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by Dileep
19 Sep 2018 12:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

My mother used to make a 'kunnathunadan' quip, which roughly translates to "people who sell tears of a dead child (which is given to them for burial)". I get reminded of this everyday, seeing how low we people can sink. I never (while in my rational self) blame the netas/politicos. Hey, th...
by Dileep
15 Sep 2018 08:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

ramana wrote:Chetak, Are the piranha being raised for sinister purpose of disappearing people in fish ponds?


Traditionally, it was Crocodiles that were used for this purpose. A lot of "historical documents" available for activities of supervillains like Jose Prakash
by Dileep
12 Sep 2018 09:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 155
Views: 11001

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

^^Yes, they do. But are they on LEO?
by Dileep
10 Sep 2018 16:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 155
Views: 11001

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

ELF systems work with the 'code book' method. As secure as the code book itself.

The simplest un-breakable coding is the XOR Cipher, with a random key equal or greater in length to the message. Works beautifully with the short text messages.
by Dileep
10 Sep 2018 07:05
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 155
Views: 11001

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

I raised the question because we tend to get into science fiction about the communication capabilities, based on the 'possibilities', not realities. Here are the 'realities' Kattabomman is an ELF Transmitter. The ELF have very low bandwidth. Its primary role is to go underwater, where the higher fre...
by Dileep
09 Sep 2018 19:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 155
Views: 11001

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

Got a question. Today,imagine a P8I on patrol finding a boatload of bakis who left from kratchi in our direction. How exactly do they communicate to the command? Do they a)Use a voice channel to give the co ordinates? b)Send a text message c)Send an image d)Send live video? Now, with a new US system...
by Dileep
07 Sep 2018 07:39
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?
Replies: 155
Views: 11001

Re: COMCASA Signing By India: A Trap or Unshackling?

We will get "Technology"? Sure!! Like each of us freely get technologies like "Android" and "LTE". The agreement simply means we can now buy the equivalent of smart phones and satellite TV receivers for the aam aadmi currently using BSNL land line and Doordarshan terres...
by Dileep
06 Sep 2018 12:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2368
Views: 470184

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

Isn't this the first time IAF releases a bragging news about Tejas? Now, THAT is a reason for lungi dance!
by Dileep
31 Aug 2018 17:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2368
Views: 470184

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

nam wrote:They might be looking for production partners for the components including AESA modules. Given the number of AESA radars coming up, we need increased production numbers for the components.


Nope. That is what Tenders are for.

I for one, will not touch the ToT with a barge pole.
by Dileep
30 Aug 2018 17:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 2969
Views: 536155

Re: Indian Space Programme Discussion - Sept 2016

Gaganchaari (Gaganachaari) is the name in malluspeak (which is actually samskrtham) for people who go to outer space. We malloos have a tendency to create samskrtham terms and pretend that it is Malayalam. My schooling was entirely in those. vaahanam: Vehicle,ie Rocket upagraham : Satellite pETakam:...
by Dileep
30 Aug 2018 17:28
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2368
Views: 470184

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

ToT will work only if

- The design is fully qualified.
- There is an assurance of purchase.

I don't think either is true in this case.
We have enough experience with this ToT bijnejj with DRDO/govt entities.
by Dileep
28 Aug 2018 17:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Heard an incident I heard from my colleague. His SHQ is a teacher, and a counselor. So, she works full time with the displaced people at Chengannur. There was this young couple with two kids. One is two months and the other two years. They came late evening to home, and was not aware of the flood. T...
by Dileep
28 Aug 2018 07:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

When the govt talks about losses, it only considers stuff for it is liable (and money could be siphoned off) A lot of things are left out from the (shanghai) statistics, probably because those are not the govt's liability. 1. So called luxury items (car, tv, air conditioner, leather sofa etc) 2. Non...
by Dileep
27 Aug 2018 18:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

