Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Well, I think people maybe 40 or older can survive any extent of climate change on Earth, just by throwing enough money around to make things secure for themselves and their immediate circle. However, to let their kids survive, in...
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    The Turbo Pascal 4 got this nice IDE, running in 80x25 text mode in MS-DOS (I had the TP 6.0, which could also run in 80x50, IIRC). It had menus, windows and all that stuff and was pretty nice to...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    We have FPGAs nowadays. Which have the added benefit of being able to be dynamically reprogrammable in parts during operation, depending on the model. Yes, not only self-modifying code, but self-modifying hardware! Just what reliability and maintainability needs! (Sorry, there...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Well, yes, I've heard of them and I know who Mary Anning was. I haven't visited those places, so my personal experience was from Switzerland. At some point I also realized that the local mountains where I was visiting in...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I live in Finland, which was mostly scrubbed clean by ice sheets during the last ice age. Bedrock is quite close to the surface (or even the surface...) in many places, which is geologically interesting, but not very good for...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Of course, when reading speculative fiction, there's often the need to understand words only from context. For example, the 'Quantum Thief' and sequels were kind of hard to understand, because there are so many new words....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Spelling is English's most absurdly difficult feature. (It's odd though: most English speakers will admit that English spelling is absurd. But in my experience non-native speakers are more likely to complain that pronunciation is difficult, because you can't figure out...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I'm not a native speaker, but I found John Scalzi's 'Lock In' and 'Head On' were in my opinion nice examples. However, they're written in the first person, which might be easier than in the third person....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    It's often (but not always) a dog whistle for transphobia, which in turn is often associated with homophobic, authoritarian, and other reactionary viewpoints (including anti-feminism, though this is often disguised as "gender critical feminism", ie. the breed of feminist who's...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    That post #450: Finnish has that exact problem with that single third person singular pronoun! "Hän otti häntä kädestä ja hän antoi hänelle suukon." Uh... writing this clearly a skill you can learn, though....
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    Hey, my native language doesn't have those gendered pronouns, so I mix them up very often when speaking. As do many other Finns. (I've seen it happen to native Hungarian speakers, too - same issue.) I'd say the issue is...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    How do you mean you don't get to choose? I thought the point was for mostly everybody to tell their pronoun preference, it should apply to you as well. This is a difficult topic for me, being outside of it...
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    Well, yeah, if it was up to me, I'd just declare a single non-gendered third person pronoun for English and be done with it, but it's not up to me. Much simpler that way. (Been there, have spoken that kind...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Yeah, most people do speak English here. It's a nice thing for a tourist, but I hear it's annoying when trying to learn Finnish, as most people change to English immediately upon hearing accented Finnish. My generation did not have...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Yes, the Finnish language has no gender, so doesn't have pronouns divided by that, either. (There's a different divide, though, which is somewhat complicated by use.) We're quite close to our Scandinavian neighbours, but not equal. I seem to find...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Opsec is hard, and not all people realize that many photos have the location it was taken in, for example. (I don't know what happened in this case, but one guess is the picture metadata.)...
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    But don't use those terms in a garage in Montréal, where everything and anything that takes an electrical charge is "une batterie". I suspect that a capacitor would not be "une batterie" but rather "un condensateur" ("kondensaattori" in Finnish), but...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    The "acoustic" comes from "akusto" which is a quite rare word, meaning a set of batteries. One rechargeable battery is "akku". Now that I think of it, these words for electric storage devices are fun. In Finnish we have Akku...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    So: tow truck with a "fish tank" on the back, have a fire tender stand by while moving the smouldering wreck into the tank, then pump water until the wreckage is submerged. Yeah, here's an article (sadly only in Finnish,...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    In Finland, some fire departments have these containers which can be filled with water and a burning electric car, just to extinguish them. They're meant to be used for a couple of days to make sure the fire has died...
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    That's because you *are* replaceable, in their opinion. Several years ago, I read an article in ... Slate? the Atlantic? called "Your HR Department Hates You", and they noted what I've been saying for a long time: back in the...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    One thing just occurred to me: it's all fine and dandy in a field where you can basically count on being re-employed and probably with better terms than in the previous place. Being able to call an employer and getting...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    My experience of that process was that companies generally lost many of their best 10% and some of the worst 10%. In Finland, there's this process for larger-than-some-small-limit companies if they want to fire (or even temporarily lay off) people....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    In contrast, Denmark is considered one of the countries with the best workers rights. What surprises me about Denmark (and several other EU countries re: workers rights) is that unions still play an active part even though there's thorough government...
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    What I've been wondering, ever since Sid Maier's Civilization came out, when you're going to have to succeed at, say, three games, before you can run for office. Well, yeah... I remember one game of Civ IV, where I got...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Though as with most things, you have to teach children for years. For consent in many contexts, it's not like they develop sense for consent immediately they turn the legal adult age. For example, consent for sex is also related...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Yeah, I have heard that comment from people not accustomed to eating reindeer! Also it seems like in many places horse meat is not something for human consumption - for me and my circles it's kind of okay, but not...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Also we Finns eat reindeer, occasionally. I like it, it's good gamey meat, though nowadays there's much imported red deer meat, which kind of goes into the same food category. It's not always easy to get good reindeer meat, the...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Just today, I ordered some boots from a British company. I got notification that they are on the way, but I'm not sure where they are sending them from. I hope I get them this winter, as I kind of...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    There's this tabletop roleplaying game called Traveller. It has many versions, but most of them (excluding the GURPS version, sadly) use SI measurements for most of the stuff. Now, once on the Traveller Mailing List, somebody was writing a software...
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