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by Saral
10 Sep 2019 08:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3860
Views: 538757

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Rebuttal by email from a lurker Every organization and environment has its characteristics. etc. (deleted. see original post) The reason I posted that initial recollection was not for a single anecdote but for the possibility that it could shed some light on whether Indian orgs have a systemic weak...
by Saral
09 Sep 2019 01:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 3860
Views: 538757

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

Admins. Please delete if inappropriate. Know the person. Story of talented IITM BTech graduate from 1980s. ----- I joined DRDO. I was there happily. I wrote GATE and got admission to MTech in IISc. I applied for "deputation". That is asking DRDO to keep me on the rolls and pay me to do MTe...
by Saral
04 Sep 2019 10:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2186
Views: 259158

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

"On soft-landing on the Moon, he said its something like flying saucers coming in hovering on the top and then slowly descending, as in science fiction." Question: How were these capabilities tested/mocked on earth? This article describes NASA testing of LM in the Apollo program. http://ww...
by Saral
30 Aug 2019 21:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 3776
Views: 412833

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Talk has a lot of interesting povs.
Not endorsing it but sharing it here.
Guy is bullish on US, bearish on China's capacity

https://youtu.be/feU7HT0x_qU
by Saral
25 Aug 2019 23:21
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 5390
Views: 500697

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Note that sindhu's parents were *both* national level volleyballers. That gives her the base height and athleticism. China arranges these kind of matches systematically. Yao Ming being a famous example.
by Saral
08 Aug 2019 19:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 591925

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Anyone have link to ram madhav interview by Marya shakil on cnn news18? Was there briefly on TW but now inaccessible.
by Saral
05 Aug 2019 13:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 3305
Views: 591925

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

X posting I am bit confused. Is the article already repealed or the resolution is tabled? Does it require 2/3rd votes in both the houses? @amishra77 "This is how it is being done. President under Article 370, Section (3) can issue proclamation to annul #Article370 with concurrence J&K cons...
by Saral
15 Jul 2019 02:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Chandrayan-2 Mission
Replies: 2186
Views: 259158

Re: Chandrayan-2 Mission

Countdown on hold due to "glitch"
Possible scrub of launch rumored.
by Saral
25 Dec 2016 06:37
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7860
Views: 746018

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

In the US, there is no limit on cash; but any cash deposit or withdrawal at or more than $10,000 generates a Cash Transaction Report (CTR) that goes to the government. If the bank employee involved feels there is something fishy then they can mark the CTR as an SAR (Suspicious Activity Report). Str...
by Saral
16 Aug 2016 05:28
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 482549

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

DJT has to overcome the "Crazy, Dangerous" Frame. We are in the realm of persuasion, onlee. It's a tough ask. HRC seems to be ill. Kaine might be President sooner than later. Some scenarios on how DJT can bounce back. Realistically if the gap isn't narrowed in a month, game over. http://bl...
by Saral
23 Nov 2015 03:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Climate Change: Propaganda Vs Reality
Replies: 771
Views: 69576

Re: Climate Change: Propaganda Vs Reality

If I recall correctly, there was a lot more climate alarmism some years ago (used to be called global warming). These days its not even newsworthy any more except for token news reports whenever there are floods, hurricanes, droughts etc. No doubt deforestation and pollution (land and sea) are serio...
by Saral
20 Nov 2015 09:07
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3940
Views: 363286

Re: Indian Railways Thread

I guess we just don't have the talent+leadership in IR as it has been directed to IT related areas and videsh over the last few decades. We were in CLW from 68 to 74 and my dad was involved in design/manufacture/debugging of traction motors for WAM-4 (As I recall the traction motor was based on Alst...
by Saral
19 Nov 2015 11:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05, 2015
Replies: 2850
Views: 116621

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05,

Good stuff. On why Pak is the original Islamic state created by Indian muslims (and not by the muslims who actually lived in Punjab and Sindh)

by Saral
27 Apr 2015 21:35
Forum:
Topic: BR Mainsite 2.0 : Volunteers Wanted
Replies: 133
Views: 0