If an Okhi like Cat 4 Tai-feng parks near good old Kochi, we can take that only as god's wrath onlee. There is nothing you can do about it, neither to prevent, nor to correct. Of course, we all could mend our ways and be more bious and 'upanayified,sunnathized,baptized,amritdhari' environmentians, b...
by Dileep
27 Aug 2018 14:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

The dam started discharging 500 cumecs on 9th, which is increased to 750 on 10th Aug.the level was brought down to 2397ft by this. Then the big rain came, mullaperiyar opened on the night of 14th, and all hell broke loose. Idukki was discharging 1500 Cumecs ever after. The area of Idukki lake is 60 ...
by Dileep
27 Aug 2018 13:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Here is the history: Aug 11: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/water-level-comes-down-in-idukki-dam/article24667717.ece Aug 12: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/water-level-at-keralas-idukki-dam-further-decreases/articleshow/65373226.cms Aug 13: https://timesofindia.indiati...
by Dileep
26 Aug 2018 21:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

I am not sure if anyone here is familiar with the Sabarimala Temple. Here is some update. The Temple is completely isolated currently, with the only access is a 22km trek via a tiger infested forest area. The road head at Pamba is almost completely destroyed. Someone posted pics here The entire sand...
by Dileep
25 Aug 2018 22:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Idukki can start releasing water from 2374 ft. That is the minimum height of the sluice gate opening. A quick madrassa math shows that if Idukki was restricted to 500 Cumecs, the dam level would have risen 5 feet in a day. So, if the level was made 2388ft, the dam could have taken the excess and avo...
by Dileep
25 Aug 2018 06:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Ramana, that was an excellent take!! Here are some more lies, dam lies and statistics by Tamilistan: 1. KL doesn't share rain information: You know where this stems from? TN always try to put a toetip in the geography to define at least a square mm of catchment area of MP within TN, to claim that Pe...
by Dileep
24 Aug 2018 21:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2368
Views: 470184

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

RKumar, "tooling" in Mechanical engineering is not the same as "tools" in software :)
by Dileep
24 Aug 2018 21:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

^^Nice!! What a play of units!! >>the initial release was 4489 cusecs. This was gradually stepped up in the course of the day to 8905 cusecs and the average spilling was 14429 cusecs. What a madrassa math!! Initial was 4489, final was 8905and average was 14429. >>On 15th morning the level rose to 14...
by Dileep
24 Aug 2018 15:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

^^Sure. On paper.

SC ordered 142ft, so it is 142ft onlee. That is what the TN CM said. TN haven't ever shared the dam operating manual to KL, despite many requests and order my the monitoring committee.
by Dileep
24 Aug 2018 13:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

The Joint Whatnot Committee was there for Mullaperiyar also. TN simply ignore whatever and do what they please with the dams they control.
by Dileep
24 Aug 2018 08:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

>>IMO with 100 years experience, this level of foresight is not unreasonable to expect of dam operators. Sir, that is actually too much to expect from the poor executive injineer, who joined KSEB because even Ambadan Softech Training Institute wouldn't hire him for ITVty, and got transferred to the ...
by Dileep
24 Aug 2018 06:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

UB Sir, it was not the LOCAL RAINS. It was the RAINS in the HILLS. I didn't save the data, but there was unprecedented rain in the hills, which is STILL DRAINING at 200 Cumecs from Idukki, after one whole week after rains stopped. Last week this time, Idukki was draining (officially) 2000 Cumecs, an...
by Dileep
23 Aug 2018 08:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

^^Goldmine!!

I downloaded the raw 3 arc second (300ft) data at 1 m resolution for the entire Kerala. Need to write some code to get the data to useable form. Some clean-up also will be needed, but this will carry things a lot forward.

