Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The simple version is that making an LED flash in a controlled way can be done with a bunch of analogue discrete components or a cheap microcontroller. There are differences of what people want from their bike lights. I, for...
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    This discussion reminds me of the one time I ran Netscape on X11 over a modem connection to the University's computers for one reason or another. I think it was 28800 bps, might've been 56k. It wasn't fun or fast...
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    The Amiga was most notable for being one of the few operating systems available to the public at the time which was not cooperative. Thanks for correcting me! It's been a while since I last did anything with it, and...
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    Win 3.0 didn't have intrinsic memory management and it only had a half-assed suspend-and-restart capability to provide some kind of multitasking. I'm young enough that the first Windows platform I really (professionally) developed for was NT 3.51, but I seem...
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    I'm kind of a plaintext-tagged-text guy, and while I've written much of my own stuff in just that plaintext, lately I've taken to writing even the plaintext stuff in Markdown. It's very much human-readable (unlike HTML or LaTeX...) but can...
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    There's a Finnish joke that says that mozzarella cheese is Moomin meat. Then there is this actual product which basically says "Minced Moomin meat soup". The character on that package is Snufkin, the best friend of Moomintroll, and the joke...
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    Ah, now I realize that Finncon is next weekend! Alas, I can't attend, because summer weekends are a scarce resource and I spent last weekend(ish) far away in space, playing in a space larp. Do you have plans to see...
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    I'd go even further and say that a backup that is never verified is not a backup....
  • Commented on Story time!
    If either one had the 266Mhz processor the program crashed. The development team traced the problem back to something in Turbo Pascal that didn't like the faster CPU. I ran into this, too, but by that time I was mostly...
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    Undoubtedly. Or on a 6502. It would be pretty much a doddle to do it on a PET. Hmm, I do have a C=128 lying in a box somewhere. Perhaps its high-res graphics mode could be used for something like...
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    CUI could probably be implemented on Z80-based hardware easily enough. That could be a nice retro-project... Then there was GEOS, the graphical user interface for the Commodore 64. I've never seen it live, much less used it, but apparently it...
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    I can hardly imagine what kind of a nightmare trying to drive GIMP from the keyboard would be. Well, not GIMP, but I did some POV-Ray stuff back in the day (like 25+ years ago) with just editing the scene...
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    Here is a story about those TRS-80 Model 100 computers and how they were used by journalists back in the day....
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    A good example is the ms debugger - the ability to see your code, call stack, memory contents etc, lay them out and cross reference visually is decades ahead of the command line approach in terms of productivity. Yes, for...
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    At least here in Finland, small kitchens are not a modern innovation. I live in a flat built in the early Sixties, and our kitchen is maybe 4-5 square metres - with all the cupboards, an oven (or a stove...),...
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    If you visited Helsinki earlier than 2017, you can come again and enjoy the new stations! With that addition, over half of the tracks are underground! (I still haven't visited one of the new stations. I ride the metro past...
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    There are in fact good reasons why western Washington and Oregon have cities and forests and rich farmland while eastern Washington and Oregon have huge ranches, small towns, and vast stretches of nothing much. This makes me want to dig...
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    If people are moving into those tunnels to shelter, they're not going to be operating a regular train service. Now I remember the book 'Metro 2033' by Glukhovsky. The London Underground could probably have something like the communities in the...
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    As far as reducing your carbon footprint goes, the most significant cutback you can make is: don't have children. That's kind of difficult for us who did already have them. Retroactive abortions are kind of frowned upon and would be...
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    Yeah, violence is a bad solution. It's just that in many tabletop rpgs, the solutions degenerate easily into violence. This is even though the Cyberpunk 2020 rpg (which is the one I have played) tries to tell the players that...
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    I kind of missed SLA industries, and I've never read or played it but I know of the game. Sounds interesting, though. Also, Cyberpunk (both 2013 and 2020) had good games in them, it's just that we as fifteen-year olds...
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    I have most of the books for it, and I gamemastered a short campaign some years ago. People here know it but I don't know of any other who has played it. Then again, it's hard to know what people...
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    An important question remains: are fell running and Ironman lawful, neutral, or chaotic evil races? (Really, even the word "race" for the different, though often related, species in D&D and other roleplaying games was a bad, bad choice, even without...
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    Yes, there are a lot of more things that are wrong with D&D in addition to the alignment system. That's kind of why I nowadays usually play something else. One thing that annoys me is the ├╝bermensch thinking in D&D...
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    More likely 'clerics' in Dungeons & Dragons, though in most campaigns I have seen nobody really making others believe in their religion. Usually the players don't want to bring that to the gaming table, and anyway the religions in many...
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    They are also a symptom of a certain type of role-playing game where the game master and the other players sort of play against each other. This is the type of game where (stereotypically) the game master makes a dungeon...
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    Do the hotels themselves fly RED flags? That'd be kind of nice....
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    Lex Luthor could be an MBA... not sure how much unrealistic life you would need for him, though....
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    That reminds me that I was wrong in the previous post! I did encounter matrices before university, in the same context as boolean algebra and Venn diagrams: at the late Eighties my friends and I had gotten these newish 16-bit...
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    I first encountered matrices in the technical university, at nineteen years of age (the usual age to enter those in Finland). Non-commuting operations were also introduced at that point, but they didn't seem that hard. So, at least in the...
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