Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I know I could get into trouble for defamation by revealing the identity of the woman at the centre of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau's (CPIB) probe on the ex-heads of the Singapore Civil Defence Force Peter Lim and Central Narcotics Bureau Ng Boon Gay. The two top civil servants were linked to a woman working in the IT industry, who is alleged to have slept with both men. Oh well, I'm going to take a risk and reveal the mystery woman. According to my very reliable sources, it's Miss Piggy. There you have it. That slut!
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Japanese pop singer DJ Ozma (yes that's him in that white Spiderman outfit) and friends teaches us how to do the Spiderman Dance from his hit song Spiderman. Please don't ask me where to buy the underwear like the ones they wore. I don't know!
Mastered the moves? Now watch his MTV. The Japanese are so strange.
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Two overseas students who studied in NUS debate about the academic freedom at NUS. Walker Vincoli is a senior in the UNC-NUS (University of North Carolina-National University of Singapore) Joint Degree Program. He studied in Singapore in the fall semesters of 2010 and 2011 as a Phillips Ambassador. He wrote a letter to Yale Daily News about his experience studying in Singapore claiming that there is no student freedom at NUS.
He writes: "Singapore is not a free country and NUS is not a free university. The litmus test for academic freedom, to me, is the ability of students and faculty to engage their own country’s politics. In Singapore’s case, this happens in PS2249 at NUS: 'Government and Politics of Singapore.' I sat in stunned silence week after week as the professor recounted anecdotes of People’s Action Party interference in previous iterations of the class. Lower your criticism of the PAP, he had been told. Reduce your coverage of opposition parties. These little comments peppered the lectures as he covered the basic function of Singapore’s political apparatus.
When writing my midterm paper on press freedom in Singapore, I toned down criticism of the courts’ decisions in successful lawsuits against The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, partly due to a fear of retaliatory grading and partly because I worried my paper broke the law against scandalizing the court."
Another foreign student disagrees. Joseph Daniels studied at NUS in 2011. He is a junior in the UNC-NUS Joint Degree Program. He counters that academic freedom is alive in Singapore.
He writes: "Singaporean students I talked to when I studied at NUS never said they felt unduly restricted or pressured in their speech or votes. The May elections revealed some Singaporeans’ deep-seated dissatisfaction with growing inequality, the high cost of housing and general disconnect between the state and the people.
Singapore’s ban on spontaneous or non-permitted protest is a legitimate problem, but just because there is an apparent limitation on freedom does not mean that it is a debilitating limit or that Singaporeans do not have other avenues to express their concerns. December train breakdowns that left thousands stranded combined with a general economic slowdown triggered an uproar of dissatisfaction that led to a major review of ministerial salaries at the insistence of the general public.
Singapore, while by no means perfect, is not a country wholly without freedom. Freedom isn’t defined in a world of black and white but in a world of gray that lacks universal logics of societal comparison."
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behind the scenes look at the Tilted Building sequence in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Three quarters of the film's effects were made by ILM. Digital Domain made the rest.
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Robot in 1963 for The Bell System. It was shown at an elite seminar on data communications organised for business owners. The short film was found in the AT&T Archives. It was verified by Henson Archives to be a Jim Henson production.
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remake Star Wars: A New Hope into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from Star Wars however they wanted. The crowd-sourced project then stitched all the scenes together into a full 2 hour long movie. Watch Star Wars Uncut: Director's Cut now!
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Dash is a simple two component system that is the convergence of the car stereo and your smartphone. Connect your iPhone to Dash and it becomes your car stereo. It also charges your iPhone and gives you access to all your phone's features. Dash has 4 x 50w to power your car speakers and 2 preamps running at 2V.
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London at the wrong location. Ouch! Looks like someone from the CNN graphics department is going to get fired. The graphic shows viewers where the London phone hacking arrests had taken place. The map points to London but the correct location is here.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
created these minimalist posters based on the HBO series. He writes: "I became slightly obsessed with each of the House's and their identity or sigil. Having found the houses and their representative sigils, I set about creating a vector for each one of them and creating a poster."
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Guinness world record holder for the most completed Lego sets in a private collection. He got his first set as a gift when he was 5 years old and he went on collecting more and more sets as he grew older. High res pic of his collection here.
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Vehicle Power Interface Console (VPI) for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) on eBay. The VPI Console provided power to the HST and performed tests to its batteries and solar panels as it was undergoing final testing before it was launched in 1986.
