” touchscreen LCD display Preview, download, playback Videos & Settings Configuration via Smartphone Wireless Control App Automatic memory card format (Format-free Technology) Fixed ‘High Temperature’ & Variable ‘Low Car Battery Voltage’ Cut-off 24-hour automatic park recording Motion detection, automatic display shutdown, G-sensor, loop recording Support up to 128GB Micro SD, Class 10 & above Micro SD Seems pretty legit and decent and i suppose i can save moolah and use it? I just need to get an additional battery pack (Was quoted Cellink) to support its 24hr motion sensor activation to record.
  13. Obviously the camera is meant for left-hand drive market, which is why the light and button is on the left of the camera. But are there are ways/mods/accessories so the driver knows if its green light is on? Asking because just discovered the green light has been blinking for so many days wihout me knowing. Luckily nothing 'exciting' happened before I realised this. For those not familiar, this is what the camera looks like:
  14. Hi, How many of you all have the Audi UTR installed in your car? I personally think it does a fairly ok job, though I won't get it separately if it is not already included in the car price. It is sometimes buggy and not very seamless to use. One of the gripes is that you can't just retrieve the saved recorded videos from your phone (I am using iPhone 7), to say sharing it on whatsapp or saving it in the phone's gallery etc.. To get the videos in file form, will have to take out the memory card to open it on a computer. Unless I am missing out on how to do it. Any reviews?
  15. Hi there, I bought a Honda Vezel couple of months ago and I am very happy with the car. I'm pretty comfortable with driving but my wife is still getting used to it. We find the parking spot in our building a bit tight and the rear parking camera only helps to a certain extent. Parallel parking especially during rush hour can be quite cumbersome so we thought a front camera would be helpful. For experienced drivers, this might not make sense, but for newer drivers it can add a ton of peace of mind (I think). My accessories dealer suggested a 360-degree surround camera to install in the car. I couldn't find any reputed brands online but wondering if any of you have experience with these? Do they actually work effectively? I've seen ATOTO, FSK, Weivision and CarThree but they seem to have mixed reviews. I know that the camera won't be as nice as a Honda factory installed one, but I am keen to explore. See this Youtube video: Examples Of Cars With 360-Degree Camera Systems Audi: Top view camera system with Virtual 360 View BMW: Surround View With 3D View Chevrolet: Surround Vision Ford: 360-Degree Camera Hyundai: Surround View Monitor Infiniti: Around View Monitor Kia: Surround View Monitor Land Rover: 360-Degree Parking Aid; ClearView Mazda: 360-Degree View Monitor Mercedes-Benz: Surround View System Nissan: Around View Monitor Toyota: Bird's Eye View Camera Volkswagen: Overhead View Camera (Area View) Volvo: 360-Degree Surround View
  16. https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/footage-50000-home-cameras-hacked-and-sold-porn-sites?utm_source=whatsapp&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=addtoany Security cameras in Singapore homes have been hacked, with the footage stolen and shared online. Clips from the hacked footage have been uploaded on pornographic sites recently, with several explicitly tagged as being from Singapore. The videos, which can last from under a minute to more than 20 minutes, feature couples, breastfeeding mothers and even children. Most of them are in various states of undress or compromising positions. Many faces can be clearly seen in locations such as the living room and bedrooms. Some are seen using the toilet with the door ajar.
  17. Genes

    Peephole camera

    Read the door lock thread and reminded me of this. Anybody here installed peep hole cameras for your house main door? Read that some of them have motion detection like in car cameras and are able to record everything going on at your front door. This will also let you vet who to open the door to without being caught by the peephole shadow. I am looking to get one, and will appreciate any input. Those I have found so far are either too exp (>$200) or looks too dodgy, or both. Please share your experience with it and if you would do it differently if given the choice again.
  18. anyone bought this also ?? I actually bought two ... pretty good. however, I just changed my mobile but have thrown away all the paperwork that came with the cam. so I am hoping someone here who has a copy of the manual take a pic of the QR code and post it here so I can download the viewer on my new mobile. the website is in Chinese ... wrong channel for me ... also I am just looking for the viewer app and not the Housekeeper app(unfriendly). Thanks in advance !
  19. Seem like I had beat the red light at slow speed where can sense the bright flash. I was doing a left turn & it is not going straight or turning right. Any idea how to go about appealing? If appeal does it means waive off the fine & the points? Some expert offering the solution: (1) Use other driver license to own it up. Pay fine + demerit points. (2) Appeal to TP. (3) Appeal to MP. Normally how long would get the letter to be sent to the home address? Hope do not have then can Z.zzz in peace.
  20. All pervasive, 24x7 cameras monitoring traffic offences. Blessing, or curse? How Dubai Police catch lane change offenders
  21. As per title, since most modern cars come with reverse/backup camera i.e. the one that activates when put into reverse gear, and front and rear dashcams are considered must-haves for your ride... Is there a reverse/backup camera that also performs dashcam recording function (or vice versa, a rear dashcam that projects bigger image on your ICE when engage reverse gear)?
  22. Dear All, Does anyone has lobang to install blackvue (2Ch) camera for front and rear? Thanks
  23. Has anyone bought a dash cam from online retailers such as Amazon or Qoo10 before? The prices of the blackvue and thinkware seem much more affordable. The downside is that it would be default in Korean language but that is not an issue for me. Any other cons?
  24. Hey guys, I am getting my new Toyota Vios in a few weeks but it did not come with a reverse camera. I like to check with Vios owner if I can just install the reverse camera and link up ti the stock dvd player or I need to buy a brand new full set? Thks.
  25. hi, any bro can advise whether the red light camera at X-junction between lentor ave and yishun ave 1 (lower seletar reservoir park) is active?? thanks. i accidentally beat the red light as i did not notice the RED turn-right arrow as the traffic light to go straight is green. May I know wats the penalty and fine??
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