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  1. Putting the safety concerns aside, I find this pistol damn cool. 😅 Real pistol that looks like Lego toy sparks controvery in US https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/real-pistol-gun-lego-toy-sparks-controvery-us-glock-block19-15216284 The Block19 semi-automatic weapon has a strong resemblance to a Lego toy. WASHINGTON: A US gun maker has triggered controversy by selling a kit that makes a real Glock pistol look like a children's Lego toy gun, at a time when hundreds of kids are falling victim to shootings. The colourful brick design gives the semi-automatic weapon a strong resemblance to a Lego toy. The gun maker was marketing it as a Block19, which sold for between US$549 and US$765. The Danish manufacturer of the building blocks has sent the Utah-based company, Culper Precision, a demand to stop producing the red, blue and yellow covering for handguns. "Our organisation reached out to Lego, which then sent a cease and desist letter to the reckless gun maker," said Shannon Watts, founder of the group Moms Demand Action, which advocates for stricter gun controls. Watts, who stressed that "unintentional shootings have risen by 30 per cent in the past year", told the Washington Post her first reaction upon seeing the gun was that it was "sick and children would die". She said that in 2021 there had been more than 165 accidental shootings by children in the US, according to the organisation Everytown. Last year, 142 people died as a result of accidental discharges by children or minors, the same group said.
  2. Hi all, Wheel spacers... Good or bad... I mean seriously.... Strut bars are good, makes cornering better. Strut bars are bad, weakens parts of your chassis. Open pod is good, engine breaths better. Open pod is bad, lose low end and risk more dirt into engine. My point is, most mods will cause premature wear on the car, in one way or another. So it a fully stock car good? "Never..." The car enthusiast will say... Anyway lets get back to my topic. Wheel spacers... Some say just get proper off set rims... And seems many who are against it say it will cause premature wheel bearing wear. Seriously wouldn't a smaller off set rim (wider) also cause the small problem? And we all know most cars are designed to under steer, so that means the rear wheel axle should be shorter. And they are on most cars... I always thought a modded wider rear will increase under steer, some friends said so... But after some research, I think in fact under steer will be less. Maybe different cars will have different effects. Anyone got facts to share?
  3. Wyfitms

