Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Faulty Data In Article Of Leading Publication

An email was sent by me to The Times Of India. It will probably get ignored. The Record is here.

Faulty Data In Article
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 3:29 PM
"Sandeep Vij"
The writer of the Article A Tale Of Two Cities in The Times Of India April 18, 2012 page 20 should kindly take note that before 2012 London Olympic Games also, India had won medals at multiple sporting disciplines. The most recent before these games was in Beijing in 2008 when Abhinav Bindra shot a Gold in Shooting, Sushil Kumar wrestled and Vijender boxed their way to a Bronze each in Wrestling and Boxing respectively. Is that not multiple disciplines? Also, in 1952, K.D. Jadhav won a Bronze in Wrestling and our Hockey team scored or stuck or hit Gold.
So multiple disciplines in a single Olympics have given medals to India earlier. Of course, the publication should also take note of this.

Sandeep Vij.

The writer presented wrong facts and it was glaring. It went something like this:-
..India may for the first time in Olympic History win medals in multiple sporting disciplines...
Therefore,I wrote.

Now, I wonder with what face this publication has started calling the page 'The Times Of Ideas'. They are trying to fashion themselves as the crucible of ideas but are they really upto it? Do they really promote the deserving ones or are they also victims of the 'coterie game'?

Really the comment was blundering. Pseudo publication.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Dubious Ways Of TV Channel

Kind Attention: Telecom Companies Of India: Airtel, Aircel, Idea, Tata, Vodafone, (Hutch), Reliance, Spice, MTNL, BSNL, Datacom, S.Tel, HFCL, BPL (Loop), Unitech Infrastructures, Swan, Shyam (Rainbow), Allianz, …
This is an appeal to all the cellular operators or telecom companies of India to ban the passage of calls from their numbers or customers using their numbers (services) to certain numbers which are operated by fraudulent companies indulging in fraud in a manner or method which will be apparent from the following episode.
On a channel called mytv in India on Friday, March 30, 2012 around 10:30 P.M., the announcer was exhorting viewers to identify the two Bollywood actors whose left and right faces had been joined to make one face. There was a prize money associated with correctly identifying the two faces. The viewers were supposed to call at the no. 5664474 which was only supposed to be called by mobile numbers from anywhere in India. I ignored it at first but soon (!) was tempted to dial the number. I was kept on hold for a long period (over 22 minutes) and all along I received the automatic response that the call is on hold etc. Now all that while most of the time there was no call being received by the channel (as will be apparent by the film of this episode which can be easily retrieved by the investigating agencies). Also, the calls which were being shown or which were being made public were in all probability of their own agents. All the voices seemed to be of the same bunch of people.
It dawned upon me later that my goodness, this is a fraud. My call is continuously on hold and still there is no call being received by the channel for great lengths of time(s) as was apparent by the jabber of the person hosting the show. I disconnected after over 22 (and under 23) minutes. In all probability (and I have no way to confirm this actually), the channel operators may be in cahouts (hand in glove) with the Telecom companies (this much ours, this much yours). The calls are charged at a premium rate. I did not know of the actual rate though it was aired about twice (or thrice?) that this is a premium call. But how much is charged for this premium call is not known to me yet. The fact is that so many gullible people must have contributed 50 rupees, 100 rupees, 200 rupees, 500 rupees, 1000 rupees (who knows how much) by simply calling and then being told that their calls are in waiting, or in the lobby or something) in a short span of time. By this gimmick, this dubious channel operating by dubious means must have earned … (who knows how much) in that short span. Are the telecom companies in cahouts with them? I don’t know.
In fact I spoke with the Customer Support of my cell number provider immediately after this and I was told that the number 5664474 is an ‘Application Number’ (whatever that means).

I request the citizens of India to forward this to any Inspector General or maybe Police Commissioner they know. Why Inspector General and even Police Commissioner straightaway? Because this is serious isn’t it?
Now I will probably lose under Rupees 500 in this (maybe less than Rs. 300) but the point is not about making an issue or fuss over such a small sum lost (why for some people every rupee earned is after toil, isn’t it). I am not making any case out of it since you and I have better things to do, but a little proaction from your side can help put the crooks out of business and government guests (sarkaaree mehmaan). I have done my bit of proaction. This is here on this blog and you have a reference and some food for thought, so go on do it. At the most, what's gonna happen, I’ll be taken out? It’s alright, I live on the edge as it is all the time.

Friday, 23 March 2012

My Piece About Survey Of India Maps

Hello people! I wrote something on a web address and am not sure if it would come. So it is here!
The web address is http://www.hitxp.com/articles/science-technology/mercator-peters-robinson-projection-world-map-cartography/
And my piece is
Very interesting information on this blog. Ok I pulled out certain Survey Of India Maps with me and I noticed that they have been drawn (realistically?) by projecting orthographically the curvature of the earth on a (2D plane) piece of paper. So there is no ambiguity there. There is no manipulation there! Way To Go Survey Of India! Toot Toot! :-) Another thing that I must mention is that they must have considered (I believe or should I suspect!) the 2D plane (on which projections taken) to be perpendicular to the portion of the earth whose map is made. Once again I am sure that they take a reference point on the place (whose map being made) to which this plane is perpendicular. Or is it that they do exactly as is written on this blog that ‘something has to go’. If this is the case then they must have in place also a system or method of documenting this focal point or reference point. Have you understood? It’s not too difficult. Close your eyes and think. Maybe read again! :-) If something has to go, then I believe that their maps are made by a competent level of professionalism since Survey Of India Maps are realistic, aren’t they? Fudging or making information (land features) disappear constantly is not easy, at least not for somebody like me. Any information on this is going to be gulped down eagerly. Survey Of India folks should also write here.
I’ve noticed that their TOPO maps show the lines from top to bottom (longitude) to be straight but not at 90 degrees and they all vary (the angles). So that is correct representation. Cool. Also, the lines from left to right (latitude) are not horizontal but curved (with the bulge downwards) since India is north of Equator. Cool again. So maybe no fudging actually. Wow!, but dunno (about the fudging).
Another point: The country we call India and the surroundings was actually a large chunk of land which got crashed into the larger mass of land and that is how the Himalayas got formed and I believe the push is still on and that is why there are earthquakes. Am right?
Thanks. By the way, I made Tripodot. Visit http://www.tripodot.com and tell what you think. Would it not be a super idea to include the maps of the entire localities of the globe. That is the intent too. Bye. . . . .
The author of the original blog post mentions about Mercator Map, Peters Map, Robinson Projection, Winkel Tripel Projection.

Hmm, let's see what folks are sharing about cartography.
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And here is what people are buzzing about mapping.

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