Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I saw no clear indication one way or the other, or both, or neither. Mostly just getting away from the Dauphin, no time for romantic entanglements right now. A close relationship with a lady-in-waiting, but still no indication on preferences...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I kind of wonder about the history of Finland in TL 3. The appendix in the book states that it was taken from the Russian empire in 1811. In our time, in 1811 Finland had been a Grand Duchy of...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    And my work week seems to have taken a toll in my mental faculties. I meant that most of the engineering and science material imported from timeline 2 to timeline 3 most probably uses SI units, even if the imperial...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I haven't yet read the book, so I might well be wrong, but much of the science and engineering in timeline 3 was imported from the United States analogue, and I'd suspect they use the same kind of units we...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    In other words, if you do an FTL jump to a readily observable point in space (like a place where you can look back and see yourself jump out when the photons catch up with you) you come out in...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I have considered that immunising people against peer pressure should be a fundamental part of education for far longer than internet phones have existed. To some extent, yes. However, I think it would be very difficult, at least when done...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    This should have a previ... wait, it does. "Ten year-old iMacs" is different (and probably somewhat more expensive) than "ten-year old iMacs"....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Said iMac is never used for any kind of online commerce and the AppleID associated with it has no associated payment information. There is nothing on it that would be a security risk if it was cracked. Seriously, I wouldn't...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    If you are gay you are hardly going to download the “bash gay people” app and run it so the gay bashing mob can find you But you might download for example Grindr, which assholes can the use to find...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I was so shocked it literally took me three days to come up with an answer for her, and I've liked it ever since: no, fiction is not like lies. Lies are where you represent something to be true, when...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Yeah, you are completely right: the cellular network knows the location of each mobile phone. I didn't take that into account, because firstly it's kind of hard to get if you're not the operator, and secondly at least in many...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Making it so that you can use the internet from your phone and at the same time remain hidden is not trivial. Even if you do turn everything off so that nothing is explicitly shared, it's still possible to geolocate...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Use those eyeball-gathering strategies in the bots to keep the necessary ones entertained....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    But wrt "did we ever have it" - oh yes, most certainly we did at one point; the BBC Micro was designed to facilitate it, and even though most other contemporary machines of that general nature weren't, they still effectively...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Computers are complicated [citation needed]. We're past the build it yourself stage, and the only for obsessive nerds stage, but not quite to the point where they're invisible appliances. That's certainly coming although, as you point out, users are likely...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    One of the things I hate most about the 21st century is that our network infrastructure is so insecure that ordinary people are expected to perform the role of part-time corporate security administrator or be mocked publicly for being gullible/foolish/trousers...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    And, yes, violence done by women to men is a problem here, too. A year or two ago there was some furor about the fact that the emergency services responded something about "are you letting a woman hit you?" to...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    So when men say "this stuff is happening to me too" it's treated as a statement that it's *not* happening to women, or that somehow it happening to women doesn't matter. Well, if it was said by itself, not as...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Here in Finland, the Family Federation of Finland and other entities have been campaining for over a decade for free contraceptives for people less than 25 years old. It's finally getting some steam. Many municipalities do offer some kind of...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Well, eyes are also important. Even now, the hybrid cars around here can drive on electric where I walk, so listening is not everything. I swivel my head quite a lot when near or on zebra crossings, and of course...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Yeah, I don't have much experience with motorcycles, only cars, walking, and bicycling. I could imagine a sound system which would have microphones on the motorbike and some sound processing before feeding it to earphones in the helmet, but I'm...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    You can watch this all happening, but most people don't, and indeed can't conceive that it even might be; precisely because their perceptual system does produce results that are nigh-on perfect (by an evolutionary standard), they think the results are...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Re: audio, there's this thing: WaveNet: A Generative Model for Raw Audio....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Re: People in Venezuela mining Bitcoin to buy essentials for living. To me this seems like a very temporary thing. The Bitcoin that is generated in Venezuela is important for the people there, just to survive, but after that Bitcoin...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Also, the 'HTTPOnly' flag is only a recommendation for browsers, they don't have to obey it. I don't know of any browser which would purposefully disregard it, though, mainly because it would be against the users' wishes. By itself it's...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    This is kind of what I use private tabs for. Many services get either their own browser or at least a private tab, just to prevent information cross-pollination. It's not perfect by any means, but I'm not yet willing to...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I can't say what OGH was thinking, but having ad-blocking features integrated in the browser is markedly different from having one as an add-on. While you and I know how to write our own extensions, most people don't know how...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Public-key cryptography: that attack you describe is possible, of course, but if it was easy, the whole public-key cryptography would be broken. The reason for this is that you can intercept the resulting encrypted message very easily. The public key...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Well, my father-in-law has a Mercedes, which is probably something like a decade old, and it has a parking brake which is engaged by a floor pedal on the far left and released by a handle, also on the left...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Though I think I haven't even seen a manual shift in the steering column since the Eighties here in Finland. The car I last remember seeing one was a 1970's Jeep Wagoneer, and that wasn't common even then. Using regular...
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