Re: BR Mainsite 2.0 : Volunteers Wanted

I have a mix of backend and frontend tech and writing skills. However, I am traveling and moving in the next 2 months and so my availability will be spotty (estimate my coordinates and state to be stable by mid July). Can definitely allocate time and learn required stuff to be useful to BR. As I am ...
by Saral
19 Apr 2015 22:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Education System
Replies: 3755
Views: 246911

Re: Indian Education System

There are dedicated folks who have made a difference. Here is one such Professor service + teaching + research. Prof. Ravinder David Koilpillai received his B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1984. He then received Masters and Doctoral degrees from California Institute of Te...
by Saral
02 Apr 2015 17:39
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3940
Views: 363286

Re: Indian Railways Thread

Source: Economic Times The Bibek Debroy Committee in its interim report on the Indian Railways recommends sweeping changes in the way the ailing organisation runs. From encouraging private players to run trains to eliminating the Railway Budget altogether, the report dwells on all that ails Indian R...
by Saral
09 Mar 2015 20:56
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 170390

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Shiv: Yes. He's based in Canada and was in Bangalore for a month (for Cyclotron treatment) and met with many of his services contemporaries (this support network is very good). He's feeling good now (plays tennis with one functioning arm) and has done everything humanly possible but ultimately this ...
by Saral
09 Mar 2015 20:21
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Naval News & Discussion - 12 Oct 2013
Replies: 4029
Views: 170390

Re: Indian Naval Discussion

Vice Admiral Rustom Khushro Shapoorjee Ghandhi. RIP. My brother who was ADC in the late 80s and was in the Navy till the early 2000s met Rusi Ghandhi in his old age a couple of years ago. A remarkable individual having had a role in all the wars post-independence. https://www.dropbox.com/s/aqx84kus...
by Saral
13 Jan 2015 23:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 967
Views: 63128

Re: BR Forum Feedback

My 2 naya paisa. The existence of a closed forum is to stretch boundaries. Express stuff that you wouldn't otherwise. This may have the side-effect of antagonizing some but I'd say this is a worthwhile trade-off. Requests to mass-delete probably means that the content may have impact on "real l...
by Saral
28 Dec 2014 18:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3940
Views: 363286

Re: Indian Railways Thread

http://swarajyamag.com/tag/columns-parallel-tracks/ is an ongoing series on Railways by Bibek Debroy.
by Saral
21 Dec 2014 22:09
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Space Programme Discussion
Replies: 3934
Views: 251395

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion

We are not living on a dying planet. World population is projected to reach maximum by 2100 and after that decline steadily. This is already happening in Japan, Spain etc (they have maxed out) . Human life quality has gone up consistently, decade on decade for quite a while. No reason why it should...
by Saral
30 Oct 2014 08:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 5390
Views: 500697

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Let's not be deluded. England is ranked #18 and invariably qualifies for the WC. The thing is, most/many Euro countries have African players. Why not India?
by Saral
29 Sep 2014 09:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 19 Jul 2014
Replies: 2846
Views: 97058

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 19 Jul

As Pakistan declines, as the state crumbles, as systems fail, as results diminish and possibilities shrink, there is one system that is going in the opposite direction: the infrastructure of jihad — the mosque-madressah-social welfare network that creates an enabling environment for religiously tai...
by Saral
28 Sep 2014 04:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Relations : News and Discussion
Replies: 3947
Views: 146732

Re: India-US Relations : News and Discussion

Modi's "secret" 1999 US trip during Kargil? before he was CM (the anchor doesn't seem to know that).

by Saral
24 Sep 2014 07:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission
Replies: 2752
Views: 130819

Re: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission

Proud day. Glad to see Google Bot in the action here.
by Saral
22 Aug 2014 18:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: BR Maths Corner-1
Replies: 1799
Views: 114101