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Star Trek Enterprise NCC 1701-C Coffee Table. He writes: "This Star Trek table is made from ash, poplar and cherry wood. It took me a month to build it. The base was designed to portray the ship in orbit over a planet."
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20 mixed media pieces involving antique photographs that are transformed into modern superhero and supervillain portraits. You should check out his other paintings too here. They are really good!
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plight of charcoal scavengers in the Philippines is captured by award winning documentary photographer Lisa Wiltse for National Geographic. These poor people make a living by making charcoal from wood scavenged from nearby garbage dumps and construction sites.
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Moby Dick on several rolls of toilet paper! He says, "There are four full rolls, one roll (epilogue) is about 1/5 of a roll and one half-roll. I've kept this mod oddity in a box in a cool, dry place for the last 10 years." I think this deserves to be kept in some museum.
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Cam Crate is a water proof, mud proof, crush proof and drop proof carrying case for DSLR cameras. It even floats! The case fits a full body DSLR with a telephoto lens. Its outer shell is made out of a composite material that is hard to break making it a perfect case for your precious DSLR when you take it out to the most hardcore of places.
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Travish English makes lovely minimalist movie posters. You can check out all his works on his Tumblr. The ones that I like the most are his posters of all the 6 Star Wars movies. Interesting choice of scenes. He also has a different set with only the prequel trilogy posters. He is selling all of them on Etsy.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
world's largest wall-mounted Scrabble game. 5 times the size of the original game, there are only 9 of these in existence. It is meticulously constructed from Russian birch plywood. Comes with tile racks and 100 tiles made from rare earth magnet sandwiched between two pieces of birch plywood.
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Anti Ageing Mouthpiece was developed by an ordinary housewife who was concerned about her own age and wanted an easy way to keep looking young. She claims you can reduce all those ugly lines on your face by puffing out your cheeks or sucking them in while breathing through the mouthpiece.
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Join the Justice League in raising awareness and funds for three nonprofit partners who are delivering aid to countries in the Horn of Africa that are facing the worst drought in 60 years. DC Entertainment will match donations 100% and 50% of the purchase price from We Can Be Heroes products will go to saving lives.
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eye3 is a project started by a husband and wife team to create a professional quality yet affordable flying robotic camera platform for. The platform comes in a low cost kit that can be easily assembled. The eye3 team is raising money for the project on Kickstarter but unfortunately funding was cancelled. They will still complete their project on their own. Updates here.
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Classic Wrecks is a collection of handmade wrecks in 1:24 scale. The talented guy behind them will even do custom orders upon request. Pictured here is two miniature SUVs: "Both have detailed engines and white letter tires. Both have body rot with lots of mud. These two have some parts strategically missing like lights, drive shafts, wheel covers etc."
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Facebook Bed, a conceptual multipractical bed design that allows you to always be up to date and close to your online friends even when you sleep. I think this is perfect for all you Facebook addicts.
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DIY Zombie Customizable Action Figure Kit comes with 3 zombie action figures with extra replacement body parts - all decayed of course. Put them together, mix and match their clothes and the included instructional DVD will even teach you how to paint the zombies.
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Monday, January 23, 2012
modified some of them to be the perfect nightlight. The shutter, film transport and other internal parts have been removed so that it is light enough to plug into a standard outlet.
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life-size Stormtrooper cake standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing at least 300 lbs! Made by Amanda Oakleaf Cakes, it took ten people two full weeks to make it. The Stormtrooper cake has two beautifully sculpted Rice Kripsy legs. Ok, I want this for my birthday.
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reimagined movie posters created by Peter Stults are really creative. He asks: "What if movies we were all familiar with were made in a different slice of time? Who would be in it? Who would direct it?" I think Avatar starring William Shatner will definitely break all sorts of box office records. In 3D some more!
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Pita Bread Toaster is a very simple oven that uses the same concept of the traditional brick oven. He writes: "The pita bread as a staple food led me to the use of simple and basic building materials. Here is a brick oven which is elementary while taking advantage of the cement block's morphology."
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Holga digital camera and he intends to make it an open-source camera platform. The Holga D is inspired from the popular Holga toy cameras. He writes: "The biggest 'feature' of the Holga D is lack of features! It has absolute bare minimum feature set that you need for unobtrusive photography."
