Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on On hold
    On those statistics, cutting food aid for the poor saves more lives. Well, I can't claim to know the demographics of the people who get the food aid here, but at least from the news images, obesity is not their...
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    This aspect has become less important, at least in Western countries, because we all have so much stuff. Our governments can donate food and supplies to other countries and we barely notice. Though this seems to be sometimes hard even...
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    What IS needed is a high level of agricultural skill and the use of a wide range of crops. One problem I can see here is how to get the high level of agricultural skill if the environt changes too...
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    Re: The Finnish "Universal Basic Income" experiment. Not sure why this experiment is tied to job-seeking since the qualifying recipients were folks who'd been jobless for a long time. Without going too far into this, mainly because I don't know...
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    Not related to crustaceans, but there seems to be a gene which jumps between different aquatic phyla, and has links to cancer in at least clams. Here is a story about that. So, the cladistic view is not that useful...
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    Yeah, what we should call them in different contexts does not need to change. I was taking a quite cladistic view there, which is not often useful. (And as said, I'm not a biologist.) I do group sharks and bony...
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    Neither, of course, does Finland, so who's really behind the hack? This gets me thinking of existentialist problems, like does this place I'm in really exist, or do I, for that matter? ;)...
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    I'm not a biologist, but I've read at least some evidence that insects are crustaceans. See for example this piece with a link to a paper in Nature. I seem to remember there being a more recent news story about...
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    None of these criticisms of TLS really amount to a reason not to use it or trust its security, as far as it goes. I agree with this. TLS is not the silver bullet of network security, but it does...
  • Commented on Test Case
    [L]anguages do not evolve along parental lines, there can be meme transfers between different language groups. And obviously a good example of this is English itself - I just didn't realize it when writing that comment....
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    [French] non-human nouns have gender that depends on an accident of linguistic history rather than careful linguistic deliberation. My studies of Italian suggest the same basic description. The accidents of linguistic history get even more evident when learning multiple gendered...
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    Sorry, no, I won't read the 2nd amendment to the US constitution. It's an old text, written by people whose English is quite different from mine, doesn't really affect me personally, and I'm not really interested in it. I have...
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    Yeah, reading is a good way to learn, I'm not saying it's not. It's just a different method than what native speakers do when learning the language (or other learners who don't have written text to fall back on). I...
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    And one error some non-native speakers make easily: I still make mistakes with your gendered pronouns, even when the correct pronoun is clear and known to me....
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    It's not a sign you're a non-native speaker; but these are homophones -- rein/reign sound identical in spoken English, as do "bate" and "bait". If you've only heard it, it's a natural error to make ... and enough native speakers...
  • Commented on Test Case
    The "deliberate social engineering" aspect crops up when the planning requirements deliberately stipulate underprovision of car parking space, for the purpose - which in some cases is explicitly stated - of forcing people not to use or have cars. This...
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    It's a suspended monorail; the track is a boringly simple regular length of railway track Also the failure modes are probably slightly different from the gyroscope monorail. I can think of many things which can go wrong with gyroscopes big...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    After the first snowfall I joked about snow tires for the bike and he said he hadn't ridden as it was too unsafe in ice and snow. The people who ride bikes here during the winter usually opt for studded...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    I ride in Sydney thunderstorms (occasionally featuring hailstones the size of baseballs!), I've ridden in a monsoon in northern Australia, I've ridden in snowstorms in New Zealand, I don't see the problem. People ride to work year-round in Toronto and...
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    Presumably someone's already written these stories, but I wonder. Given that we're getting to the point where we expect everything we care about to get hacked, perhaps the dark tropes of undeath and dealing with it would be useful tropes...
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    Your public library has a lot more than our local public libraries have - i.e. books, ebooks & audio books. And if someone else has the ebook "checked out" you can't check it out yourself until your name comes up...
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    OTOH, having PDFs of ALL my RPG books that I can print out useful pieces of and scribble all over is really nice, as is the PDF being weightless and only taking up HD storage. Yeah, there are advantages in...
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    But what you're saying (that ebooks are just digitized books and not even very well implemented) is basically what the Hachette chap was saying. Well, yeah, that seems to be the situation from where I'm looking. However, the digital technology...
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    Also, we have public libraries which help in (at least) two ways: I can borrow books from there, so I don't have to buy them, and here they have a shelf on which people can put their unneeded books for...
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    Personally, I think Ebooks are crappy, and I've published a couple. They're basically one-dimensional flows of marked-up text. This is good enough for a story, but radically insufficient for technical works that have illustrations, footnotes, and sidebars, let alone indices....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The thing about the units of fuel efficiency of vehicles that annoys me the most is that the units haven't been simplified enough. Whether you have litres per 100 kilometers or miles per gallon you have one unit which is...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    - If you have a flat earth, no spin, no tumble, gravity would pull all of the atmosphere, water, soil, into the center of the disk. There would be a hemisphere of wet soggy mess sitting in the center of...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Well, here in Finland in many places we have these outlets for car engine and indoor warmers. It's just a normal socket with a timer, usually settable for two hours, to get the car warm for the morning drive to...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I remember in the beginning of the 2000's in the University of Technology (or maybe end of the 1990's) when a high official in the IT department said that there are no more problems with Scandic charsets. The Finnish phrase...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    About those Unicode characters: interpreting and displaying them sometimes have problems: some iOS programs crash with certain Unicode text....
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