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  1. Kusje

    Do you trust the police?

    Seems like there are more and more cases of police incompetence, laziness and malfeasance these days. Examples that come to my mind are the Little India riots, screwing up simple DNA tests for a rape case, pressurizing people to not make a police report (KPI to reduce crime?), taking years to hack into a phone when all they needed was a charger from taobao. I'm sure you can think of more. Do you guys trust our police force to do their jobs? Here's the latest case !
  2. https://mothership.sg/2019/02/singapore-taxi-driver-punched/ Read already sibei HOT... Really WTF with the current state of our SPF... Only good at aiming citizens.. Can’t they do something and clamp down HARD on these trouble maker foreigners? Should and must follow The Republic of Maharlika on how they deal with the Atbcb...
  3. Are there any mods that you guys think or find that it is useless? Let's crowdsource the list of items to avoid! This thread is catered only for performance part or power gains. I found this quantum plasma magnet online that seems shady. The last time I came across quantum physics is from Ant-man from Marvel https://innersoultech.com/product/vehiclemagnets/
  4. Bus lanes should be abolished from 5pm to 8pm. Reasons 1) It jammed up the other lanes as we are forced to drive with one fewer lane. 2) The bus lanes are under utilized by buses anyway. Or at least allow some other vehicles like vans carrying goods or trucks to drive on bus lanes. 3) Due to different work nature and conditions now, there are people who finish work at 1pm to 4pm. There are also many people who ends work late: 8pm to midnight so bus lanes from 5pm to 8pm is kind of redundant now.
  5. https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/pictures/bad-car-design-trends-2018/ my top 3: - Fake vents & air scoops - Fake exhaust tips, in which u can clearly see the actual ugly+cheap ones - Coupeovers
  6. Have you previously bought for yourself or your loved ones investment-linked policies (ILPs)? Well, on the surface such instruments put forth a rather enticing proposition: secure substantial insurance coverage, at the same time have funds funneled into unit trusts to grow your nest egg. But the somewhat fuzzy manner in which things actually "work" behind the scenes typically means you the client will in all likelihood be shortchanged despite your best efforts to be discerning. It shouldn't come as a surprise; after all, actuarial science is a notoriously sneaky slimeball exploited to benefit an insurer's bottom line first and foremost. Let's discuss a real life case (yes it happened!) in which an individual in his thirties who until late September 2017 has been contributing a not quite insignificant monthly premium of $215.66 towards a $200,000 sum assured ILP offered by a well-known international insurer. Having done so for the past eight years plus since June 2009 (which therefore spans a duration of 12 × 8 + 3 = 99 months), he would have forked out a total of $21350.34. The bloke finally came to his senses and decided to cut his losses after much deliberation, so he surrendered his policy and received a cheque for an amount slightly less than 16k. How much did he throw down the drain altogether? A whopping five thousand dollars plus change! Utterly shocked? You should be. In a nutshell, here are the main reasons why the purchaser of an ILP will almost surely be at the losing end of the deal: Your premiums are used to pay for a lot of crap other than for actual investment purposes In the initial years, chunks from your premiums are taken to cover distribution costs, with the remaining funds (obviously no longer a 100%) being used to actually invest in unit trusts sans typical 5% sales charges. And then there are insurance charges incurred alongside policy fees which are deducted by selling away units on a monthly or annual basis. As one ages, insurance charges soar, not in a linear fashion mind you, but in an exponential one, which means the scenario where the units held in your policy end up being completely sold away just to account for these costs can arise, and you may even have to fork out extra monies to top up for the outstanding shortfall. In a nutshell, you could become a very unhappy holder of a policy with zero cash value, and still have to burn cash for continued insurance coverage in your twilight years. More at Financial: The useless ILP, and how to go about terminating it
  7. SINGAPORE — Part-time SMRT taxi drivers were locked out of their vehicles early Monday morning (Oct 30) in a three-hour server glitch on the transport operator’s short-term taxi rental service portal, SMRT Taxi Share. Rolled out in January by SMRT, the service requires taxi drivers to prebook a taxi, head to the pick-up point closest to them, and get on taxishare.com.sg to indicate that they would like to “Start Trip” — a button that would only be enabled past the starting time of their booking — before their cars would be unlocked. But drivers who went through their usual routine on Monday morning were met with an irresponsive ‘Start Trip’ button, although they were able to access the Taxi Share website. Those attempting to end their rental reportedly faced problems doing so. Late charges are S$10 for every 15 minutes or part thereof. http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/part-time-smrt-cabbies-locked-out-taxis-server-glitch
  8. guess one man's meat is another man's poison... and also different mods have different effects on diff cars... wonder which useless Mod takes the cake? Ninja? cold air charge? air-con cut off? cyclone? air charger? brake booster? magnet for the oil filter / fuel line? i even saw a fuel regulator on a stock NA car... but then maybe it was port n polished upgraded pistons... crank pully... lighten flywheel... hmmmm...