    Real Estate Crowdfunding

    Real estate crowdfunding - will singaporeans bite? The next big thing in real estate investment Flip through any newspaper over the weekend and you will see a buffet of investment options in the real estate market. Typically, there are investment options from Melbourne, Sydney, London, Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo, Bangkok, and the list goes on. By Tan Kok Keong - April 29 Flip through any newspaper over the weekend and you will see a buffet of investment options in the real estate market. Typically, there are investment options from Melbourne, Sydney, London, Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo, Bangkok, and the list goes on. However, as many investors have found out, owning a property overseas can entail a lot of pain: The pain of finding a good absentee manager, the pain of sourcing tenants, the pain of paying the high cost of ownership, the pain to ensure compliance with taxation laws, and the pain in selling off the investment. Perhaps it is time for a rethink. Investors in Singapore might want to rethink their allocation of resources and look at real estate crowdfunding as a viable alternative. Real estate crowdfunding: Can it take off in Singapore? Crowdfunding is a way to collect small individual amounts from many people to fund opportunities or causes. In the United States, several real estate crowdfunding platforms such as Prodigy Network, Fundrise, Realty Mogul and RealtyShares have collectively raised millions for real estate projects. One of the most prominent, and perhaps the largest, crowdfunding project in the world was started in Bogota, Colombia, where Prodigy Network pulled together funds from more than 4,000 people, raising a total of US$190 million (S$255 million) to fund BD Bacata. BD Bacata will be the tallest skyscraper in Bogota and the second tallest in South America, with 67 floors destined to be used as a hotel, apartments and a shopping centre. Growth of similar platforms is observed in Australia, the United Kingdom and China, among others. Massolution, a leading research house on real estate crowdfunding, estimated that real estate crowdfunding value will increase by 150 per cent to US$2.57 billion in 2015, making it one of the fastest-growing industry segments of crowd capitalism. In our opinion, investing in real estate in Singapore will follow the same trend as in New York and other developed markets. Just look at how crowdfunding has already started to change the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) loan market in Singapore. What special deals can crowdfunding platforms offer? Studying the evolution of the crowdfunding market in the US, we evaluated the offerings of one of the earliest crowdfunding platforms, Prodigy Network. Prodigy Network lets investors into commercial real estate markets in New York City. Imagine owning part of a commercial building in New York’s renowned Wall Street or Park Avenue! Investing in real estate in major cities such as New York is attractive for two main reasons: It is a tangible asset and, considering that the demand for real estate in New York is far higher than the supply, the value of the properties has a high probability of appreciating over time. Now when it comes to what type of real estate to invest in, the choices normally come down to two: Residential versus commercial. From an investing perspective, commercial tends to be the most sought-after strategy, given that it has lower risk and that its cash-flow generating operation increases the value of the property through time. Historically, access to these kinds of investments was restricted to the very wealthy or financial institutions, given that most commercial real estate properties in Manhattan are valued in between US$100-US$250 million. But now, due to the JOBS Act, which is the regulation that permitted crowdfunding in the US, and due to the power of technology, which allows millions of individuals to be connected through their mobile devices, platforms such as Prodigy Network are pooling together investments starting at US$50,000 from around the world in order to fund these projects. In other words, real estate crowdfunding is democratising some of the most attractive and profitable opportunities in the real estate sector. We think that, over time, developers in Singapore will start to explore fundraising efforts in the same way they have evolved in the US. Technology enables, but do not forget real estate fundamentals Even the best technology will not salvage a bad deal. Investors should be aware that while technology enables, they should not lose sight of analysis of the risks involved and whether they are equipped to accept the risk. Understand legal structure of the investment Investors should always remember that in a bad market there could be good investments that are well structured, and in a good market there could be badly structured investments. In a typical crowdfunding structure, investors typically buy into shares of a special purpose company (SPC) or units in a trust. This SPC or trust will then invest in the property. Such investments could be in the form of shares of a development company, a secondary loan to developers or joint ownership of a completed property. Investors need to understand the liabilities and the rights to returns or dividends when investing in such structures. Assess the risk versus the rewards Investors need to start to assess the risk of each investment and whether the returns are sufficient to compensate them for the risk. Do not be taken in by “guaranteed returns” as 100 per cent fail-safe investments. Even governments can default on sovereign debt. Investors also need to start to recognise returns are either fixed or variable. In the case of fixed returns, they should ask where the fundraiser got the money to “guarantee” their returns and what the chances are of the fundraiser not being able to find money to pay those “guaranteed returns”. Share expertise and join the community The other important feature for crowdfunding platforms versus traditional investment models is that investors should be more willing to engage in discussions among themselves or with the fundraisers on the crowdfunding platform or social media. This concept of crowd-policing of investments might be the best way to ensure that dubious investment schemes and individuals are kept out of the investment market. Ask the right questions before investing Investors should look at crowdfunding platforms as an enabler of the process of collective investment. Responsible platforms are more likely to conduct due diligence on projects before these are allowed for fundraising. The new trend in real estate investment markets is rapidly changing and investors might want to start to understand more about investment structures, questions they need to ask and what is involved before getting into any deals. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tan Kok Keong is chief operating officer and co-founder of Fundplaces, a real estate crowdfunding platform. The_Next_big_thing_in_real_estate_investment.pdf
