Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    There's the alphabet book "Baby's First Mythos". It was more fun for us parents than the kids....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    The Bookdepository sent me a confirmation email after I preordered the book. They say that "Your order will be dispatched from our warehouse soon". I rather doubt that, or their definition of "soon" is different from mine....
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Yesterday I was in a VR arcade the first time. It was a fun experience, we had an hour to play the games in the system. I climbed Mount Everest (and found a vertical wall to stand on), played some...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    Yeah, it's a fun idea and I've heard of such games before. I haven't myself run them, though. Also, the venerable Manual of the Planes for AD&D has a chapter for just that: there are three parameters which can vary...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    I'm looking forward to learning more about the dimension-hopping, too. The world(s) intrigues me also as a roleplaying setting, but I have enough campaign ideas already and not too much time and energy to play them......
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    I've noticed in the last couple of years that we have Black Friday sales also in Finland. I can't quite fathom it - Amazon doesn't have that big a presence here except on the internet, so it's kind of like...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    You can see that particularly clearly in cycling, where the dominance of the ridiculously impractical UCI-style road racing has completely distorted the public perception, design and availability of cycles, and more in both the USA and UK. I'm not in...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    You've raised a couple of interesting points of your own: one of them being that top-level programmers don't have a rigorous understanding of software or hardware. In my experience, it depends. My own path started from the 1980's 8-bit home...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    And yeah, from the Wikipedia Design of the FAT file system: "This is a Directory Table that stores information about the files and directories located in the root directory. It is only used with FAT12 and FAT16, and imposes on...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Though I do remember there was something strange with MS-DOS and the root directory that didn't apply to subdirectories, that made it a bad idea to put lots of files in the root. That strange thing may have been the...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    This thread has gone long enough for me to complain that to a long-time Traveller fan, 'TL' means 'Tech Level' instead of 'timeline'. This just makes some posts a bit more difficult to read. No need to do anything about...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I remember once teaching a friend about subdirectories when he asked for help because he couldn't install something on his hard disk. Of course, mostly everything in C:\. The fun thing is that when working on that, I realized that...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    PC files were all in one piece, while Mac files came in two bits called a "resource fork" and a "data fork". In NTFS (I think since Windows NT 3.1) you can have alternate data streams in files. This is...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I can only assume you don't do work for large corporations. Sadly inappropriate choice of tools - and a ridiculous unwillingness to fund upgrades to tools used by existing apps - is a feature of life for a lot of...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    People can use whatever tools they like. I use many Unix command line tools when needed, but nowadays I don't do much that stuff. Perl, for me, is like awk on steroids, though I've only used awk on the command...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I'm young enough that the only Perl I ever used was 5, and it was the best tool (I knew of) for many things for years. I even wrote half of the program which was the point of my Masters...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    And of course the boundaries are porous. 'perl' and 'awk' are also the names of programs on the system's disk and are sometimes part of the set of programs called 'an operating system'....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    No, they're different things. UNIX is a group of operating systems, nowadays most likely in many places to be Linux (which was started not from the original UNIX but converged quickly). Operating systems are programs (or, rather, sets of programs)...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I like Perl for writing one-liners on the command line. For anything bigger, for example anything requiring classes, I find it very difficult to write good Perl. I haven't written anything longer than a command line in about a decade...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    domestic air travel is still relatively primitive, but they've got trans-continental sleeper service with under-24-hour travel time from NY to the Bay area This is something I'd like to travel in. Too bad we don't have the dimensional-hopping tech....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I agree that the whole thing wasn't about C++, and more managerial control would have helped. The templates were the techical thing which created the most problems there, so I kind of blame them, too. They are useful sometimes, yes....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    My unfavourite one was TeX, until I did some complicated C++ template programming. In neither case, can you introduce any diagnostics or checking without changing the result. I haven't done anything in TeX (only really made one LaTeX template in...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    This is not an improvement. Though, yes, those 8-bit computers (and even 16-bit computers) taught my generation a lot about hardware. Even doing stuff on an 80386 was quite quickly an exercise in assembler and the interrupt lists available on...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    [I]f you want to give kids an 8-bit micro with a programming environment to train on (think Commodore-64/Sinclair Spectrum equivalent) you want to give them one with a rationalized version of Forth in ROM and a basic Lisp-like language as...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I could (possibly) see self-driving cars working OK-ish in one of the bigger Swedish cities. I suspect that ~70% of the Swedish road network would be.. a challenge... for self-driving vehicles. That would be the fraction of roads that are...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Rogue = rouge In the EVE Online circles I was part of back in the day, after one update to the game, we got this phrase out of a common typo on the forums: "Rouge drones are over-powdered." The update...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    It's also a language which is peculiarly inaccessible to non-speakers from any European-or-thereaboutsish country because the standard Latinate/Germanic euro-toolkit doesn't work. I would hazard a guess that crossing the barrier the other way is less difficult because you grow up...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    And it was never a major thing anyway; it only lasted a few weeks, its purpose was in learning languages, and only a minority of language learners actually did it. I come from a small country, so a small...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    No. The instructions on a projects web page, at least in the *Nix world, mostly assume you're installing from a tarball. Well, if you read the instructions for R on the linked page, it is definitely not a tarball installation,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    [B]urners have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Aside from the tracking, which is probably different in different jurisdictions, the other things that can be used to connect the burner phone to you seem just regular opsec to me. I'm probably...
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