  9. Argh... LTA does not accept my passport for the purpose to authorised someone to scrap the car. ?!?! I didnt want to pass my IC because i am always weary that the some one may be careless with it and it may be misused.So i passed the person my Passport instead. But i was applauded that my passport is not good enough to id me ?!?
  10. Wasted dunno how many MB downloading it and agree 110%! https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/lta-probably-just-released-most-073039932.html https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/taxi-app-singapore-transport-agency-073706700.html
  11. In an experiment that involved sending out more than 2,500 resumes either with or without photos of the applicant, economics researchers Bradley Ruffle at Ben-Gurion University and Ze’ev Shtudiner at Ariel University Centre sought to answer the question of whether being good looking could help you find a job. The answer surprised them: Not if you’re a woman. Pretty women faced an uphill struggle to get a chance at a job. The economists hadn’t reckoned on the fact that 93 percent of the HR staffers deciding whether to call in someone for an interview were female. It turns out that HR women (who also tend to be young and single and hence still in the dating market for men) are eager to meet with handsome men. But they’re jealous of beautiful women. So your business is losing out on talented people (and wasting time with untalented ones) based on their looks. Everybody has a Human Resources horror story, which is why, in the words of one writer, HR is widely thought of as “at best,a necessary evil — and at worst, a dark bureaucratic force that blindly enforces nonsensical rules, resists creativity, and impedes constructive change.” HR, goes the refrain, is too important to be left to HR. Here are a few of the reasons HR types are impossible: They speak gibberish. “Internal action learning.” “Being more planful in my approach.” “Human capital analytics.” “Result driven.” Even HR people realize their words are meaningless. Check out their B.S. bingo game. They revel in red tape. CEOs complain that HR seems to put compliance first, people afterwards. A survey of C-level executives in Europe found that 42 percent of respondents described their HR employees as too absorbed in process and heedless of the big picture. The blogger “Ask the Headhunter” notes that your HR department will never let you fire anyone because “who wants to risk a lawsuit?” Solution: fire the person anyway. And send the HR person who stonewalled you right out the door behind him. They live in a bubble. “As HR leaders we feel ourselves to be near the pinnacle of the organization,” wrote one HR exec.”The organization reports to us. It must meet our demands for information, documents, numbers.” Leaders? As is often the case with bureaucrats, servants are mistaking themselves for masters. They’re also clueless about the subject they pride themselves in knowing best, which is people. Eighty-three percent of HR folk believe their employees intend to stay on for another year, double the percentage of employees who said that. A similar number, 81 percent, of HR workers believe their employees would recommend the company to a friend. Only 38 percent of the employees agreed. These failures matter: Employee turnover costs businesses an estimated $11 billion a year, with recruiting costs standing at roughly 150 percent of the employee’s annual salary. A Dale Carnegie/MSW Research report warned that employee turnover could rise as high as 65 percent. They aren’t really in your business. HR places a disturbingly high premium on what it calls “communication skills” and what you and I call “talking.” A survey found that 83 percent of HR professionals cited training in communication skills (they spent their college years in Watercooler 101?) as important to getting a job in the field, while only two percent cited the importance of classes in finance. Actually knowing how the business runs doesn’t much register with HR. Using HR as talent spotters makes about as much sense as asking the florist for help filling out the roster on your basketball team. The HR industry has noticed that (as CBS News once put it), “Everyone hates HR.” But its inclination is to what all failing industries do: dig in their heels. “The consensus in the industry,” wrote Times of London columnist Sathnam Sanghera, after reviewing some HR publications, “is that the only way to rescue HR is to elevate its importance.” Fortunately, business is moving the other way, to reduce HR departments by outsourcing its paper-pushing functions; PriceWaterhouseCoopers, for instance, estimates it can shave 15 to 25 percent off your HR costs. These humans are simply not resourceful enough. We should be glad HR is going the way of acid-wash jeans.
  12. Just got my hands on this particle counter for some data collection. After I was done, decided to do a little test on my own. Heared of this HEPA filter before? Well, I tried it with the aircon full blast. See what's the result.
