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by pravula
09 Jul 2018 09:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4078
Views: 182590

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

As opposed to? When was the last time any supercomputer was made without COTS processors and GPUs "stringed" together by highspeed networking? Don't make a strawman argument just for the sake. The point I am making is that the so-called Chinese supercomputers heavily rely on American chip...
by pravula
09 Jul 2018 09:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4078
Views: 182590

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

...Intel and nVidia once owned the Chinese supercomputer space. Today both the chini satellite and supercomputing markets are among the largest in the world without any American share. ... Huh, say what? China, rather each Chinese province is in a pissing contest with the other, trying to make the ...
by pravula
08 Jul 2018 13:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1912
Views: 223841

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

China’s next box office hit? A dark comedy about smuggling in cancer drugs from India Cheng’s character is based on the true story of Lu Yong, a textile trader who was diagnosed with leukemia, and spent more than $80,000 (link in Chinese) on Gleevec, a very effective treatment that wasn’t covered a...
by pravula
04 Jul 2018 09:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 601
Views: 74659

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

RoyG wrote:
pravula wrote:Tribal, not caste.


caste as in kinship group.


How is "Kinship group" caste? AFAIK, In Indic tradition, its called gothram.
by pravula
04 Jul 2018 04:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015
Replies: 601
Views: 74659

Re: Geopolitics/Geoeconomics Thread- June 2015

Allegedly India's democracy has declined significantly over the last 10 years, per the report you can find on the front page here: https://www.v-dem.net/en/ Caste based societies will naturally be less democratic because the extended family structure tends to regulate itself. Weber made a very crit...
by pravula
29 Jun 2018 05:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1521
Views: 183944

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Krisna, three things. 1) China is still there, even if rapprochement with Roos is reached by Washington. It has been projected as an adversary since the Obama "Pivot to Asia" days. As its power increases its profile as a military threat will only become more publicized. 2) Roos can be pro...
by pravula
27 Jun 2018 09:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1912
Views: 223841

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

NYT Article with lots of information on how China got Hambantota: How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port Subscription site and I am unable to read the article. However, the excerpt shows direct Chinese intervention in the electoral process. An important but often neglected fall-out of holding s...
by pravula
23 Jun 2018 07:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 812
Views: 75157

Re: Understanding the US- Again

Usa prefers fresh warm bodies off the MS treadmill followed by 20 years lockin of employer doing gc filing than people who are already into middle age with kids and houses and savings The young lads are much more desperate and will work harder for less Actually ageism is a factor everywhere incl in...
by pravula
22 Jun 2018 21:47
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 2660
Views: 481557

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

AFAIK, GPS has a positional accuracy of <30 cm https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/25/16362296/gps-accuracy-improving-one-foot-broadcom The non-military grade signal open for general use isn't that accurate. Only the US mil has access to the super accurate signal, no other entity or coun...
by pravula
22 Jun 2018 08:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 2660
Views: 481557

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

Two decades after US spurned India in Kargil, country replies with Desi GPS http://defencenews.in/article.aspx?id=558938 The GPS, on the other hand, has a position accuracy of 20-30 metre . AFAIK, GPS has a positional accuracy of <30 cm https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/25/16362296/gps...
by pravula
11 Jun 2018 08:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 812
Views: 75157

Re: Understanding the US- Again

Mediatek is taiwan and govt has approved its export to zte who can no longer use snapdragon Huawei has kirin but does not share with zte Samsung has exynos but for its own use only Apple has its Ax family for own use only Thats about the options in phone soc chips Replacing snapdragon with mediatek...
by pravula
09 Jun 2018 09:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4078
Views: 182590

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

The Spectator Index @spectatorindex Share of global GDP (PPP). 1980 G7: 51% China: 2.3% India: 2.9% 2018 G7: 30.1% China: 18.7% India: 7.7% But then our population since 1980 has literally exploded from 697 million to 1.4 billion! You would think there is something in the human genome that would tr...
by pravula
09 Jun 2018 09:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 3833
Views: 272526

Re: Internal Security Watch

Rahul M wrote: stick to internal security people, free wheeling discussion on socio-religious factors, while interesting is not for this thread.
- Rahul


