Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • 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...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    For today's young Americans, 9/11 is something that happened before they were born or while they were babies. Their most significant, "defining moment" event might be the Columbine High School Massacre [or some other school shooting.] Though the Columbine High...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    My question was, why don't companies just use slow, outdated hardware to handle their password recognition systems, thwarting the patience of those trying a brute force approach. Also, many systems with password logins implement something that makes successive failed attempts...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Also, with many modern systems of getting text to paper can have variable space added after the period. It doesn't need to be "one space or two spaces", but can be for example something in between. I'm not sure what's...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Now I began wondering if Hobby Lobby would listen to Reason....
  • 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...
  • Commented on On hold
    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...
  • Commented on On hold
    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...
  • Commented on On hold
    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...
  • Commented on On hold
    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...
  • Commented on On hold
    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...
  • Commented on On hold
    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? ;)...
  • Commented on On hold
    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...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    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....
  • Commented on Test Case
    [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...
  • Commented on Test Case
    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...
  • Commented on Test Case
    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...
  • Commented on Test Case
    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....
  • Commented on Test Case
    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...
  • Commented on Test Case
    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...
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