  13. Jman888

    Plane seatbelts are useless!!

    wonder budget airline here can fly to KL or Penang at $2.95, wow...... cheaper than MRT [laugh]
  14. Raj_25

    Useless Driver

    Came across a useless car driver cutting into my lane so dangerously luckily manage to stop in time :angry: Forget to change the date & time in my in-car camera... My_Movie_email.wmv
  15. I received a letter for beating the red light 4 days ago, 20 days after the offence was committed. I have been checking the traffic police website every day since the day I saw the flash. The website kept saying I have no outstanding offence. I happily thought the red light camera flash that day was a bogus one. Infact even today, the website is still saying I have no offence. Just because the webpage says you have no offence, don't celebrate yet!! The webpage is totally crap!
  16. Hi all Went to a shop and ask for the price of a Open pod intake, the SE recommend me not to put coz my car is a AT car. Any reason why ?. the Se just told me that i will expierence slow Pick up. Thanks
  17. Cootie-Monster

    Do you have any useless skills?

    I can toss crumpled paper into the wastepaper basket from ranges of at least 3-4 metres. Yourselves?
  18. If you have aftmkt rims like eg 18"or 19" wont your spare that is smaller be useless?
  19. Do you agree with him? "those who buy 'useless applications' for Apple's products as 'gullible customers'." http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/S...ory_525994.html Does he mean we should just "ahem" them?
  20. i came across this interesting article on Leaded petrol, sulphur and catalytic converters while searching for answers on our sulphur content in local petrols. Side note: apparently i think singapore is still using EURO 2 standards for petrol vehicles while it has implemented EURO 4 standards for diesel vehicles. http://www.bmwclubs.co.za/articles/unleaded.html Unleaded petrol has been a major topic of discussion and movers in the fuel industry are pushing us to more and more use of this product. Unfortunately, few members of the motoring public really seem to understand what unleaded petrol is and why it is used. Information is fed to us almost exclusively by advertisements from fuel companies, and little to no public education has taken place. Having become interested in the correct answers to such questions as "Should I be using unleaded petrol?" and "Is it safe to use leaded petrol in my modern vehicle?", a little research has uncovered some startling facts. WHY HIGHER OCTANES? Before one can really understand what is going on, a little history and background is required. Octane is a severely misunderstood property of petrol - many motorists and motorcyclists believe that higher octane petrol is "stronger" in some way. This couldn't be further from the truth. The higher the engine operating temperature, the more efficiently the fuel/air mixture is burnt. Modern engines run at very higher temperatures, most especially in the case of high performance engines. The trouble is that the operating temperature is higher than the flash point of ordinary petrol - all this means is that the fuel/air mixture ignites when entering the cylinder, rather than waiting for the spark to ignite it. As you can imagine, this is very bad. Known as "pinging", this can blow holes in pistons and even cause engine blocks to explode. To overcome this problem, the petrol used in these engines must be made "less likely to burn". This is achieved by adding certain things to the petrol. Lead is typically used, as it is cheap, common, effective and relatively harmless. Yes, we know that lead can be poisonous, more about that later. WHY UNLEADED? The commonly held belief, encouraged by fuel companies and governments, is that we use unleaded petrol because lead is toxic and therefore harmful to the environment and our children. This is utterly untrue! Lead is known to be toxic, yes, when it is absorbed into the body. There is no evidence at all that lead is absorbed by breathing in fume-laden air. Lead is absorbed into the body by ingestion (swallowing) and direct contact. Lead lined water pipes, lead in cooking pot alloys, pewter decanters and rubbing up against lead based paints are all culprits. Studies have shown that the move to unleaded petrol has had no effect at all on the amounts of lead detected in the blood streams of children who live in big cities. Furthermore, the lead particles in the exhaust of a motor vehicle are so heavy that they tend to fall to the ground within a few metres. From here they can indeed enter the water table and thus pose a threat, but the amounts are very low indeed. The real culprit is sulphur. Petrol is made by refining crude oil, and crude oil contains large amounts of such nasty things as sulphur. Removing the sulphur from crude oil while making petrol is difficult and therefore expensive. The extreme amounts of smog observed in such cities as Los Angeles, especially during the seventies, is often put down to increased numbers of cars, but the truth is that the petrol used was less well refined due to rising costs. Sulphur leads, as mentioned, to smog, as well as acid rain, lung disease, athsma and related nasties. It also smells bad. So what to do? Removing the sulphur from petrol is expensive and would drive up the price of petrol, already high due to the fuel crisis. Some genius came up with a very clever and sneaky solution. Why not get the motorists to pay for the removal of the sulphur, AFTER it has been sold to them? THE SCAM It was discovered that the sulphur, as well as other nasty compounds like nitrous oxides, could be removed from exhaust gases or made harmless by passing them through a catalytic converter. These converters are expensive, being made largely of platinum. The beauty of the idea, however, is that the motorist pays for