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Axl Rose: Hungry Time Traveler documents all photographic evidence of Axl's time traveling adventures. Besides singing for Guns N' Roses, Axl also time travels! I don't know how he does it but apparently he has been spotted with some of history's greats like Bruce Lee, Elvis and The Beatles.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Suceeding the Great Work of the Military First Revolution is set to soaring patriotic music and it shows Kim Jong-un watching a military drill, touring factories and even relaxing at an amusement park. Good life!
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all his photos on Flickr! This slightly foggy pic was taken inside Air Koryo. He says, "There was so much water vapour that the attendants had to mop up droplets forming on the air outlet nozzles before the drops fell onto passengers. It was as if they had a fog machine running in the cabin."
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illustrations of female superheroes doing their own breast examinations to to raise awareness about the importance of regular breast exams. Yes ladies, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, She-Hulk and Storm all do their own breast exams because nobody is immune to breast cancer, even superwomen.
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Clown Eggs from the collection held by Clowns International, the oldest clown society in the world. He says: "When you are a clown and you join the society you get the chance to have your face painted on the egg."
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papercraft Back To The Future II DeLorean Time Machine. He writes: "Now I've found a better Delorean that's worth your time and effort if you're a fan. I'm getting my glossy photo paper ready for the printer as I type this now!" I've printed mine! Now where did I put my glue?
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Lego home train layout. Why shouldn't he? It's fucking awesome! He says, "I use 2 9v loops, each with it's own siding. 7x12 of 32x32 baseplates in size. I have yet to do any landscaping, streetscaping. I have done a small amount of track ballasting and put some sleeprs on also."
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Speaker Vest with 8" Subwoofer connects to your mp3 player. The main sound comes from a set of two amplified motorcycle speakers just off your shoulders. The bass comes from a low-profile amplified 8" subwoofer.
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Superhero Gingerbread Cookies. There's Batman, Robin, Superman, Wolverine and friends! She writes: "I just used a gingerbread cookie boxed mix, then sketched them out so I knew what colors went where. All the detail is done with wilton candy melt/wafer."
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Twine is a wireless module tightly integrated with a cloud-based service. Just hook it up to the things in life that matters to you like your washing machine and Twine will send you a tweet when your laundry's done. It has WiFi connectivity and internal and external sensors. You can configure Twine to speak using Twitter, email and even SMS.
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Little Printer holds a compact, inkless, thermal printer and connects wirelessly to the Web. Just subscribe to your news, gossip from friends, to-do lists and other publications using your iPhone. The Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely, beautiful mini-newspaper once you hit the print button.
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Friday, January 06, 2012
Singapore Haunted ends successful season with incredible paranormal investigation at Pasir Ris Suicide Tower
Singapore Haunted, a popular local paranormal reality web TV series has revealed incredible footage of the paranormal at the Pasir Ris "Suicide Tower". Located in Pasir Ris Mangrove Swarm, the Suicide Tower is a popular observation tower used by visitors to get a birds eye view of the swarm area. Many years ago, it was reported that a person committed suicide at the tower and the place is allegedly haunted by his/her spirit. Some reports claimed that it was a girl but others said it was a transgender. Visitors to the tower have reported seeing the ghost and other paranormal activities including a pontianak at the tower.
Recently, Singapore Haunted sent its team of paranormal investigators to Pasir Ris Suicide Tower for its season finale episode (its 12th episode this season) to investigate claims of paranormal activities at the tower. Using an array of scientific equipment including electromagnetic field meters, infra-red digital thermometers, infra-red night vision cameras and digital voice recorders, the team uncovered incredible evidence including the word "GO" written mysteriously on powder that was left on the tower staircase that could prove the existence of a paranormal entity still lingering at the Suicide Tower.
The entity that left the word GO on the powder clearly didn't want us to be there that night. Watch the shocking Singapore Haunted Season Finale: Pasir Ris Suicide Tower now!
Singapore Haunted is produced and directed by me for R3LOAD Network. I would like to thank our kind sponsor GMM Technoworld and all the cast, crew, guest investigators and all our fans and viewers who made the show one of the most watched web TV shows in Singapore! We had an amazing season. More than 500,000 people have watched our show! That's an incredible number. We will be back, bigger and better next season. Filming for the new season will take place later this month. We will provide updates on our new Official Singapore Haunted Facebook page. Thanks again everyone for watching.
