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Ask Siri “What is zero divided by zero”

Every once in a while, someone will discover an easter egg in Siri when you ask something funny. Instead of giving you a straight answer, Siri decides to be funny and give you a wacky response.

Try asking Siri “What is zero divided by zero”. The expression has no meaning since you can’t divide zero by zero.

Instead of just telling you the expression makes no sense, Siri decided to give you….

“Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn’t make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.”

Epic answer. Now try asking other numbers divide by zero.

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Online Hiring Remains Slow in Singapore according to Monster Employment Index

Bad news for those looking for a new job. According to the Monster Employment Index (MEI) by Monster.com, online hiring activities in Singapore fell by 8% year-over-year compared to April 2014.

Among all 14 industry sectors in the Index, the lowest growth was recorded in the Consumer Goods/FMCG, Food & Packaged Food, Home Appliance, Garments/Textiles/Leather, Gems & Jewellery industry and the Government/PSU/Defence industry, at -16% and -11% respectively.

Education and IT, Telecom/ISP and BPO/ITES industries performed the best, at 14% and 4% respectively. Singapore is seeing growing concern over issues related to cyber security, keeping the demand high for mid-level IT professionals in the technology sector. The healthcare sector is also seeing an increase in hiring activity, thanks to a demand for professionals engaged in research laboratory and medical related technical sales.

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The MEI Singapore is a monthly gauge of online job posting activity, based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large representative selection of career Web sites and online job listings across Singapore. The Index does not reflect the trend of any one advertiser or source, but is an aggregate measure of the change in job listings across the industry.

Otters at Gardens By The Bay

I was at Gardens By The Bay few weeks ago when I decided to look for the resident otters. Yes, there is a group of otters living at Gardens By The Bay. Surprise huh?

It took me less than 15 minutes to find a few of them resting on a floating platform. I think there were 5 to 6 of them. There’s also a group of people around the area watching the otters.

Didn’t really get good photos as the sky is turning dark and I can’t use flash.

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I heard there is another group of otters at Bishan Park and Punggol Waterway. The NParks had issued an advisory on what to do when you encounter the otters. Hope everyone follows it.

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Happy Pi Day

Happy Pi Day everyone. For the uninitiated, March 14 is Pi Day. 3.14, get it?

This year’s Pi Day is slightly different because it is the year 2015. The first 5 digit of Pi is 3.1415. And at 9:26:53, you will get 3.141592653. You won’t get this for another 100 years. So treasure this moment.

Happy Pi Day. Have a pie. Or at least a LEGO Pie.

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The dress that got the whole internet talking

If you were online yesterday, chances are you were involved in the great dress debate. Is the dress Blue and Black or White and Gold?

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Some people see it as White and Gold while others see it as Blue and Black. The results are so divided that there was a huge debate on all social networking site yesterday.

I swear it was White and Gold initially when I saw the photo. But later that day, when I look at the same exact photo again, it appears Blue and Black. Freaky. But I was told that I’m not the only person experiencing that. Some people do see it as White and Gold but later see it as Blue and Black.

Well, it is actually Blue and Black. The reason why some people see it as White and Gold while others see it as Blue and Black is due to a condition call colour constancy. It is a feature of the human colour perception system which ensures that the perceived color of objects remains relatively constant under varying illumination conditions. Take this image for example. Although A appear to be darker than B, actually both of them are the same shade of grey.

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But regardless if you see the dress as White and Gold or Blue and Black, one thing we can all agree on is that this is a very badly taken photo.