Ok. Deleted my responses.
by pravula
08 Jun 2018 09:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Radar - Specs & Discussions
Replies: 873
Views: 176816

Re: Radar - Specs & Discussions

^^OT: Air cushion vehicles: Is that another way of saying a hovercraft? ..many years back I used to dream of IA/IN landing on karachi to avenge 26/11 when a nationalistic govt would be in power Yep, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hovercraft A hovercraft, also known as an air-cushion vehicle or ACV, ...
by pravula
01 Jun 2018 13:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Nipah Virus Outbreak IN Kerala-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 5781

Re: Nipah Virus Outbreak IN Kerala-2018

SSridhar wrote:I cancelled my trip next week and airlines took away all the money !!


Depending on what you used to pay, maybe travel insurance can come into play. Some credit cards will cover this.
by pravula
01 Jun 2018 10:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1521
Views: 183944

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

engine embargo is 'when' not 'if'. Maybe that's exactly the sort of thing Kaveri needs. Fire under our asses. There are other things US can embargo, though not military equipment. Chips and chip manufacturing equipment. IBM refused to set up semiconductor facility for SCL recently citing military u...
by pravula
01 Jun 2018 06:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News and Discussion
Replies: 3134
Views: 376601

Re: International Naval News and Discussion

Pentagon: US military has a lot of experience 'taking down small islands' in Pacific “I would just tell you that the United States military has had a lot of experience in the Western Pacific taking down small islands,” McKenzie said, when asked if the United States has the ability to “blow apart” o...
by pravula
31 May 2018 04:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3506
Views: 430837

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

My last on this. This is no "Soap or autorickshaw or pharma" manufacturing line. from: https://www.f35.com/about/life-cycle/production The F-35 production strategy is based on flow-to-takt manufacturing implementation. Flow-to-takt is the movement of component assemblies, like wings and fo...
by pravula
30 May 2018 21:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 1837
Views: 359493

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Don't know what they mean by dual band? Any gurus have some idea. The news also states 'Long Range'. Maybe if we develop an IR-Astra like the MICA or ASRAAM, with our own IIR seeker, and thrust vector controls on the Astra, then a long range IRST would really come in handy. I think something which ...
by pravula
30 May 2018 05:18
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3506
Views: 430837

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Our folks are very tough. No matter what DPSUs do they suck. Reminds me of 5Tantra story of "two men and a donkey". Should look it up. Ramana, I am no expert in production engineering, but a large number of warehoused product goes against lean manufacturing principles. Yes, it is better t...
by pravula
30 May 2018 05:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3506
Views: 430837

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Ahead of time is also indicative of bad manufacturing/production engineering. :eek: Are you serious? I have never heard anybody sulk about early deliveries in the aviation market. May be you can educate me here!!! Yes, customers will not sulk if you produce early and have them warehoused. Why would...
by pravula
30 May 2018 02:37
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Military Helicopters
Replies: 3506
Views: 430837

Re: Indian Military Helicopters

Ahead of time is also indicative of bad manufacturing/production engineering.
by pravula
28 May 2018 21:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018
Replies: 638
Views: 127012

Re: Tejas Mk.2 News & Discussions: 25 February 2018

Why Tejas MK2 being in Medium Weight category is not being celebrated as Lungi Dance fanfare moment by Rakshaks? Is it because of expected long delays and scope creeps? This likely means more orders for Tejas MK1A (assuming new MMRCA competition will die). Maybe no one is sure of the time line at t...
by pravula
26 May 2018 23:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2576
Views: 238231

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Philip wrote:Fantastic! Is this the stealth version with a 550km range for Russia? Some reports say that we will also get a spl. export + version with a range of 350km+.


