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by vera_k
25 Jun 2017 06:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 678
Views: 75721

Re: Analyzing CPEC

History shows that the small nation of Japan was able to defeat China and take it over. Not for a minute am I suggesting that Pakistan could do a 19th century-Japan on China. But, China can be undone. Pakistan has seen off USA and USSR, so China would be a piece of cake. If India sets up CNY or PKR...
by vera_k
03 Jun 2017 21:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 1812
Views: 231774

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

There is no such thing as leapfrogging and Indian technology managers are fooling themselves if they think they can leapfrog and miss current generation technologies and go on directly to the one coming later. True. Another point to be noted is that leapfrog technologies will under perform the then...
by vera_k
22 May 2017 01:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 1726
Views: 75560

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Do not expect innovation to come from thin air. But I suspect most are screwdriver level onlee". Need to say here that most "innovation" is on the level of tweaks to existing tech. Snapchat is a recent visible example of a tweak that is held up as an innovation. So yes, start somewhe...
by vera_k
14 May 2017 07:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 858
Views: 54550

Re: Indian IT Industry

We do not have a competitive university system that responds to changes in landscape fast enough. People might agree/disagree with the importance of this but I have seen universities with courses in 2017 like 8051 microcontroller and exchange server 2008. Compare this to latest courses from georgia...
by vera_k
14 Apr 2017 23:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3243
Views: 217706

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Well, areas around Bengaluru and Mumbai-Pune-Nashik belt shows more light as well. Doubt these places were suffering from power shortages back in 2012.
by vera_k
17 Mar 2017 08:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 3788
Views: 90277

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

Feds raise interest rates. What does this do to $, DOW, Emerging Markets? LIBOR? At this time interest rates are rising because the economy is doing well, and there's little risk to let rates rise. $, DOW, Libor will rise. Emerging market currencies will fall to compete against more attractive US m...
by vera_k
14 Mar 2017 07:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 307506

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

KJo wrote:If Barkha did that to Modi, folks here condoning this behavior would be up in arms.


Cannot happen...Modi's third assistant would have a dozen people hovering around to run interference, and the store would be closed to the hoi polloi.

Maybe should go in Understanding US thread.
by vera_k
07 Mar 2017 07:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 307506

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

The H1B issue is complicated. It has two streams: F1 students transitioning to Green Card using H1B visa. This process gets delayed due to the quota system for green cards. Second stream is IT outsourcing by software companies from India. This causes most visible heart burn and leads to H1B visa cl...
by vera_k
10 Feb 2017 12:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4107
Views: 145068

Re: Deterrence

^
Read footnote on Page 509 in India's Emerging Nuclear Posture (available from Google Books).
by vera_k
10 Feb 2017 11:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4107
Views: 145068

Re: Deterrence

According to Ashley Tellis book, Evernden data is to be discounted because it was found to have included data from another earthquake that happened at the same time.
by vera_k
08 Feb 2017 23:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 3359
Views: 479611

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Not to say that having to study an additional language takes time away from what could be spent studying another subject in depth. For a time there was hope that the arrival of foreign universities would allow students to self select into transitioning to an English-first system, but alas!
by vera_k
30 Jan 2017 22:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 307506

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

With E911, officers are able to get a fix on 911 call origination using GPS. Which means you can be approached and asked if you happen to be in the vicinity of someone who happened to dial 911, by mistake or for real.

Meanwhile...
Mock Donald Trump shooting gets Indian origin teacher in trouble
by vera_k
09 Jan 2017 21:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 3502
Views: 184430

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Either China is extremely stupid (at least vis a vis India) or the Agni tests have kicked them in the balls. Why do we care if they provide more range to the Pakis? Paki missiles already cover whole of India. If the Chinis want to give the Paki headache to many more countries too, please go ahead. ...
by vera_k
09 Jan 2017 00:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Suppose, I get paid in cash and make just enough in the year so that I don't breach the tax free threshold do I have BM even though it's all cash if I A. don't file my tax return and so my income is undeclared and below the ITO radar B. file my tax return and no tax is payable ? If there were no ta...
by vera_k
06 Jan 2017 09:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 307506

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

The problem with this bill is it does not take into account geographical variations in prevailing wages. Silicon Valley wages are inflated due to high living costs. Wages for the same position in other US states would be lower. $100k minimum might be ok for SV, NYC etc. but seems way to high for ot...
by vera_k
01 Jan 2017 07:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 446707

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

To fit 8 Warhead into K-15 of diameter 0.74 m, each Warhead must have a diameter less than 22.9 cm. :) Perhaps we can do that. I have no reference. Not a straightforward calculation without knowing more. The vehicle can be configured many different ways. The following is from a recent Isro launch. ...
by vera_k
31 Dec 2016 23:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

A silly question perhaps. Is there any value to taking USD as cash to India? Some level of cash $s (under $50) are required to pay off the government registered touts at the airport since they do not accept INR. Beyond that a credit card with 0 foreign transaction fees works for most places. No nee...
by vera_k
23 Dec 2016 23:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians
Replies: 121
Views: 11498

Re: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians

It also means that 71% is well above the grade to get a United sates citizenship - for a person who has no reason to become a US citizen. The idea that only competence is allowed into the US is exemplified by your post, but that is part of the positive self image that Indians get when they reach th...
by vera_k
23 Dec 2016 22:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians
Replies: 121
Views: 11498

Re: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians

Wouldn't all of this depend on how hard the questions are? you could just as easily conclude from the data that the American system simply throws easy questions and gives people 90% to give them a sense of accomplishment. ... in a thread about PsyOps no less No, it would not. It simply means the &q...
by vera_k
23 Dec 2016 02:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians
Replies: 121
Views: 11498

Re: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians

:rotfl: For US citizenship 60% (6/10) is pass Correct. 60% is a D, which is a passing grade. 59% is a F or failing grade. I meant the 71% equals First Class comment as a way to point out one common psy-ops in use that then leads to thinking a honest try is excellent work. Maybe inherited from the e...
by vera_k
22 Dec 2016 08:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians
Replies: 121
Views: 11498

Re: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians

shiv wrote: I scored 71% which would be "First Class pass" in many Indian tests.


