Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    It would be marketed as a convenience: "plan route with automatic fuel and food stops", and it silently chooses the "correct" ones. Almost nobody will even miss those other places, which then wonder why nobody ever stops there anymore....
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    Also, I think the importance of metadata has not been realized early enough. That is the information about the information, in this context for example who has been calling who or accessed what websites. Many protections protect the data itself,...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    "Food" and "life" are synonyms. The idea that one should feel guilty about that I consider a serious mistake, even more than the serious mistake of having a concept of guilt. The Ancient Bargain is work, and so far as...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Of course it was because of plot reasons. It just got a bit silly when you started to think about how many vampires (or mages or werewolves) there were. The vampires also created some more issues, like what do they...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    [W]hat irritates me is the trivialization of the conspiratorial measures it would take to maintain a blanket of silence. If it's not central to the world-building and there are more than a single-digit handful of vampires in the entire world,...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Australian graduates complain that if they become GPs it'll take them 20-30 years to pay off their student loans. There is also the solution of structuring your education and its financing so that people don't graduate with loans that take...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    That bridge improvisation makes me mention a book I bought today and which I've reading: Ryan North's 'How to invent everything'. It has a thin cover story of being a guide for stranded time machine users, but this far it's...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Also, on Barrayar, Miles is probably in the top five of all people on the privileged list. He doesn't have it easy, but being born as who he is, he has it more easy than just about everybody else on...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Also, polyamorous relationships do not always map easily on the "marriage" thing. That usually assumes two people - not always, mind you, and concubines have been a thing quite often. But having relatively equal romantic relationship (network) between more than...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    "they can do whatever they can as long as I don't have to notice that in any way or acknowledge them", which is one kind of discrimination What the hell does that suppose to mean? It may sound like NOT...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Any number of them have been or could have been gay or bisexual or of vague gender, it certainly did not concern me as long as they kept it lightly enough. But would it have concerned you if you would...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    And occasionally the advice "do not look at the covers if you want to avoid spoilers" was needed....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Google's book-buying system, for example, only works for me if I want a specific book. I laughed out loud when after reading John Scalzi's 'Head On', the Google Play recommended to me... John Scalzi's 'Head On'. I think there are...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    What you can, at best, hope for is that Finland becomes a different kind of nice, and that your heated up Finnish soils can support French and Spanish trees. Yes. Looking at the predictions for Southern Europe, Finland might well...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    [A] tad over five million Make that five and a half million people....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    The climate for Finland can and will probably vary some. This is a large country, about thousand kilometers from North to South, and especially the amount of light varies a lot. In the North the Sun stays up or down...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    As Heteromeles has said, the ONLY short-term solution to such issues that is compatible with long-term survival of our 'civilisation' is to abandon such locations. Possibly only for some of the year, of course. I have this story idea in...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    This is a weirdly popular form of argument on here: that we haven't built X for a while, therefore we can't build X at all any more (where X may be nuclear reactors, or moon rockets, or pour-your-own hand-scraped white...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    From the criminal's perspective they commit a crime, get sentenced, go to sleep and wake up in the future completely free. Well, they can lose their connections, time, perhaps friends and family. For many people that might not be that...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The satisfaction for me depends. I read some series (like yours), and nowadays more and more short stories, but mostly I like the "self-contained novel". "Neuromancer" is a nice book, and I like the two other books in the series...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    In Australia the sanctions range from denial of home insurance (typically for having more than 3 non-related residents) We (my partner and I) lived as part of a commune-type arrangement for some years. Our home insurance was from the one...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Guitars? The woodwork that goes into them is specialized, and furthermore, implies a supply of mature trees to harvest. Well, you can build an electric guitar out of non-wood materials, and I think Ovation had at least mostly-plastic acoustic guitars,...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    The FTL drive is getting us there impossibly fast, sure. But even more notably, it's getting us there impossibly cheap. The TANSTAAFL sense in my is now positively screaming that somebody must be able to exploit this into some sort...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    It's now running on Apache 2.2.22. I hit the 'Upgrade' switch last night. However, it's been running since 2003, presumably on Apache 1, without any malware or botnet-related problems that I was aware of. If there had been such, would...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I contacted tech support and discovered that there was no way to turn off their forces updates, other than by disconnecting my computer from the internet[.] There are technical things which would have helped there, but even I can't be...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    As I commented in #188, we aren't all that much more productive, because the bloatware has eaten almost all of the extra power. Well, I'm again after a break developing software at work. I'm working on a backend on a...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Here in Australia we've corporatised and in some cases privatised the whole bizzo so the exact level of fault tolerance and resilience is decided primarily through "is that profitable" and "can we get away with it". In Finland, there is...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    The best system I've seen had one (largish) text field for "your name" and another one for "what short name do you like to be called by?". Yeah, that works when you can ask people that. For example libraries might...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Yeah, that's kind of the problem. Generally there is no way of knowing how the different parts should be handled, so in my opinion (as an occasional developer by trade) there should be one set of documented rules for all...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    I have read some rules about how names should be alphabetized, though only in Finnish. Apparently it depends on what the language is - 'de' is sometimes taken into account, and sometimes not. I don't know what language should be...
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