Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    In a perfect world, no-one should pay. If I had had health insurance at the time, I wouldn't have had to pay a cent as it was an emergency. But we are where we are and if we changed that...
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    Well, I don't know you nor your relationship with your brother, but I'd consider whether it's worse that he is offended or your mother (and possibly other people) are put at risk of COVID-19. I know it's possible that you...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    And most hormones and animal drugs, and many pesticides and herbicides, tend to accumulate in fatty tissue and then get excreted in the lipid phase of milk. Now that this is a long thread, this comment got me thinking how...
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    I have the impression that one of the reasons is that much of the media in the United States doesn't really have stories abou other countries that much or objectively even if they do have them. It's not all the...
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    On 80386 and earlier models in the series, the integer multiplication instruction IMUL took something like 40 cycles. I coded a bit with the 8086 assembly, and I remember doing some multiplication by constant by shifting and adding, because that...
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    COMEFROM considered harmful. Hey, extending the specification to allow multiple COMEFROMs from the same address easily added multiprocessing to INTERCAL!...
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    Yeah, people are different. There is also the way you learned the language. English is obviously not my native tongue, and while I did learn it in school, I mostly learned it by reading. I like to think I'm quite...
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    About natural languages: I can speak languages of a couple different language groups at least on a basic level (Fenno-Ugric, some Germanic and Romanic from the Indo-Europeans, a bit of Mandarin and Japanese, and Finnish Sign Language). They're mostly "big"...
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    I have done thought experiments of what communication might be like if that were not so, with the 'intent' of having a language that couldn't easily express concepts that we can in normal English, and conversely. As far as I...
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    How are other countries/areas dealing with such. Finland is a cautious re-opening of some things. Primary schools and kindergartens open mostly on next Thursday, and libraries are allowed to loan books and get returns (all the library book loans were...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Also the UK is quite Southern, in my view. I live at 60 degrees North, and this is Southern Finland, so it's North of Aberdeen, and most of the country is North of that. Of course, during summer the sun...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    UBI in Finland It was tried out in one experiment in 2017-2018. It wasn't very universal as the recipients were (at the start) unemployed people. The income wasn't that large, either - it was 560 euros a month. There were...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Most of the French reactor fleet is 40+ years old; while EDF want to build new 4th gen reactors they're still in the early stages of production. For an example of building a new nuclear reactor, I give you the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Though the Sonic Hedgehog gene was named later, as the first Sonic game was published in 1991. (Just being pedantic here.) I just read the book 'The Inner Fish' by Neil Shubin which discusses the hedgehog genes a bit, among...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    At the age of 11-13 you hit problems: Foreign languages / science requiring demonstrations & experimentation / objective "marking" of other work. This also depends where you are, and when. Where I live, children mostly start learning a foreign (or...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Go back a century and things were very different! Child clothes were expected to be handed down and re-used by younger siblings until they more or less fell apart. Even though child clothes could be better made, generally, there are...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    (Aberdeen to Penzance -- yes, there's a direct train: it takes 10h30m and is the longest train route in the UK -- nearly 800 miles). That sounds something I'd like to try some time. I'm not sure I ever will,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Uh, Russia, yeah. I've been looking at these charts at 91-DIVOC. All numbers are of course inaccurate, and some are more inaccurate than others, so I'm most interested in looking at the increase and derivative of the curves in the...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    We can skip over the Winter War as a sideshow (Finland, formerly part of the Russian empire, assertively defending its independence.) I admit that's a sideshow, but the whole country got its independence in the 1917 confusion, which probably caused...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    You're just criticising capitalism. I'm not looking for a critique of capitalism; I'm very well aware of its deficiencies and I'm looking for something better. Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. I'll try to re-phrase: In my opinion the criterion of...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    I could argue that there are a lot of things in place now which prevent people from moving around and finding the best match for their talents and work - for example, it's not trivial for me to go for...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Working class needs redefining, frankly. Yes, exactly! I've been trying to explain to people that if they have to work for a living, that makes them working class. Even if they feel like temporarily inconvenienced millionaires and own some stock...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Though now that I think of it, the shell is conceptually the shell around the inner system. So the white would be the C library and the yolk would be the kernel? Perhaps......
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Now these intermingling threads started me to think what's the colour of a Bourne again shell, and what's the colour of the yolk inside it. (And what the yolk really would be in this context...)...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I'd suspect that "arkku" comes from the same root as "ark," yes, though I'm no linguist. My first guess would be that we got it from Swedish, where it's "en ark" though there are synonyms, and my Swedish is not...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Because this is so far in the comments some thoughts about language. I didn't bother checking what that "chest freezer" would be in English. In Finnish it's "arkkupakastin" which is basically translatable also as "chest freezer," but as the first...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Re: the China narrative. I think there's no one thing one could say about China (or any country, really). It's a huge country, and not monolithic. There are many things which can be true at the same time, like China...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    This wouldn't work for me: we have only a small freezer in the same unit as the fridge. Having really any amount of milk which would make a difference would basically hog the whole freezer. This flat was built in...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Though I can imagine a story written from a manager point of view and a strike has silenced the cranes......
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Yeah, I agree completely that regarding Asperger's as a disorder is not a good thing....
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