Spl meaning detuned and derated? Nothing special about it
by pravula
26 May 2018 09:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 812
Views: 75157

Re: Understanding the US- Again

along with the weekly ritual of a school shooting, a new meme emerges....armed citizenry confronting mass shooters and taking them down https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/24/us/oklahoma-city-shooting/index.html two armed citizens responded to sound of shots, by running to their cars and coming back wi...
by pravula
26 May 2018 09:17
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News and Discussion
Replies: 3134
Views: 376601

Re: International Naval News and Discussion

israel test fires lora missile from freighter. could put in shipping container https://www.rt.com/news/393851-israel-containerized-missile-launcher/ When the Russians put Klub missiles in containers there was massive hue and cry. Not so much now. I have always felt a few floating barges with contai...
by pravula
25 May 2018 09:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1912
Views: 223841

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

chola wrote:
pravula wrote:
Nice comeback :roll: . Its the same argument as "Have you stopped beating your wife?"


Don’t be so serious. I understand your point. :D


Nope, not serious nor offended.
by pravula
25 May 2018 08:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1912
Views: 223841

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

chola wrote:
pravula wrote:
Its globally competitive labour arbitrage product. That doesn't make it vaunt. Indian IT is at the same soft power level as Chinese Walmart exports.



Who are we trying to defang here? Us or them?


Nice comeback :roll: . Its the same argument as "Have you stopped beating your wife?"
by pravula
25 May 2018 08:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1912
Views: 223841

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Sorry, what makes you think Indian IT is "vaunt"? Its no such thing, not by a long shot. It had better be vaunted. It is the one globally competitive product that the country had decided to rest its laurels on until Modi’s MII. Its globally competitive labour arbitrage product. That doesn...
by pravula
25 May 2018 07:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1912
Views: 223841

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

Sad. (How do I sign up?) Sad indeed. Software is American but this is something our vaunt IT sector should be doing. Capturing the top of the PRC’s mobile apps market and injecting social decay in at the same time. That said, if I did signed up I’d sugardaddy the 27-year-old from Xian and the 29-ye...
by pravula
24 May 2018 21:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121334

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Did they run out of mountains? It should be easy to drill a few more ( if they haven’t already)
by pravula
23 May 2018 08:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - April 24, 2018
Replies: 2615
Views: 171211

Re: Terroristan - April 24, 2018

LeT has developed an untraceable mobile, trains terrorists in underground facility, claims captured militant - Neeraj Cahuhan, ToI The Hafiz Saeed-led Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)’s student wing, Al Muhammadia Students (AMS), has developed a mobile handset meant exclusively for communication by LeT member...
by pravula
22 May 2018 08:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Discussion Thread
Replies: 4431
Views: 518672

Re: Artillery Discussion Thread

Geo locked.
by pravula
21 May 2018 11:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1761
Views: 257710

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

And this is actually a good thing. If loans are fully guaranteed and there are no NPAs, that only means that banks are lazy in lending (have exceedingly high lending standards which shuts out much of the market), and entrepreneurs are risk-averse. Entrepreneurship by definition is risky. Nobody wan...
by pravula
21 May 2018 00:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1761
Views: 257710

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Well, any loan is an investment and as such has a risk associated with it. Higher the risk, more the interest rate. What you are claiming is there should be no haircut, which is fine, as long as the interest rate is 0 or lower.
by pravula
20 May 2018 23:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016
Replies: 2507
Views: 404144

Re: China Military Watch - Sept' 2016

I would expect that they were flying with a radar reflector.
by pravula
17 May 2018 20:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 593
Views: 61242

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

One way a competitor can gain is offer to supply from existing flying stock to take care of the immediate falling numbers and then replace them with the new birds on order as they are delivered.Does not matter even if they are inferior versions of the one they will be offering in the tender. There ...
by pravula
17 May 2018 13:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III
Replies: 593
Views: 61242

Re: MRCA (Many Rakshaks Choose Aircraft) Contest - Episode III

So blk-70 AESA radar is air-cooled while that on blk-60 is water cooled. Why..? Blk-60 one looks like more powerful one. Cooling mode usually has nothing to do with over all performance unless both blocks are the same generation. IOW, you could have a air cooled system, with more power because of t...
by pravula
17 May 2018 08:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1761
Views: 257710

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

If you have enough forex to meet your export import needs then these people can approach rbi for forex needs. We don’t have capital account convertibility or a full floating currency then what is the need to defend , you can have a fixed rate against dollar euro as deemed appropriate by rbi be that...

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