  4. With all the negativities & cheating, its good to also show the good side of humanity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_R0rlNiNzk
  5. For those of us who grew up playing Electronic Arts's Need For Speed series, this might bring back some good memories. Based on the Underground 2 installment of the series, a Russian Youtuber made a real-life version of the game for fun but it turns out cooler than expected. We won't describe what the video is like but we are pretty sure the one minute video might very well tempt you to dig that game out to play again.
  6. There are lotsa fake spark plugs out there. My friend bought a set on Denso Iridium power IK22 each from 2 different dealers. To his surprise, the packaging and spark plugs itself are different. Can anyone identify the real one?
  7. Robot traffic cop spotted at Changi Airport Sources: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/robot-traffic-cop-spotted-at-changi-airport The robot, which belongs to Certis which provides security services at Changi Airport, is currently on trial. SINGAPORE - A robot traffic cop has been spotted at Changi Airport. In a video obtained by The Straits Times, an orange and black robot about 1m tall is seen with the words "Traffic Enforcement in Progress" flashing. It stops, points its camera at a car that is waiting at an unauthorised area and flashes the sign "No Parking". The robot, which belongs to Certis which provides security services at Changi Airport, is currently on trial. Its job is to conduct patrols but it does not issue summonses. A Certis spokesman said: “As part of our ongoing efforts to reimagine new concepts in advanced security operations, Certis has been conducting trials at Changi Airport in the past two weeks." The robot is fully autonomous, and encourages smooth traffic flow, added the spokesman. If feasible, such robots will take some of the load off Certis officers who can then be deployed to do other duties. At Changi Airport, where the firm has about 4,000 staff, leveraging technology is critical, Mr Tan Toi Chia, senior vice-president of corporate planning, group communications and marketing, said last month. At the Certis Integrated Operations Centre at Terminal 2, for example, a network of thousands of cameras helps staff keep a 24/7 watch on the passenger terminals, airport perimeter and Airport Boulevard. Even as technology continues to develop and robots perform some security functions, “the human touch will always be required”, Mr Tan told ST then. “Technology will help us do things better, faster and more effectively, but it will never replace humans 100 per cent,” he said. The robot trial is the latest initiative at Changi Airport that has been turning to technology to operate more efficiently and reduce the reliance on manpower. Across all operations, from passenger check-in to baggage and cargo handling, as well as cleaning services, new technology and systems have been rolled out in the last few years. For example, more than seven in 10 departing passengers now have access to Changi’s Fast and Seamless Travel initiatives. This allows them to opt for self-service check-in, bag tagging and boarding.
  8. Hi, Would like to check who has recently booked the ES250 and what is the price it is negotiable up to. Thanks!
  9. What would you do if money started falling from the sky? People walking along Fuk Wa Street in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, witnessed the baffling sight of banknotes floating down from above on Saturday afternoon (Dec 15). Videos posted online suggest that the notes were thrown from the roof of a building, fluttering through the air before landing on the busy street below. Passers-by can be seen eagerly grabbing the notes, with some climbing on to the roof of the subway exit to pick up the banknotes. Photos on social media show that the notes were of the HK$100 (SG$17.60) denomination. One Facebook user appeared to have picked up at least six notes. Police were called to the scene after receiving reports of someone distributing money at Fuk Wa Street, and told people not to pick up the money, said South China Morning Post (SCMP). Officers collected around HK$5,000, according to the report. A live video on the Facebook page of Epoch Cryptocurrency that began at 2.42pm showed a man dressed in a black hoodie saying in Cantonese: "I hope everyone here will pay attention to this important event… (I) don't know whether any of you will believe money can fall from the sky." The man is believed to be the owner of Epoch Cryptocurrency, a Facebook page that promotes cryptocurrency. The man is widely known online as "Coin Young Master" and his real name is Wong Ching-kit, reported SCMP. Bowen Press said that the 24-year-old man refuted claims that he was behind the incident when interviewed at his home. However, Agence France-Presse (AFP) later reported that he was arrested on Sunday for causing disorder in a public place, after he drove back to the neighbourhood in his Lamborghini. Wong had said in a Facebook post that he wanted to “help the poor by robbing the rich”.
  10. Hi all, Due to lifestyle/commitment change, my traveling distance per day has increased to at least 55 to 60km in the weekdays. Currently driving a Hyundai Avante left around 1 year to scrap. It's give me about 11+km/l depending on traffic, recently like getting worst. I know now alot of new cars with better lower cc engines can give up to 20km/l paper spec! Choon boh? Hybrid got so good? I need advise from the forum gurus. Which new car now can really give me good fuel comsumption but still driving at least like my avante? basically I'm looking at this requirements: - Real life FC better thatn 16km/l (not paper spec, switch off AC, controlling pedal carefully those type. I want realistic normal driving in SG) - Still Driving a like 1.6 (Avante power actually not bad) - Size around like Avante (sedan or hatch) - Price around 100k +/- 10k - don't need other bell and whistle. Such cars exist? How is Hybrid but don't have such price right? I try to find same topic but dun have. Hope the good bros here can advise. Thanks in advance.
  11. Recently theres a guy who complain a certain airline for not supportive enough to let hia family to sit together on a flight back to sg. And he blame the airline for making him queue and thus got his poor kid's fever to worsen. He seems to like to blame and blame... Anyway just wondering is this a norm of our new generations or perhaps its just me who thinks this guy is full of self entitlement and is just about me and me and me ah
  12. kobayashiGT