Reminds me that 71% in the USA would be a C grade or third class pass. Using First Class for low grades is a convenient way to fool gullible students that they learnt something.
by vera_k
21 Dec 2016 23:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Taking dimensions of gold bars from https://invest.usgoldbureau.com/gold-bar-sizes, 170 kg gold will be:

680cm x 1360cm x 306cm

Not in a shoebox for sure.
by vera_k
04 Dec 2016 03:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 307506

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

Left actively pursues the policy of such a black-swan event if it were to happen let it happen elsewhere. Left spends energy in actively diverting the eventuality of black swan elsewhere. More like the left will let the black-swan happen, then spend energy in minimizing the consequences later on. T...
by vera_k
04 Dec 2016 03:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

If the price of gold is likely to slide to world levels, BM would not find it so attractive, would it? Better to hoard dollars or speculate in yuans, etc. BM does not use gold for speculation. Gold is used for money laundering. Say you have Rs. 100 in black money. You'll go buy gold jewelry. When t...
by vera_k
03 Dec 2016 22:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 307506

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

^
Not so sure about that. Mr. Buffett is on record predicting a N-attack on the USA, and the fighting is coming ever closer to the mainland. Although Europe is liable to get hit first...
by vera_k
02 Dec 2016 22:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

A business always has the option of investing back into the business to generate expenses and not pay tax. Amazon is probably the biggest practitioner of this tactic. But this does mean the money is accounted for and is put to productive use somewhere. Plus indirect taxes will have been collected on...
by vera_k
02 Dec 2016 08:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

4Businesses and people will swith back to cashpayments once there is sufficient currency arround. Prices will be lower if you use INR notes, as it is Tax free. All in all, i do not think the demonetisation will have an effect on the BM alone. It is a good step towards a bank driven economy. But to ...
by vera_k
01 Dec 2016 22:41
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3243
Views: 217706

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Gold has to be looked at to account for the old trick of laundering black money by buying bullion landed from Dubai and crafting it into jewelry overnight...perhaps smuggling is picking up given the spotlight on jewelers.
by vera_k
26 Nov 2016 22:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - IV
Replies: 929
Views: 42406

Re: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - IV

^^ No. This is not like the machines in India where one type of machine is in use. Variety of systems and machines are in use. Some places are mail-in only. No system India or USA allows the voter to check later if his vote was correctly counted. Ergo need for recounts ... its more about ensuring th...
by vera_k
26 Nov 2016 22:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - IV
Replies: 929
Views: 42406

Re: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - IV

UlanBatori wrote:If hacking is suspected the first time, isn't it far more possible in the "recount"?


Of course. And that would be cause for another recount. It is true though that citizens cannot verify their vote was received and counted correctly.
by vera_k
22 Nov 2016 22:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - IV
Replies: 929
Views: 42406

Re: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - IV

foreign students who organized some 2.5cr for UG and 40-80L for MS must be really scared now about the fate of the opt, h1 and gc pipeline. Why? They're likely to a green card instead of a visa. IIRC the last bipartisan bill that failed cloture in 2007 shifted numbers from family immigration to emp...
by vera_k
22 Nov 2016 07:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 3396
Views: 111348

Re: Internal Security Watch

The coaches also look like death traps due to the welded bars on windows. Must be complicating rescue attempts massively and making it next to impossible for people trapped to escape. I don't recall if bar cutters are carried on board for people to use in an emergency...perhaps they are these days.
by vera_k
20 Nov 2016 07:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

I posted earlier, but RBI can start selling cash on Amazon and Flipkart with free shipping and zero transaction charge to widen the distribution. The profit the mint earns from converting paper to money will be enough to cover the cost of doing so in most cases.
by vera_k
17 Nov 2016 12:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Chandragupta wrote:They should flush the market with Rs.100 notes and eliminate all other higher notes.


Why notes? Let there be Rs. 100 coins. Lasts longer and more inconvenient to store away. Cannot be melted away for value either since the metal is not worth much.
by vera_k
15 Nov 2016 22:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - IV
Replies: 929
Views: 42406

Re: Understanding the United States of America (USA) - IV

Should California, Oregon and Washington join Canada?

Unclear why this type of talk springs up. Used to be Texas would threaten to leave, now there's these states.
by vera_k
13 Nov 2016 21:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Interesting to note that no Eu country or US has ever undertaken this step , may be they never had to deal with kala dhan. One of profound effect we will see is onion and vegetable prices going down as hoarders stored money to deal with this business. Not cash, but US confiscated gold due to simila...
by vera_k
13 Nov 2016 08:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

What don't we pay tax? The IT itself is not bad (10, 20, 30). I remember reading something a while back. The Indian government is not considered legitimate, so people do not feel obliged to support it with tax. This might have something to do with our colonial history and later extended single part...
by vera_k
13 Nov 2016 06:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

"Stimulus" = all new cash that restores whatever black market just collapsed. Thanks but no thanks. The whole purpose of this exercise was to get rid of the dependency on an opaque cash economy. It does not have to be cash. Stimulus can be interest rate cuts, relaxation on loan terms, or ...
by vera_k
13 Nov 2016 05:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7341
Views: 419356

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Think the point is that some people are going to lose out in this move to a cashless economy because their money is now worth less if it is worth anything at all. They will not be out spending as they used to because of that. Therefore it would be good to inject some stimulus into the economy to tid...

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