Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Possibly. Certainly fits a number of Brits in their 80s that I've met. Last time I was in Britain, some years ago, I stayed as a house guest of an almost eighty-year old person (long story but involved relatives and...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I liked the N900 even more, it was like the N800, but with a phone attached. Programming for the UI was a pain for me - the GTK-based UI was quite clunky. It is C and tries to do object-oriented...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    As the editor, it was my responsibility to make the numbers for each section correct (and I knew that the numbers would auto-update when I pasted sections into my master document). Auto-updating things seems to be a problem with some...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I think that the specs have gotten so much better in many cases that it's getting more and more difficult to tell what's running on the mainframe and what's running locally. Connection speeds can be a problem, but in many...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Reading the comments, it seems many of you are of my parents' age. I'm not sure why my impression of people of the previous generation seems to be very biased - it might be that I just see a very...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Average population age, excluding those over the cut-off, is probably early 30s. So, people born after 1980. The Macintosh and the GUI interface has always been there, computers have always had mice, and they've had a cellphone since they were...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    (I'm going to stick my neck out here and assert that the typical commenter here is middle-aged-to-elderly, male, white, somewhere on the ASD spectrum, has a STEM background, and doesn't have children—or has adult children but no/limited contact with teenagers...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I think I can see this also in other things than just related to computing or information technology. It might be that the commenters on this blog are a somewhat biased group, instead of being a good representation of the...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I'm very much in the minority, but I've built my computers mostly by myself for the last 20 years (or assembled from pre-made components). Including the current one which runs mostly Windows 10....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Also, this was about the Windows 7 version, not the 8 which came later. However, it was apparently quite hard to increase the market share of Windows phones after that. If Nokia had succeeded in moving users from Symbian to...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I think Windows Phone died for 3 reasons. As you mention, the app ecosystem was a problem. But putting the Phone UI onto every Windows 8 machines created a lot of anger, and that angry userbase wasn't inclined to take...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Also driving on ice and snow is quite fun. We get enough snow during the winter, usually, that it's compressed into ice on many roads, and often even with brand new tyres and driving at something like 30-40 km/h (18-25...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Here in Finland the tread depth should be at least 1.6 mm for summer tyres and 3.0 mm for winter tyres. Sometimes the 2 Euro coin was said to be useful for checking the summer tyres, using its outer band...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Also Bercow said the Commons will sit at 11.30 am tomorrow. This is getting interesting....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    My summers were hot and humid. And I dispise being cold. By that I mean outside temps approaching freezing. The strange thing about being cold and temps approaching freezing is that for me +2 C (so 2 degrees C above...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Also, for example here in Finland, the climate change is seen by some as a very good thing because it'll bring more money to Finland. I'm not sure of the specifics, but if for example the global trade collapses, it...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I fear that our Lords and Masters are grabbing as many valuables as they can while readying their personal lifeboats, not realising that stocks run out, and only retaining a viable slice of civilised society is a solution for longer...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Thus, I advocate for nuclear energy programs scaled to the size of the problem. And for engineering high carbon soils, because that will let us concentrate food production on less but more productive square kilometers, and robotic farm machinery. And...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    And of course I left something out from the fertilizer: that means that growing cereals here means getting fertilizer from somewhere, and traditionally animals weren't quite enough. That's why we use artificial fertilizers today. There used to be slash-and-burn agriculture...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Sometimes it looks like the best we can do is to disconnect and go off grid, but that’s a massively privileged option that helps few if any, other than individuals involved, their domestic groups and their consciences Even that helps...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Being in the lane I need to be to reach my destination - I do that usually if I know the correct lane. At least here in Finland it's somewhat hard occasionally to change lanes, so it's easier for me...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Well, we had played D&D for a couple of years when we started playing RuneQuest, and I still have many, many sheets of graph paper filled to the brim with dungeon corridors, monster, traps, and treasure. It was fun getting...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    I also like fantasy maps. I remember the time when our game-master got the RuneQuest module 'Griffin Island' (the 'Griffin mountain', but taken outside of Glorantha and made into an island), and made us adventure there - we got the...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    I like maps, too. Also, I'm going hiking in a couple of weeks, and I already bought a paper map of the area. I wouldn't trust an electronic device for that, though we will take with us a hand-held GPS...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Yeah, sat nav is not a panacea, but it helps me a lot. For example, Google maps tells the user where the traffic jams are right now, so even if I don't know the places I can route (or let...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Not on your life, some of these things have a fucking 32-bit ARM core in them. Indeed it seems next to impossible to get one that doesn't. Those are apparently cheap enough that it's easy to put one in mostly...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    You'd kind of need to make it so that the expectation is that people will join. Of course the societies are different, but I haven't at least heard of much draft-dodging happening here. It used to be so that having...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    As for a universal draft, the original post was #635, about the US (in a post-consumerist fantasy future) instituting a universal service draft where people spend part of their service year sorting garbage, rebuilding infrastructure, and dealing with disasters. It's...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Yeah, I get that kind of ideas, that's why it was brilliant. ;) A friend of mine once wrote a Befunge compiler, that was also brilliant piece of work. Not very useful, mind you, but that wasn't the point. On...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    (NB: this is the bloke responsible for CLC-INTERCAL, which to the best of my knowledge is the only implementation of the INTERCAL programming language with a compiler written in INTERCAL (and self-modifying at runtime).) Uh. I only wrote a BF...
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