    AMA imma a real girl

    @chryst you can own this thread! Open for you alrd! @tianmo @kdash @theoldjaffa come! haha.
  13. Not Sure if this has been posted. i think the guy was high on drug.
  14. Kudos to him for doing the right thing! Stopped an interview when the national anthem was played! compare this to an incident where someone was SMS-ing during the national anthem! that person shd learn from this!
  15. Hi, i have a neighbour who always park in a handicap lot, none of the drivers looks handicap, her car got a handicap sticker but just a blue wheelchair sticker with no car number written. i notice most handicap stickers have the car plate written on it. i am thinking if her handicap sticker is not really a handicap sticker.. anyway i can verify? or any number or website i can check?
  16. SHANGHAI—LaSalle Investment Management has raised $1 billion this year to invest in real-estate assets in Asia, in the latest sign that investors are making bolder bets in areas that are still enjoying strong growth. LaSalle, a unit of JLL, said that of the $1 billion, $585 million was raised for its fourth Asian opportunity fund, which is targeting industrial real estate in China and commercial property in Japan and Australia. The remaining amount raised is for institutional investors with separate mandates. "Asia has become a lot more appealing," said Mark Gabbay, co-chief executive officer of LaSalle Asia Pacific. "The underlying fundamentals are attractive: Demographics, job growth and liquidity conditions are still good." In the real-estate private-equity world, opportunity funds typically buy challenging properties, not trophy buildings. Managers of the $1 billion that LaSalle raised say they are looking for buildings that aren't completely leased that they can refurbish, boost occupancy and rental rates and then sell to a buyer with less appetite for risk. LaSalle, which manages $50 billion of real-estate assets globally, is looking for shorter-term investment deals in Asia, and hopes to hold these assets for about three years on average. In 2012, for instance, the fund invested 7.8 billion yen ($76.8 million at current exchange rates) in an office building about 20 minutes from the central business district in Osaka. It plans to sell the building to a Japanese real-estate investment trust. Some investors are now willing to take on more risk by allocating more money to such buildings, whose returns can reach as high as 20%. Returns from high-quality buildings with high occupancies tend to be lower, but so is the risk, Mr. Gabbay added. Economic growth in some parts of Asia has been slowing, but its growth rates are still stronger than those in the U.S. and Europe. Beijing on Wednesday is expected to report that gross domestic product growth reached 7.4% in the second quarter, in line with GDP growth in the first quarter, according to a median forecast of 21 economists polled by The Wall Street Journal. The economy of the 18-nation euro bloc grew less than 1% in the first quarter of 2014, and the European Central Bank forecast that GDP growth for the euro-zone economy will reach 1.2% for 2014. Investors in the LaSalle fund include sovereign-wealth funds and pension funds from the U.S., Middle East and Europe. These investors typically avoid risk, but some are getting more adventuresome. "Investors are concerned about their real-estate investments in a persistently low interest-rate environment," said Mr. Gabbay. He also noted that some are questioning if some high-quality buildings in Asia's gateway cities are overvalued. San Diego City Employees' Retirement System, which has committed $50 million to the fund, says this is its first real-estate investment in Asia, and that it is "an attractive area in which to invest." "The fund is pursuing opportunistic real-estate investments in Asia, which is one of the fastest-growing regions," said Christina Di Leva, communications manager at SDCERS, in an email. But opportunistic investors are taking on risks by banking on construction activity. According to data tracker Preqin, average returns from such Asia-focused funds with this opportunistic investment strategy lag behind their peers. Since 1998, the net internal rate of return for such funds averaged 8.1%, compared with 13% for other Asia- focused funds with less-risky investment strategies. Also, distressed properties are harder to find in Asia than in other parts of the world, such as Spain and Italy, that were hard-hit by the financial crisis. "Asia's economy has done relatively well in the past few years, so there aren't as many distressed assets within Asia compared to other markets. Most Asia-focused opportunistic funds which closed in the past few years are China- or India-centric; these are fast-growing countries undergoing building booms," said Preqin spokesman Nicholas Jelfs. Other fund managers also have been raising opportunistic funds, making the playing field more competitive. Late last year, Secured Capital Japan raised $1.45 billion to invest in all types of property in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. Hong Kong-based Phoenix Property Investors raised $750 million to invest in office, residential and retail property in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
