Thursday, March 18, 2010
"Besides GPS, another effective way to locate one's position is through cell tower triangulation. When a mobile phone is switched on, it is constantly in contact with base stations surrounding it. By knowing the identity of cell towers, it is possible to correlate this information into a physical location through the use of various databases containing the cell towers' identity and their exact geographical location. Cell tower triangulation has its advantages over GPS because it works indoors, without the need to obtain information from satellites. However, it is not as accurate as GPS because its accuracy depends on the area you are in. Cell tower triangulation works best in densely populated areas where the cell towers are closely located. However, cell tower triangulation is not applicable to iPod Touch because it does not have a cellular phone in it."
"The third method of locating one's position is to rely on Wi-Fi triangulation. Rather than connect to cell towers, the device connects to a Wi-Fi network and checks the service provider against databases to determine the location serviced by the provider. Of the three methods described here, Wi-Fi triangulation is the least accurate."
"On the iPhone, Apple provides the Core Location framework to help you determine your physical location. The beauty of this framework is that it makes use of all three approaches mentioned, and whichever method it uses is totally transparent to the developer. You simply specify the accuracy you need, and Core Location determines the best way to obtain the results for you."
(Wei-Meng Lee in 'Beginning iPhone SDK Programming with Objective-C,' p. 392 Wiley India)
(Ric Shreves in 'Joomla! Bible,' p. 4 Wiley India)
"Growth in this is likely to be driven by research in consumption trends, and a better understanding of the set of audiences who are likely to pay more for these value added services. This could facilitate going beyond basic monetisation of audience through ad sales."
('Back in the Spotlight: FICCI-KPMG Indian Media & Entertainment Industry Report,' p. 8)
Monday, March 8, 2010
"Rice-fish culture provides a much more effective approach to increasing the income of rural farmer households in China. The average unit production of 780 kg/ha fish from rice-fish culture can bring the farmer $1,500-4,000/ha income. The usual net income from good practice of rice-fish culture is $2,000-4,000/ha. The farmer's income can be increased by 2-4 times compared with sole crop farming. In general, income of some 2-3 million rural households has been significantly improved through rice-fish culture in China."
"Jiangsu province in central eastern China sets a very good example of rice-fish development contributing to rural people's income. The province started a large project to promote rice-fish culture with high valued aquatic species in 1997. The total rice-fish culture area reached 136,615 ha in 1999. More than 80 per cent of the area adopted rice-fish culture of high valued species. The gross net profit of rice-fish culture reached $2, 912/ha on average. In Maxi village in Yancheng city, 146 ha of rice fields were utilised for rice-crab seed production, where the net profit reached over $11,000/ha in average (Wang 2000)."
(Ed: Sena S. De Silva and F. Brian Davy, 'Success Stories in Asian Aquaculture,' p. 29 IDRC)
"Michael looked surprised."
'A group of teachers in Babylonia wrote that in some matters, a man should make the decisions, and in some, the woman should decide. They said a woman's advice is invaluable, but Michael, that doesn't mean that every matter is one your wife decides. One of the teachers added that you should be careful not to hurt your wife's feelings, but if you always automatically follow her advice without using your own judgment, your life can become hell. She may lead you to do something wrong.'"
"Grandpa continued, 'Grandma is a smart person. I value and appreciate her advice, but I don't always just do whatever she says.'"
(Elliott Katz in 'Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants,' p. 44 Macmillan)
('OECD Investment Policy Reviews: India,' p. 133 Academic)
"The excitement in the hearts of the Meluhan soldiers was beyond compare. They had only heard legends about Lord Ram's city. None had ever seen it. Ayodhya, literally the impregnable city, was the land first blessed by Lord Ram's sacred feet. They expected a gleaming city beyond compare, even if it had been devastated by the Chandravanshi presence. They expected the city to be an oasis of order and harmony even if all the surrounding land had been rendered chaotic by the Chandravanshis. They were disappointed."
(Amish Tripathi in 'The Immortals of Meluha,' p. 363 Tara)
"Except in some major cities, virtually there is no control of development authorities over the above. It is very easy to start commercial activity in residential areas or to make an unauthorised encroachment on roads without permission. There is no one to observe and object to it. If at all there is someone, he is easily 'manageable.'"
(Dr Sanjay Kulshrestha in 'Tsunami on Roads: Wake up India!' p. 117 Conscious Citizens)
"By the time you read these words, the Japanese village of Ogama may no longer exist. Concerned by their remoteness from medical facilities and daily amenities like shops, the village's dwindling and increasingly elderly population have decided to sell their land to a recycling plant. When they move to a bigger town, the villagers will bring the bones of their ancestors and their village shrine with them."
"Ogama's disappearance is due in part to the decline of Japan's rural economy. It also results from a bigger issue in Japan and elsewhere in the developed world: societies are ageing. There are two main reasons: we're living longer and we're having fewer children. In years to come, this trend will have a real impact on developed countries."
(Brian Keeley in 'OECD Insights: Human Capital,' p. 12 Academic)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
"The Marwaris who had migrated to Manipur for trade, controlled the main market of Khwairamband Bazar. They also controlled the food prices. Towards the end of the twenties food prices shot up. For this the exploitative dealings of trading communities were blamed. The people of Manipur established another market to counter such dealings. In 1938 an unprecedented event took place. There was an untimely flood before the harvest of rice and subsequently there was acute food shortage. To make matters worse the traders purchased whatever stock of rice was available for export that led to a further hike in prices. In December of that year, frustrated with food shortages and a price rise, some 50 to 60 women in Imphal stopped traders' carts taking rice outside the region. Soon word spread and women all over Manipur started stopping carts and bringing these to local villages. A huge gathering of women then went to the State Durbar Office and demanded that the King ban any export of rice. The King was in Bengal and so the women surrounded British officers and some members of the Durbar and did not allow them to leave until the King came to town with his decision. In the ensuing intervention by an armed British detachment, about 21 of these women were seriously injured. However, the women who had gathered there did not lift the siege. The King soon returned from Bengal and realising the massive public outburst announced the ban on the export of rice. In this round, at least, the Nupi women outsmarted the immigrant traders."
(Paula Banerjee in 'Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and Beyond,' p. 101 Sage)