Re: BR Maths Corner-1

For some closure here is some Scala psuedo-code that illustrates the two functions. What AmberG provided will make its way into a system. function to get linear index position from (x, y) indices, linearindex(x,y,n) val u = n - x val v = n - y val g = u(u-1)/2 +v val linearindex = n(n-1)/2 - g The i...
by Saral
21 Aug 2014 07:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: BR Maths Corner-1
Replies: 1799
Views: 114101

Re: BR Maths Corner-1

Amber G. Yes, I too had the intuition about reversing the array because N is taken out of the picture. You can visualize it easily enough as the matrix gets bigger the coordinates do not change and N becomes irrelevant as you show. Thanks for working out and typing all of this painstakingly. I remai...
by Saral
21 Aug 2014 01:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: BR Maths Corner-1
Replies: 1799
Views: 114101

Re: BR Maths Corner-1

matrimc, amberg: My application is very humble onlee, just finding the easy and obvious way to index a lower half correlation matrix (using 1d array). Re meshless my birather is supposedly in this area and you may know of him (herr professor at uc davis) and I have no use for these things yet. amber...
by Saral
20 Aug 2014 21:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: BR Maths Corner-1
Replies: 1799
Views: 114101

Re: BR Maths Corner-1

Subhash Khot wins Nevanlinna prize http://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20140812-a-grand-vision-for-the-impossible/ Bade Mian! Take That and That! Madrassa B.Techs land a big one here ! Now kneel down and repent and ask for forgiveness for all the bad mouthing you did of those poor lil kids! He i...
by Saral
20 Aug 2014 21:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: BR Maths Corner-1
Replies: 1799
Views: 114101

Re: BR Maths Corner-1

Amber, Thanks Saar or is it Maam? What about the inverse function that gives the tuple given n (say 6) and an index (say 7) ? Is this function (which returns a 2-tuple) easily obtained? Yeah, I got the notion that it has to quadratic in x and linear in y (good observation, Amber-ji). Thanks for the ...
by Saral
20 Aug 2014 19:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: BR Maths Corner-1
Replies: 1799
Views: 114101

Re: BR Maths Corner-1

It is not fully clear what you mean by "arithmetic function" and "inverse arithmetic function" in these cases. Is a polynomial function going to be good enough? If so, you can check out Newton Polynomials. If your background is engineering, you might have studied them during you...
by Saral
20 Aug 2014 18:47
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: BR Maths Corner-1
Replies: 1799
Views: 114101

Re: BR Maths Corner-1

This is probably an "easy" problem, but one that I would appreciate an answer from the resident gurus. Consider the n*(n-1)/2 entries in a lower triangular matrix (entries below the main diagonal). Assume the cells are indexed sequentially in a one dimensional 2-tuple array as follows (exa...
by Saral
07 Aug 2014 06:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32727

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

Jogging by the Charles River Meditatively, at 50% effort The sun is warm, The air is cool Enroute emerges an Apsara in full bloom Blond, slender, thigh-gap beauty Praise be to Allah, the merciful And at my pace, or maybe slightly faster I relax and enjoy as I run behind for the mile and a quarter we...
by Saral
08 Jul 2014 20:44
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40185
Views: 1246487

Re: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India

Om Namo Namo Namo .... 1000th page Narayanana
by Saral
21 Jun 2014 17:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32727

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

moi was reading/analyzing about a research data with regard to behavioral traits in MSM(men who have seks with men tis now PC word for Gays) onething me noticed almost all are highly computer savvy, very much into social media,(yawn,,, wat is new yesay?) they are very health conscious 98% are into ...
by Saral
14 Jun 2014 21:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32727

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

panduranghari wrote:Take Vit D supplements and make everyone in your family take them. Niran ji did say about doing Surya Namaskar which is good. But taking Vit D supplements for Indics should be mandatory.


I drink quite a bit of milk (with cereal) and that is fortified with Vit D. Good enough?
by Saral
13 Jun 2014 04:10
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32727

Re: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread

Muggy but overcast.. Alternated stride length and pace every 100 strides. To keep it interesting closed mouth during the easy phase. Sweated too much and had to go topless in second half. RB-ullah is leaving us all in the dust. 8 min per mile.. wow!

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