  17. As per subject, dear members kindly advise where can i buy them? No online and no replica, i prefer any local retail shop, thanks Mod kindly remove or move this thread if u think off topic, thanks
  18. Videogames, as everyone knows, are for losers—literally. In defiance of our participation-trophy culture, videogames demand that their players fail, repeatedly. Not many games can make you cry, but scores of them can make you feel frustrated, angry and impotent. The word that we gamers use for this cocktail of sensations is “fun.” Today’s most challenging games are dubbed “masocore,” a combination of “masochist” and “hard-core.” Masocore games are nearly devoid of instructions, kill new players within seconds, and require repeated trial and error to succeed. But it’s not all pointless vexation. These games reinforce a character-building truism: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” And they also inculcate some practical virtues. All of that losing, it turns out, teaches you how to win, and not just in videogames. Few games illustrate this as starkly as “Dark Souls,” developed by the Japanese studio FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco. The third entry in the series was released last month. Bandai Namco says that three million copies of “Dark Souls III” have been shipped to retailers world-wide. The series has sold 13 million copies since the release of the first “Dark Souls” in 2011. “Dark Souls III” begins with the player alone in a nearly silent cemetery. There is no music and no dialogue, just a watery path to follow through an almost colorless landscape of browns, grays and blacks. Glowing markers on the ground explain how to attack the skeletons and other undead creatures that lurk ahead. Bloodstains show where players who came before you have died. Like them, you won’t survive. A new book on “Dark Souls” is entitled, aptly, “You Died.” A writer for Wired reported dying 437 times over the 74 hours it took him to complete “Dark Souls III.” I died seven times in the first 45 minutes. The game isn’t merely hard; it’s punishing. If you fail, you can be forced to retrace your steps and again defeat previously vanquished foes. Players who don’t get back to the spot of their demise lose their accumulated progress. Yet the interaction among player, controller and screen is so well tuned that death almost always feels like the player’s fault, not the game’s. To defeat these games, players collaborate online and in person, sharing advice over the Internet much the same way schoolchildren of my generation did on the playground to master “Super Mario Bros.” In “You Died,” a former psychological-operations specialist in the U.S. Army—who has now spent, he says, 1,400 hours playing “Dark Souls”—compares the “persistence and resilience” taught by the game to the virtues that he learned during his military career. “The game demands that you fully commit, have the guts to continue on and the patience to learn from your mistakes,” he says. Another player compares the game to confronting a field of land mines, finding a manual to disarm them, then learning that the manual is in Swahili. “But ‘Dark Souls’ also gives you a Swahili dictionary,” she says, continuing the metaphor. “It expects you to listen and to learn and to improve.” The data bear out these observations. More than a decade ago, John C. Beck and Mitchell Wade, who now work at the consulting firm Accenture, surveyed 2,500 business professionals and concluded that people who played videogames as teenagers were better at business than people who didn’t. Their 2004 book “Got Game: How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever” found that videogame players were more likely to consider themselves experts, to want more pay for better performance and to see persistence as the secret to success. Of course, games can be fun without being edifying. In “The Art of Failure,” the Danish game theorist Jesper Juul compares videogame players who seek out defeat (by playing games that they know they will lose) to moviegoers and readers drawn to works that evoke unpleasant feelings like sadness, fear and disgust. Playing “Dark Souls,” like watching “Old Yeller,” “Psycho” or “Alien,” can be time well wasted even if it brings no practical benefits. Even those who don’t have the dexterity (or time) to master masocore games can draw a lesson from their inadequacy: that, in the real world, sometimes it’s just time to quit. I know enough about the compulsive qualities of some videogames not to let our preschool-age daughters play much of anything. But when they get a little older, I will happily let them play “Dark Souls” or another well-crafted game. They teach patience, doggedness and the rewards that come from hard work.
  19. Guys especially those driving automatics, what do you think of drivers who paste this decal on his manual car?
  20. Picnic06-Biante15