the equipment when he buys a new vehicle, and pays to run the equipment by using part of the energy produced by his engine to force the exhaust gases through it. So, in a nutshell, the fuel companies sell us dirty fuel and we pay to clean up once we have used it. But there's a catch. (There's always a catch). Catalytic converters don't work in the presence of lead. Worse, once exhaust gases containing lead have passed through the converter, it doesn't work at all. Lead 'poisons" catalytic converters, and renders them useless. So what to do? Stop using lead in petrol, of course. But this is not as simple as it sounds. We still have to raise the octane, remember? So the fuel companies do a lot of research into what can be used instead of lead to raise octanes. Several answers are found. A coctail of organic compounds including large amounts of benzene and related "aromatics" is found to be effective. So is manganese and various other heavy metals. The big problem, however, is that benzene and its relations are highly toxic and carcinogenic (cause cancer). Also, little is known about the long term effects of manganese and other heavy metals on the body, as they have not been nearly as well researched as lead. Workers in the fuel industry are warned to be very careful about skin contact and breathing fumes from unleaded petrols, as it is known to be far more dangerous than leaded petrol. Of course, one wonders if our petrol jockeys are warned about the dangers? Luckily, the same catalytic converter effectively removes the benzene and other nasties from the exhaust gases. So everything works out fine then, you say? Unfortunately not. WHEN CONVERTERS DON'T CONVERT What you're not being told is that catalytic converters don't work until they reach their operating temperature. This is about 400 degrees C, and is reached after about 10-15 minutes after starting the engine. So your car or bike is emitting large amounts of sulphur, nitrous oxides, benzine and other nasty things while your vehicle idles in the driveway and while you drive out of your suburb. What they're also not telling you is that no catalytic converter lasts more than about 50 000km. This means it should be replaced at least every 50 000km. Funny how this is not part of a standard 50 000km service. Perhaps the fact that they cost in excess of R5 000 each is a factor. Finally, remember that lead poisons catalytic converters. This means that if you have EVER used even a few litres of leaded petrol in the vehicle, you no longer have a catalytic converter. You just have a big heavy lump of gunge blocking your exhaust.
  21. any opinions on factory stock 14" alloys? other then the appearance.... i duno... some friends said that the original alloys that comes with the car are the most durable. any value for trade in?
  22. Good morning, Welcome to my weekly PAP morning assembly prep talk. I would like to share with you an encounter last night while on the way home from City to Woodlands. As I just passed Yishun exit and still in SLE, traffic was relatively light at 12am. Roads started to get congested due to some road hoggers in front. Well, I was still on 110km/hour, an ideal speed in SLE after Yishun on the right lane. Passed by a low-down Vios who is in the middle lane at 100km/hour. Sensing my "high-speed" which is actually a decent speed I would be since this wont get my liscence chop, this joker sped up and tried to race with me with his "hard-to-cum-still-must-cum" low down cheapo yen car. Obviously I wasnt impressed. Here I am rushing for time back to my flat in Woodlands to pang-sai after my supper and this low-down cannot make it cheapo car not happy that i go at 110km/hour. Never mind, I kept to my lane. Next up, I approached a Subaru 1.6 on the right lane, hogging at 100km/hour. Again, another "hard-to-cum-still-must-cum" cheapo 1.6l car. I cant be bothered to high-beam or honk so I overtook this tortoise from the middle lane. Wah, this first vios desperately pumped up and can see that its coming so fast at 140-150km/hour just to overtake me from the left when i was in the middle lane keeping to a decent 110km/hour safety speed with no acceleration at all since I have reached an ideal speed. Then come the encore, this subaru cannot-make-it 1.6 just whacked his accelerator ALL the way and pump up to 140-150km/hour just to overtake me on my RIGHT and race with the cannot-make-it vios at the same time thinking I was also "racing" Here I am.. one lousy VIOS car thinking i am racing with him trying so hard to reach a speed which can make his liscence gone on my LEFT.. then another simply cheapo milo can SUBAROO zoomed past me at an equal speed, thinking both have " beaten " me. Can see they cheonging all the way at 150km/hour towards the next exit just to "prove" that they have " won " while I am featuring my accelerator ( not even 20% floored ) in the middle lane. I reached home safely and rushed to the tandas to relieve my load. Argh... thats really shiok. I will be the first to laugh if a TP were to get them cos their liscence will be chopped while I merely used up my credits gathered over the years and enjoy fresh credits next year. young punks nowdays got one ego problems. It must be something to do with the education race. Many of them cannot make it in schools and buay-tak-chey ( cannot study ) so they gota buy a car and show off to people that they are " there " already. They keep thinking big cars are out to race with them and they feel happy just to accelerate to "overtake" the bigger continental cars. Its just ay oung police corporal earning peanuts $1500/ month living in a one-room HDB flat using up ALL his family fortunes to buy a soup-up Colt sports trying to let people think he is rich. Poor means poor. Accept the fact and work hard to be a rich man. If you aint good enough, life will kick you in the balls.