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A group of hackers known as Team Intra have hacked into the website of National University of Singapore (NUS) to prove just how weak their website security was. They made staff usernames, domain information and hashed passwords public. A hacker from Team Intra then had the following to say:
"This hack was NOT targeted, it was simply a demonstration of how weak their security was. In no way do we have any problem with the University.
We could have defaced the University's homepage if we wanted to, by writing a backdoor onto their server. They try to prevent hackers by sending out a simple statement: 'If you're trying to use the SQL error message to dig for juicy information, get lost.' However they do nothing to actually ensure that they are safe. It only took 5 minutes of WAF bypassing to get past their weak security.
Yeah their passwords WERE hashed. But let me remind you, it took our team less then 4-5 hours to decrypt all staff hashes. They were not MD5 but rather mysql hashes. All passwords were very easy.
Just clearing this up, it is not our intentions to LEAK any private data to the public. We are just here to show the poor security standards some websites have. We have our best intentions. NOTHING was changed on the server, and NO ONE was harmed.
A hack is still a hack. Someone at sometime, did have access to the same database and god knows what they did with it. This is known as we searched for one of the hashes and the whole dump of hashes were posted on a password cracking forum, known as InsidePro. No one on that server is safe, if this is absolutely the case. National University of Singapore had and still has many more holes in their website."
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So Asia's safest bank and the pride of Singapore, DBS just got hacked. As of 8pm Thursday, about 200 customers have informed the bank of unauthorized withdrawals made in Malaysia through their DBS/POSB ATM and debit cards. This is the largest case of bank fraud in Singapore with about $200,000 of unauthorised withdrawals made. It's still early days but I suspect many more people in Singapore are affected.
Official statement from DBS: "Any customer who believes their ATM/Debit card(s) may have been compromised, should contact the bank immediately on 1800-220 1111 or visit any DBS/POSB branch. We are treating the matter with utmost priority and would like to assure customers that they will be fully compensated, for any fraudulent transactions, within 24 hours of notifying the bank.
Investigations are currently underway and we have started to proactively contact all customers whose account transaction history indicates that there has been an ATM transaction made in Malaysia, over the past few days, to double check and confirm that indeed such an ATM transaction was made."
It is not known how the people behind these unauthorised withdrawals carried out their actions. How do you withdraw money using the ATM when you don't have the person's ATM card and PIN number? Strange but very worrying.
It's funny that DBS prides itself with being the safest bank in Asia. Oh btw, they were named Safest Bank in Asia by Global Finance three years running in 2009, 2010 and 2011. I guess they can forget about calling themselves the safest bank in Asia after today when all the aunties and uncles storm into the DBS and POSB branches to withdraw all their savings from their accounts and keep their money under their pillows instead. Asia's Safest Bank? Not anymore.
Update: Here's a video of the Ch 5 news report. (Thanks Mr Big)
Update: This is how the unauthorised withdrawals looks like on your bank records. (Thanks Andrew Y)
The $5 is the transaction fee because the money is withdrawn in Malaysia.
Update: DBS says "Hi" to me on Twitter after I tweeted that someone from DBS was reading this blog post. (Thanks Pricias)
They want me to follow them on Twitter but I don't like to follow someone who will only be on Twitter on Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm. Heh. Maybe they don't pay the poor chap overtime.
Update: POSB and DBS Bank customers rushed to check their bank accounts this morning. One lady even de-activated her ATM cards linked to bank accounts with larger amounts. (Thanks Shy)
Update: Another example of bank transaction record showing unauthorised withdrawal. (Thanks Rickie)
In this record, you can see that cash was withdrawn from a place called City Bazaar which I checked is the largest bazaar in Malaysia. It is located in Kuala Lumpur.
Update: Affected DBS and POSB cardholders are advised to lodge a police report via the Electronic Police Centre or at any neighbourhood police centre. Include the date, amount, location and transaction description for each unauthorised withdrawal. (Thanks Ang)
Update: Long queues at POSB and DBS branches islandwide on Friday morning.
Update: An overseas banking security expert tells me unauthorised DBS and POSB withdrawals could be due to mass ATM skimming or even something more serious like an insider job but Agagooga says on Twitter that we have anti ATM skimming devices installed on ATMs in Singapore. On its website, DBS says they have installed card security devices throughout its ATM network.
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