Correction: it is 3 Arc Seconds
by Dileep
22 Aug 2018 22:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Report from Ground ZERO Today. Folk from my unit took a list of our colleagues affected(criteria was the flood water covering their living room/bedroom/kitchen floor completely) and got a list of 19 people. Most of them on the Periyar system, while one from Chalakudy, three from Muvattupuzha and two...
by Dileep
21 Aug 2018 16:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

once the mud dries it will be easier to cart off. some dust will be there though. in a tropical climate, if one allows dirt to cake in on any surface and dry with natural heat & light, it's going to leave a lifetime stain even after washing it off. Absolutely. Just came back from a flooded hous...
by Dileep
21 Aug 2018 12:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Singha wrote:https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/20/asia/india-kerala-floods-fishermen-intl/index.html

CNN playing its old games again ...

That is ABSOLUTE EVIL FABRICATION!! No one in Kerala will say that. I would like to hear this George guy saying in Malayalam what happened.
by Dileep
21 Aug 2018 12:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

This particular time, what happened is that the southwestern monsoon was active, and a depression happened in Bay of Bengal, which 'pulled' the moist air over KL. I don't remember a depression in BoB happening in the past during SW monsoon Now what I am scared of is another depression in Indian Ocea...
by Dileep
21 Aug 2018 08:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Actually, there are domestic pressure washers sold by Bosch and a couple of other 'followers'. I bought one, which naturally is catching dust like a number of such gizmos. It is much easier to wash the car with a sponge. It is a pain to hook the garden hose and power to the gizmo and drag it around....
by Dileep
21 Aug 2018 07:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2368
Views: 470184

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

kit wrote:rafale hud in comparison


That Rafale? I thought this one is Rafale
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by Dileep
20 Aug 2018 22:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

>>BTW, Dileepji, Idukki (see link that Prasad posted) has **NOT** been operating anywhere NEAR 780 MW so has no call to release even 200 cusec. Sir, the release was to avoid the level going beyond the MSL. No relation to generation capacity. Generation in April-June will be low because being summer,...
by Dileep
20 Aug 2018 13:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 2368
Views: 470184

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

CSIR completes Tejas HUD development. https://twitter.com/strategic_front/status/1031259534591967233?s=19 I don't get it!! The MK1 HUD is in production already. The MK2 HUD is in PDR stage. So, what goes NOW? History shows that the CSIO HUD beat all the competition hands down, and withstood pressur...
by Dileep
20 Aug 2018 11:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

I got some more data point: At full capacity of 780MW, the Idukki power generator will consume around 200 Cumecs of water. this water gets to the Muvattupuzha river, and probably the flood in that river has contribution from this water. Mullaperiyar system can output 2500cusecs (71 cumecs) to the cu...
by Dileep
20 Aug 2018 10:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Information on Power Cuts (Source Urja App of NPP):

Average duration of power cut : 0.46Hrs/Month. National Average is 8.32 Hrs/Month. Rank: 3rd in India.

So, if some place at 3-Shiv-Nation have 2 hours power cut, you have data from last millennia, or there is a local problem.
by Dileep
20 Aug 2018 09:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

OK.. Here is the facts on KSEB as on Aug 15th. Source National Power Portal Total Installed Capacity: 2041.46 MW Hydro Capacity: 1881.5 MW Hydro Capacity under outage: 320MW (Idukki 130/780, Lower Periyar 120/180, Sabarigiri 100/300, Sengulam 24/48, Sholayar 18/54). Total 17% under outage. The natio...
by Dileep
19 Aug 2018 21:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

UB Sir.. Basic dosconnect 1: The 'Bhageeratha Prayatnam' was for diverting Idukki water, not Mullaperiyar water. I feel you TL;DR my post. Basic Disconnect 2: I described here my comments about the Mullaperiyar diversion. Apparently, you TL;DR that as well. If you have time, please read that post an...
by Dileep
19 Aug 2018 10:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018
Replies: 554
Views: 27205

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

What do I propose (FWIW)? I do not believe any of these "first world solutions" will work, because we are still Kerala, with the Neta-Babu nexus. My firm take is that events like this can not be prevented, but we can prepare to have a much better and efficient response. People did not have...

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