Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    People tend to forget just how far north the UK is -- Edinburgh's north of Moscow, Russia, and London is north of every significant city in Canada. *laughs in 60 degrees north, in the southern portion of the country*...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I'm aware there isn't an existing high-speed rail link from Helsinki to Malmö and I'm genuinely not all that interested in whether there is an existing rail link of any kind, but there is clearly an existing road link (per...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    And there is no TECHNICAL difficulty in building a high-speed rail link from Helsinki to Berlin - expensive, and the politics beggar description, but feasible. Well, yeah, the politics. If you want to go the Eastern route, it's basically going...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    How long flying takes depends on how easy it is to get to an airport that has flights to where you want to go to, its security and check-in theatres, and whether the flights are likely to be on-time. The...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Every time I've looked at a possible trip going across Europe via rail it only seems to work well (easily or cheap) in Germany. For the last couple of years, we've thought of making a train trip in the Central...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Boeing, in contrast, is substitutable: almost every civil Boeing aircraft has a direct Airbus competitor. Well, David did comment that there is no other US player to pick up the slack. Airbus is not very US, I think. However, I'm...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    For years the Toronto school board (and North York before them) had a policy of not cancelling school before noon. Again fun to see different approaches to things: I don't remember school ever being cancelled because of snow or cold...
  • Commented on Omicron
    C++ makes that a very manual process and easily turns into a mess of warring libraries, so I suspect having 400 of them would just be intractable. Hence, I guess, Boost::AllTheThings. My opinion on C++ is about this. I last...
  • Commented on Omicron
    const int one = 65536; (Silvermoon, Texture.cs) To me (taking a peek at the code itself) this looks like using fixed-point arithmetic, with 16 bits for the fractional part of the number. In this system, using the language-provided 'int' type...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Oh, story time? I was once working as a contractor software developer, so our customers hired us to do development stuff - the projects I was involved in were from six months to three and a half years, so not...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Ton of moves? Reminds me of this video I found only a couple of weeks ago: Turning mov into a soul crushing RE nightmare (YouTube link) where the presenter presents a compiler which compiles only to MOV instructions......
  • Commented on Omicron
    Which is the point of DevOps. Well one of the points. But watching this from some windows into a few large company back rooms, the developers hate it they want their code declared "accepted" (full of bugs or note) then...
  • Commented on Omicron
    You are completely correct there. In my work (as a developer, or 'software engineer' as there's much more than just writing code involved in the work), we have the responsibility to document our interfaces to other teams using them, and...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Well, yeah, I first used version control more than ten years after I started programming, and for the next ten years after that I didn't really see the point using it at home (used at least ClearCase and CVS), because...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Command-line means that it's easy to take a safe copy and restore it, reliably. This might be a bit advanced for Robert, but personally I use version control for basically all code I write. This means I can have a...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Sell out the entire SF cannon to fucking Raytheon? (Not mine originally, but anyway:) Hey, at least Murderbot Diaries got the series Hugo and Network Effect (a Murderbot novel) got the novel Hugo, so inviting a real murderbot company there...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Actually, it is better to use a generic WYSIWYG text editor, though finding one nowadays is seriously tricky for anything other than Linux, and none too easy for that. Editors for coding tend to have dogmatic ideas of what coding...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Well, for *me* using asterisks for emphasis and _underscores_ for italics is something I learned a long time ago, from the BBS times. I think it's been that way for many other people too, and Markdown is a good thing...
  • Commented on Omicron
    [At] the end of the Laundry series arc the monsters won (although the humans managed to stall their ability to continue to bootstrap their presence in our universe to the max). Kind of reminds me of Clarke's 'Childhood's End'. It...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Thanks for the link! I might take a look. Nowadays I mostly work with problems which are mostly integers, and I like to think I know the stuff mostly, but learning more is not bad....
  • Commented on Outage report
    Uh, Markdown didn't like that URL. Perhaps this is better? Floating Point Visually Explained [[ The markdown interpreted the underscores in the link as highlighting. I have preceded these with backslashes to fix it - mod ]]...
  • Commented on Outage report
    At least in my time in a university, the difference between various numerical representations in computing were not taught - or at least I don't remember them being taught, which is not the same thing. I didn't study computer science...
  • Commented on Outage report
    There was no separate FPU chip you could add to a 486SX: if you wanted to upgrade you bought a new 486DX. Well, yes and no. You could buy an 80487 FPU co-processor for the 486SX and plug it in...
  • Commented on Outage report
    I kind of like Docker for making consistent build and run environments. However I want to also have at least some control over what goes in the containers, so just getting some out of public repositories is also not always...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Yeah, I'm young - only got internet access in 1995, when gopher was almost dead already. I was still taught how to use it. I read some Usenet groups back in the day, but much of my university's communication was...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Never used NNTP without an internet connection, so I'm not sure how well offline messaging works with it. I did use QWK in many (local area) BBSes though. (NNTP was kind of going out when I started using it, so...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    There's also this (with no video): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020Gjerdrumlandslide Which is even more scary as nine people died, including children....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I'm not seeing the Europeans freaking out about what's going on in Eastern Europe, even though Hungary is half as far from the UK as San Diego is from Kenosha. Well, here in Finland, with the capital about 1900 kilometres...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I'd probably not go that far, but you did say you have such a laser, when it's quite illegal and also dangerous to people....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Sarcasm aside, there are a lot of similarities between the antlers on deer and nuclear weapons. They've got to be big, obvious, and expensive and ready for instant violence to do their job. But ideally, they do their jobs without...
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