Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    relativity, causality and the constant speed of light Those and FTL causes the problems....
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    So if people not agreeing on history or future is the worst thing that causality violations are going to cause, then I'd say it's not really a problem. I'm no physicist and I'm quite the layman with relativity, but to...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    This planetary launcher discussion makes me think that there is a story idea here I haven't read: build a colony arcology ship which lands either as a whole or in part on a planet, and the journey upö from the...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    It also amazed me that in last December, I heard somebody say they had a dream of moving to Australia. On the other hand, I think they'd go well with that 90% of your voters. I refrained from asking that...
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    Times can vary from 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on how big the load, the temp, and how dry I want things to come out. ALso, other things than just the time can effect what people use. We have...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I learned to do it the hard way in Basic. We were issued a 20 round magazine with 10 rounds loaded & had three timed targets for which we had to fire 3 round bursts. I haven't fired an M-16,...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Also in Finland the air source heat pumps (term from Wikipedia, I know the Finnish one) are common. They see much use in single houses, either as an add-on installation or nowadays even built-in. Apparently (I don't have one) they...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Given how old it is, I'm not convinced that your supposition about the design criteria is accurate; but even if it is, that's not what it was used for, rather it was fed to everyone. And then, in the case...
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    We have this formulaic crap called the "Green Cross Code" which is taught to kids as a ritual for crossing roads to keep them safe as a substitute for actual understanding of the situation. The problem with anything more substantial...
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    There's a whole subset of isekai stories involving food in an RPG-like world starting with what was probably the original one, "Dungeon Meshi" in which a group of starving Adventurers trapped in a dungeon learn how to cook various monsters,...
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    Simple explanation: it sells more paint! Yeah, I can see why the GW wants to have some colour for the figurines they sell. Green is probably distinctive, but it doesn't really matter what colour the orcs are, unless they are...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    But getting back to the problems of goblins and orcs, kids of a certain age probably saw "greenskins" in Dungeons and Dragons or online in WoW or other games. I'm interested in the "greenskin" description for orcs. I first encountered...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    So is creating a separate admin account (with a different username and password) and not running my regular account as an administrative one: that blocks most privilege escalation attacks in one fell swoop. This is good practice for any computer...
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    When I say "better" I mean more stable, easier to configure, more options, more easily theme-able, more free themes available, more aesthetic choices, and so forth. The only place Windows wins at this point is the software ecology, and for...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I could argue that it's pretty hard to accidentally insert a USB stick, too. I agree that in most cases something less drastic than the epoxy is enough, and having to open the case is a good hindrance. However, there...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Well, in certain situations the fact that removing epoxy from the USB port is somewhat more difficult than removing a blanking plate is a good thing. In this way you can't accidentally remove the protection and plug something in....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The main thing is that any "solution" that requires me to disconnect the computer from the internet is NOT a solution, any more than any "solution" that requires Windows10. I'm retired, but the very little bit of work I still...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I absolutely refuse to have Windows 10 on any computer I own. I'm biased and not giving proper advice, just what I'd do. (I work in computer security and these views are completely mine and not my employers, and given...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Chlorine trifluoride is the solution! And also the answer to all your problems! I kind of (read: not at all) would like to see a chlorine trifluoride anti-tank weapon. However, I'd think the byproducts of it eating through mostly everything,...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Disco Elysium is for you Yeah, you're not the first person to say that! Five hours (real-time) played already, and I did find a plastic bag. It was sold to me as "kind of an rpg" but it feels to...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I find depictions of bloodshed, cruelty and bigotry distasteful at best, and simply do not understand the way that many people fetishise weaponry (or cars, for that matter). While I've played a lot of computer games, and I still do,...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Also just by being widely-used - there are a lot of WordPress sites around there to attack....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I was thinking of black pigments so dark that they look like holes in the world, for example Vantablack. Coating your face with that could make it hard to recognize even a familiar face - you could probably see only...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    And heck, given the reports that software can't recognize dark faces due to problems with their training sets, I think we've actually got a socially acceptable use for black-face makeup... Hmm, I think Vantablack would be somewhat unhealthy applied directly...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I have no idea how people drive automatic cars every day without setting fire to the horrible infuriating devilspawn. I mostly set the selector to 'D', then use the throttle and brake pedals to control the speed and the steering...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    BTW, natural-sounding gender-neutral writing in Japanese or Korean is not actually easy. But pronouns are not the problem. I think it's easier in Finnish. We only have two gender-neutral singular third person pronouns, and the language as a whole doesn't...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    And then the bots get the jobs? And in an ideal world this is the point, to free up people's time for something they consider worthwhile rather than for something somebody pays them for. I also suspect that we don't...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Also, looking from outside (and as I've understood also from the inside) one of the real problems in your parliamentary elections is the FPTP system. I'm under no illusions that it'd be changed to for example representative voting, though....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Yeah, I admit that's somewhat of an understatement there... It's also quite common. Here in Finland, we had parliamentary elections last spring. We got a leftish government now (with the Social Democratic Party, the Greens, the Centrist Party, the Left...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I have also seen analysises(?) that Corbyn, while not optimal for many people, was fighting an uphill battle with the media. He couldn't get a neutral platform and voice was given to many people opposing him - in all parties,...
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