    Real Special Forces, Black Unit .......

    The real Special Forces, Black Unit of Taiwan but not in plain cloth............ Yahoo news: Taiwan unveils scary Special Forces uniform How scary is that? The Taiwanese government just unveiled the new uniform for its Special Forces and it features a bulletproof armour and a face mask that could possibly become this year’s most horrifying Halloween costume. According to Drama Fever, the armour is supposed to protect the soldier from close range shots. The site also jokingly said that the soldiers marching in their new uniforms resemble an army of Star Wars’ Stormtroopers. link: http://yahoosg.tumblr.com/post/65416433105/taiwan-unveils-scary-special-forces-uniform-photo
  21. Little_prince

    The real 猫山王 durian

  22. Mockngbrd

    Best cooking show

    and https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=828108580566554
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJCzUXVNvGw Is this for real? I find it quite Goosebumps..
  24. Is Nokia really in decline after a decade of dominance?
  25. Little_prince

    Real life geniuses in action

    1.) Just don’t drive over bumps. Please. 2.) He ALMOST got away with it. 3.) Ha! Can’t open the door, criminals. 4.) Mixer? Psht. 5.) A door is a door. Just don’t crash. 6.) Now, my clothes smell like meat, too. 7.) Brilliant. 8.) This is almost an improvement. 9.) This just screams “explosion waiting to happen.” 10.) Baby geniuses. 11.) … 20-something genius. 12.) How was drilling those holes easier than finding a button? 13.) BOOM. Couch fixed. 14.) If you wired your brakes to this, why not just fix the brakes? 15.) Awesome. 16.) EVEN BETTER. 17.) Functional AND friendly. 18.) Hey, it holds the coffee doesn’t it? 19.) Mmm, smells like Wal Mart. 20.) Man, he’s gonna be so cool playing his new CDs. 21.) Never. Ever. Use. This. Technically, their problems were temporarily solved (as long as they didn’t get hurt or arrested after these photos were taken). These people are modern day (and slightly insane) MacGyvers. Share their awesome solutions, but please, don’t try them at home.