  23. They really lucky they are not beaten up by the crowd. S'pore-plate car racing in JB flips over, slams into motorcyclist July 23, 2008 RACING recklessly in the wee hours of the morning was how three drivers allegedly got their kicks. Occupants of the Toyota Vios, a man and two women, survived the crash with minor injuries. -- NANYANG SIANG PAU But on Sunday morning, their greed for speed killed one innocent motorcyclist in Johor Baru. One of the three Singapore-registered cars hit a road divider and the driver lost control of the vehicle. His car, a red Toyota Vios, flipped over and crashed into the back of a motorcyclist, killing him instantly. NEAR CHECKPOINT China Press reported that the incident took place around 2.15am, just 3km from the immigration checkpoint. The dead man, Mr Li Ming Hui, 29, a Malaysian software engineer, was on his way home from work in Singapore when the incident happened. At that time, Mr Li had been waiting for the lights to turn green before making a right turn. It was then that the car suddenly slammed into him from behind. The collision crushed the motorcyclist. The car driver and his two female passengers, all in their 20s, survived the accident. The driver had a broken arm, while one of the women sustained broken bones in her hand. Nevertheless, they managed to climb out of their vehicle after the collision. Relatives said that Mr Li usually only rode his motorcycle when he had to work extra hours over the weekend. During the week, a company vehicle picked him up from home. Mr Li's older sister, who spoke to China Press, said her brother had been working in Singapore for six years. She painted a picture of a thrifty man who had moved from Singapore to Johor Baru two years ago in order to save money. The distraught family said they hoped police would investigate Mr Li's death thoroughly. Said Mr Li's sister: 'My brother did nothing wrong. He was just waiting for the light to turn green.' A friend of Mr Li told China Press: 'Singaporeans have always raced in Malaysia, but this time a life has been lost.' A police spokesman confirmed the incident. He added that the three occupants of the car had received medical attention. No charges have been pressed yet, but police are calling for witnesses to contact them.
  24. Drugs found inside cubicle which was locked for 2 days Police storm toilet cubicle, man flees July 17, 2008 FOR two days last week, a locked cubicle in one of the male toilets in Goldpine Industrial Building had workers scratching their heads. Goldpine Industrial Complex. -- TNP Picture: JONATHAN CHOO A man had locked himself in and refused to come out. Workers in the building along Joo Seng Road had heard noises coming from inside the cubicle. When they peeped under the door, they saw a leg against the partition wall. Last Thursday, an employee from a shop on the sixth storey, who declined to be named, went to the male toilet on the same level at about 8am. He noticed that one of the five cubicles was locked. When he went back in the afternoon and at 5.30pm, it was still locked. 'I thought something might be amiss and I figured someone was inside, but I didn't check,' he told The New Paper. The next morning, he found it was still locked. He said: 'The day before, I did not hear any noise coming from inside the cubicle. But the next day, I heard something that sounded like water boiling.' He did not knock on the door or call out to the person inside as he was afraid the latter would be dangerous. The police were called in after two men from the maintenance and security department failed to persuade the man to come out. A police spokesman confirmed they got a call at 4.40pm. The employee said two police officers arrived at 5pm and broke down the cubicle door. The man fled from the toilet. The spokesman confirmed that 'the man managed to flee'. He added that 'drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the cubicle'. He described the man as tanned, 1.7m tall, wearing a yellow jersey and a brown cap. The police are investigating. The building management declined to comment.
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